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Downtown / Chinatown
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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202 (D Street)
+1 202-628-1005
11:00 - 02:00
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere. Guacamole is very nice, made fresh table side. Had the small plates of meatballs, tamales, ceviche, shrimp, pork tacos (two small plates plus a taco for $20). All the dishes were very good. Seasoned very nicely. Very good margaritas too!

Thank H2O_log
Vienna, Austria
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487 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We just enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Oyamel. Everything was delicious and very high quality. We had great margaritas, guacamole, chips, salsa, tacos (Baja fish taco very yummy), beef, enchiladas, and omg a tamale to die for. We had a 9 pm reservation but showed up,at 8:35 and were seated right away. The only con I can think of is... More 

Thank LivingInWien
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122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on Friday night, party of 4. Had a reservation so got seated right away, but it was literally 45 minutes after we sat, that waiter finally took our order. Dinner for 4 took 3 hours. Table made guacamole was great. Their chips & salsa were different, and addictive. The street tacos were nice - three was the right size.... More 

Thank Tink0707
San Francisco
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207 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even on a Sunday night, there was an hour wait. Fantastic Mexican (not Texmex) food with good service and great margaritas. Everything we tried on the menu was superb.

Thank Gearhead85
Fairfax, Virginia
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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here for lunch on.a Monday. We made a reservation just to be sure. We were seated right away. The place was bright with cheerful decor - like a fiesta...with live cacti plants. The food was great and you should try their made to order guacamole. Price is reasonable considering that this is owned by Chef Jose Andres.

Thank Liza C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I treated myself to a birthday lunch. Oyamel is FABULOUS!!! The wait staff is attentive without being annoying. I had the black bean soup with mahi mahi tacos and wild mushroom tacos. The food is spot on DELICIOUS! I also had a great refreshing drink that I want to try to duplicate at home. It's coconut water and lime mixed... More 

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Naples, Florida
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300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So much was so good. You walk in, the vibe is fun and energetic, and the decor is fantastic. The front desk staff are very welcoming and accommodating.....of course you can have a different table! The food.....ahhhh. Some of the best we've ever had. It arrived to our table hot and delicious. So good, except - no serving spoons, or... More 

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Queretaro City, Mexico
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168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

They have recently expanded. They are now about twice the size they were before. On Sunday afternoon, we were lucky to get seats at the bar. Before the expansion, we wouldn’t have even been able to get in. I don’t eat Mexican food in the United States. I lived in Mexico and it isn’t the same. On the other hand,... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very authentic and delicious. The design of the restaurant was very cool as well. The service was good.

1 Thank Tommy L
Kearny, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty long wait, 45+ minutes but I enjoyed the place. Food was great, they make fresh guacamole right in front of you. A lot of spicy foods but I enjoyed it. I got a chicken taco and a chicken enchilada. It's tapas, so make sure you order more than one thing if you're hungry.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?