401 7th St NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2000438.894810 -77.021716
Neighborhoods: Northwest Washington, Downtown, Northwest
The Margaritas Alone Are Worth It – Be careful when dining at Oyamel - the food is very good, so you might be tempted to keep ordering. Before you know it, you'll have raked up $100 in tacos alone. But go here anyways; it's a great happy hour spot with the deals they offer (half price tacos and margaritas, drinks on sale). Lunch or dinner is equally excellent - they offer free chips and salsa, but the guacamole is worth the price (they make it in front of you). Try their ceviches, all of which are light and fresh. I also like Oyamel for brunch - they offer many of their usual dishes that you can find for lunch or dinner, but add an array of more breakfast-like dishes as well (i.e. huevos rancheros).
Amazing upscale Mexican Food – On the first day of my new job, my boss and a few co-workers too me out to Oyamel to celebrate my new position. I had never been to the restaurant and was curious to see what it had to offer. After just one visit Oyamel now ranks in my top 5 favorite places to eat in D.C. Their small plate menu allows much to explore and their creative choices have you wanting to try many new dishes. I have yet to try their grasshopper tacos, but enjoy their homemade guacamole and other delectable dishes. RUN, do not Walk to Oyamel to try their upscale Mexican menu in a sophisticated restaurant.
Citysearch Editorial Review – In the signature style of celebrity chef José Andrés, Oyamel--his Penn Quarter Mexican eatery--is a full sensory experience, with an interior canopied by copper Monarch butterflies and steeped in the carnival colors of Día de los Muertos. The menu balances the whimsical decor with a serious cocktail selection of hard-hitting but tasty margaritas, traditional Mexican ponche, and fine tequilas as well as non-alcoholic agua frescas. The food options follow Andrés' tapas tradition; there is a wide variety of small-plated meat, fish and veggie dishes to share, and an assortment of corn-tortilla tacos are perfect for those who want something more substantial. The biggest star of the menu, however, is the made-at-your-table guacamole; with Serrano chile, green tomatillo and queso fresco cheese, it's always a popular item with the basket of fresh tortilla chips. (Photo by Powers and Crewe Photography)
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