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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
+1 202-628-1005
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (411 reviews)
“tacos” (413 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 yesterday

The food was delicious, but expensive for what you get. What bothered us a lot was that our waitress tried to get us to upgrade to the more expensive dishes, and suggested that we order more than we planned, insisting that the portions aren't that...More

Thank BrusselsSprouter
Reviewed 2 days ago

I save this one for guests, visitors, friends who haven't been, so was lucky to have a chance to return, only to find it's not what it once was. I am going to give it a pass because it is Restaurant Week in DC, so...More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bite after a museum visit. The restaurant was busy and noisy! Food was decent- guacamole made at table and cocktails were good but pricey. Next time I'd skip the salty foam that they put on their margarita in place of...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The format of small plates that are served as ready is a bit of a bother because you have four bites of something and then wait another ten minutes for the next item. However, great location and the food was decent enough.

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Picked up Oyamel to go on my way back from National Gallery. Service for takeout was efficient and friendly. Food stayed warm on my long walk back to the hotel, and quality and taste were excellent. I had the chicken enchiladas, side of refried beans...More

Thank travelsfromCA
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went here on a first date last night (had been meaning to go for months), and wasn't disappointed! The atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice - lots of beautiful murals, flowers, and other art blanketing the walls! I ordered 3 tacos - which were...More

Thank CPP_1234
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food with a wide variety of choices. Excellent service from our server Michael. He was on top of everything. The place to go for small plates.

Thank Chad R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was friendly from the moment I walked in the door. I sat at the bar and both bartenders were extremely attentive and pleasant. They seemed to enjoy their work. The food was fresh and the Bloody Mary was spicy and tasty. The bartender...More

Thank pridged
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was great, fresh flavours with just the right amount of spice. My 10 year old loved the beef tongue taco- he ordered a 2nd one.

Thank debia1013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of eight of us descended on this place and had a wonderful time, good drinks, food. They served authentic Mexican fare and the staff was great. & for DC it was reasonably priced.

Thank parkerisland
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Lee B
7 July 2017|
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Response from Sunit G | Reviewed this property |
Yes!! They are happy to serve you as many or as few as you desire!! They recommend 3-4 per person!! I loved Oyamel as the best one. I have been to Jaleo and Zaytinyq multiple times but, for me, Oyamel is it!! And we loved... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 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
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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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