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Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Gluten Free Options
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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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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

This is a great place to go for unusual Mexican fare. However it is a bit crowded with seating. The bar is better. But food terrific. Locals go there a lot.

Thank Barb W
Greenfield, Massachusetts
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140 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

Fresh Flavors and great service in a bright and colorfully decorated Central American style restaurant. I enjoyed the chips and salsa and a beer and followed it with some really good ceviche. Although every thing was priced a little high, I expected as much from an up class downtown spot. I ended up trying a couple of tacos as well... More 

Thank DavidHD413
Hamilton, Canada
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014

We decided to pop into Oyamel after passing by the day before and watching the table-side quac service. We had an early weekend lunch and splurged for the table-side quac (which we devoured), along with a few of the recommendations that our waitress gave. We both had the homemade juices (raspberry grapefruit and blackberry) which were to die for. I... More 

Thank anywherebuthere04
New York City, New York
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117 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

Food is hit or miss and for the prices they charge for these small plates. Very disappointing. Since I like Jaleo and Zatinya and been to those places many times, I thought Andres' mexican focused joint would be equal to the task. Sadly, no. Some friends went two weeks ago and felt the same.

Thank Zamalama
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

I have to say I'm mexican. So when I travel in the US I normally go for the foods I crave. This restaurant's decor is very pleasant, the service is good and I had a Nopal asado (spicy hot but good) and 3 fish tacos. i'd eat there every day if I could. Bravo chef josé

Thank irma f
Reston, Virginia
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241 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

Came for lunch mid-week. After the noon rush, so not too busy. We waited a very long time to get someone to come to our table to take drink order. Weird because it was pretty empty- only a few tables were full. Ordered queso- it was like a blob of boring cheese and the corn tortillas with it were not... More 

Thank Susiewoozie12
Fanwood, New Jersey
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014 via mobile

From the outside, it looks like a nice resturant - then you enter a wonderland of imagery! Wow! Wonderfully decorated, with a warm atmosphere! It accommodated large groups and small parties. The food matched the ambiance - delicious and spirited. Definitely worth the experience. Our server was well knowledgeable about the menu and added to greatness of the experience!

Thank Dismutase
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014

Amazing bar with cheerful vibe. Great fresh fruit drinks and the only place in DC with authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate. Service is always friendly despite the place being packed every night. Go at 5:45 to secure good bar spot or for late night.

Thank NishaNYU
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014 via mobile

Had made a reservation with Oyamel about 1 month before visiting Washington. Was looking forward to this visit so much as had eaten in a couple of Jose Andreas restaurants before. That excitement was short lived! Apparently they don't serve alcohol to anyone who 'looks' under 35 unless they have ID. I had ID but unfortunately my friend hadn't. So... More 

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Port Royal
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

Tasty tapas style dishes....not really suitable for sharing....I wanted the whole dish. Expensive but it's DC. Unique dishes with a authentic Mexican taste. Watch the beverages-- They pack a punch and could sneak up on you. Two sides -- restaurant and bar side.....after work place to "UNWIND"

Thank LaunatkPortRoyal

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?