About Oyamel

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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Oyamel combines Mexico’s rich regional diversity with the modern urban atmosphere of Mexico City. The liveliness of the dining room is matched by the creativity of the menu and cocktail list, featuring antojitos—Mexican small plates—ceviches and tacos, plus unique margaritas, and an impressive array of wines and tequilas.

Originally opened in 2004 in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Oyamel moved to its current home in the Penn Quarter in March of 2007.

Tequila and Mezcal Festival

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Posted Feb 10, 2017

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We’ve got tequila. We’ve got mezcal. And we’ve got tons of exciting events featuring both. Keep reading for how to get your Mexican spirits on with us!

KICKOFF PARTY
Monday, February 27 | 6-9 PM

There’s no such thing as a case of the Mondays at Oyamel. Join us for our annual kickoff party featuring more than a dozen unique tequila and mezcal tasting stations, passed bites and specialty cocktails, live music and more!

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TEQUILA AND MEZCAL DINNERS
6:30 PM
$75, inclusive of tax & Gratuity

We’re thrilled to feature an exciting line-up of tasting dinners:
March 6: Fortaleza Tequila and El Silencio Mezcal
March 7: 123 Organic Tequila with David Ravandi, Founder/Maker
Learn more about our vendors below!

Each dinner features five course from Head Chef Omar Rodriguez, paired to the unique spirits highlighted by our guest hosts.

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COMPLIMENTARY TASTINGS
4-6 PM in the bar

Whether you’re an agave aficionado or newbie, join us to sample delicious spirits and learn more from our partners:
3/6 Fortaleza Tequila/El Silencio Mezcal
3/7 123 Organic Tequila

About the vendors:
On March 6, we will be joined by representatives from Fortaleza Tequila and El Silencio Mezcal. Fortaleza has its origins deep in Mexico’s history, with Don Cenobio, a distiller who started working in 1873 in the city of Tequila, Jalisco. Five generations later, the family still makes traditional tequilas, true to their roots. El Silencio Mezcal, an organic spirit made from 10-12 year-old agaves, is distilled by a ninth generation “maestro mezcalero.” We will be pouring both their Joven and their Espadín, smooth approachable mezcals that are sure to bring all tequila lovers to the smoky side.

Then on March 7, tequilero David Ravandi of 123 Organic Tequila (Uno Dos Tres) will join us to share his terroir-driven, organic, and sustainable tequilas. In order to ensure quality throughout the entire process of making tequila, David planted his own agave plants in the 1990s – and then waited for them to grow before distilling his first batch. Now he makes three styles – blanco, reposado, and añejo – that are made for both sipping and for cocktails. We are excited to share his delicious tequilas, and his vision of sustainability, with you!

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Truffle Festival

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Posted Feb 01, 2017

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February 13 – 26, 2017

Decadently Delicious, Straight from Spain

José Andrés introduces Truffle Festival to DC! For two weeks, you can enjoy the fragrant and exquisite black truffle in a variety of dishes and drinks across José’s DC-area restaurants. Flown straight from Spain the day they’re discovered by truffle-hunting dogs, these black truffles are as fresh as it gets. Don’t miss this exciting event!

Make a reservation to try our specials!

Do you know the lifespan of a truffle? Watch Nacho, a truffle hunter, explain the importance of truffle’s freshness and learn more here.

Menu:
Tortitas de papa con trufas
Potato fritters with black truffles, Parmesan cheese, Mexican crema and epazote 19

Yucca gratinada con trufas
Creamed yucca root, Chihuahua cheese, yucca chips and winter truffles 20

Queso Fundido con trufas
Melted Chihuahua cheese topped with black truffles and served with fresh hand-made tortillas 22

Cocktail:
Truffleable
Milagro tequila, El Silencio mezcal, granny smith apple water, truffle honey, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar 13

TRUFFLE ADDITIONS:
Ask your server for suggested dishes to add black truffles
3 grams 11
5 grams 17

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Tour de José

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Posted Jan 30, 2017

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You can now visit four of José’s Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in one evening! Our Tour de José is an exclusive, unforgettable dining experience, available Sunday-Thursday on a limited basis for parties of up to six. The evening features a dining tour of Penn Quarter’s Zaytinya, Jaleo, Oyamel and China Chilcano with a special menu of 3-5 small plates and a paired round of beverages at each restaurant, for $195 per person, inclusive of tax and tip. Book yours today!

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Mezcal Mondays

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Posted Sep 07, 2016

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Got a case of the Mondays? We’ve got the cure: Mezcal. Join us for our Mezcal Monday where we’ll be inviting our favorite mezcal purveyors to share their delectable spirits.

Additionally, we’ll be offering two specialty cocktails featuring these mezcals all week long.

Join us on our facebook event page to stay updated!

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Dinner and a Show

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Posted Aug 11, 2016

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Tacos and Margarita
Checking out a show at the Verizon Center or Shakespeare Theatre? Grab a delicious dinner nearby beforehand or skip the crowds and enjoy a post-concert taco and margarita at our Late Night.

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Late Night

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Posted Feb 14, 2016

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To indulge your late night Mexican cravings, Oyamel is now open later! During our extended hours, we will offer a special menu at the bar including Mexican beers by the bucket, a variety of Oyamel favorites (Guacamole! Margaritas! Queso Fundido!) and special tacos. No reservations required. We hope to see you there!

You can see the full Late Night menu here.

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