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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

9.117 reviews
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Mexican, Bar
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401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1005
http://www.oyamel.com/
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A native of Spain, José Andrés is chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, and with partner Rob Wilder, is the team responsible for Washington’s popular and award-winning dining concepts Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, ... Read more
America Eats Tavern and the critically-acclaimed minibar by josé andrés, as well as The Bazaar by José Andrés, part of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, and Jaleo and China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. ThinkFoodGroup oversees all of José’s creative endeavors such as cookbooks, television programming, concept consulting and project development. José was named Outstanding Chef of the Year at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards.

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Phoenix

Fun, good aztec mexican. Their air margaritas are a specialty and the tableside guac is delish!

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Local from Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Absolutely love this fun, energetic Mexican restaurant. Guacamole, tacos, drinks, all delicious.

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Being from Southern California where Mexican food is excellent, this was very impressive. Will definitely be back!

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Local from Washington, D.C.

I came here with my entire family for my graduation dinner a few years ago. I sat in the giant red chair which made me feel like royalty! ⚜ The food was delicious!!! I ate my brother in law's tacos I accident, but no regrets, they were splendid. The drinks are great. The decor is beautiful with butterflies all over!

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An excellent pick for lunch or dinner. Limited outdoor seating but request it when available. Great drinks and salsa!

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São Paulo, Brazil

This is a Mexican restaurant that serves delicious drinks and is great for a happy hour. They make fresh guacamole right in front of you to go with your drinks and nacho chips.

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Austin, Texas, USA

Oyamel is a Spanish-influenced tapas restaurant.

we had their guacamole and some mini tacos, but the thing that impressed me the most was their hearts of palm salad, which contained julienned hearts of palm, radish, orange, grapefruit, and avocado with a tamarind dressing. SO GOOD. We also ordered dessert. We couldn't get enough.

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Local from Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Jose Andres' Oyamel serves up small plates of Mexican deliciousness. Not Tex-Mex. from tortilla styled tacos to cactus salads and ceviche, washed down with margaritas with a flare, this place is big on bold, fresh ingredients served with a twist and a flare. Ambiance is vibrant, bright colors explode with mobiles of butterflies. A ceviche bar as well as a massive and well stocked bar serve drinks and the full menu. Encased in glass, the restaurant is cheerful. Staff is easygoing yet attentive and extremely helpful in every respect. They have wonderful unique brunch, especially if you feel like something other than the traditional eggs Benedict and French toast.

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Brisbane, Australia

The food is pretty good, but it is fairly expensive. You are paying more for the fact it is a José Andres restaurant. Still out is good and if you go for happy hour you can get a decent deal on tacos

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New York City, New York State, USA

Spanish chef José Andrés is renowned for his dedication to learning other cultures’ cuisines. As he noted earlier in 2013: “It was the galleon ships of Spain’s King Philip II that connected these two worlds hundreds of years ago. Those Spanish ships allowed for an exchange of foods, dishes, stories, and traditions.” He spent time in Mexico before opening Oyamel in 2004. Meals start as they should—with complimentary salsa and chips, made fresh and fried daily. Continue with antojitos (“the little dishes from the streets”), papas al mole, and tacos with handmade tortillas, especially chapulines, the Oaxacan specialty of sautéed grasshoppers.

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Virginia, USA

I came here with a party of 7 and we got a really nice window booth. We ordered everything on the vegetable part of the menu. There were only two things on it that not all of us could eat: the papas al mole have nuts and someone was allergic, and the refried beans were made with chicken stock. The waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable about what was in everything (it's also pretty well listed on the menu).

My favorites: the chilaquiles, corn tamal, arroz con huitlacoche (huitlacoche is corn infected with a fungus, it sounds gross but it is really tasty), and the queso fundido because I'm a sucker for cheese.

We got some tacos, and the asparagus taco was quite good. I tried grasshoppers (chapulines) which was exciting! Though not my thing, really.

I got sorbet for dessert and would recommend their fruit flavors. I had coconut, passionfruit, and guanabana (aka soursop) and they were all delicious.

The service was good and the food came out remarkably fast. This is a fantastic place to go with a group and it's great for vegetarians (not so much for vegans though).

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Famous chef. Fancy Mexi. Decent but didn't live up to the hype. I'd prefer Rosa Mexicano ...

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Burns, Kansas

Upscale Mexican. Not as good as Rosa Mexicana, but still really good.

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