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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Mexican Restaurant and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
284 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • ceviche
  • jose andres
  • lively
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  • Christy W.
    Everything is good!
  • Trond E.
    Trond Enger1 week ago
    Best mexican in Washington.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    There’s anything better that a good tequila’s drink after Easter egg hunt. Enjoy it at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana with Pueblo Viejo.
  • Wrock
    Wrock3 weeks ago
  • Reserve
    Reserve3 weeks ago
    Stop in to Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in D.C. for a Salt Air Margarita, made with Milagro Silver tequila, Combier L’Original liqueur and fresh lime topped with foam to give it a fun and tasty texture. Read more
  • Tamires M.
    Tamires M.March 27
    Came for their happy hour and sat for 10 minutes. The server didn't acknowledge us. When he saw that we wanted to order, he rolled his eyes and walked away. We left then. Might try another time.
  • Rachel A.
    Keep a menu and try all different kids of tacos as you please. Churros are a sweet surprise with hot chocolate sauce to dip into. Tight squeeze but lovely decor and service is excellent.
  • Майя Б.
    Crowdy tasty place with non mexican interior
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 23
    Staying true to its Mexican roots, Oyamel’s “Chocolate Caliente” is a Oaxacan hot chocolate with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves and steamed milk. Order it for $4 a glass. Read more
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinFebruary 18
    Try the pancita de puerco al pastor taco, delicious!
  • Ata Can B.
    Ceviche de atun Pacifico is amazing (tuna ceviche)! Guacamole is super expensive but great taste!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyDecember 30, 2016
    Stopped in for a quick bite and ended up having a 2.5 hr lunch. Food quality wasn't enough to compensate for slow service
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 20, 2016
    If you visit Oyamel Cocina Mexicana don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicOctober 28, 2016
    The tacos are the best value for the amount of food that you get.
  • Andrii G.
    Andrii GrOctober 18, 2016
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerSeptember 26, 2016
    Black garlic shrimp, chipotle meatballs, and the crispy Brussels sprouts. All amazing.
  • CCnyc
    CCnycSeptember 25, 2016
    Get the chips (seasoned perfectly)/ guac + Costillas de res con salsa huitlacoche (carnes section of menu)
  • Liany V.
    Liany VillacisSeptember 9, 2016
    Most amazing ceviche shrimp, every plate we ordered was unique and flavorful and the dessert was amazing café de olla (a must try)
  • A M.
    A MunteanSeptember 9, 2016
    Tacoa, soups, quesadilla
  • Zein S.
    Zein SamerSeptember 1, 2016
    Make sure to try their Guacamole & Chicken Tortillas!
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis HansenAugust 9, 2016
    Oh my god the tacos! We ordered a bunch of different ones. Do not underestimate how full you'll feel after sharing 4 or 5 while also eating tortillas. The tequila cocktails are plentiful and good.
  • Beti F.
    Beti FajardoJuly 18, 2016
    Everything is great! Let the server surprise you with the best dishes. Also, ask for Mariano, the manager, he's very helpful to help you choose something that's gonna leave you speechless
  • Linda H.
    Linda HelbergJuly 9, 2016
    Fantastic food and friendly staff.
  • Kory K.
    Kory KoryJune 6, 2016
    Omg the quesadillas and the braised beef tacos de gaudero are great! I loved the chicken enchiladas with Verde sauce as well!!!!
  • Todd K.
    Todd KrepsMay 28, 2016
    Tacos, order tacos!
  • John S.
    John StevensonMay 15, 2016
    Fish Tacos; Beef Tacos
  • Christina
    ChristinaMay 9, 2016
    One of only few restaurants open late at night in the area, which is great because the tacos are cheap and tasty!
  • Collette S.
    Collette SMay 2, 2016
    Try the tacos and retried beans, or the grasshopper taco if you dare!
  • Michael V.
    Michael VasquezApril 26, 2016
    Great margaritas and guacamole
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    Delicious black bean soup. Very well prepared.
  • Zlata Z.
    Zlata ZubenkoApril 18, 2016
    Ceviche de chamoy is delicious and tender but very spicy - be aware. Oyamel margarita is very sweet. Go with the smoky ones instead.
  • Otávio D.
    Otávio Dib PartezaniApril 10, 2016
    Overrated and overpriced. Bad service and standard food.
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayMarch 27, 2016
    Order table side guac as you take in the eclectic atmosphere
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CowburnMarch 15, 2016
    I could eat the chilli Brussels sprouts forever.
  • Sofia G.
    Sofia GodovykhMarch 2, 2016
    Try the squid ceviche! It's sour and spicy, you'll love it.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 29, 2016
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikFebruary 15, 2016
    Don't fill up on overpriced guacamole and chips. There are so many yummy things to eat and try! The tuna ceviche, camarones (this pictured shrimp dish), and the shredded braised beef taco are musts.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 8, 2016
    When you visit Oyamel Cocina Mexicana start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • JL
    JLJanuary 17, 2016
    The guacamole is out of this world! Great margaritas and great atmosphere.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenJanuary 16, 2016
    The grasshopper tacos are reeeeally salty.
  • David D.
    David DalyJanuary 16, 2016
    Small plates and portions but very good. A large appetite may need two.
  • David D.
    David DalyJanuary 16, 2016
    Refried beans were delicious and kids liked huevos rancheros.
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi McLainJanuary 14, 2016
    Great Hora Feliz (Happy Hour), with great prices on small plates, tacos, and drinks. Cheers!
  • Brooke H.
    Brooke HardingJanuary 4, 2016
    Guacamole and Mojitos <3 the lime air on top of the drinks was featured on the Ellen Degeneres show. Amazing.
  • David F.
    David FabianDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice for a weekday lunch, plenty of filling and less pricey items. Noise level: "energetic."
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 18, 2015
    ¡Try a real Mexican taste, order a Spicy Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco!
  • Ingvild M.
    Ingvild M. PlosivDecember 14, 2015
    Spicy, but really good. Loved the ceviche!
  • Paul K.
    Paul KrzychDecember 12, 2015
    Everything. I'm not joking, the drinks, small plates, large plates...everything.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 8, 2015
    Voted Best Vegetarian-friendly Brunch of 2015 by Bitches Who Brunch! Read more
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 2, 2015
    If you are in Oyamel, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessOctober 31, 2015
    Yummy plantains, good brisket taco. I found the BBQ pork taco dry, skip it.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikOctober 31, 2015
    Grasshopper tacos
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 20, 2015
    The Bitches say A: We appreciate how Oyamel diversifies its menu and offers authentic flavors from regions across Mexico. Read more
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonOctober 13, 2015
    Try the handmade guacamole. It is made at your table. The monitors are good too.
  • Sandybelle
    SandybelleSeptember 29, 2015
    I enjoyed very much this place. I'm Mexican and I assure you that they've nailed it! The "Pastel de tres leches" is simply a piece of heaven on earth.
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa ColinaSeptember 27, 2015
    The ceviche de atun pacífico is the best ceviche I've ever had! Delicious.
  • Mike t.
    Mike the ElderSeptember 15, 2015
    Great tacos, as a Mexico City native I can say these place serves the best tacos in DC. Handmade corn tortillas and top quality ingredients are key to an excellent flavor. Impressive mezcal list too!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MerchantSeptember 5, 2015
    In life, there are some things you don't always want in your mouth. That includes grasshopper and lengua. But here, you want them (in taco form) in your mouth all. the. time.
  • Cate B.
    Cate BarrettAugust 27, 2015
    Almuerzo Rapido prix fixe is the way to go. Loved their Cerviche Verde in particular.
  • Massimo G.
    Massimo GallinaAugust 5, 2015
    Nice mexican cousin!
  • Omoefe
    OmoefeJuly 17, 2015
    Camarones en escabeche was amazing.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You really can't go wrong with any of the taco options here, but highly recommend the pescado Baja California, lengua guisada, carnitas estilo Michoacán, and pancita de puerco al pastor tacos.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The guacamole, prepared tableside, its just out of this world!
  • LuQman H.
    LuQman HarperJuly 13, 2015
    Fish tacos
  • Laura O.
    Laura OndrichJune 30, 2015
    the squash salad was so exciting, love the chips and the tacos, mmmm
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NelsonJune 27, 2015
    Was ok. Service was not exceptional. Food was decent. Not worthy of a repeat visit.
  • Wayne B.
    Wayne BurrellJune 26, 2015
    This place is absolutely awesome! This is one of celebrity chef José Andrés' several DC restaurants and it didn't disappoint. The guacamole was FANTASTIC! I recommend the "de Res" braised beef taco!!
  • Jobie G.
    Jobie GermanoJune 16, 2015
    Hands down best restaurant in DC (PS. It's Mexican and on another level than you expect)
  • Allan B.
    Allan BJune 14, 2015
    Great ThinkFoodGroup restaurant.
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Margaritas! Also tacos. Also tacos. Also tacos.
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonMay 18, 2015
    Get the margarita with the salt air instead of the salt rim.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Great experience! Get the guacamole! Expensive. Somewhat small portions. Order the pigs feet taco! Mmmm
  • Kat J.
    Kat JonesApril 30, 2015
    Not what I would consider authentic
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CheeseboroughApril 18, 2015
    Appears to be everything
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 22, 2015
    margaritas! good happy hour
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay D.February 18, 2015
    Fabulous authentic Mexican food! Be sure to try the guacamole, made tableside. The tacos are amazing and the servers are incredibly knowledgeable!
  • Mathieu S.
    Mathieu SeguinFebruary 15, 2015
    The guacamole, ceviche and mojito are amazing!!!
  • Olivier C.
    Olivier ColletJanuary 30, 2015
    Delicious tacos.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SchofieldJanuary 28, 2015
    Cocktails are delicious (try the agave mule). Small plates let you try several tasty dishes!
  • Marc J.
    Marc JacobsJanuary 25, 2015
    Agua fresca, horchata, and ceviche.
  • Sonia Yomari T.
    Sonia Yomari TorresJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love everything!
  • Tan
    TanJanuary 7, 2015
    Ask for the guacamole apetizer! Its great!
  • Anna C.
    Anna CoombeJanuary 4, 2015
    Great tacos. Good price.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChinDecember 30, 2014
    Black bean soup. Agua frescas.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GargisoDecember 29, 2014
    Guacamole and taco selection. Must try.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KimDecember 27, 2014
    Deliciously inspired dishes by Iron Chef José Andrés. Can't go wrong with the tacos. Also try the signature fries with mole sauce!
  • h j.
    h jDecember 15, 2014
    The tacos and civeche
  • Naina A.
    Naina AijazDecember 15, 2014
    Small portions but as 4 girls we had so much fun getting to order 5-6 entrees and sharing!
  • Lindsey G.
    Lindsey GauthierNovember 14, 2014
    Amazing authentic Mexican food. We loved everything about it from the drinks to the tacos!
  • Zuzu A.
    Zuzu AllenNovember 7, 2014
    The guac is made at the table- we cleared the bowl in minutes!
  • Natalia P.
    Natalia PflegerSeptember 29, 2014
    The place went bad. Was very excited to go there after long time, did not worth it at all. Cocktails haven't changed though, same great.
  • Santiago M.
    Santiago MartinezSeptember 27, 2014
    Post up at a bar stump and order from the secret churro menu.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonSeptember 22, 2014
    Try the chapulines. Terrifying but delicious. The crickets actually taste like the delicious crunchy ends of burnt beef.
  • Evan S.
    Evan ShikoraSeptember 20, 2014
    Friday in the District!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥August 30, 2014
    Great margaritas here!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Oyamel as seen on No Reservations , Unique Eats Read more
  • Ece C.
    Ece CAugust 23, 2014
    Fresh spicy guacamole and classic margarita duet is a must try. Very friendly staff, loved it.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    RJ Cooper, chef of Rogue 24, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Ensalada de palmitos. Read more
  • Trish T.
    Trish TheDishAugust 18, 2014
    Blood orange margarita. Delicious. Brussel sprouts and shrimp were yum. Fosh taco was bathed in mayo. Dessert was not awesome (panna cotta). But I'd come here for the blood orange margs alone!
  • Yaroslav B.
    Очень вкусная еда!
  • Maureen
    MaureenDecember 6, 2016
    Fresh squeezed juice in margaritas! Love ❤️
  • Mariateresa C.
    Mariateresa CunziSeptember 26, 2015
    Buona la cucina ma prezzi alti per porzioni piccolissime! Buena la cocina pero muy caro y las porciones son muy pequeñas! Taste is good but this place is very pricy the portion are really small!
  • Magda V.
    Magda VargasSeptember 15, 2015
    Comida Gourmet mexicana deliciosa!
  • Liz P.
    Liz PaniaguaAugust 21, 2015
    Es la tortilla mas decente que he comido en Estados Unidos
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 16, 2015
    Это сестринский ресторан barmini. Но здесь неуютно и невкусно. Совсем.
  • Arlene H.
    Arlene HerreraNovember 16, 2014
    Tacos de cochinita que saben a México :)
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