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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 Seventh St. NW (D St. NW) Send to Phone
202-628-1005 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Another gem in the José Andrés constellation.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Washington, DC

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana Restaurant Review

: Dressed up in its corner location in Penn Quarter, José Andrés’ Oyamel takes you heart and soul across the border down Mexico way. Aside from crispy grasshoppers in a taco, the kitchen sticks mainly to things that most Yankees will eat: ceviches several ways; tacos with pork, grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, or beef tongue; guacamole and hand-made tortillas. Bigger dishes include the classic mole poblano. Well, the list goes on and on, with so many gustatory diversions that you’ll mark this as a return-trip destination. Many return trips.

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Desserts are worth a major calorie overload, with tres leches cake, Oaxacan chocolate custard, sweet potato flan, and ice creams, plus more. For libations, customers can leap into tankfuls of unusual tequilas, or switch over to brews or specialty cocktails. Visually, the setting has been enlivened with special chairs designed by Philippe Starck and a colorful butterfly mural.


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