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Oyamel, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Oyamel

4.6
4.6
9339 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. 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

9:00 p.m.


Booked 113 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Omar Rodriguez
  • Private party facilities
    At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door. Our bright spaces and vibrant décor paired with savory Mexican bites and unique cocktails come together to create an event you’ll never forget.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    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
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 9,339 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

  • District of Columbia

    Mexican

9,339 Reviews
  1. Kachinamicha2014

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great good, wonderful service. We loved the guacamole, chayote and ceviche.

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  2. Claire

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The first time I went to Oyamel a year ot two ago, it was incredible. I went recently for my birthday, and it was terrible. The food was bland (like actively not worth the calories), the service was inattentive, and the room so loud that we had to shout at one another. I hope it was just an off night.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My teenage son wanted to try a Michelin star restaurant and this one was perfect!!! Food was excellent, price was reasonable and service was outstanding. Portions are smaller a bit like tapas, which is great when traveling!! We will definitely be back

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  4. BeckMom

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Will visit again. such a cheerful decor.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome! We really appreciate “real” Mexican food in USA like this in Oyamel. Thank you!

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  6. karenk

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and Food and Service were excellent. Can't wait to come back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were fantastic as usual! Such a beautiful restaurant.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Phenomenal food and wait staff. Fairly affordable.. especially considering it was in DC The only thing is that it was very loud even with an early dining time, but still tolerable

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  9. ShelleyL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent as always. The "salt air" margueritas and freshly made guacamole and chips were fantastic and the service was outstanding. Even on a busy Friday night our server made us feel welcome and went above and beyond to be sure our needs were met.

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  10. BrianM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    6:15 on a Thursday night and the bar was packed so a reservation was a great idea. We shared 3 plates and a pitcher of margaritas. The drinks and all 3 dishes were very good. The only issue was that conversation was very difficult, even at a table removed from the main room. On a slow night, or a slow time, this is perfect for catching up but the inability to hear someone 2 feet away would give me pause in the future. Again, food and drink we spot on.

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  11. DiningOut

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The favorite choice of our group from the trip. Lots of delicious choices with great service. Attentiveness to allergies was particularly reassuring and wonderful. Highly recommend and will hope to be back!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great!!!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Undersold on cocktails. Food was good not great. Mixed service on a quiet Tuesday night.

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  14. EllenW

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect meal and service! We can’t wait to go back!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for a great Mother’s Day dinner! The food was incredible!

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  16. CWink

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This visit to Oyamel was not as good as previous visits. The food was excellent, as always, but the vibe was different. Maybe it was because it was Mother's Day, but we were shunted into a dim back room, seated near families w/ kids, which is not the vibe we were hoping for. (We were there pre-theater.) The service was very slow and attentive in a really kind of phony way. It just felt off and less sophisticated than it usually is. So specify if you want to be in the front room or outside and maybe avoid on the Hallmark holidays.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best Ceviche in the Washington DC region!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always here. Given that this reservation was on Mothers’ Day and restaurant was quite full, the staff was very accommodating with our 5 and 7 year old daughters.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience at Oyamel! The staff was courteous and welcoming. I had mistakenly only booked a table for 2 instead of 3, but they accommodated us immediately. The service was excellent and the food was mouth watering and delicious! All in all a wonderful experience and choosing to surprise my wife with our Mother's day lunch at Oyamel was worth it! It left us asking for more and we will definitely be back soon!

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  20. Lorena

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought my Mexican mama to brunch for Mother's Day and she was delighted with the authentic guacamole! It's always a good sign when my mom loves the Mexican food!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative, delicious, fabulous house margarita. The green sauce tamale is the best!!!

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  22. Jeutie

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the chefs menu and was delicious but - a lot - of food. Margaritas did not disappoint either.

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  23. Hope

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best! Eat here whenever in DC. Always inventive and amazing.

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  24. LeslieG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish we had here was delicious, starting with the guacamole. The medium spice had the perfect amount of spice and it was super fresh. The camerones and trout dishes were my absolute favorites, seasoned to perfection. Even the veggies on the trout dish were amazing. I also enjoyed the brussel sprouts. We didn't mind it, but it can get kind of loud in there so if you're looking for a romantic vibe, this isn't it. It was perfect for a group of girlfriends wanting to celebrate a birthday and catch up. Oh also, if you like margaritas, the Oyamel margarita was awesome!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined at Oyamel 3 years ago and had a fantastic meal. The second time that we ate there (about 1.5 years ago) the food was so-so. Last night, the food was extremely poor to average -- we each ordered the tacos (and the quesadilla). They weren't tasty -- the mushrooms seemed cheap. Our plates were 1/2 uneaten by the time that we left. You can find much better\tastier tacos at Taco Rock in Arlington and Annandale. Not sure if there's a new chef but we won't be returning to Oyamel

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  26. ExceptionalDining

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and excellent service! The Oyamel Margarita with Salt Air and the guacamole are musts!

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  27. Bloomkoi

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic like all of Jose’s restaurants! Highly recommended!

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  28. RobM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small plates done extremely well. Very creative food and drinks.

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  29. carleyp

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was amazing and the food and drinks were incredible and very authentic. So glad I chose this spot!

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  30. CHart

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner and great seevice. Music was a bit loud, but overall, it was enjoyable.

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  31. MelissaB

    Toledo

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Always my top place to visit when in DC.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time here. Make a table reservation in advance as it gets packed during happy hour!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, amazing drinks. Can’t wait to go again.

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  34. AllieB

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyamel is my favorite restaurant in DC. My only complaint is that their outdoor dining wasn't open that day.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and somewhat exotic compared to your usual Mexican restaurant. The drinks were tasty and had the right amount of alcohol. The service was great. Our server Guillermo did an excellent job at explaining the different dishes not only in English but in Spanish as well. Guillermo’s attention and fast service made our experience at Oyamel wonderful. If we come back to DC we will visit again.

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  36. KathyF

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous, interesting food. Wonderful cocktails. We always get the guacamole and tuna ceviche—so good! Tried the pork belly quesadilla—fantastic! Salt air margaritas so tasty. Service is always on point, attentive, informative and friendly. One of our favorite pregame places to eat when in DC. Can’t wait for our next visit!!

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  37. DoubleD

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exceptional! Started with Bass Ceviche and Guacamole. Tacos for entrees and of course the chips and salsa. Great atmosphere and the service was excellent.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Oyamel on the recommendation of a friend and were very pleased. We will go back again when in DC. We will also tell friends that are going to DC

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  39. MikeC

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food. The prices are surprisingly affordable for a restaurant of this quality. Had a party of 6 for lunch. Everyone was very happy.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Other than noise level, everything was great. We had the guac, chicken thigh tacos, sautéed shrimp, beans, and the chocolate custard dessert. We enjoyed every dish. Our waiter was very helpful and helped me choose dishes that were not heavy on the heat.

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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 4.6 stars by 9339 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 113 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Oyamel

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

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    D Street
  • Neighbourhood
    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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Omar Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-1005
  • Private party facilities
    At Oyamel, it feels like a fiesta the moment you walk through the door. Our bright spaces and vibrant décor paired with savory Mexican bites and unique cocktails come together to create an event you’ll never forget.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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