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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 13 July 2015 via mobile

As soon as we walked in, the place was bustling with people. There was quite a long wait to be seated as the place was heaving, but the colourful bar kept us busy. They had a great selection of unique cocktails for those who drink,...More

Thank Yasmin T
Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Stumbled on Oyamel on a recent visit. Could not have been happier. Our server was wonderful and helpful with suggestions. From the salt foam margaritas and handmade chips, salsa, and guacamole to the small plate selections (which just got better and better) to the coffee...More

Thank GeorgiaGirlinCT
Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

My friend told me Oyamel has the best margarita with sea salt foam on top, that I should try. She was absolutely right, this was something totally new! Great taste, I love salt and especially on top of margarita. The place seemed very busy, nice...More

Thank Emil R
Reviewed 11 July 2015

We planned our visit to DC with a reservation at Oyamel for 7:30pm on Sunday 7/5/15. We arrived at the restaurant around 5:40pm and stated that we would just put our name in for the next open table and they could delete our reservation. The...More

Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

We had the prix fixe and it was epic. One of the best nights / experience we've had in a long time. Margaritas rock, as does the guac. We immediately booked to come back the next night. So good!

Thank Ryan T
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Good food, ambiance and great margaritas. Food comes in small portions so by the time you have had enough to eat, you have racked-up a sizable bill. Still worth it but don't walk in expecting a bargain. For instance, my two boys consumed $32 worth...More

Thank DC-Brussels
Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

Love the Oyamel Margarita with its salty foam topping. Guacamole made tableside to your liking -mild, medium, or spicy. Octopus is amaaaaazing. Variety of ceviche dishes- my favorite is the striped bass. Crispy Brussels sprouts were excellent. Only thing that didn't wow me was the...More

Thank TravelingwithPamAnn
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

Best place to eat in DC hands down. Great food and amazing service. Go during happy hour and sit at bar. And get the the Oyamel drink, it is wonderful.

Thank Raine M
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Took the family here for lunch. They have a tapas style menu. My wife loved the tacos as did my children. I ordered the brisket taco and it was easily THE BEST TACO I have ever eaten in my entire life. We started off with...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Went here for lunch and I was pretty happy overall with every aspect of my meal. Everything is good, the atmosphere, the service, the food, but nothing stands out as anything better than pretty good. The Atmosphere is light and airy with a neat theme,...More

Thank SoCalTraveller9
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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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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