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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Mexican Restaurant and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
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  • Stephanie D.
    "Be sure to come hungry - another great job by Jose Andrés"(12 Tips)
    Earl B.
    "Also a must try - the grasshopper taco ... yes, grasshopper :)"(12 Tips)
    "Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in D.C. for a Salt Air Margarita"(8 Tips)
    Ata Can B.
    "Ceviche de atun Pacifico is amazing (tuna ceviche)!"(30 Tips)
308 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • jose andres
  • ceviche
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  • Charlie
    Charlie5 days ago
    Omggggg those tacos are amazing. The grasshopper taco is actually really good! They make fresh guacamole for your table too! Great date location ❤️❤️❤️
  • Ivana M.
    Ivana Milojevic1 week ago
    Atmosphere was lovely (busy in the front room, nice and quiet in the back). Freshly made guacamole and tortilla chips were amazing and you must try Chile en nogada! Highly recommend.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn I2 weeks ago
    Festive vibe and shareable plates for dinner.
  • Peter L.
    Peter Lengyel3 weeks ago
    Epic cocktails.
  • Bonus H.
    Bonus H.October 5
    definitely get the mojito with "lime air" and the grasshopper taco aka.... chapulines.
  • Bonus H.
    Bonus H.October 5
    Not quite sure why it's so popular??? they over saturate their dishes with mole sauce....should b called "no way sauce" ....its terrible. However it's the best grasshopper taco I've had today!
  • Enryqwe L.
    Enryqwe LopesSeptember 11
    The grass-jumper taco 🌮 worth it. 👌
  • Christian W.
    Got the chef dinner, pricey but delicious. Tons of food so take their advice and don't fill up on chips. Oyamal margarita was great as well.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGSeptember 8
    The Oyamel margarita with that foamed salt is amazing.
  • Marco S.
    Stay away if you know Mexican food. The place is amazingly sloppy, some molcajetes are missing a leg or two so they dance all over the table. That's just the start... not coming back.
  • Max
    MaxAugust 27
    Nicely decorated. Try the hand-made tacos all kind. Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo... is to die for! Classic hand made, in your face Guacamole. A strong selection of Mezcal. Kids frendly.
    Upvoted Aug 27
  • Stephanie D.
    Salted air Margs, table side guac, mole fries, tapas galore. Be sure to come hungry - another great job by Jose Andrés
  • Mike C.
    They have some unlisted kid-friendly options.
  • Gisella D.
    Gisella DLRAugust 2
    Cricket tacos!!!! 👌
  • Owen H.
    Very good tapas place with lots of veggie options.
  • Jastine K.
    Grasshopper tacos are worth sampling- was told the grasshoppers are imported from Oaxaca and marinated in tequila. My top recommendation though would still be the lechon quesadilla. Very delicious!
  • Brent G.
    Tequila selection is amazing. Food is wonderful. I had tacos and enchiladas - delicious. Friendly and attentive staff. Will be back!
  • Lori P.
    I love the guac!
  • dancingqueen f.
    Happy. Hours. Thanks, Enrique!
  • Antonello L.
    Cheviche is good
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HanJune 17
    Guacamole home-made on the spot as you order. Awesome! Portions are a little bit small. Recommend to order two dishes per person.
  • Kamaria M.
    Everything was great here- the guac, tacos and margs. ❤️
  • Joanna B.
    Shrimp with black garlic... OH MY GOD
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Oyamel Cocina Mexicana is a great place to drink Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Luke
    LukeMay 9
    Killer tacos. Fun atmosphere. Guacamole that doesn't mess around
  • Christy W.
    Everything is good!
  • Trond E.
    Trond EngerApril 19
    Best mexican in Washington.
  • Wrock
    WrockApril 6
  • Reserve
    ReserveApril 5
    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!
    Downvoted Aug 27
  • 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!
  • Jack V.
    Jack VirdeeAugust 18, 2014
    The ceviche is always amazing. Real Mexican tapas-style with gourmet creations.
  • William D.
    William DonahoeAugust 17, 2014
    Try a tequila flight at the bar. They walk you through how to taste. It was really interesting!
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent small plates. To start off, try the mouth watering, fresh guacamole that is prepared before your eyes at the table. Meatballs in chipotle sauce is a nice starter too. Save room for dessert.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WeingardtAugust 10, 2014
    Grasshopper taco. Just eat it. Spicy, smoky and totally unexpected.
  • Mallie T.
    Mallie TAugust 10, 2014
    Bustling upscale Mexican spot with great heat and flavor. Extensive menu can seem overwhelming, but you really can't go wrong. Amazingly good housemade chips, salsa and guacamole.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleAugust 8, 2014
    Hibiscus cocktail or the classic margarita with salt foam (get the pitcher)
  • Timur
    TimurAugust 7, 2014
    Chefs picks
  • Kuehles B.
    Kuehles BlondesAugust 3, 2014
    Very expensiv and small sizes. After a 72$ meal we went to china town and eat a good meal.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    The tacos are delicious, the margaritas are the smoothest in DC and the house-made chips and salsa almost spoil my appetite every time I go there. Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    Details stack up: The oiled rice alongside that chicken is some of the best around, and the bartender is conversant enough with his spirits to suggest the perfect tequila -- for dessert. Read more
  • Nevenka
    NevenkaJuly 6, 2014
    Overrated, overpriced, bad service, tiny tables, bad food. Pretentious. Avoid this place, you'll thank me.
  • Katherina T.
    Katherina TimmerJune 15, 2014
    Not impressed with the customer service
  • Jarrrrredddd
    JarrrrreddddMay 26, 2014
    Bone-in taco. Jose Andres especial. #fail
  • Maruf H.
    Maruf HaiderMay 20, 2014
    Bartenders are awesome
  • Kate K.
    Kate KimMay 18, 2014
    The guacamole is a MUST! It is amazing with nachos. And try the apple basil lemonade - if it is that day's special.
  • Shendy H.
    The ceviche is outstanding. Try the Salt Air Margarita.
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas L.April 5, 2014
    One dish you have to try: Enmolada De Guajalote En Mole Coloradito It was amazing, and by ordering it without asking the waiter for advice, I got a smile and was told that it was his favorite.
  • Harold C.
    Harold C.March 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you feel adventurous the grasshoppers is a must.
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrMarch 4, 2014
    My go to place when my wife comes to DC with me.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BrittFebruary 15, 2014
    Strong meal..familiar Jose Andres feel to it. Black Garlic Camerones and Tamales Verde strongest dishes. Breakfast/ brunch dishes just ok.
  • Rosario D.
    Rosario DiazFebruary 2, 2014
    I'm originally from Mexico and I can say the food here is delicious. The ceviche tradicional is more a peruvian fusion but is incredible. Tacos are made with real hand made tortillas. Try it!
  • Taiowa W.
    Taiowa WanerFebruary 1, 2014
    Great cocktails and tacos.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MartinJanuary 5, 2014
    This place is amazing! The bar tender is on point and the guacamole is a must try
  • Jacie S.
    Jacie SarpsJanuary 4, 2014
    Fun neighborhood place, especially before a Caps game!
  • Mili P.
    Mili Pereira LuppiDecember 24, 2013
    Must have the guacamole, and for dessert, cafe de la olla!
  • Kapil B.
    Kapil BhatiaNovember 28, 2013
    The Guacamela with tortilla chips are a must have. Excellent ambience, great vegetarian options and nice service. Will definitely visit again :)
  • Maryann J.
    Maryann James-DaleyNovember 24, 2013
    love this place, but some of the bartenders are clueless. asked if I could get a mocktail; the bartender said yes and then walked away. asked another bartender, and he showed me the sodas. ?!?
  • Nela L.
    Nela LichtscheidlNovember 18, 2013
    This place can be a little pricey, but it's definitely worth it. I recommend going with a group of friends and sharing the bill. Get about four to five tapas and take in the zesty flavor of goodness.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HartOctober 23, 2013
    OMG!!!! Tastiness without any frills!!!!
  • mishmashmargie
    mishmashmargieOctober 21, 2013
    LOVE: colorful decor, energy; authentic Mexican dishes w/ an urban twist; attentiveness of staff. Try the tuna ceviche, chicken mole, mushroom taco, cochinita (pork) taco. Have jericalla for dessert!
  • Emily N.
    Emily NielsenOctober 21, 2013
    My first stop when I get off the plane for my FAVORITE margaritas! That luscious cloud of salt foam on top..makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
  • Kimberlee M.
    Kimberlee MitchellOctober 20, 2013
    Classic Margarita on the rocks is superb!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    This Mexican playground from creator Jose Andres is a trailblazer. Thanks to recent expansion next door, it's also more comfortable than ever.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SmithSeptember 25, 2013
    very good Mexican dishes! everyone should make a trip over here!
  • happycontentme
    happycontentmeSeptember 6, 2013
    Be wary or broken glass in your food... They use glass plates even when they are chipped!!!
  • Kay-Anne R.
    Kay-Anne ReedAugust 25, 2013
    The hot chocolate here is incredible and so is the pastel de tres leches con pina
    GABRIELA MAugust 24, 2013
    it's good but somewhat average. good items: ceviche, nopalitos, chicharron quesadilla. guac and margaritas are solid. decent service. one big thing: EVERYTHING IS TOO SALTY. at least for my taste.
  • Dominic
    DominicAugust 22, 2013
    Great food. The tacos however are the weakest items on the menu. Shrimp dishes are the best.
  • Doug D.
    Doug DAugust 21, 2013
    Try the Oyamel margarita with the salt foam 👌🍸
  • Becca L.
    Becca LevineJuly 22, 2013
    Great Mexican small plates. Get the avocado and beet salad.
  • Rick S.
    Rick SternJuly 15, 2013
    The tacos here are damn good. Entrees were a bit small, so skip those in favor of the tacos. Margs & Guac were top notch. Would recommend.
  • Riaz J.
    Riaz JabarJuly 13, 2013
    Great food and service. Try the oyamel margarita with salt air, the freshly made guacamole and the beef tacos with spicy sauce.
  • carla e.
    carla elaineJuly 7, 2013
    Amazing food & cute decor. Get the albondigas, camarons, & ceviche. Wash it all down with a strong pitcher of the classic margarita.
  • April
    AprilJune 28, 2013
    Get a margarita. Order 3-4 plates. And finish with Tres Leches
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca M.June 27, 2013
    Waiter was MIA for most of the visit, but the food was good. The scallops with pumpkin seeds were cooked perfectly.
  • Angie P.
    You know you hate yourself when you shell out money for mediocre drinks you could have made at home. You will NEVER feel this way here. Even their simple basic margarita is amazing and a work of art!
  • Hayley P.
    Hayley PlackJune 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The refried beans are to die for! And the shrimp and quesadillas are great too
  • kitsVA
    kitsVAJune 20, 2013
    Hyped. Feels good to have a check mark against one Jose Andres restaurant. Few more to try.
  • Bevin L.
    Bevin LandrumJune 18, 2013
    Try Don's Margarita del Serrano. Just a hint of heat, but the Don Julio makes it so smooth.
  • Rodolfo D.
    Rodolfo DonisJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the pitcher of Blood Orange Chile Piquin Margarita ! It makes much more sense and it's only $55.00 !
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CokerJune 17, 2013
    Amazing guacamole, fish tacos and shrimp with garlic. Go with a group so you can try lots of dishes. And definitely order a margarita.
  • Bart S.
    Bart ShanahanJune 2, 2013
    Best house margaritas and overall incredible cuisine. Can't miss place. And don't forget to get guacamole made freshly at your table.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CollinsMay 26, 2013
    Food is amazing but the service was terrible they forgot my food completely.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CegielskiMay 25, 2013
    Traditional Mexican food served tapas style. Very good!
  • Julie G.
    Julie GiorgadzeMay 18, 2013
    Everything is great, but guacamole is the best!!!
  • Anand P.
    Anand PatelMay 14, 2013
    Tapas style. Tacos are amazing.
  • Igor O.
    Igor OmerbegovicMay 11, 2013
    Outside table, must! House specialty "Oyamel" margarita must! Go taco crazy...
  • Vicki D.
    Vicki D.May 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is great! Wouldn't recommend the papas fritas (fries). Save some room for tacos. YUM! Sitting by the ceviche bar is nice if it's just 2 of you so you can avoid the wait for a table!
  • Nisha D.
    Nisha DesaiApril 17, 2013
    Awesome food tapas style that will still leave you full. A little salty but still delicious.
  • Glenn H.
    Glenn HernandezApril 14, 2013
    Outside seating is nice! And the enmolada de guajalote is awesome. Ceviche is great
  • Danyol Y.
    Danyol YounathanApril 5, 2013
    The guacamole is amazong!!!!!
  • Himanshu D.
    Himanshu DesaiApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one of DC's must try spots for Mexican tapas & creative cocktails. The host/hostess are super efficient at getting guests seated. Recommend a reservation if possible. Fantastic staff!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonMarch 29, 2013
    Try the Ceviche De Atun Pacifico - Tuna with Maggi-lime marinade, scallions, avocado, toasted pecans, jalapeños and crispy amaranth
  • Leonard K.
    Leonard KishMarch 26, 2013
    Guacamole amazing.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LettweenMarch 24, 2013
    The chef's tasting menu is so worth it! We lost track of the number of courses, but was probably around ten, plus two desserts. Everything was delicious and service was great. Fun atmosphere.
  • James
    JamesMarch 23, 2013
    Get the queso fundido if you are interested in experiencing cheese heaven!
  • Dave E.
    Dave EricksonMarch 21, 2013
    You MUST grasshopper taco
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    José Andrés' Mexican tapas joint is a lively, vibrant scene. Don't miss the tasty mojitos, guacamole (made in front of you) and the traditional, yet complex chile en nogada, among other tasty treats.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HFebruary 28, 2013
    Ridiculously over rated. Like an even more terrible dos caminos.
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrFebruary 26, 2013
    If solo, sit at the ceviche bar. And definitely get the Ceviche Pacifico (sashimi quality tuna). Also a must try - the grasshopper taco ... yes, grasshopper :)
  • Trips R.
    Trips Reddy-SharmaJanuary 28, 2013
    Try the special cocktail with tamarind and apple juice. Incredible!
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SpatolaJanuary 27, 2013
    Best dishes: tuna cheviche, brussels sprouts, camarones (shrimp), braised short ribs, chile en nogada (pablano stuffed pepper) and for dessert... de tres leches (amazing). Also get the fresh gauc.
  • Jane B.
    Jane BrowneJanuary 23, 2013
    Very popular an for good reason, fantastic tapas style Mexican. If going after six suggest you book . Staff are great an food amazing best Mexican in DC area.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BerumenJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the salt air.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MittensJanuary 19, 2013
    We ended up leaving because our "45 minute" wait became an hour and 15 minutes with 4 groups ahead of us still.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MittensJanuary 19, 2013
    Make a reservation if you can. We had an hour long wait. The bar was already full, and there's not much room to stand elsewhere.
  • Palmer H.
    Palmer HurstJanuary 7, 2013
    Try the blood orange and chile margarita.
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HankJanuary 1, 2013
    Any seat is great. Try the Ceviche de peje-sol, it is fantastic!!
  • Aimee A.
    Aimee AimeeNovember 27, 2012
    The Happy Hour here is the reason to come. Beautiful people and delicious food.
  • Alaina S.
    Alaina SpazianiNovember 8, 2012
    Try the grasshopper tacos. They are fantastic! Skip the beef tongue tacos.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AOctober 29, 2012
    Beef tongue taco is amazingly tender! The pork belly taco and fresh guacamolemolemole is good too. Check out their Day of the Dead menu (around Halloween) for Mayan twists using seasonal ingredients!
  • Oswaldo G.
    Oswaldo Gomez RodriguezOctober 24, 2012
    Incomparable, real Mexican food!
  • Jon M.
    Jon MoralesOctober 21, 2012
    2 thumbs up.
  • JEP
    JEPSeptember 4, 2012
    Order the brussel sprouts.
  • LuisAlfredo Z.
    LuisAlfredo ZambranoSeptember 3, 2012
    Cheese with chorizo. A must!
  • Jared K.
    Jared KingAugust 26, 2012
    Three to four small plates will fill you up. Overall the food is very good, but they add just a bit too much salt to each dish.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronAugust 24, 2012
    This place can fit right in manhattan it's trendy and bright colors made the place alive. The cocktails were great and Guacamole made in front of you. Little pricey, but great twist on Mexican food
  • Diana P.
    Diana PrinceAugust 19, 2012
    The Honeydew Punch w| tequila is really good. Its clean and refreshing.
  • John D.
    John DiosdadoAugust 12, 2012
    "Sacrifice" cocktail is absolutely unreal.
  • Charlotte
    CharlotteJuly 29, 2012
    Get the chips and guac!!!! The chips are A+++
  • Chaz C.
    Chaz CrismonJuly 11, 2012
    Don't eat here. Poor quality.
  • Dan P.
    Dan PullmanJuly 11, 2012
    Jose Andres and his team innovate at levels beyond expectation. The tapas program allows for broad taste experience. Do the tasting menu and let the servers be your guide. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mia
    MiaJuly 6, 2012
    La Rosa Ponche is delightful. A refreshing way to beat the heat!
  • Food Baby M.
    Food Baby Mon MonJune 29, 2012
    Make sure to see Amin at the bar!!
  • Nate W.
    Nate WestheimerJune 22, 2012
    Way nicer than other tips led on! Awesome drinks, guacamole, chips are insane, and great service!
  • Michelle
    MichelleMay 27, 2012
    Strawberry Avocado mimosa is Awesomesauce.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Black Bean Soup. The best! Also, all the tacos are great.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McDermottMay 15, 2012
    The guacamole is superb, with I believe green bell pepper and quest fresco cheese on top. The mezcal and other tapas are very good too, including the chalupas with duck… (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Katherine K.
    Katherine Kennedy AllenMay 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I live so close I want to love this place, but alas- always leave disappointed. Service poor, portions small but they do have an unrivaled, awesome menu and stellar location.
  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FerreiraApril 25, 2012
    Jose Andres Mexican restaurant. Everything is fantastic. Get the margarita with air.
  • Darcy J.
    Darcy JacksonMarch 28, 2012
    Check out the duck confit
  • Mark H.
    Mark HillMarch 18, 2012
    Amazing guacamole
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaMarch 16, 2012
    Try the Albondigas Enchipotladas con Queso Doble Crema
  • ✨@Mellyzmel
    ✨@MellyzmelMarch 11, 2012
    Lovely decor
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BrooksFebruary 23, 2012
    Tenga chicken, BBQ pork, and fish tacos; perfection! And the tortilla chips and salsa are also fantastic!
  • Zach M.
    Zach MartellFebruary 15, 2012
    Their portions are small, it was Valentines day so I couldn't leave.. somewhat pricey.. it was an experience prolly wont be back.
  • Jennifer Z.
    Jennifer ZirlottFebruary 4, 2012
    If you're at the bar ask for Amin. Wicked nice and makes the best drinks ;)
  • Aubrey
    AubreyJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Jose Andrea just shook my hand!
  • Sara A.
    Sara AllenJanuary 27, 2012
    Everything here is delicious! You can't go wrong. :)
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
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  • Alejandra O.
    Alejandra OwensJanuary 9, 2012
    The pozole rojo is some of the best I've had! Get it!
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BonkDecember 27, 2011
    Margaritas are deadly
  • Line S.
    Line Storgaard-ConleyDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the black bean soup. It is excellent!
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SnyderDecember 20, 2011
    Try the hot chocolate. Spicy. Authentic. To die for.
  • Chuck T.
    Chuck TaylorDecember 18, 2011
    Caesar salad was a bit overpriced
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 19, 2011
    Don't miss the the fried masa cake with duck confit, pork belly, BBQ pork and fish tacos. Guacamole is pretty good and freshly made, too!
  • Leslie
    LeslieNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the table side made gucamole & a variety of tacos & don't forget to add a margarita! Read more
  • mark r.
    mark reyburnOctober 26, 2011
    get the beef tongue taco it is soooo delish
  • Gary K.
    Gary KarrOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always something good to order -- small plates mostly, and the service at lunch is efficient and polite. Read more
  • M d.
    M dDSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Oyamel margaritha is delish. Also have the guacemole
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki ScottSeptember 5, 2011
    Organic Passionfruit iced tea is superb.
  • Kirk M.
    Kirk MyersAugust 27, 2011
    Must try the guacamole, hand made right in front of you. Ask for the habanero sauce on the side if you like super spicy.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 19, 2011
    Oyamel can be a bit chaotic, but that's ok. Plates are tapas style which is lucky, because there are so many things on the menu you're going to want. Try the sopes de chorizo con papas.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonJuly 31, 2011
    Get at least one ceviche. Your server will have a recommendation, but I've loved every ceviche I've tried.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandritterJuly 30, 2011
    Awful service from Oscar. Request not to have this server, if you want good service. See TripAdvisor for my detailed review.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Authentic Mexican food is not one of DC's strengths, but José Andrés does it justice at Penn Quarter's Oyamel — with, of course, the chef's signature twists. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Darshan L.
    Darshan LakhaniJuly 20, 2011
    Service was super slow, took 30 Minutes and the special scallop didn't taste fresh. But the latter dishes like the shrimp were amazing. It's a hit or miss restaurant.
  • Jose R.
    Jose RomeroJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Stanley and Eric are the best hosts during lunch- always make me feel welcome
  • Emily S.
    Emily SangkJuly 10, 2011
    Pulled pork taco, delightful. Cactus salad was decent (a little salty). Confusion with the staff, we ate around 3pm, which must have been shift change as it was a while before our order was taken.
  • Erick M.
    Erick MullenJune 25, 2011
    Go to the ceviche bar and ask for Jason. His hands have been touched by the sushi gods.
  • Dave B.
    Dave BentleyJune 20, 2011
    Awesome guac made/served tableside to your taste.
  • Gabbi B.
    Gabbi BakerJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You must order the guacamole! It's delicious & made right at the table.
  • Blair M.
    Blair MJune 11, 2011
    Must try: guac served tableside. So fresh and yummy!
  • Daniela K.
    Daniela KMay 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mexican Gin and Tonic is a must. Best served when Amin or Joseph are tending bar.
  • Jose R.
    Jose RomeroMay 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Ceviches are always changing so come often!
  • Michael H.
    Michael HusseyMay 16, 2011
    Good every time.
  • Stass
    StassMay 12, 2011
    Try the tongue tacos! No, really. Yum.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerApril 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The brunch menu here is outstanding.
  • Jaysen K.
    Jaysen KralovetzJanuary 11, 2011
    Guac is expensive, but worth every penny!
  • Catherine V.
    Catherine VenturaDecember 28, 2010
    Delicious Mexican Coke
  • Mary K.
    Mary KingDecember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    if you've never had tongue this is a great place to try it! super tender and really beefy, the lengua quisada taco was yummy!
  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FerreiraDecember 6, 2010
    order the tasting menu! eat everything. the cheese quesadillas w/ corn tortillas are soooo goood. and the brussel sprouts, yum. plus margaritas ron power style & sweet potato flan. in heaven!
  • Karen M.
    Karen MorseNovember 29, 2010
    Food is really inventive and delicious - reserve early its packed!
  • Donald M.
    Donald MorenoNovember 24, 2010
    Had the Albondigas, taco de lengua, torta de pollo and tres leches for dessert!! So tasty!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 23, 2010
    A combination of traditional Mexican flavors with a modern twist, José Andrés' restaurant in DC is the perfect place to sample some mescal. Read more
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WaltonNovember 15, 2010
    I agree with Caleb! Be nice to the food runners... Just be nice to all service staff workers!
  • James R.
    James RussellNovember 2, 2010
    Refried beans, Steak, and Tacos were great. Try a Dos Equis Lager with your meal and a Tres Leches for dessert.
  • Anngelle
    AnngelleNovember 2, 2010
    Frida bathroom is awesome.
  • Anngelle
    AnngelleNovember 2, 2010
    Salsa is smokey and tangy. Guac is made table side!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PerryNovember 1, 2010
    The huevo motuleno is mind-blowing.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BriggsOctober 30, 2010
    For Mescal go with a flight of Tobala, Santo Domingo and Chichcapa (sp?)
  • Michael B.
    Michael BriggsOctober 30, 2010
    Get the Tequila flights. So far, we've had Milagro, Corazon and Corralejo
  • Anna W.
    Anna WelchOctober 29, 2010
    Baby pig taco=delicious
  • Leah F.
    Leah FibonacciOctober 29, 2010
    For all those with gluten or dairy sensitivity, ask for the gf or df menu!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchwartzOctober 29, 2010
    $4 margaritas during happy hour! Kind of small, but delicious. (You have to order them at the bar though.)
  • Cat R.
    Cat R.October 16, 2010
    Ryan S. was a terrible waiter who not only took down the wrong order, but then had an attitude about it. Also wasn't very accommodating when we asked to split an entree.
  • Antonio B
    Antonio BAugust 24, 2010
    The Tres Leches cake is a must have!!!
  • Jen K.
    Jen KarrAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Must the the table side prep of guacamole - the medium is a great blend of flavors! You can't go wrong w/their tacos and the black bean soup rocks. And don't forget the salt air margarita!!
  • Oxana
    OxanaAugust 4, 2010
    Great 'antojito' style food. Truly authentic!
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.August 3, 2010
    I last went on a pretty busy Friday night. The service was AMAZING and the Happy Hour tacos are fantastic...especially the fish tacos!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MellebyJune 17, 2010
    Try the grasshopper tacos. I'm not even kidding. Never had them before and they were DELICIOUS. I'm a total convert.
  • Ed N.
    Ed NicholsonJune 10, 2010
    Excellent. If you're adventurous, try the chapulines(grasshoppers) tacos. Good guac.
  • JB- K.
    JB- KangMay 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I agree with Y!
  • Y M.
    Y MBKMay 24, 2010
    Guac was wayyy too salty this time. White wine sangria was great though!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WaltonApril 23, 2010
    Excellent tapas-sized Mexican food. You have to try the sopes de chorizo con papas, and, of course, the chapulines (grasshoppers). Read more
  • Maggie E.
    Maggie EsqApril 3, 2010
    The salt air on the classic margarita is neat.
  • Calvin F.
    Calvin FalkFebruary 19, 2010
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KeeneFebruary 9, 2010
    Craving a classic margarita & queso fundido from Oyamel right now. Read more
  • Caleb M.
    Caleb Meek-BradleyFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Be nice to the food runners. The kitchens downstairs meaning they have to run up and down stairs all day with trays full of food. Glutes of steal though.
  • Toni M.
    Toni MarechauxDecember 31, 2009
    The Mexican G&T - awesome!
  • Alejandro L.
    Excelente ambiente, el ceviche me encanto, muy buen servicio, agradable. Imperdible
  • 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!
    Upvoted Aug 25
  • 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 :)
  • Ale M.
    Ale MoralesAugust 9, 2014
    Cómo mexicana apruebo y felicito este concepto culinario.. Viva México y su gastronomia!!
  • Regina F.
    Regina FloresAugust 3, 2014
    Ceviche atún con chicharrón nuez y aguacate! Maggi uuuufff
  • Mon G.
    Mon GuzmanFebruary 23, 2014
    El pastel de tres lechel está extremely delicious!!!!
  • Agustin E.
    Agustin EspinosaOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    La comida muy rica y auténtica de México! Bastante recomendable
  • Danyol Y.
    Danyol YounathanApril 5, 2013
    Always order la tinga con las albóndigas!
  • Asim M.
    Asim MishraNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    1 Chilaquiles + 1 Ceviche Pacifico + 1 Chalupa de Chorizo Verde + 2 Tacos (Cabrito & Swiss Chard/Vegetables) = Heavenly Sunday Brunch
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