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“Always good”
Review of Oyamel

Oyamel
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Ranked #52 of 3,261 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: D Street
Transit: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
Description: 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.
Washington, DC
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Always good”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

As mentioned in a previous review, this restaurant is part of the Jose Andres group of restaurants. His original Jaleo is across the street and he is building another one next to that.

One of the reasons that I love this place is that there are so many vegetarian options. The cauliflower is outstanding. All of the salads feel very fresh, with lots of citrus accents and interesting ingrediants. They just added a bean dish (not the refried) which was outstanding.

They also have some great fruit drink concoctions sitting on the bar, today it was strawberry/watermellon and orange mango.

  • Visited July 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Don't go too hungry”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Neat decorations and innovative dishes with a Mexican flare. However the portions are very small for the price. The $4 tacos are tiny but delicious. The gaucamole made at the table is wonderful but expensive. Salsa is a little bland without much heat. The margaritas are very good and not too sweet. If you just want an appetizer and drink you have to stand or sit at the bar. Air Margarita is interesting but about half the drink is left in the glass in the form of foam.

  • Visited July 2014
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Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Salt Air margarita's!!!!!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

This is a Jose Andres spot and run do not walk if you get the chance. Start with the salt air margi....don't ask, just order it. It's like a latte but with tequila. So good.

Also try all the ceviche. Pure heaven. I loved the tuna best, but all are delish!!!

Finish with guacamole and the carnitas tacos. OMG are they good...

He is a genius and it is a true treat.

Visited July 2014
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Israel
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“good atmosphere and service , food is just OK”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

the place was crowded on Sat. evening, but I could easily find a place next to the bar.
the service was quick and with a smile.
As a vegetarian I had many choices, but I decided to follow the bar woman's recommendations.
the 2 dishes I got were nice, not something to come back for.
the chips were fresh and crispy, the salsa was fresh and spicy, and the margarita was excellent.

prices are decent

  • Visited July 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Right away we were greeted with chips and salsa. Then, our server came and made fresh guacamole right on our table! It took less than 10 minutes for our food to show up after ordering also! This is an excellent place.

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