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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Mexican Restaurant$$
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401 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004
401 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
(202) 628-1005oyamel.com
$$Mexican Restaurant, Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
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Tapas Bar
Today 11AM–11PM
Tuesday 11AM–11PMWednesday 11AM–11PMThursday 11AM–11PMFriday 11AM–12AMSaturday 11AM–12AMSunday 11AM–10PMMonday 11AM–10PM
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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
"Ordered Green tamal, tacos de lengua, ceviche and pastel de tres leches."
"My friends all compliment on their fresh-made guacamole though."
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Pam Williams
in the last week
loved it! small plates were nice to get variety and not over eat. waitress was super helpful and they have a special allergy/vegan menu. and even tho there were not dairy free dessert options she readily suggested a place up the street for dessert and didn't try to press a sale but cared more about our experience! great atmosphere and food!
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Kayla Fernandez
3 months ago
This place was such a fun find! The atmosphere is light and enjoyable, the decor was colourful and playful, and best of all, the food was excellent! Very delicious, very beautiful and very authentic!
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Nick Sabatello
2 weeks ago
Food was less authentic and more trendy toward modern Mexican. Waiter was a bit arrogant, recommended the $14 Margarita of the day? In hindsight, I likely should have asked the price. Was informed upon placing my order that the dishes are more like tapas and the chef recommends 3-4 "dishes" per person. Maybe they can create a real meal instead of all thee tapas types of plates. The food was ok at best, not thrilled with service. Price was ok for D.C., a bit pricey, but when in Rome.....
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Martin Gutierrez
2 weeks ago
Tapas style food approach. Authentic food- I'm first generation american-mexican. Very close to my mom's cooking. Nice food value except for the Aguas fresca ( a weebit overpriced, imho), but still would recommend.
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Nika Q
2 weeks ago
During our visit to Washington D.C on a long weekend, we stopped by this place and we were amazed. The staff was very friendly and the food itself was delicious. We were so impressed that we decided to visit a second time. The staff and management is very involved and they did their best for each of us. The floor manager even made guacamole right in front of us! The portions are not too big, but reasonably priced, so you can try several. Thank you to Oyamel for contributing to our holiday.
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Noah Boswell
a month ago
Great place for lunch. Portions are small, which is honestly great if your walking the mall the rest of the day. Very good food of high quality and culinary expertise. Guacamole is very good, made at the table to your desired spiceyness level. If you are bringing an apatite I suggest ordering multiple options for each person.
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Daniel Crawford
2 weeks ago
Had a variety of tacos and all were very good; winner, surprisingly, is the mushroom taco. Also had mezcal and traditional tequila margaritas. I loved the mezcal margarita, but it's got a smoky, and less "refreshing" taste. I'd order it over the traditional margarita any day.
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Vishal Sinha
2 weeks ago
We stopped by Oyamel the other day for dinner. It was a good thing we had made reservations before hand, as there was a long wait for folks who had just walked in. This restaurant is pulsing with life and you are immediately wrapped in the mood - the energetic noise level at the bar and the wonderful ambiance! Even though we had a reservation, it took us over 15 minutes to get seated - apparently, out ticket got lost between the 3 maitre d's! That was kind of the mood for the service all evening - forgetful service followed up with a lot of making up for the sloppy service. But the food is what you come here for (along with the drinks). The mojiots were very fresh and flavorful. All our tapas were pretty good too - right from the made to order guacamole to the shrimp, to the brussels sprouts, the tortilla soup, and the tacos! The only meh dish was blackened fish - which would have been good at any other restaurant than here (given the other dishes were just so good). The tacos were good too - fish taco, chorizo, and braised beef. They were out of the grasshopper tacos so I did not get to enjoy that dish. This is definitely a place to try if you want upscale, chic Mexican food set with good drinks and in a lively ambiance!
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