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401 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2202
+1 202-628-1005
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (408 reviews)
“tacos” (407 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

Not sure how we feel about this restaurant. We've dined at the Miami Beach outposts and had terrific experiences. This was good, but the lapses in service definitely took our review down a notch. Eager, friendly server was great with recommendations, but was awol later...More

Thank HAV847
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went for a late lunch on a hot day! It was packed, but we were seated within 15 minutes. We had a mix of tacos, veg and chicken that were delicious and tasty. I will definitely come back the next time I am in...More

Thank Priya R
Reviewed yesterday

The three of us had 8 different dishes (it's a little tapas-like) and they were all good to excellent. Dishes range from USD 4 to USD 13 and you'll need 2-3 to each. It's a crowded and busy place so book a table if you...More

Thank sith1968
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here for lunch on a Saturday after biking through the city on a very hot day. We were a party of four and there was no wait. We noticed right away how beautifully decorated the restaurant was and the atmosphere was very welcoming...More

Thank Kaitlyn E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife is vegan and it is can be difficult to find a restaurant that caters to both of our tastes. I'm a huge fan of Tex-Mex but I also enjoy trying new things. This was a really pleasant surprise. We tried the cactus, heart...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We tried to get reservations around noon of the day we wanted to visit, but the only thing available was 4:45 PM and 9 PM, of which neither worked for us. We were told the wait is usually an hour or less for walk-ins and...More

Thank TomMcMenamin
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not your typical lunch place, this is where you come to spoil yourself. Drinks are fantastic, service is super, and the atmosphere is light and conversational. But pricey, ergo the "special occasion". Recommend.

Thank GypsyTraveller94
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited Oyamel on a Saturday night and even though it had a young-person vibe, there were also families there with children. The food here is fantastic. Favorites were the green rice and the cactus leaf, and the potato &Swiss chard tacos were wonderful. Guacamole...More

Thank Amy290
Reviewed 5 days ago

My group stopped here on a day trip to D.C. from Pittsburgh. There were six of us in our party so we tried several different things. My niece got the albondigas and she ate all of them before anyone else could taste them, so I...More

Thank bfglee
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very good. Great drinks. Took the family and friends. A little tough for the little ones whom are chicken tenders only eaters, my kids are adventurous but still weren't fully satisfied BUT we loved it! I still recommend it.

Thank na44
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Lee B
7 July 2017|
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Response from Sailnaked361 | Reviewed this property |
They actually encourage ordering lots of different things and sharing. I think they suggested two or three per person, but with the chips and salsa we ended up ordering three total. Other twosome around us seemed to all... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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