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Mama Ayesha Restaurant

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Adams Morgan
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1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501 (Biltmore St)
+1 202-232-5431
12:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 12:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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106 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i've been dining at mama ayesha's calvert cafe since the late 60s and it only improves with age, even though mama ayesha has now passed away, as has the restaurant's formerly regular famous diner, white house correspondent, helen thomas, who used to hold court there every night. nevertheless the food has held its own over the years while the ambience... More 

Thank dc_babs
Fargo, North Dakota
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221 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with spouse and daughter after a day of conference for me and shopping for them. Casual and laid back. Service was somewhat quirky but not in a bad way. Menu was pretty typical Middle Eastern. Handled spouse's gluten/soy issues gracefully. Pace of food/service moderate. Quality of food good, quantity on the moderate to low side. This is not... More 

Thank rburdmd
new york
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122 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We tried several dishes here. Overall, the food was very good. I especially liked the menzalah (eggplant with beef) and the falafel. I thought prices were reasonable. I would go gladly eat here again,

Thank wardnick1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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163 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The decor and service are great. The food is tasty and well presented but sadly way overpriced especially for the main courses. I went home hungry although I'm not a big eater.

Thank DCalexandre
Houston, Texas, United States
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We made reservations for a family birthday dinner. Service staff was nice and seated us well. Food quality was very OK, nothing that I would put near the top of a Mediterranean restaurant short list. Portions were surprising small and I didn't feel there was much value relative to similar restaurants. Meat was semi-tough and few pieces of chicken were... More 

Thank Ali111708
New York City, New York
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260 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The food was awesome. Had lamb shank and beans. The appetizer mazza are also great. The seating space is very nice. The service was excellent and the staff kept checking up with us.

1 Thank travelwise333
Miami, Florida
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The oldest Arabic restaurant in the district per their employees. Delicious and authentic middle eastern cuisine. The service was polite and efficient. The appetizers entrees desserts and Arabic coffee were beautifully presented. In our party of five no one walked away disappointed and would highly recommend this restaurant on Calvert right next to the Duke Ellington memorial bridge.

1 Thank Mateo0333
baton rouge
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105 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our delicious dinner here tonight. We had a falafel appetizer that was very fresh with a little kick to it. Very good. We also had the main eggplant fish and mixed grilled meats. The eggplant was flavorful and delicious. The best was the grilled mixed meats. Combination of chicken lamb and beef. All were perfectly tender and tasty.

1 Thank HILCHA
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Mama Ayesha has gotten it righ. We ordered small plates (Lebanese style) and each one was the best we've had. We are from a midwest city with a strong Lebanese population and this is better than anything there. The Harateen (Helen's salad) is a great combination of tomatos, pickled onions, goat cheese and parsley and cilantro. Mama's is a neighborhood... More 

1 Thank dltwings
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

With out-of-town guests, had a variety of wonderful items and cordial service. We have always found this to be a reliable place to have a great meal.

Thank David B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$18
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Buffet, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501
    (Biltmore St)
  • Public Transportation: A few minutes walking distance from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/ Zoo Metro Station
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Adams Morgan
  • Neighbourhood: Adams Morgan
  • Phone Number: +1 202-232-5431

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?