Oyamel

4.7
7611 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
Jose Andres; 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 7611 People Are Saying
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TD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for luncheon conversation with an old friend, with especially good food and very attentive but not at all intrusive service. What more could one ask for? Kudos to the entire staff.

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C
Washington DC
523 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always good. Chicken soup and caesar salad were great as well. You can't go wrong here. Great ambiance.

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NN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the drinks and food for the taste and originality. Don’t like the noise.

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MW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and not too loud. Excellent margarita and amazing small plate selections!

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J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Strong smokey taste to both the shrimp and meat tacos.

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The drinks with spicy peppers were not spicy which were a real disappointment for me. But it will not deter me from coming back. Love this place so much!!

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SW
Denver
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, Food. Service was exceptionally good. All in all very impressive. We will return and bring friends

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I really liked the place, but the food was not ready in time for everyone and we could not eat together, but outside of that everything was very good. I enjoyed the dinner.

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TH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salted foam on the margaritas, the customized freshly made guacamole, the warm tortilla chips, the creative use of ingredients, the friendly and attentive staff, the colorful, lively space...I could go on and on. Our best meal while visiting the DC area over Veteran’s Day weekend with our kids.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I came here for my birthday dinner. We were seated briefly in the bar before our table

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TB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been to this restaurant several times a year over last 6 years or so -- never ever disappointed and absolute best margaritas in DC!

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were amazing! Our server Amir H was excellent, he was friendly, diligent and gave great recommendations

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TC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion of college roommates!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Great waiter, great service & great food!

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Z
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food wS delicious as well as the cocktails. The noise level doesn’t allow for conversation.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic choice!!!! One of my go to spots in DC for a work lunch!

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G
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great decor! Very creative menu and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 1

Good always

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KB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal celebrating my 7 yo son's birthday. He loves Mexican food and is a seafood-loving adventurous eater, so it was perfect. As a family with kids, the tapas style was perfect too for being able to try a little of many things. The service was OUTSTANDING - if I could give more than five stars I would. They were so attentive to our family needs. I would say this place does not specifically cater to kids, but does really understand dining with kids - both in term of bringing things fast, seating us in a quieter section of the restaurant, and having suggestions for items that kids might like or where spiciness could be adjusted. As far as food was concerned, I could have been happy with the tableside guac, homemade chips and excellent house margaritas! Standouts were the tuna ceviche, hearts of palm salad, camarones, and for my less adventurous 4 yo kid, the bisteca with potatoes and queso fundido hit the spot. Would come back any time I'm in DC!

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience as usual! And front of house staff were very gracious when we had to add 2 more people to our party last minute. Food was a little hit or miss, but the cocktails, margaritas, and dessert were truly amazing. Service was wonderful as well!

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and I will definitely go back but there is something that I don’t like and that’s the problem in most American restaurants, it is TOO LOUD.
You can barely hear yourself or your date talk, it’s terrible!
Overall it was a good experience!

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JT
Washington DC
202 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GUACAMOLE! All day I could eat their guac. It's the BEST! The chips are handmade, fresh, spicy. Another must is the sweet potato tamale with black beans. It's to die for. The margaritas are light and one of the best. My Sister loves the pork tacos. This is a place you will crave later. I absolutely love it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual.

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d
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic Mexican (read: not Tex-mex) with plenty of original twists on classic dishes. Excellent margarita and mezcal drinks.

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GJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really Enjoyed the Small Plates and the Flavor Profiles that Chef had Created...Mexican Kicked Up Several Notches. Similar to What I would Enjoy in an Upscale Restaurant in Mexico City, with Flair, Festive Culinary Based Cuisine with Bold Flavors and Presentations.
Well Done!
And Fun and Funky Decor, with Innovative Drink List and Great Mezcal List, a rarity!

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Oyamel always has great food! Everything tastes super fresh. They have a separate menu for food allergies as well. Fantastic margaritas!

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JU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was non existent. We had to ask for service and orders several times. The waitress explained how their dishes were excellent for sharing which they turned out not to be. Not a good experinece overall.

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AS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great Jose Andres restaurant with bright, super tasty food and drinks! You must have the guacamole. Would also highly recommend the ceviche with ahi tuna. Service was top notch as well.

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LC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was suberb. We really loved the queso fundido!

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Brussel sprouts ever! I will definitely come back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly good and authentic Mexican food. We didn't have the Chiles en Nogada this time (now inly for dinner we were told). Tacos de chapulines, pastor and tongue all great. Also great tamal with Poblano mole. Margarita pitcher was a bit expensive, but good. We'll return many times.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We were here before and it was fantastic. Today ALL of our dishes were overly salted. Probably won’t return.

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E
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Another quality José Andrés’ restaurant. Very generous portions, delicious food, attentive service in a casual environment.
Reasonable. However, it would be helpful if they were more flexible modifying reservations.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody in our group loved everything we ordered. The food came out quickly, it was authentic and delicious. The server was attentive and polite. The restaurant is so high energy and fun - absolutely loved the ambiance.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the chayote salad immensely. The cochinita pibil taco also great! Margarita delicious.

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

My favorite restaurant in DC. Great atmosphere, inventive cuisine (grasshoppers featured), and tremendous margheritas.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could not stop eating. I have always loved the food here. Jose Andrés is an amazing cook! Recommended 100%

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ME
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

OH MY GOD!! That’s all I can say!! The food was ridiculous! Every bite was a new adventure. I recommend bringing a partner and ordering three to four items to share. The drinks were pricy but worth it. I highly recommend the blood orange margaritas. The noise level was high so better for smaller parties. Definitely will be visiting again.

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Their Guacamole is amazing and Cafe Dello desert is superb

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Honestly it was one of the worst meals I've had. There was very little flavor in the red snapper dish. It just sat on top of some flavorless mushy bean (some rice would have been good). The fish taco was okay, but for $4.50 you should get two. I normally don't have a problem finishing my dessert, but the cafe de olla was disappointing also. I had high hopes that it would be great but sadly it was not. The guacamole was good and my mojito wasn't bad but couldn't tell if it had any alcohol in it. Won't be back. Had to stop at McDonald's on the way home!!

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