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Oyamel, Washington, DC

Oyamel

4.3
4.3
8965 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 35 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 628-1005

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    José Andrés; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Let’s Get The Party Started! At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Party Coordinator: (202) 810-8284

  • Area

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross Street

    D Street

  • Parking Details

    There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.

  • Public Transit

    Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 8,965 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Guacamole was not good. Tortilla chips have changed and are no longer good. Salsa was watery. Fish taco was mushy. Service was average at best. Host and hostess were unkind and unhelpful. The only thing that was good was the margarita. We have loved this place since it opened, but this may have been our last visit. Very sad as this restaurant has always been one of our favorites.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We used to dine at Oyamel frequently when we lived near DC. We came back to visit and were a bit disappointed. The food was still very good, but the wonderful cocktails with special attention to details, like large, flavored ice balls and flowers were off the menu. Our waiter was attentive. We were seated in a large booth with no back support which was uncomfortable and the temperature of the restaurant was quite cold. Not sure we'd go back again if in the area because the sparkle is gone.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oyamel was absolutely outstanding! We did the chef’s tasting menu and every single dish that was sent out was incredible. The margarita with salt foam was delicious. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was a nice experience! The portion size was small for the amount paid. But the food was tasty!
  6. HM

    HannaM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food! Plenty of outdoor seating.
  7. JS

    JSMS

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    This is a nice restaurant with a unique atmosphere. However we were disappointed with the food and service. The service was very slow and our waitress would disappear for 15 minutes or more at a time without coming by our table but once we ordered the food it came out fairly fast. Since this was our first time there we needed some help navigating the menu but the wait person did not offer much guidance or suggestions. All of the food was lukewarm and some of the small plates were very small portions and not a good value. The manager did come by though and was very apologetic and did compensate us by taking a few items off of our bill which we did appreciate.
  8. L

    Larkanator

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience. Took my team out to celebrate promotions. The food and drinks were lovely.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good and service were outstanding! We ate outside because the weather was nice so we didn’t really take in the ambiance of the restaurant and there was obviously street noise. Overall a highlight of our trip!
  10. G

    Gourmand

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic cuisine. Small plates able to try multiple items. All made from scratch. Margaritas are outstanding. Staff was genuine, happy and friendly. Would recommend to ALL. Great place for family or a date night.
  11. BD

    BrigitteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our go to when e are in town. The octopus is a must try!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special dinner out with family on a trip to DC. Margarita pitchers plus chef’s tasting menu is the only way to experience this place. So so amazing. Highly recommend! And they kept the chips and quesadillas coming for our sons while we took our time to enjoy the different courses. Perfection!
  13. AM

    AMM4FOOD

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just all around outstanding experience. Everything that we ordered was excellent, highlighted by ceviche, tacos and vegetable dishes. Will definitely be back.
  14. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great meal with perfect service!
  15. TS

    TroS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I always love the food at Oyamel. The service has been excellent overall, and even with the nationwide staffing shortages I find they manage to keep a good flow with such a high capacity. My only complaint is the side patio they have setup is on uneven ground and some of the tables are very wobbly. Also some of the tables are set so close together that you can't move your arms while seated without elbowing someone at the next table.
  16. d

    dls47

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food is great and inventive; service fantastic. Pretty noisy, but great energy.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! The food was amazing and the decor inside was the cutest
  18. S

    Sam14

    Pittsburgh

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mexican style tapas with a good variety. Drinks are tasty…love the salt air foam.
  19. A

    Alice

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great margaritas, guacamole, and chicken enchiladas! Service was very attentive. Great place for a group.
  20. AH

    AlwaysHungry

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I very much enjoyed my meal. I thought the food was both good tasting and intelligently conceived. The maitre d’ was very pleasant and brought me to an isolated, outdoor table where I could relax. My server was friendly and helpful. My one criticism is that two courses were brought at the same time. Since I was eating outside, it was impossible to enjoy them both hot. I would certainly come back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service and food was good and prompt. Drinks were pricey and quantity was small for the price. However the drinks were very good. I would go back and recommend to friends.
  22. m

    matts

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, unique, Mexican cuisine. Everything fresh, authentic, made from scratch in house, and the flavor and quality reflects their efforts. I am a big fan and repeat customer. If you are bringing out of towners/guests to dine, have them look at the menu first because it is not your "standard" Mexican cuisine. My friends were a bit put off with the expense (they were thinking tacos=cheap; but it is truly fairly priced), but all said quality of the food was spectacular. Oyamel accommodated my larger group with ease and the service was top shelf. Highly recommend for foodies!
  23. E

    Eatfirst

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had ceviche, salad and tacos: cochinito pibil, fish and vegetarian. Tacos all good. Very disappointed with the ceviche- not only very skimpy amount of shrimp but also cut in half ! Very busy night and staff stretched so our service was disjointed. Won't be back.
  24. KD

    KateD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was fantastic! We ordered 3 meat dishes and 4 tacos to split between 2 people and it was the perfect amount. Drinks were great too!
  25. ML

    MichaelL

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner!! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you!!!
  26. p

    pamela

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nancy was terrific . She Was knowledgeable about the ingredients for each item, checked with the kitchen about a potential substitution, and timed the delivery of our food perfectly.
  27. CC

    CCinDC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the moment I checked in, everyone was awesome! Our waitress was very attentive and explained everything since this was our first visit. The food was great! We ordered the tasting menu. From the cabbage slaw to dessert the chef did not disappoint!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such great food and atmosphere!
  29. AF

    AndrewF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The guacamole was stellar as always, but some of the dishes didn’t hit the high notes I am used to at Oyamel. Good but not great this time around, but still one of my favourite places.
  30. M

    Marya

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful, more authentic Mexican experience. Especially enjoyed the tacos both pork and tuna tacos were wonderful. The soup was like grandma would have made it. The only thing I didn't love was the noise. It is popular and crowded as such good food should demand but might be better if the music wasn't pounding in the background.
  31. SK

    SpinsterK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always the food is fresh and deeply flavourful. Authentic but still inventive. The margaritas are wonderful. Not as always this time the service was fast and attentive with no big gaps between dishes. Which we appreciated since we were pre-theater diners. The dessert menu was a Covid pared down version but what was there was great.
  32. J

    Jackie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat here, you won't regret it. A DC gem that doesn't just fill you up with food, also with joy.
  33. F

    Flashattack

    Washington DC

    310 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    310 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Arrived for reservation but had to wait about 10 minutes. Service was slow and bland. Food was good - spicy guacamole and queso fundido with chorizo. Good classic margaritas.
  34. J

    Jealonso

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Update of a formerly-5-star review. Waited 20 minutes at my table without being acknowledged. I've been here many times during my trips to DC. It's the one restaurant I always look forward to. After 2 years without visiting, I finally had a chance to come to DC and I was very excited. Made a reservation on OpenTable, which says there's a 15 minute grace period. Got there on time, got a table quickly. And then 20 minutes went by and nobody even came by to say hello, much less take a drink order. They've also taken my two favorite dishes off the menu (Chapulines and Chiles en Nogada), although that's likely due to sourcing. I walked over to Jaleo, solely because I respect Jose Andres too much not to spend with his restaurants. I hope my next time in Oyamel isn't like this
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and our server were excellent.
  36. CC

    CuriousCarnivore

    Washington DC

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love Jose but success may be compromising quality. No guacamole available. Special pork dish dry and not hot. Good news is that wait staff attentive and friendly. Reservation kept and shown to table immediately. No recognition of birthday.
  37. LF

    LisaF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Brussel sprouts were a wee salty (perfect for someone who loves salt more than me, though!) but the margaritas more than made up for it. Absolutely perfect. And our server was just the right amount of attentive without hovering.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place. Food was outstanding and service was too!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely recommend this place!!! Service 100% Food 100% ambience 100% be aware this is like a “fine Dining” type of place meaning the plates are smaller version, we had the duck, fresh guacamole, meatballs, fried cauliflower and other hot plates and they were all delicious. On top of this the drinks were to die for and if you have time to make it during happy hour you will enjoy it even more.. give it a try if you are down for a different experience while eating Mexican food.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Had a nice time however I chose this place because they have happy hour specials. The happy hour menus do not say that it’s only limited to the bar area. I’d suggest adding that verbiage to the online menus. Overall good food and will come back.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.3 stars by 8965 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Oyamel

401 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    D Street

  • Area

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.

  • Public Transit

    Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    José Andrés; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (202) 628-1005

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Let’s Get The Party Started! At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Party Coordinator: (202) 810-8284

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