Oyamel

4.7
9101 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 our staff to be fully vaccinated. We request all 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
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  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 9101 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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nicholasb
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time on margaritas Monday! Josh made us a few of his special cocktails as well and he is supremely talented!

Food was amazing as always!! Looking forward to our next visit!!

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YingR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Oyamel does not disappoint! Delicious cocktails and brightly flavored tacos served with care around health protocols made for a wonderful birthday experience.

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vipCarolC
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tacos were terrific! Margaritas were magic! Server was friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Oyamel never disappoints, and this meal was no exception.

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VeraD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were excellent. We ate a late lunch indoors so the noise level was not a problem. Server was knowledgeable about the food and could answer our questions about the decor.

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AdrianaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, food, drinks were perfect. Thank you guys!

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Elighsac
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food as always and a courteous staff

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RobertoG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food. The chef’s tasting menu is amazing.

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vipStephen
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Oyamel used to be the best Mexican restaurant in the DC area and it was a favorite of mine. Sadly, the pandemic has taken its toll. The menu is dramatically reduced and the remaining dishes are not as well-prepared as before. Portions were small and service was slow. The wait staff was very nice, but the kitchen is not up to its previous high standards. The price was very high for what we got. I hope that Jose Andres will work his magic and restore Oyamel to its previous glory as we move into a recovery from the worst of the pandemic.

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SueP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the many things I adore about Jose Andreas' restaurants is that they are all equally wonderful! Oyamel is the Mexican version & it is amazing. Start with a ceviche or two (we have the special atun pacifico & the ceviche roja), add a salad (the beets were awesome!) and a vegetable (cauliflower & brussel sprouts, so good) and finish up with some tacos. The margaritas were perfection, the tres leche cake was just the right amount and the coffee was very strong, just the way I like it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family get togwther

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vipMyronL
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I sat outside on a somewhat chilly day. Oyamel had outdoor heaters, so it was quite comfortable. I paid by credit card and cycled the 2 miles home. When I arrived, I had a message from Oyamel that I had left my credit card. I was very happy it was able to track down my phone number and call me ASAP. I went immediately back and retrieved it.

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PaulaE
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous flavor combinations - imaginative and SO delicious! What a treat! ❤️

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WorlddinersX2
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff very accommodating to my request for quieter table. Lively decor and atmosphere. Waitstaff did exceptionally well on a very busy rainy Saturday afternoon.

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vipSteveC
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pre-theater option, across the street from Shakespeare Theaters. Outstanding food and drinks, and quick service made for a good evening.

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KirstinT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was excellent except for the music blaring, even outside! WHY?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had dinner outside. The tents work well and they did a good job of trying to create a nice dining atmosphere; even though you are right on the street. The food was excellent. The enchiladas were a big hit at the table. The service was great as well; it was rather busy and our drinks and food came out quickly.

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MichelleT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The ceviche was extremely fishy, leaving a terrible aftertaste. I never had a bad meal here, so I was quite surprised. I regretted bringing my friend here that night because I had hyped it so much. I will not recommend this restaurant in the future. I will come again only because of past meals, but this time started off bad, and went downhill from there when the staff asked us to switch tables. The rest of the meal was okay. The only good thing was seeing my friend that I haven’t seen since the pandemic began. Only wish the meal was perfect.

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GlennK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Mexican restaurant with a flair and nice vibe. Don't stick with a stand-by...try anyone of the outstanding dishes. I have never had the anything twice and have always thrilled with everything. Service is and has always been impeccable.

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EdgarC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It’s a nice go-to place for office lunches and meeting friends.

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ShannonA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Delicious food. Appropriate portions. Too much up selling.

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vipWayneK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a night out or pre-Caps game dinner (Capital One Arena is two blocks away).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend the tequila flight. Our server Ezra was great

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MollyO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I were in DC for a quick 24 hour trip and Oyamel was one of the highlights. I made the rez last week bc Oyamel looked like it hade several vegetarian options for my daughter. We got to our reservation too early after finishing museums earlier than expected and they seated us soon after our arrival even though they seemed pretty busy. The service was so so good. The mojitos were the best we’d ever had with interesting and gorgeous foam concoction on top. Definitely the best and most interesting Mexican food we have ever had! We will be back and definitely will recommend.

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TexasFran
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect, including the margaritas!!!

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sallygjack
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and great food, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We returned to Oyamel to celebrate my husband’s birthday and, though we’ve been many times before, found this experience not worth the trip. The chips were stale and hard (always had been our favorite!) and the guacamole was bland and not thick at all. I think they forgot a seasoning or lime juice. The drinks were excellent as they always had been, but the food was okay at best. My husband’s half sandwich was actually difficult to cut through..the bread was that stale. Lastly, the side booths by the windows need an upgrade FOR SURE. Super uncomfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it! New outdoor seating is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Food was pretty bad . I expected much better

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IsraelG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant, good food, excellent service. Had a delicious dinner.

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vipMira
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Menu us original and full of flavorful options. Presention and taste was very good. I'll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was AMAZING

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MeaganW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great margaritas and food. Went at happy hour and it was perfect. We were able to try multiple items that were the perfect portion

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GregI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Innovative and delicious Mexican tapas with very comfortable outdoor dining area. Would readily come back.

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Dibr
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing service. Highly recommend the tasting menu

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Darling
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved it. The food was so good. Great value for the menu pricing. I highly recommend Oyamel!

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cajintl
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! Mexican cuisine h!as never been this good outside San Diego/Mexico City.
We did the Chef's selection and the dishes, presentations, and dialog behin each dish was delightful. The pairings were right on and from state. We had a Latin lunch - 2/5 hours and left happy and very full. This is our first time back in 2 years (COVID) and the service and quality of the meals has not suffered. We will be back.

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LizH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner on the outside patio- thankfully it was still a warm night on 10/2. There is the noise from the city roads, but it didn't bother us. The server we had was very attentive and helpful. We tried dishes that we would not normally make on our own and it was very good! The pricing is a bit high for cocktails in our opinion- the one glass of margarita for $ 13.00 seemed a bit unreasonable to us. It would be nice to see them offer a smaller tasting experience as the one on the menu sounded like too much food. We ended up ordering a few of each thing and didn't leave hungry. Overall great experience!

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Alina
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved my margarita! Best margarita ever! I will be coming for another!

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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-1005.

Oyamel is rated 4.7 stars by 9101 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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