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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
+1 202-628-1005
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (421 reviews)
“tacos” (339 reviews)
“tapas” (154 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 3 days ago

As some other reviews indicate, this is very much upscale Mexican dining. The idea seems to be to share multiple different kinds of small plates, instead of getting one big traditional plate for one person. Oyamel pulls it off very well. The dishes are uniformly...More

Thank PJA070413
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went for lunch on a Monday. We did not have reservations but there were several open tables. This was our first time here and the server was very knowledgeable about the food and drink menu. I had a margarita (Jose’s favorite) and my husband...More

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went as part of a large group. We had to stand around waiting for about 10 minutes even though we had reservations. However, the food more than made up for it. The freshest and tastiest guacamole I've ever had, served with tonnes of tortilla chips....More

Thank Luluuu
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went for a business lunch during restaurant week. The guacamole was fantastic, but I wasn't as impressed with the other dishes. The flavors weren't always on point, and at times a little too spicy. The decor was really cool and I liked the vibe...More

Thank DP79DC
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went two days in a row and experienced the same thing - excellent food but terrible service. In fact on the last visit I had to stand up to get the attention of the server. It’s really unfortunate when bad service happens to great restaurants...More

Thank chadf305
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is sort of a tapas place, in that the servings are pretty small. We got four dishes between the two of us. The service was excellent, our server advised us superbly on what to order, and was quick to help. I am only...More

Thank Atalya D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The menu is interesting. If you are expecting traditional Mexican food, find another restaurant. The food is trendy. A grasshopper taco? The service is very good and a reservation is advised. Rather expensive for small plate selection.

Thank B1713GTjamesb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be forewarned -- the servings are small, almost "tapas sized", and you will need to order two or more dishes if you are hungry. That said, what you get is excellent and prepared with a good deal of effort. The salsa served with the tortilla...More

Thank Yanni_Pannimayoo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mexican in a slightly modern take. Nachos and salsa is ok - guacamole I recommend spicy. It is good. Food is good service is fine sure could come back but value... i am not sure. Might be me cranky due to jet lag and having...More

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to say, this place has bangin' food, bangin' drinks and they sure do taste best during their bangin' happy hour! $2 tacos + $3 Modelo + $5margaritas = 2 happy people! Don't skip on the fresh guac!!! My friend also did the enchiladas...More

Thank LaLasEpicAdventures
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Lee B
7 July 2017|
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Response from cindypicard | Reviewed this property |
Yes! We usually get 4 dishes between us. The vegies and salads are bigger than meat dishes. But do get tge fresh guacamole!
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Restaurant Details

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