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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
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401 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004, United States
401 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
(202) 628-1005oyamel.com
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Small Plates Restaurant
Bar
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Monday 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 amSunday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
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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
"Authentic mexican food- and dont think Chipotle and taco bell."
"Love the black bean soup."
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Valery Levitt
a month ago
My friend and I went during restaurant week while I was visiting DC. The food was great and the combinations of ingredients and flavors was so wonderful. We were curious about the salt air margaritas and unsure if we wanted to spend the extra $$ for them, but they were definitely worth it. The flavor was amazing and the margarita tasted amazingly fresh. The decor is cute and the employees were friendly. I would definitely come back if I visit DC again.
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Jessica Rosenberg
2 weeks ago
We came here for Restaurant Week when Rasika wouldn't seat us within what must have been 90 minutes. So we were pleased that Oyamel seated us immediately. The walk to the table felt whimsical with the decorations, and the decorations continued to be a source of entertainment and fascination throughout the evening. The guacamole--I don't get it. It's guacamole. Kind of bland guacamole at that. Creamy, but that's about it. I definitely would not order this again, and would not recommend that *anyone* order it at that price (something like $13!!). The tableside creation somehow isn't that impressive, either, so I'm not sure why they even mention it. An overall bust. Especially since Oyamel gives you free chips and salsa to start, and the salsa is actually quite interesting with its smoky flavor. From there, the Restaurant Week menu got each person three plates, one taco, and one dessert. I loved four of these five items--the ceviche (very light, nice chunks of fish, GREAT spice that left my mouth warm), the sweet potato taco (warm with nice crunchies on top to give texture), the chicken tamale (nicely cooked in a tasty sauce), the tres leches dessert (the best I've ever had!). I was only unimpressed with the mushroom dish, as the texture was a little uncomfortable... endless tiny little pieces of chopped up slickness, to give you a sense. I also had a mojito. It took itself too seriously and cost too much for what it was. It was fine, but utterly forgettable. "Lime air" (read: foam) and all. The service was fine. Why three stars, then? The price. For two people, the bill (with tax and tip) came out to $130. Absolutely insane for five small plates and some bland guacamole. I'd be curious to come back here, but would want to be very careful with the bill. It's good food, but it's not $75pp good.
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Luis Moya
2 months ago
If you are really crazy about surprising tasteful food. There is no way you can find cheaper menu for a fantastic kitchen art work. Once in DC. Walking distance from the American Mall. on 7 th. Unpretentious but joyful roomy interiors. Nice bar , and keep in mind that there is the tuna ceviche (mouth-watery nuts flavor, and so on.)
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Terry Myers
2 months ago
The most amazing fresh Mexican food I've ever tasted. Service was excellent. Chips were warm and we'll seasoned. Fresh guacamole was amazing Expensive at $4/taco but ok if you are interested in a good dining g experience
Gabriela Eufemia
2 months ago
Food was great! & management was wonderful. It was the first time we visited DC and it was the first restaurant we went to ... and the last restaurant we ate from before leaving. Not sure if it's because we are used to southern hospitality here in Texas but if the servers were just a little friendlier, or maybe just had a little smile it would have definitely been 5 starts. A pleasant waiter makes for a great meal! Also the chips and salsa were amazing!!!
Cutberto Ocampo
2 months ago
I can't wait to visit Oyamel again. First of all, I've been living in Mexico for the past 39 years, so I know a thing or two about Mexican food... I asked for the Tuna ceviche, and for me it was the BEST. CEVICHE. EVER. Fresh tuna, so soft and tender it practically dissolved in my mouth. The combination of flavors was mind-blowing, acid, and salty flavors in a perfect combination. I also asked for a suadero taco and the chipotle meatballs. The suadero was well cooked, and the chipotle meatballs were great, maybe a little salty, but other than that it was a typical mexican food, like my wife (or mom) cooked all of these dishes. Staff was very friendly and attentive, even when all the tables were occupied. Bottomline, if you want to try tasty, spicy, authentic Mexican food in D.C., you CAN'T miss Oyamel. PS. I can't finish without mentioning that I forgot my receipt at the table, and Jasmine Chae, the Manager, was so kind to look for it and email me a copy of it, because I was already outside the US. Thanks again, Jasmine.
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Becky Wood
3 months ago
This place knows how to mix a margarita! Top shelf options are all fantastic, especially the Oaxacan Orange and the classic Oyamel. Fabulous place to get a pitcher with some friends and fill up on fresh guacamole. The tableside guacamole service is a tourist favorite, but also worth it for a special occasion or date night. So many taco options! If you're feeling adventurous, the cricket tacos (chapulines) are a nice choice. The tacos themselves are pretty small, tapas-style, so be prepared to eat 6 or more if you want to feel full. I usually try to sit outside when the weather is nice, but the interior is beautifully decorated and they have a great bar with extensive drink menu (not just margaritas.) For cold weather, try the pozole rojo.
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Rene Rivera
4 months ago
The food is very good. The brisket taco is excellent. Drinks are great. Service is good. Wish the meat was better seasoned. A little adobo will go a long way.

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