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) #51 of 2,581 Restaurants in Washington DC ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican, Latin, Spanish
401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
+1 202-628-1005
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (397 reviews)
“tacos” (308 reviews)
“mexican tapas” (50 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

In the past two years, I've probably eaten at Oyamel 45 times. It's that good. Everything here is imaginative and delicious. In the summer, there's stuff that's refreshing, ranging from the ever changing agua frescas to the watermelon and jicama "gazpacho estilo Morelia.". In the...More

Thank Sofiastayshome
Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

This was an absolute gem. Thank you TA for this. The evening stated off with guacamole being made at you table and progressed to a number of tapas style plates from poblano mole to duck to incredible fish tacos and ribs- unbelievable tequila & mescal...More

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Nothing beats happy hour margaritas at Oyamel with chips and their delicious, made-at-tableside guacamole!

Thank jennymd_80
Reviewed 11 August 2015

SO you have visited a couple of crowded museums and walked much of the National Mall and you have tired feet. You go to Trip Advisor and look at the list of close by restaurants. This could be possible small nightmare since I am not...More

Thank Claudia N
Reviewed 10 August 2015

Upon a friend's recommendation, I stopped into Oyamel on a hot afternoon just in time for Happy Hour! I was amazed at the price…where else in DC can you get 2 small tacos, chips & salsa for $5??? Sure the tacos are small, but with...More

Thank 4GTravels
Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

Wonderful Mexican food. NOT to be confused with tex mex offerings. Tacos, mole, brunch offerings were all delicious. Very friendly service.

Thank cdsieb
Reviewed 6 August 2015

What can you not like about this place. You think you have eaten Mexican food, try this place. Again like I mentioned in my review for Rasika, this is a world class restaurant and sets aside from other traditional Mexican restaurants. My favorite plate is...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 5 August 2015

We were a party of five for lunch, and we all ordered different things. Some prior reviewers complained that portions were small: well, that is their motif--order 2-4 small dishes, similar to tapas portions, and voila, you have a complete meal. If you are looking...More

Thank RebelVirginia
Reviewed 5 August 2015

This place is clutch. I usually go here when I can't get into Rasika, which is right next door. Thats not to say this place is not great. Rasika is just my favorite restaurant in town and slightly less good than Rasika is still great....More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Celebrated a close friend's 60th birthday and she wanted to try this Mexican restaurant, part of a chain. Are we happy we did. First colorful and noisy and jam packed. But every dish we had was enjoyable. Our friend insisted we order 1-2 at a...More

Thank EliteTravellers
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
  • E-mail
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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