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    OYAMEL

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    Oyamel

    401 7th St., NW (Penn Quarter)

    Washington, DC

    (1) 202-628-1005 | www.oyamel.com

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    • CUISINE

      Trendy Mexican
    • HOURS

      Sun.-Mon.: 11:30am-10:00pm; Tue.-Thurs.: 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-12:00am
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Recommended
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      2007
    • PRICE (ENTREE)

      USD 7-14
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Guacamole; ceviches
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Beer; cocktails; wines; margaritas; Mexican sodas and horchata; fresh-squeezed juices
    • # OF SEATS

      150-200
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes
    • METRO

      Archives; Judiciary Sq
    Oyamel in Washington, DC has traditional Mexican dishes, and fun contemporary/modern vibes

    VIBE

    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.

    CROWD

    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.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Jaleo (Washington, DC); Rosa Mexicano (New York)

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