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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” (400 reviews)
“tacos” (403 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 2 weeks ago

Was heading to a play at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC on Saturday. It was an early show and we wanted to get a bite to eat nearby and found Oyamel. What a great choice – perfect place for lunch. We got there right at...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, decent service but a little slow. I do not know how fast it normally is because it was a festival weekend. Highly recommend the table side made guacamole. The margarita was good. Prices on par with your average D.C. mid-priced restaurant. I wouldn't...More

Thank Lindseydd2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a friday afternoon to Oyamel. We actually had a reservation but it was for much later that afternoon. We sat at the bar. Had Margaritas, table side guac and a fine selection of tacos. Everything was awesome. Service was outstanding and the...More

Thank Don L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We signed in and were told wait time would be about 45 minutes. It ended up being one hour and 45 minutes but it was late evening and the place was pretty packed. We probably should have ditched after waiting about an hour but the...More

Thank Andrea P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone has said that this is the place to try for Mexican food in the District and they are correct. The guacamole that was made table side was the best I have ever tasted (and normally I don't like guac!) I loved getting a couple...More

Thank BorneoMel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tacos were fantastic, margarita, guac and ceviches too. Grasshoppers if you dare try them, but also traditional foods like cochinita pibil and frijoles and cinnamon-laced hot chocolate. Yum!

Thank AandN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we walked into the restaurant it was packed and noisy. We wondered what we'd let ourselves in for! However, we needn't have worried. You select a number of small Mexican dishes, effectively tapas. All were wonderful, Service was excellent and the waiting staff timed...More

Thank Ian W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there for a business dinner (party of seven). It was not the best choice from that perspective - it was crowded, loud and dark. Also, we had to wait for the table about half hour (we had made a reservation, of course). We all...More

Thank Matgla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Expected to be blown away with the food here but we wasn't. Don't get me wrong we will give it another try but we were a little disappointed. Between my husband and I we ordered the black bean soup,short ribs,chicken tacos,fish tacos asparagus..quite a variety....More

1  Thank Bornabrit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was busy, so we ended up sitting at the bar rather than waiting 45 min for a table, but still had a fantastic meal. We ordered guacamole and to delight, they mixed all the fresh ingredients right there at the bar for us. They...More

Thank Michelle G
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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
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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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