Oyamel

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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.
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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The main course never arrived! When we reminded our waiter he was apologetic and then comped us the food, but still...!

DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner experience at Oyamel! We were celebrating our anniversary and we had a GREAT time! The service was awesome, and everyone was great! I HIGHLY recommend the Chef's Selection!!!

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

Nice experience. Only issue was the place was very loud

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Very attentive staff. We enjoyed our experience.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Get the oyamel margarita with the salt air and explore the veggie plates even if you're a meatatarian like me. They are worth it!!!

TT
Denver
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall

D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oyamel is always wonderful. We love going there. We were treating out-of-town relatives from Colorado to a birthday celebration. Oyamel performed perfectly. Our relatives were quite taken with 'back East' Mexican excellence. Thanks, Oyamel.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great atmosphere

BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Both dishes came to table room temp. I DID NOT let the dishes sit for minutes b4 eating. Tamale w/mole could have been a 5 had it been correct temp. Enchilada verde was very nice after I requested hot food.
What was so annoying is that when I requested from my waiter a hotter food, I was not deemed credible. Another person came to the table & asked what was wrong. I had to “explain”. When I did I was told the plate on bottom was warm, so I was questioned. I asked both of them to taste the dish to see for themselves. I did not appreciate this at all. I was told that due to no microwave, they would have to make a new dish & then waited for me to retract my request. Very insulting. I stupidly left a 20+% tip. Mad at myself. I ate at 3 of Mr. Andres’ restaurants during my visit to DC 3 nites in a row, b/c he is such a wonderful man.

FM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is very responsive and also informative. Jonathan was our server and was absolutely the reason I will come back again and again. The food was fabulous as well. The chocolate sauce for the Churros was more syrupy than I would have liked - consider a 'dark thick dark chocolate chili concoction' and all will be perfect!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Chicken soups were cold. Poorly prepared guacamole without zing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal and experience

N
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and our server Dzenana was amazing, knowledgeable and very attentive. Great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, creatively prepared and served. The place is noisy on purpose, creating a very cosmopolitan overall experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away but you come to expect that with Jose

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Definitely coming back

DS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place great food

CM
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food this is the place!

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious.
Brussel Sprouts are the best.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service!

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Was pleasantly surprised by this place, as I had heard mixed reviews. The Suadero taco and Pescado Baja taco were both delicious! I did notice that happy hour was only served at the bar.

GW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for dates, special events, parties and work lunches.

t
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Serviced felt rushed and our waiter did not have a good attitude.

MC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oyamel is consistently great. Friendly, prompt service with classic Jose Andres food. We used to live around the corner so we've eaten there 50 or so times and we always go back because it's always great. Outstanding ceviche, the best guacamole in town and Andres' unique take on Mexican cuisine.

m
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding. Our waiter really helped in our food choices, and all of the dishes were outstanding.

H
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was cold and meh. Not worth the money and a lot of the options just aren’t good and you’ll still leave hungry.

V
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was okay but the noise level was too loud! We were there on a Saturday night and were not able to hold a conversation.

s
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Outstanding food, drinks and service. Highly recommended

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was food from heaven. Really wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! (Except very loud). Waiter was very helpful. Service was quite quick in spite of busy night. Great experience.

MH
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks. Service was excellent and outside seating comfortable.

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

CHILES EN NOGADA fantastic!!
Everything was really good.
Will be nice to know ahead the special menu.

AK
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and incredible margaritas. Love the atmosphere and great customer service.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Every single dish was very oily and lacked flavor. Disappointing visit. Been here so many times and now reluctant to go back.

TL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite loud and close, but fantastic food and service!

BH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. Food (aside from the quest fundito) was amazing. 3 different tacos, pork belly quesadilla, papas y molè, stuffed poblano. 4 different cocktails, salt air margarita was by far the best drink of the evening. The place was VERY loud but a fun atmosphere. Our server (pregnant) was amazing. Service was great, awesome experience.

WQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyamel never disappoints. I was there with a friend who had never been before. We had the guac (we ordered it medium but it came out hot and they immediately replaced it - the service there is superb), the tuna ceviche, chicken mole, brussell sprouts, and sweet corn. All delish. My friend loved the pomegranate margarita and I had a very nice Spanish rose. Fab eve!

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the closest I can get for authentic Mexican food without going to the underworld...

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