Oyamel Cocina Mexicana


Penn Quarter


Get directions | 401 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004


Hours | Sunday 11am-12am, Monday 11am-12am, Tuesday 11am-12am, Wednesday 11am-12am, Thursday 11am-, Friday 11am-, Saturday 11am-


You know what sucks? When a place promises ‘upscale’ versions of classic street food but ends up being terrible and overpriced. You know what’s awesome? When that same premise delivers. Oyamel fits the second description perfectly, and takes it a step further by placing that food in a fun space that makes you excited to just be there.


(202) 628-1005


Ceviche verde
Ceviche rojo
Baramundi marinated in lime juice with avocado and tomatillo $15.00
Sliced hamachi with cucumber, hominy and corn nuts tossed in a
guajillo chile sauce, garnished with avocado and radish $19.00
Ceviche con citricos
Aguachile de camarón
Striped bass in a pineapple-habanero marinade with citrus, jicama
and fresno chiles $17.00
Shrimp lightly marinated in lime, cucumber and mint
with serrano pepper $12.00
Sopas y Ensaladas / Soups & Salads
Caldo tlalpeño
Ensalada de nopalitos y ayocotes
Traditional chicken soup with seasonal vegetables, carrots, rice, a
spoonful of smoky chipotle sauce and a chipotle chile $9.50
Rancho Gordo heirloom scarlet runner beans, cactus paddle, and
seasonal vegetables over Pipe Dreams goat cheese and garnished with
a tangy guajillo chile salsa $11.00
Ensalada de Alex-César Cardini
The classic Caesar salad of romaine lettuce, anchovies, soft boiled
egg, Parmesan cheese and house-made croutons $9.00
Ensalada remolacha
Salt roasted local beets with cascabel dressing, walnut-goat cheese
crema and a cocoa nib crumble $8.00
“Gaspacho” estilo Morelia
From the historic city of Morelia, a salad of pineapple, orange, jicama
root, cucumbers, queso fresco and a dusting of chile pequin $8.00
Ensalada de palmitos
Sikil P’aak
Fresh Hamakua Farms Hawaiian hearts of palm, red cabbage,
grapefruit, radish, cucumber, avocado and with a grapefruitpapaya
Toasted pumpkin seed spread with tomato, sour orange and
habanero served with tostadas $8.00
Verduras / Vegetables
Chayotes asado
Quesadilla huitlacoche
Grilled chayote squash, broccoli and cauliflower with a tomatoarbol chile salsa,
watercress and pumpkin seeds
Tortilla with melted monterey jack cheese and Roy Burns Mexican
corn truffles $10.00
Frijoles refritos con queso
Coliflor frito
Refried black beans slow cooked with manteca with melted monterey
jack cheese served with Mexican crema and tortillas $10.00
Cauliflower in a smoky, rich almond salsa macha, mezcal raisins,
rajas, over a hoja santa crema $9.00
Chilaquiles con salsa verde y queso
Arroz huitlacoche
House-made tortilla chips with melted monterey jack cheese,
tomatillo salsa, crema and onion $9.00
Anson Mills Charleston Gold rice with Roy Burns Farm Mexican
corn truffles, queso fresco, and epazote herb oil $12.00
Col de Bruselas estilo San Quintín
Frijoles con repollo guisado
Crispy Brussels sprouts with a chile de árbol sauce, pumpkin seeds,
peanuts and lime $10.00
Rancho Gordo alubia blanca beans stewed with guajillo and
costeno rojo chiles, green cabbage and cauliflower $10.00
Queso fundido con tequila
Tamal de camote
Melted Clover Hill farms monterey jack cheese flambéed with
tequila and served with tortillas $9.00
Add spicy chorizo $11.00
Sweet potato tamal filled with black beans, served with a guajillo
chile salsa, Mexican crema,queso fresco and pumpkin seeds $8.00
Consuming raw or uncooked meats, poultry, shellfish, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.
Carnes y Mariscos / Meats & Seafood
Camarones al mojo de ajo negro
Tamal verde
Wild caught Gulf Coast white shrimp sautéed with shallots, árbol
chile, poblano pepper, lime and sweet aged black garlic $15.00
Shredded chicken tamal with a green sauce of tomatillo,
chile and garlic $9.50
Pulpo negra
Quesadilla de chicharrones
Grilled salsa negra marinated Spanish octopus served over creamy
sweet potato, topped with an hoja santa salsa $17.00
Crispy Rocky Hollow Farms pork belly in a tortilla with
melted monterey jack cheese, refried black beans, onions and a
five chile salsa $10.00
Trucha tallada
Grilled trout marinated in a guajillo, ancho and pasilla negra
salsa, served with sautéed seasonal vegetables $29.00
Albondigas enchipotladas con queso doble crema
Meatballs in chipotle sauce with queso fresco and cilantro $9.00
Minilla Veracruzana
Veracruz style house smoked tuna picadillo inside crispy tortillas
with salsa de chile manzano $9.00
Grilled dry aged Roseda Farms Black Angus flank steak with salsa
jitomate, cherry tomato pico de gallo and radish $21.00
Enchilada de pollo con salsa verde
Plato de Suadero
Chicken enchilada served with a tomatillo salsa, melted chihuahua
Chile morita and arbol braised Roseda beef brisket with roasted
cheese, rajas and green onion $10.00
cambray onion, avocado, house-made corn tortillas and salsa verde
Authentic Mexican TA C O S in hand-made corn tortillas
Our masa starts its journey in Mexico, with the family farms that grow
heirloom corn. Every day, our team cooks and grinds this corn in-house,
to give you a taste of this treasured tradition.
Hongos en molito
Chilorio de res
Wild mushrooms and poblano peppers sautéed in a sauce of guajillo
and pasilla chiles, Mexican crema, onions and cilantro $4.50
Shredded local beef braised in a rich and tangy sauce of pasilla
and guajillo chiles, topped with white onions $5.00
Cochinita pibíl con cebolla en escabeche
Frijoles guisados
Yucatán-style pit barbecued Rocky Hollow Farm pork with
Mexican sour orange and pickled red onion $5.00
Rancho Gordo heirloom rebosero beans and chayote squash braised
with guajillo chile and chipotle in adobo salsa, garnished with
jalapeno en escabeche, cotija cheese, onions and cilantro $4.50
Pollo a la parrilla
Grilled marinated chicken thigh with guacamole and
grilled green onion $5.00
Pescado Baja California
Crispy masa tempura-battered seasonal fish with shredded
cabbage, house-made chile de arbol mayonnaise, Mexican crema
and a salsa mexicana of tomato, onion and cilantro $5.50
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Consuming raw or uncooked meats, poultry, shellfish, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.
Cócteles, Cervezas, y Más
Tecate, (Can) Baja, MX $6
José Andrés’ personal favorite with ‘Salt Air’,
Milagro Blanco, Combier l’Original, lime
$13 glass / $64 pitcher
Pacifico, Sinaloa, MX $7
Dos Equis Lager, Monterrey, Nuevo León, MX $7
Dos Equis Amber, Monterrey, Nuevo León, MX $7
Olmeca Altos, Combier l’Original, lime
$12 glass / $60 pitcher (Make it with Mezcal $14)
Victoria, Vienna Style Lager, Mexico City, MX $7
Feeling fancy? Upgrade to Altos Reposado
$13.00 glass / $64 pitcher
Negra Modela, Dunkel Style, Mexico City, MX $7
Estilo Ron Cooper
Flying Dog, “Numero Uno” Agave Lager, Frederick, MD, $7
Right Proper, “Raised by Wolves”, Pale Ale, Washington D.C. $8
Olmeca Altos, Combier l’Original, lime, Oaxacan sea salt,
a side of Del Maguey mezcal ‘Vida’
$14 glass / $65 pitcher
Flying Dog “Bloodline” Blood Orange Ale, American IPA, Frederick, MD $7
Serrano Margarita
Olmeca Altos, Combier l’Original, lime, serrano chile
$13 glass / $66 pitcher
3 Stars Southern Belle, Imperial brown ale, DC $8
Sam Adams Just the Haze, Boston, Mass. (Non-Alcoholic Beer) $7
Al Gusto
Cucumber-infused Altos Olmeca blanco, St. Germain, lime, cava $14
Volcan de Mexico
Milagro Silver, Maggie’s Farm Velvet falernum, apple, pineapple chamoy,
lime $13
Bebidas sin Alcohol
House-made sparkling limeade $5
Cócteles de la Casa
Aqua Fresca
Mexicana Gin & Tonic
Ask your server about options $6
Hendrick’s Gin, Giffard Passionfruit, Dolin blanc, thyme, Q tonic $16
Coca-Cola / Mexican Coke $5
Ron, piña, Y mezcal
Diet Coca-Cola / Diet Coke 8 oz. $5
Uruapan Charanda, Del Maguey Vida de Muertos, Luxardo
Maraschino. pineapple, lime $14
Sprite / Old Fashioned Sprite $5
El Viaje
Bulleit Bourbon, Campari, tamarind-chile, grapefruit, lime $14
Topo Chico / Mineral Water $5
Mojito Dorado
Sweetened with agave nectar $4
Mint-charged Demerara El Dorado rum, minted sugar, lime ‘air’ $13
Jarritos Soda
Tamarindo/ Mandarina $5
Señora Carla
La Venenosa Raicilla, hoja santa syrup, Scrappy’s New Orleans Bitters
Vino s
Choose your wine style
Vino Wednesdays
Enjoy any of our fabulous wines by the bottle at 50% off every Wednesday.
Espumosos / Sparkling Wines
‘17 Naveran, Brut Rosé Cava, Penedés, Spain
NV Gruet, Blanc De Blancs ‘Sauvage’, Albuquerque, NM
NV Laurent Perrier, Brut, Champagne, France
NV Roederer, Rose Sparkling, California
Vinos Blancos / White Wines
All wines listed from lightest to most full-bodied
’20 Annalisa, Pinot Grigio Veneto, Italy
Wines in each category are listed from lightest to most full-bodied.
’19 McPherson, Chenin Blanc, TX
’15 Leitz, Spatlese , Rheingau, Germany
Wines by the Glass
’18 Monte Xanic, Chardonnay, Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico $52
’18 Barboursville, Chardonnay Barboursville, VA
’17 Morgan, Chardonnay, “Highlands”, Santa Lucia, CA

NV Gruet, “Sauvage”, Blanc de Blancs, Albuquerque, NM
Medium-bodied, refreshing sparkling Chardonnay. Delicious!
‘19 Naveran, Brut Rosé, Penedés, Spain
Rosados / Rosés
Dry, red fruits and lively acidity. Great for a summer day.
’19 Beronia, Garnacha, Spain
WHITE All wines listed from lightest to most full-bodied
’20 Annalisa, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy
Vinos Tintos / Red Wines
$ 10
A delightful, easy drinking dry white. It is simple enough that it
pairs with most anything.
All wines listed from lightest to most full-bodied
’19 McPherson, Cinsault/Counoise/Viognier, ‘Tre Colore’, TX $45
’18 McPherson, Tempranillo, “La Herencia”, TX
‘20 L.A. Cetto, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico $11
Crisp, light, refreshing, great with seafood
’19 McPherson, Chenin Blanc, TX
’18 Hahn, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA
’16 La Rioja Alta, “Viña Alberdi Reserva”, Rioja, Spain
Tart, baked apples, chamomile, and lime. Absolutely mouth-watering.
‘18 Monte Xanic, Chardonnay, Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico
’13 Morgan, Pinot Noir, “Double L”, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA $103
A classic, oaky style of Chardonnay. Full-bodied and rich.
’18 L.A. Cetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Guadalupe, MX $38
A rich Cabernet with loads of black currant and toasty oak flavors.
’17 Black Slate, Garnacha “Escaladei”, Priorat, Spain
’19 Beronia, Garnacha, Spain
A lovely medium-bodied rosé. Rich cherries and wild berries.
’20 Stolpman, “La Cuadrilla”, Syrah/Sangiovese/Grenache $56
Ballard Cayon, CA

RED All wines listed from lightest to most full-bodied
’19 McPherson, Cinsault/Counoise/Viognier, ‘Tre Colore’, TX $11
Fresh red cherries and berries. Pretty light and easy to drink.
’18 Hahn, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA
Black cherries, red apple and yummy vanilla.
’18 L.A. Cetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Guadalupe, MX $9
A rich Cabernet with loads of black currant and toasty oak flavors.
’19 McPherson, “La Herencia” Tempranillo, TX
Juicy, sweet-tart red fruits with crisp acidity.
’20 Stolpman, “La Cuadrilla”, Syrah/Sangiovese/Grenache $14
Ballard Cayon, CA Full-bodied and spicy with great black fruit flavors.