Oyamel

4.7
7666 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – midnight
Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 2 AM

Lunch menu available:
Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Hora Feliz:
Monday – Friday: 4 PM – 6 PM

Late Night Menu:
Thursday – Saturday: 11 PM – 2 AM
Sunday – Wednesday: 10 PM – midnight
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Phone number
(202) 628-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
José Andrés; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez
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Catering
Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-1005.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
D Street
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Parking details
There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
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Special events & promotions
Oyamel is the ideal venue for your next event. Our Butterfly Bar can accommodate groups of up to 70 guests. Oyamel also features a lovely private dining room that accommodates 50 guests. For large parties, full or partial buyouts of the restaurant (accommodating 250 guests) can be arranged.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special $75 prix-fixe 5-courses menu that will feature a variety of unique dishes. Add on a bottle of bubbly or one of our specialty cocktails for a festive night! Starting at 10pm, we will have a DJ, late night bites and a complimentary sparkling toast at midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 7666 People Are Saying
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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was very lovely. From the host that called to remind of my reservation and greeted us upon arrival to the team members who waited on our table. I would not recommend this restaurant for a larger groups as it took a long time for everyone to get their various plates. I have been there with a smaller group and didn't experience such a disparity with the meal arrivals and it was great.

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B
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Generally good food with very good service.
Design and layout of the restaurant verges on busy for the sake of distraction; could be quieter.

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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Oyamel was fantastic, as always. The food was fresh and delicious and the service outstanding. Love OYAMEL!

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AA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been here a few times and it never disappoints. I absolutely love the decor of the restaurant, it just makes you happy!
Great food, everyone who works there is so nice, highly recommend!

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JJ
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful night out with my wife. The location is perfect for providing an opportunity for a fantastic meal and drink either before or after an event in the Chinatown area.

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! Great food, drinks & atmosphere. This is one of my all time favorite restaurants.

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OT
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good guacamole, tacos were sub par, drinks were average. Very busy and energetic/social place

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very friendly service. The ceviche were delicious, chicken enchiladas very tasty and not as "cheesy" as in other restaurants, which makes things healthier than typical Mexican places. Unfortunately the noise level is very high, even after the private event was over; quite tiring for our ear drums! But again, excellent gastronomical experience. Pricing very reasonable given the high quality of the food. I would rate everything 5 stars if the "acoustic" were more forgiving. If you're used to noisy places, then it's a no brainer :-)

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and wonderful meal.

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SC
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The salads are good but it’s definitely not authentic Mexican food. Even the tortillas taste a bit industrial

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SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was really good! We will defiantly return again! Portions were on the bigger side for tapas!!!
Thanks!

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p
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Although the food was terrific, the soup was dropped off without utensils. It took over 5 minutes to flag down anyone to get a spoon. By then, well, you know the rest.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid and festive choice in Penn Quarter. Food is good, but not mind-blowingly so. Service is frenetic. Pick another place if you’d like a more luxurious ambiance or would like to clearly hear each other speak.

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A
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a gourmet Mexian restaurant--fabulous, unexpected, pure enjoyment.

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F
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great tapas to share. Lots of interesting food combinations. You don't need 3 per person....too much food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic always!! Great service, even better food...it’s why it’s my favorite restaurant!

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and in a city with expensive menus this placed was great on price.
Would definitely recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. Food is outstanding. The cocktails are great. I have never had anything that was bad or I didn't like and I am picky.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husbands 30th birthday and had an absolutely wonderful time and the whole group raved about the tasting menu. Amazing! Will recommend and be back soon!

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food but very small portions. Service was pretty good but it was my friend's birthday and they didn't bring her anything-- not obligatory, but would have been nice.

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cute little spot with attentive server andb delicious brunch menu. Guac is excellent!

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MM
Mexico City
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyamel is the only restaurant in DC that offers a variety of Mexican food that has been lightly modified to satisfy the American palate. It also offers a variety of tequila and mezcal drinks, which is great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing meal we had in a fantastic week in DC!! Will definitely return every time I make it back to the area! The food, service, and atmosphere were fantastic.

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B
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Poor service.delicious guacamole.

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ER
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For lunch sit at the bar and ask for Chris or Mel. Get the Grasshopper taco!

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C
Washington DC
532 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken soup is always perfect. Caesar with anchovies is amazing.

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s
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Oyamel when I'm in D.C. The food is both imaginative -- this time, a new dish was a sweet potato "tamale" and it was superb -- and authentic. The restaurant is great for trying a lot of different things. The agua frescas are very refreshing.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved our window seat for six before an event at Capital One Arena. The service, food and atmosphere was great for us -- and affordable. We made it out with tip included for much less than most places in DC.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great. Server (Mel?) was wonderful!!

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W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner and fantastic guacamole! Great service, too!

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IT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!

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CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service even though restaurant was busy. Love their margaritas on the rocks! Am vegetarian and Oyamel has great options for me - the mushroom tacos are amazing. Highly recommend this place for a fun and delicious evening.

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AB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an incredible experience here! Our waitress, Anya, was amazing. Food is insane! We brought my father, who is a VERY picky eater, and even he loved the menu! The pomegranate marg is the best marg I have ever had. Incredible - thank you!

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FW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The tres leches dessert is out of this world, and the small plates are all great!

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SB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Can’t recommend because of noise level. Could not even hear waitress.

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JT
Washington DC
205 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy to love Oyamel. Jose Andres restaurants are always great. The star of the show is the guacamole. It's amazingly fresh. I could eat the whole thing by myself. The chips are also fresh and very spicy. They had what I think is red pepper seasoning to the fresh chips. Perfect with the guacamole. The margaritas are wonderful. I love the sweet potato tamale filled with black beans. It is again light but hearty. I really love it. My husband had the meatballs and loved them. He also had two different types of pork tacos (one crispy and the other pork belly). Oyamel is delicious and I highly recommend it.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating despite how busy they always are!

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EK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Always hits the spot! Innovative Mexican fusion food!

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P
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Table was small and cramped and the noise level was over the top. The dining room needs sound mitigation.

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r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch in the late afternoon. Be sure to order the guacamole. Enjoyed the chicken mole tamale and tacos. Tres leches dessert was also delicious. The blood orange and cucumber margaritas were also a big hit. Love this place!

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