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Oyamel

Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown / Chinatown
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Gluten Free Options
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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202 (D Street)
+1 202-628-1005
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I probably won't be visiting again. The only two stars that the restaurant stands out in is in decor and drink selections. Otherwise, the food is overpriced and service is not the greatest. My friends recommended this place for happy hour but I decided to give it a try for dinner. Wrong. The food is okay, but not $15 worth... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was in town for business and had an early dinner reservation. Since it was just me, I ate at the bar. My bartender was friendly and provided good service. I ordered a Ceviche to start. It was excellent. I'm from the Midwest so we don't see too many well-prepard Ceviche so this was a treat. I had the tongue... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner is a coeliac and being it was his 30th birthday I wanted to take him somewhere special! He loves Mexican food and generally we can't go super wrong with that style of cuisine having gluten free options. Oyamel was fantastic! We decided to spoil ourselves and have the tasting menu, which was able to made gluten free. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my worst dining experiences ever! Only disliked two things: the service and the food. We were looking for a place to have dinner on election night and a friend mentioned Oyamel. Knowing it’s one of Chef Jose Andres’ restaurant I immediately went along with no hesitation. Couldn’t be more disappointed! I was actually surprised that it was this... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After much research, we scheduled our son's rehearsal dinner for 80 people at Oyamel. That number of people made it possible for us to taste 13 different small-plate dishes, plus a ceviche bar, all of which were amazing! The ingredients were wide-ranging: seafood, beef, lamb, a variety of seafoods, duck and a number of vegetarian dishes so there's something here... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Oyamel has great, authentic Mexican food, great ambiance, drinks, friendly staff. I was VERY disappointed with their NYE party. The price was $95 for all you can eat and drink. That's a great price for that but... 1. They didn't make it clear anywhere on the site nor ticket that food was only between 10:30pm and midnight. Drinks kind of... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had bought ticket for a New Year celebration, Unlimited Food and drinks, wine & beer. A DJ was playing with no feel for what the guest like and so disconnected that he forgot that the New year was at midnight... reacted about 3 minuts after the guest had cheered in the new year with a countdown... what an embarrassment and... More 

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Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For years, I have heard Washingtonians raving about Oyamel but somehow, always missed the opportunity to dine there. We dined there over the holidays. I found it to be chaotic -- lots of people standing around waiting for tables, kids screaming and wait staff bustling about seemingly frazzled. The service was slow but our waitress was very nice and very... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great dinner, and a good time here! The guacamole made at the table was fabulous, along with the chips. The shared small plates were so good, and it's fun to try a variety of different dishes. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Loved the interior design! My only negative would be the noise level, it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Modern Mexican restaurant with nice arrangement, this restaurant offer an elegant Mexican experience. We choose first the Guacamole which is prepare just in frot of you. One of the best I had ever. And the waitress was very nice. Then we had a variety of different dishes that comes in small portion, so you can have many. We had 6.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
    (D Street)
  • Public Transportation: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-628-1005
Description
Oyamel combines Mexico's rich regional diversity with the modern urban atmosphere of Mexico City. The liveliness of the dining room is matched by the creativity of the menu and cocktail list, featuring antojitos-Mexican small plates-ceviches and tacos, plus unique margaritas, and an impressive array of wines and tequilas.

Originally opened in 2004 in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Oyamel moved to its current home in the Penn Quarter in March of 2007.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?