Oyamel

4.6
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8768 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
TEMPORARILY CLOSED. In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19
coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. More details available on our website.

http://www.oyamel.com/covid/

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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What 8768 People Are Saying
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vipexquilynnb
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife’s birthday, but the dinner never happened because the restaurant was closed. The restaurant never informed me that it would be closed. Drove down to the restaurant and saw it for my own eyes. No notification of this ahead of time. I should have received something from the restaurant related to this. Totally disappointed that no one reached out.

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HectorG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent and the Oyamel margaritas are the best

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Not as good as we were expecting. This place is very overrated. The staff was excellent, the service was good and fast, we were in and out within an hour. The food was very tiny portions, but our waiter did tell us from the beginning. The food also wasn’t great. Beautiful set up of the food. The restaurant was very welcoming and had a great atmosphere. Again, great service, but we will not be returning.

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vipomnivore
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first visit to oyamel. We made an early dinner reservation after walking the city all day. The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived but staff attempted to seat us at a table overlapping a door, a high traffic area.
When we finally settled at a different table, we were soon surrounded by others.....no social distancing was considered.
We started with the classic margarita. It was excellent; not too tart and not too sweet.

We shared 4 different dishes and all were good, but the classic ceviche was outstanding. It was beautifully presented and delicious.

The guacamole was very good and made to order. The queso fundito was ok. We should have included the chorizo option. The tamal de mole was very good.
The service was rushed. It felt like they wanted to turn over the table as soon as possible despite the fact it was not very busy.

Overall, the food was very good but the treatment of patrons was less so.

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vipAlex46
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reliably good food, excellent wait staff. We like to support Jose Andres.

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Corvidae
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was everything we desired! There was a remarkable variety and so much of it could be served gluten-free. My adventurous pallet love the grasshopper tacos and serrano margarita, while my dad enjoyed the simpler pork tacos and chicken enchiladas well. Making all of it gluten-free so we could share made my birthday much better.

But we were forgotten for just as remarkably a long time after our meal and unable to get any attention. Another round of drinks and perhaps even another round of food would have been a smash hit, but instead we just waited. Disappointing, especially given it was my birthday, that we didn't make more of it.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
710 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guacamole mild is extremely fresh and delicious. Some of the best chips ever. Cesar salad was perfectly sized and tasted great. Service was outstanding.

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vipStaceyK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Don’t miss the Brussels sprouts or the pork belly quesadilla.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and AMAZING drinks. Awesome atmosphere. A little expensive, but overall great experience.

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vipNickA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good place with high quality food. Energy level was good but not too loud. Nice for a business meeting.

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SueS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. Noise level a little high due to the Caps game that night

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AnneL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We looked forward to our lunch at Oyamel, and we were not disappointed. Even though it was the lunch hour rush, service was excellent as was the food. We look forward to dining at Oyamel again soon.

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vipNancyA
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sophisticated cuisine and attentive service. The ceviches are outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, food couldn’t be better! And service?? It deserves the 5 stars! Thank you! And thank you José Andres for everything you do to help those in need and at the same time provide us, your customers, with excellent food and service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks, Good food, Great service. Very impressed with the timeliness of the food. Kudos to the manager. He was attentive, and very helpful.

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HemantA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was a bit underwhelming. This restaurant came highly recommended. The vibe at the restaurant is great but the food just wasn’t memorable. Really nothing out of the ordinary. My wife had been before and she was disappointed on her second visit here. We ordered a variety of dishes and they were all average at best.

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GeorgeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tapas were excellent and so was guacamole bowl. Noise level high and the booth table for five people quite crowded

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LucaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great innovative Mexican. Very very busy. Noise level to go with it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, the best Mexican restaurant in town

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vipKathieT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They were running late on reservations. Seating was great - near a window, but getting to the seats was a tight squeeze between customers sitting at other tables.

Waitress was not so great in the beginning but got better as the night went on.

Food was AMAZING

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letmebe
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Table was not available until 15 or 20 minutes after reservation. This caused stress as we had theatre tickets. Staff apologized and gave us free margaritas (not helpful for staying awake at theatre) and our server helped move things along, but next time I'll leave more time. Food was fine and reasonably priced.

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MattB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Margaritas are the best, guacamole is excellent. The dishes were hit and miss. I enjoyed my potatoes in mole and the shrimp. My wife was disappointed with her chicken tamale in mole and the chilaquiles were very heavy- all cheese and little else. Many better choices but you would hope for better dishes than these.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your staff treated me and my friend like we were at a resort. I work down the street, so I will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience here, I came with an old friend and absolutely love the experience. Try AS MUCH as possible.

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vipBrasndeisparent
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Very original dishes. Also did a Mezcal flight which was great. Great ambiance . Enjoyed it very much

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JoniHI
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the lunch 3-course menu options for $20 bucks, great value for food and perfect size for lunchtime. The chips and dip they serve you immediately was delicious, though I wouldn’t opt next time to have the guacamole to start for $15. A bit pricy. Love the ambience and decorations, and not too busy or loud for a relaxing lunch meeting.

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thomasq
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious dinner at Oyamel on Sunday night. The service was good, quick and friendly. Food came promptly and was excellent. Third time we have eaten dinner at Oyamel and was good each time. Only down side is it is a little noisy.

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vipCarolineF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came back to redeem a so-so experience a couple years ago — man, did they redeem! So amazing, glad the last time was a fluke. Must get the salt air margarita and Brussels sprouts!

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JamieR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A table of 5, we had great service from start to finish. Our waiter was exuberant and personable, as well as very knowledgeable about the menu. Our drinks and food were served timely and were delicious. We had a visit from the beverage manager to discuss my husband's cocktail, not a common order but delicious as well. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time. My girlfriend always come for her birthday and I was not going to deny her the pleasure. The food was great, our hostess and servers were very kind. It was great!

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StephanyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Chicken Tamale had no flavor. The mole was ok. The tamale came with raw white onions seasoned in salt and lime juice. This helped add flavor to the tamale. Carnitas taco was my favorite: very flavorful, moist, and a bit tangy. Vegetarian bean dish had all the right ingredients but no flavor. Guacamole was fresh. Brown salsa that comes with chips was seasoned nicely and had some heat. Classic margarita with reposado and gusano salt was nice and strong. Our server Grace was awesome!!

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J225sc
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. It was busy so we were seated about 10-15 mins after our reservation which wasn't a huge deal. Our server was great and made recommendations. The food was quick to arrive after we ordered and everything was delicious. It was loud when we were first seated but as the night when on, it was insanely loud and we couldn't hear our waitress. Other then the noise level, it was really great and we would return.

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The tacos and guacamole were pretty great but our vegetable dish was so weird (steamed broccoli in beans? Not what I was expecting) and the chicken mole tamale was kind of forgettable. We had numerous different servers stop by our table all seeming to try to get us to move through dishes as quickly as possible so it wasn’t a nice relaxed and leisurely weekend lunch.

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vipCarolY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to dine with great food. Services was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed there 3 hours, amazing food and ambience

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KelsieW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar was absolutely amazing! My boyfriend and I had a fantastic experience with him guiding us through the menu. The margaritas are great and the food is absolutely amazing!! We loved everything about our experience there and will definitely be going back (hopefully when Oscar is working!!)

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iliag
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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RickK
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and atmosphere, top notch. A little noisy for our visit but fun. The whole trout dish is our of this world.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute. Perfection.

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Oyamel does offer 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 4.6 stars by 8768 OpenTable diners.

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