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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
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401 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004
401 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
$$Mexican Restaurant, Tapas BarToday 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM – 12:00 AMMonday 11:30 AM – 12:00 AMTuesday 11:30 AM – 12:00 AMWednesday 11:30 AM – 12:00 AMThursday 11:30 AM – 2:00 AMFriday 11:30 AM – 2:00 AMSaturday 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana combines Mexico’s rich regional culinary traditions with modern urban fare, along with an impressive selection of cocktails and tequilas at this upscale Mexican restaurant.
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Lively, upscale spot with creative Mexican tapas & street food, plus a lengthy cocktail & wine menu.- Google
"Mexican food taken to the next level by Jose Andres."
"Love the black bean soup."
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Mady Jatta
a week ago
This was a random stop and also happens to be my first time at this restaurant. I found the various offerings to be delicious. Some a bit spicy, most a bit smokey. Even the simple chips and salsa at the start were special. Friendly, efficient staff, personable, and great location. I ordered chimichanga and it was so good! I will recommend this location, if you happen to be in the area looking for something to eat.
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Helen Shin
in the last week
I thought I got the worst seats in the house. Our server was very friendly and patient. I decided to try out some of the things with the weirdest names and ingredient, just to be adventurous, and turned out I did not like any of them. Next time I will stick with things that are more typical. My friends all compliment on their fresh-made guacamole though.
Izzie Gonzales
2 months ago
Excellent, if you can't say what you wan't just point to it on the menu, I'm sure they'll understand. Great and friendly host, Excellent food, Off the charts delicious Ceviche, Guacamole is perfect, DESSERTS ARE BEYOND GREAT, Tasteful atmosphere, TIP: Come as early as humanly possible, the chips are hot and fresh, and the service is much quicker.
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Michelle Tegerdine
3 months ago
The place looked good at first. It had a nice atmosphere and good service, but that is where it ends. The food was ridiculously expensive for what you got. 8 dollars for 1 mini taco with 2 chunks of fat. Only go here if you are looking to blow 100 bucks on one meal, for poor quality food. We spent 32 dollars on a small plate of refried beans, cheese. And a small portion of sour cream with tortillas the size of a coaster. Never. Again. EDIT: Went to subway for a real dinner. I couldn't pay for another restaurant after that but at my least subway sandwich didn't cost 50 dollars.
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Nelson Cortes
a week ago
A couple of friends recommended this restaurant. Initially, we were suspicious as its not common to hear about mexican tapas. Once we got there we started enjoying the place. Welcoming people, were seated quickly, and great service throughout the night. The food... well the food you have to try it. It is absolutely delicious. Definitely have a couple favorites, tuna ceviche, queso fundido with chorizo, and so many good tacos. Highly recommend.
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3 weeks ago
NOT allergen friendly. I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 15 years ago. Eating out can be stressful, especially now that gluten free has become somewhat of a fad. I was visiting family in Washington DC and we wanted to do something fun and unique for dinner. I did my research and found that this restaurant has a large gluten free menu and was excited to go there. Upon sitting down, my family ordered the guacamole. My family munched on the chips and salsa while I was careful not to before I could ask what the ingredients were and how they were prepared. When the waiter came back to make the guac I asked about an allergen friendly menu, at which point he about lost it. He told me that it was too late to order gluten free because everything in the kitchen had already been contaminated and to do that would be a hassle for the kitchen and I would have had to call in earlier in the day if I wanted to order gluten free. He went off on a long loud rant about how "you people" are making the health department shut down our businesses and that there is really nothing he could do for me. I felt so embarrassed and felt like walking out of the restaurant with my tail between my legs. He was so loud everyone around our table was staring at us. I apologized and told him that I would be ok and I could find something to order that would be okay (I am pretty knowledgable with what I can and can't have) just to warn me if it is breaded or fried. At this point he took my menu away. He came back about 10 mins later and handed me an allergen free menu and then walked away. I was absolutely humiliated, embarrassed, and felt like the worlds worst person and biggest burden on that restaurant. That being said.. I didn't get sick and the food was alright. Very fun atmosphere and great location.
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Nick Canino
2 weeks ago
A nice place with a fun atmosphere. Although seeting is a bit close. The food is great! Fresh and made as it's described and plated as its depicted. Highly recommended. Although, if you're money conscious, This might not be the place for you.
Samantha Lewis
3 months ago
Me and my parents went to oyamel this summer and were very impressed. Most Mexican restaurants serve heavy and greasy food but oyamel is completely different. All the food was amazing! The guac is made on the spot and is extremely fresh and delicious. My father and I ordered individual tacos and they were all amazing. I would highly recommend the pork belly taco. My mother ordered the quesadilla which was also delicious and high quality just like the tacos. If I ever make it back to DC I will definitely head to oyamel for an amazing meal.
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