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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
+1 202-628-1005
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (450 reviews)
“tacos” (351 reviews)
“tapas” (173 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 2 days ago

We had a margarita and mojito which were delicious. The cerviche was outstanding, we tried both the de atun Pacifico and verde. Then we topped off our meal with main courses of Camarones al mojo de ajo negro andTampiquena de pescado, both of which were...More

Thank Dottie R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Young crowd, great spot for happy hour or dinner. They offer 6 or 8 different types of ceviche. We had two, which were spot on. They have a number of types of margaritas, and they did a good job there too. The host and wait...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Definitely make a reservation otherwise you could be waiting over an hour for a table. The restaurant is in a prime location in China Town (great place for dinner after visiting the Portrait Gallery!) but be sure to book ahead. You will pay $16 for...More

Thank AmandaSuttonE
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a failed attempt to eat dinner at Espita Mezcaleria (where we were informed upon being seated that they were out of the only fish entree), we walked down to Oyamel to see if we could get in. While the wait for a table was...More

Thank McN2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here during our recent visit to DC and totally loved the place. The ambiance of this restaurant is light, fresh and happy. We were seated next to a huge window on a sunny, beautiful day which was just perfect. The food tasted delicious,...More

Thank fasttrackDxB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there with a group of nine of us that wanted to network, which was a challenge because the place is so loud that it was hard to talk to anyone except the person next to you. But we enjoyed the food and the...More

Thank triciagreg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lot of fun here - great cocktails, nice atmosphere. Be careful though because it's easy for the bill to really start to add up. It feels like you could have a similar experience at a different restaurant for less money.

Thank artandtravel99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great fun night here. Great guac, cocktails, and food! Loved the Ensalada de Chayote. Great sauce and very interesting combination of flavors. I also tried the Arroz Verde which was fantastic!!! Will be back when i'm back in DC!

Thank CelticGirlLA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i went with eight extended family members for Sunday lunch, and everyone (all ages) was universally delighted ----- wide selection of creative and unusual options, all with very fresh, tasty ingredients, we ordered a number of different plates and shared it all, from simple and...More

Thank 13francescaj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great decor. Lively atmosphere. Tapas / small plates. Family of four ordered guacamole and various tacos. Lots of non traditional/ gourmet choices. Definite like for a foodie wanting to explore different flavors and choices (beef tounge/ grasshoppers/ baby pig) not found in many American Mexican...More

Thank tiskusre
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, 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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