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Oyamel, Washington, DC

Oyamel

4.7
4.7
8991 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

7:00 PM


Booked 18 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

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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 8,991 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

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  1. MB

    MichaelB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did restaurant week and it was phenomenal!!
  2. EF

    ElenaF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was delightful
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and value for Restaurant Week. Generous portions and delicious food.
  4. L

    Lindsey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Service was good and the ambience was fine, albeit loud in there. The food was the big let down. Everything was so bland. I've never had pork woth so little flavor.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding and food was delicious! Great choice for an impromptu gathering with my friends!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Awful, unprofessional, sloppy
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Food was delicious but there weren’t a lot of beef or seafood options (not including octopus). They recommend 2-3 plates per guest however, the serving sizes are small and cost $13-$15 per plate. The quesadilla for example was really just two tacos kinda sealed closed with cheese. The tortillas were also grainy and left a lot to be desired. I know corn tortillas are traditional however, a flour tortilla option would’ve been nice. The issue for me was the service. We had a reservation and still waited about 15-20 mins to be seated. Then when we were sat we waited another 15-20 mins for our server. He arrived empty handed with not even a pitcher of water. It wasn’t until another 15 mins that we were able to flag him down for water then he only filled 3 of our 4 glasses. For an appetizer, we ordered queso and the guacamole and our server forgot the guacamole so we waited again for that. Once we did receive our guacamole it was delicious and worth the $16 to me. We had to ask for our check multiple times and once we did receive it, there were items on there that shouldn’t have been. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants downtown but value and the service was just not worth it. I understand everyone is short staffed however if you aren’t able to meet demand maybe offer take out service only or close sections of the restaurant.
  8. DO

    DeborahO

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One member of our party thought there may have been superfluous ingredients in some of the dishes. The food was wonderful. Our service was excellent. The margaritas were delicious and enjoyed the salt air. The chips, salsa and guacamole were tasty and fresh. One member of our party would like to have see more creativity in that area. The coffee desert was much appreciated.
  9. ES

    ESP2

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second tom8ne there and I was even more pleased with everything!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose Andre’s has the gift to make a symphony out of the food A poem with the combination of the perfect ingredients, respecting the ethic flavors and authenticity of Mexican food I’m Mexican, when I want to really sumerge into Mexican authentic food Oyamel tasting menu is my way to go. Tacos de carnitas Michoacán style, the taste to perfection like eating them in the plaza Ceviche, so fresh no need to add nothing , while eating it I went back to Baja in my memories Thank you José Andrés and your team at Oyamel for cooking such great food
  12. s

    spinsterk

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As always great food and great value. Our favorites were available and as good as I remembered.
  13. MD

    MichelleD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish - but remember, it's small plates. We ordered the brisket that was the base of feeding all of us, plus several small plates.
  14. k

    krichsc

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Service started off slow but did get better. The Guacamole was delicious and we ordered tamales and tacos to share. The chicken tacos were very good but the pork used in the tamales and tacos was dry and tasteless. Overcooked and clearly left under a heat lamp. Very disappointing especially after the server recommended the tamale special- it sounded amazing but was only edible after pouring salsa over it. The dessert pastel de tres leches con pita was fine but not at all what was expected. Overall the restaurant was a letdown. I would go back for happy hour but keep to the guacamole and cocktails.
  15. LB

    LauraB

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    When bringing extra salsa, the bowl was accidentally dropped and splashed. No biggie, accidents happen. Some of the Salsa went into my glass of coke. The glass was not empty. They sell tiny bottles of coke for $6 each, no refills. I told our waiter and all he did was bring me a new glass of ice. He could’ve brought a bottle of coke as well but he didn’t. They do a heavy upsell at this restaurant. When I was ordering my drink, the waiter suggested I order 2 because they are so small. I agreed but he didn’t offer to replace it so I was not a delighted customer.
  16. DC

    DCfoodfan

    Washington DC

    171 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a good choice for a pre-theater meal. Everything is good!
  17. JM

    JimM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Decent food and restaurant. Nothing special .
  18. BA

    BigAl

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food excellent but drinks arrived after we had finished dining. And they were not cocktails
  19. KF

    KathleenF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently a great spot for dinner! Try their special Oyamel margarita.
  20. LW

    LaceyW

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, with a lot of variety. Service was attentive. The noise level was very very high.
  21. MG

    MariaG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Highly recommend! Guacamole, mushroom tacos, octopus & margaritas were delicious!
  22. ML

    MichaelL

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Service was excellent!! A great evening!!!
  23. M

    Martha

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful window booth, food was outstanding.
  24. A

    Alyssa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    overrated food but margarita was great
  25. L

    Lizzy

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of Chef José Andrés restaurants. Go just to support WCK, but stay for the wonderful restaurant that it is! This place has a fantastic vibe. The staff is warm and friendly, the food is delicious, the guacamole is outstanding, and the spicy margaritas are fabulous. HIGHLY recommend!
  26. K

    Kapsabet

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined at Oyamel frequently. It gets better and better!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious and our service team was excellent.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 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!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

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

    HannaM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

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

    JSMS

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 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.
  35. L

    Larkanator

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 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!
  37. G

    Gourmand

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 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.
  38. BD

    BrigitteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 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!
  40. AM

    AMM4FOOD

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

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

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff 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 4.7 stars by 8991 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 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

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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

  • 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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