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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 12:00 am
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401 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004
401 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
(202) 628-1005oyamel.com
$$Mexican Restaurant, Tapas BarToday 11:30 am – 12:00 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
"Mexican food taken to the next level by Jose Andres."
"Love the black bean soup."
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Nathan Wellsfry
3 weeks ago
We went on a Monday night, and it was horribly crowded and too noisy to hear each other talk. Then the servers practically ignored our table of 10 people! Except when it came to bringing us water. Also the food was ridiculous. A single tiny taco was $4. You would need at least 5 to make a meal of it. The only redeeming quality was the taste. It was pretty good, but they went a little overboard with the parsley. I will not be going back.
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Tim Evans
2 months ago
Guacamole was great, but the chips were oversalted. My friend's Ahi Tuna (Ensalada de atún) was cooked through, like it came from a can. On my quick lunch combo, the small salad with shallots, apricot preserves, and raisins was too sweet, and the camarones (shrimp) were drowning in a sea of oil. It doesn't have to be perfect, but at these prices ($50 for 2) it could be much closer!
F. Hobbes S.
a week ago
Don't expect to be overwhelmed with great food or service. Sadly, I've been to better restaurants that were holes-in-the walls and border town restaurants. It's seem like this restaurant is more about looks than quality. Judge for yourself.
Gabriela Eufemia
5 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!!!
Ashish Vaidya
in the last week
Supremely expensive! And I'm from bubble prone Silicon Valley. Get ready to shell out thrice the amount to have some fulfilling meal. Don't let the prices on the menu card mislead you... You need to order three dishes per person to have any semblance of a dinner. On the positive side the food tastes good. Time to go have a second, but real dinner elsewhere.
E M
2 months ago
$25 for 4 tacos & a poor quality drink! White people Mexican food. Super seasoned & salty chips. Drink tasted like some grapefruit juice & raspberry kool-aid, and called it agua fresca. Not worth it at all.
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Jessica Rosenberg
3 months 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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Valery Levitt
3 months 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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