Want to SAVE, EMAIL, and PRINT your picks? Sign up for a Purple Passport account to get started.
401 7th St., NW (Penn Quarter)
(1) 202-628-1005 | www.oyamel.com
HOURSSun.-Mon.: 11:30am-10:00pm; Tue.-Thurs.: 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-12:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (ENTREE)USD 7-14
FAMOUS PLATESGuacamole; ceviches
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; cocktails; wines; margaritas; Mexican sodas and horchata; fresh-squeezed juices
# OF SEATS150-200
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METROArchives; Judiciary Sq
The bright, airy dining room−with its orange banquettes, pink walls, marigold-carpeted ceiling, and delicate butterfly mobiles−erases all memories of tacky Mexican restaurant décor. Likewise, the kitchen keeps things authentic without a hint of kitsch. Favorites like creamy guacamole, succulent short ribs, and fresh ceviches are lipsmackingly delicioso, and the potent margaritas make for a stylish way to wash it all down.
Couples on their way to the theater or concert; young, hip 30-somethings
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Something trendy cool, like dark jeans, an of-the-moment top, and your favorite gladiator sandals.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a fun departure from other Mexican restaurants in town because it successfully pairs traditional Mexican cuisine with modern, chic vibes–a combination many other spots can’t seem to get quite right.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The food is a bit pricey for what it is (USD 13.50 for guacamole?).
GOOD TO KNOW
The recent addition of the 900-square-foot lounge has made frequenting the bar at Oyamel much more pleasant. Oyamel is owned and operated by celeb chef José Andrés, whose other local restaurants include Zaytinya, minibar by José Andrés, and Jaleo. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm and includes USD 5 margaritas and Mexican wines, and USD 4 Mexican beers and small plates.
All information within this website was checked for accuracy at the time of publication. But since the world moves quickly, things may have changed. Pardon us for any errors as we strive to give you the most up-to-the-minute details!