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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” (408 reviews)
“tacos” (407 reviews)
“mexican tapas” (50 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
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Reviewed July 24, 2015

We went with friends which made the evening fun. Without them, this would not have been my choice for a dinner out with hubby. It was very crowded, noisy but fortunately we were seated in a back corner which helped a lot. The food kept...More

Thank Barbara A
Reviewed July 22, 2015

We had a poor overall experience that was saved only by a very nice hostess that informed us about an unofficial kids menu. The staff that we met upon entering was rude and condescending, to the point of offering us a table, 'as long as...More

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Reviewed July 21, 2015

Went at 3 p.m. for an early dinner with 6 ladies. The margaritas were excellent. The raspberry and grapefruit juice was refreshing. The guacamole that was made in front of us was amazing. The salsa was wonderfully smoky. The ceviche was excellent. The grilled cactus...More

Thank Carla S
Reviewed July 21, 2015

I've always wanted to go to a Jose Andres restaurant and finally got the chance. Food was incredible and cheap. I had the fruit salad that had little crystals of hot peppers with that was absolutely wonderful. Next I had the grasshopper taco that was...More

Thank Wizbang237
Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss this place. Tapas style. Amazing tacos. Loved the quesadillas with corn. Cozy booths with pillows. Nice chic and cool vibe and yummy food!

Thank deltapearldallas
Reviewed July 19, 2015

From entering the restaurant to the end of our experience, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Oyamel! The waiter was patient with our questions (especially since my daughter and I were trying out our Spanish!) and very attentive. The food came out quickly in portions...More

Thank mkksimon
Reviewed July 19, 2015

First of all, you need a reservation. Even if you get there and there are 10 open tables they will tell you there is an hour long wait. Even if those tables are open for 30 minutes as you wait. That was frustrating. Regardless we...More

Thank Marie828
Reviewed July 18, 2015

This probably one of the top mexican restaurant in the country!!! Each dish is very creative and delicious. Lot of attention is paid to details. Ceviche Veracruz, Crispy brussels sprouts. We had Café de olla and Jericalla de chocolate con maracuya for desert along with...More

Thank FunTourist
Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is one of the restaurants that started the small plates fad. You don't get much to eat. The owner is such celebrated in Washington, DC. Don't believe the hype. The ambiance is nice, but you can't eat ambiance.

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Great experience! The food and presentation were very nice. Staff was friendly and quite helpful when identifying meals for food allergens.

Thank Michael D
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Response from Sailnaked361 | Reviewed this property |
They actually encourage ordering lots of different things and sharing. I think they suggested two or three per person, but with the chips and salsa we ended up ordering three total. Other twosome around us seemed to all... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-628-1005
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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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