Oyamel

4.7
9110 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana combines Mexico’s rich regional culinary traditions with modern urban fare. Guests experience an array of antijitos—traditional Mexican snack or small plates—along with authentic tacos, ceviches and an impressive selection of cocktails and tequilas. This is like no Mexican food you have ever experienced. Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Head Chef Omar Rodriguez takes traditional ingredients and techniques and elevates them to deliver dishes and drinks with exceptional creativity and refinement.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all staff and guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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Elli
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, really cute interior, and very reasonable prices for DC. Loved it.

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Catalina47
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great place. Cute as can be with friendly staff and great food. I had the chef’s Sun special which was a pork stuffed Poblano pepper with a delicious white sauce and yucca inside. My friend had a chicken verde enchilada
that he enjoyed.
I would recommend this spot for great, not your run of the mill Mexican food. My classic Margarita was also delightful with a sweeter taste than I am used to found it quite pleasing. Tres Leche cake for a topper we also enjoyed

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vipUrbangirl
West Virginia
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Had a great table outside very safe from a covid perspective. Excellent food and excellent service! If you like cocktails be sure to get one with some kind of air it's magical!

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DCdiner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Glad we were outside because the inside noise could cause deafness!

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Benny
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Longtime visitor to Oyamel; outdoor seating was very convenient and made us feel safe for COVID concerns. Food, as always, was perfection; service was great.

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DonnaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience1

food and service excellent. However, dismayed to see that you were no long requiring proof of vaccination as was portrayed on the website. We only decided to dine indoors at Oyamel because of that requirement only to be told by the hostess that that rule was no longer in place, nor was it required to wear a mask except for eating. Needless to say it was a very stressful dining experience with many loud unmasked patrons surrounding us. Very disappointed that you changed that rule and I will not be patronizing the restaurant any time soon. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, lovely atmosphere. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JodellC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance and stylish interior. Food felt a little pricey, more specifically the Tacos for $5.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Truly some of the best Mexican cuisine I’ve ever had including Mexico City.

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vipairish
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Doubt if I will come back here. Very disappointing. First, food was incredibly salty. Everything was so oversalted that it was literally the only thing you could taste. I had a tomato salad and could barely taste the tomatoes because of the overwhelming burning saltiness. I don't know why most restaurants feel they need to salt food like they are prepping a highway for a blizzard, but Oyamel was especially egregious. I had a dish involving huitlachoche, but it was a salty, gloppy mess made with what looked like regular canned corn.

Finally, when the bill came, the price of the beer was incorrect, and as I had remembered the price from when I ordered it. I advised the waiter, and showed him the menu which I asked him to bring me, but he seemed very confused and called the manager over. After she eventually arrived, she looked at the bill and seemed annoyed to be bothered over what she thought was a trivial nuisance, but apologized and said she would remove the charge. I assumed that meant I wouldn't be charged for the beer, but when the tab eventually returned, she had taken the incorrectly priced beer off and added something called "open beer" at the correct price. So I spent about 15-20 minutes dealing with a small price discrepancy and I am confident that it's still in the computer at the incorrect price. It's interesting how these sorts of computer price discrepancies almost always favor the vendor, not the customer.

The restaurant was very noisy and it was made worse by the fact that our table was right beside the kitchen door, so the entire time we were there, there was constant traffic going by our table on a very narrow passageway. Not a good dining experience, especially on our anniversary.

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RemyL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! Guacamole is fantastic, great chips and great salsa. The Oyamel margarita with the salt foam is a must try, amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and staff! We will be back!

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vipDarla
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We ordered mostly from the happy hour menu and had great prices on drinks and food. We loved the margaritas and mojitos. The chicken and BBQ pork tacos were outstanding. We did splurge and got the guacamole off the regular menu & it was delicious. We plan to return during happy hour. It’s a great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and much better than your typical American-Mexican restaurant. The small dishes are bigger than tapas but not generally enough to be a meal on their own. The margaritas were tasty but portion size too small for the price. Overall the service was prompt and knowledgeable on the menu. Definitely will return in the future!

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mjohn
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing - kids and adults equally satisfied!
We had the pork, beef and bean tacos, pork belly quesadillas, and grilled skirt steak.

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Bakul
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food, Pomegranate Margaritas 🍹 was excellent.

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PamelaJ
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates with wonderful flavors blended together. We went with friends and enjoyed sharing plates

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globalgranny
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Oyamel dozens of times and it just keeps getting better.

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vipDani
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Oyamel was a great brunch spot! Food was outstanding and margaritas the best ever! Once our server realized she was assigned to our table, service was very good- just took a bit to get started. I think when it first opened the ambiance was considered outstanding - maybe now needs a little updating. Overall, would definitely go again!

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vipadcockram
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

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vipLifeShortEatGood
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in DC! Phenomenal flavors and ingredients in food and cocktails.

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HeidiV
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, incredible food, service, and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Service was incredible.

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vipAndrea
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oyamel is one of my favorite restaurants in the DC area but last night experience was a little disappointing.

The salsa with chips wasn't the usual delicious treat, the guacamole was not as flavorful, and the pollo taco was a little dry

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Cadilagu
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional food and service. Everything we ordered was delicious and served quickly. Will definitely return to try out all the other menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic and so reasonably priced. Staff is doing everything to make things COVID safe. We felt comfortable and safe (as safe as we can with delta around). We love everything Jose Andres does. Oyamel did not disappoint.

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RobW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is creative, original and delicious. Of course, there are tacos--but the fillings are innovative and delicious. Love the small plates, no gargantuan portions that require you to take at least half home.

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KimW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate and drank was fabulous starting with Oyamel Margaritas and chips and salsa. Tamale was amazing as was cochinita pibil taco. Will be back when in DC.

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PhDiva
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up for dinner during happy hour. Great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a relief to be someplace where everyone was vaccinated. The food as ever was super delicious and interesting. I had the yellow fin ceviche and the watermelon salad, guacamole, and the iconic Oyamel margarita. It made me think I can get through this crazy time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, meal, and atmosphere as always!

DC
DebbieC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Oyamel is requiring proof of vaccine! And plastic barriers between booths was a great addition. Food was great And unique, as always, Though this was my first happy hour and the prices were surprisingly low. Attentive service. Fun atmosphere. Our go-to place before concerts, and it was enjoyable as always before Eagles last night!

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KarenN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great food was awesome will definitely come back

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vipBacci
Washington DC
143 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates were delicious! Excellent vegetarian selections as well as those who want meat dishes. The mixed drinks were excellent and nice selection. Brought out of town guests there who were pleased with the experience.
Service was exceptional.

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vipLisaM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing as always! Our waiter was attentive and helpful!

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egurian
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outside eating is casual and pleasant. Waitstaff is kind and knowledgeable. Food wonderfully priced. Some items -- service, the salad really special. And many others are good but not great. We had a fine time in DC in a friendly and easy to navigate place. Will go again when in DC on a casual day. e==

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vipfoodforthought
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It would have been perfect but the air conditioning was broken and too bad they didn’t tell us that when they called to confirm. We drove 45 min to take our children to a vaccine compliant restaurant only to find there was no air circulation. It was extremely hot and we ate fast, skipped dessert and couldn’t wait to get back in our car to cool off.

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KevinC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good! Our server was friendly and helpful. The restaurant even called me 5 minutes after we left to let me know that I’d left my umbrella. I look forward to returning :)

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JimV
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

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Disappointed
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Move-in completed at Georgetown and we were so excited for our first visit back to Oyamel after cancelling a reservation for March 2020 due the pandemic. It was a long wait to return, but Oyamel did not disappoint! Most delicious guacamole and chips, BEST MOJITO EVER (Dorado mojito…2 pitchers!), lots of small plates that were all equally delicious! (not a single thing on the menu I wouldn’t recommend). Our server was training and did an excellent job! It was a wonderful experience from start to finish at our favorite restaurant in DC! So glad Oyamel is still thriving, and so grateful to Chef Jose Andres for all his efforts to make our country a kinder place.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Oyamel using the Order Online button. Oyamel also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Oyamel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-1005.

Oyamel is rated 4.7 stars by 9110 OpenTable diners.

Oyamel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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