Oyamel

4.7
9127 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.

Safety precautions

Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 9127 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

overall fine

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Cait
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was great, service attentive. Try the Chefs tasting menu-there were too many great items to choose ourselves so loved this option and went home even with leftovers!

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Freha
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I have been a fan of Oyamel for ever but was quite disappointed with the food this time. Quality has dropped

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vipLizS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chicken rice soup a d chicken enchiladas

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AntonioVega
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente sabor. De verdad como si estuviera en Mexico. Volvemos de seguro!

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vipFoodieChuck
Columbus
104 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Having lived in Texas and being spoiled on both Tex-Mex and Mexican, it was solid but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, even better margs.

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vipTangowood
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Because my hearing isn't good, I'd asked for a relatively quiet table. Which is exactly what we got, in a window alcove. The restaurant's accommodation was even more impressive because the place was packed, yet we were given this table for four een though there were only two of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the tapas style so we could try a lot of different foods. Also, the tequila was great!

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delp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance were incredible! Only downside was their website claimed they require COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining, and I called to confirm that was true. I was told it was, but at arrival no one asked for my vaccine card. As a rather anxious diner, that didn’t make me feel very secure. Nonetheless a great dining experience!

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vipBasic
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious. Wash DC fave.

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Clare
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love Oyamel and go all the time. This recent visit was fine but we felt like they created a table in what used to be a walk way for waiters right at the foot of a staircase, and in front of a service station so there was quite a bit of traffic going around us. Otherwise, it would have been a great experience!

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yanke753
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh provided exceptional service behind the bar. We'll be back not just because the food was great, but the service was fantastic! Thank you.

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LANative
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, especially the food!

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BarC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! Food is amazing, plus friendly and attentive service. Dessert will astound foodies. Had Oaxacan chocolate custard with chocolate sorbet, passion fruit gelatin, chocolate and pumpkin seed crumble and fresh passion fruit. Tried it paired with Crema de Mezcal, Del Maguey’s combination of Miel de Maguey and Mezcal San Luis del Rio is smoky with just a hint of sweetness. Interesting, unexpected flavor combinations. Did we mention the house margaritas? Another wonderful surprise!

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vipZZ1026
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Was super crowded due to a concert at the arena, but they were well staffed and provided excellent service in spite of the large number of people. Food was excellent as always

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AlanK
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mushroom taco was amazingly delicious! And the complimentary tortilla chips were much better than most.

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vipNataliaA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and overall experience were outstanding.

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AliciaH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, recommendations and service were all outstanding. You're missing out if you don't make this a regular visit in the District.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Food is delicious!

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MLpartyof5
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the tasting menu as we felt adventurous. Great things we would not have otherwise tried.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal - everything we ordered was superb! Matt, our server, was second to none! We will be back, no question!!!

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JWH514
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Have the margarita pitcher - you won’t regret it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hockey pre game

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KelleyH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food, service, and ambiance was fantastic. We sat on the patio with a heater and it was warm and toasty. The food was delicious.

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ACo1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food though as always a little loud inside

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MaryV
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible flavors and ambiance.

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GayB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I am in the food and hospitality industry, I have dined out very little during the pandemic. This was our first visit back to dc since Covid, and I expected much disruption due to the many challenges of operating a restaurant these days. We had such a wonderful meal at Oyamel (how we’ve missed it!). Our server was a delight, and dinner was amazing.
Much gratitude!

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AndrewB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at a Jose Andres restaurant, and I was impressed. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and helpful with my dietary restrictions, and the food and drinks were all excellent.

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MIZP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención! Buen guacamole. Recomendadas las quesadillas de chicharrón

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a great place to eat. I was disappointed that the vaccine card was not required. I would not have gone there to eat indoors if I had known that.

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vipGeneTee
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My favorite Mexican restaurant in the region. The only place with margaritas better than mine. The food is excellent as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my waiter he was so funny and helpful. I’m
Vegan and he gave me all the options. Food was fast and so good on a busy game night

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SASDiner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I made reservations expecting a large crowd for Saturday brunch. It wasn’t actually crowded, but service was still poor. We had to wait for everything. Ordering, drinks (multiple times), new plates, serving spoons and forks for shareables, etc. Food was good but not amazing. Will try other spots instead of returning here.

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MaribelA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing. Knowledgeable and had great recommendations. The food came out delicious, hot and at a the right pace. It may be "tapas" size, but very filling. Great fresh ingredients that combined made it an outstanding meal. It was a great dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great overall. Great place to hit before an event at the arena.

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ErikG
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The salty/lime foam on the margarita was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had drinks at the bar for happy hour first which was great. Margaritas were amazing as well as the chips and dip. Vibe is great too! Only complaint was the portions for dinner are very small. My boyfriend got the quesadillas which were small and nothing comes on the side, same with my two tacos. Everything was delicious but we left still a little hungry (especially after the margs!).

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Elle
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in DC. Especially for the price

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 9127 OpenTable diners.

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 bookings at the moment.

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