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Mama Ayesha Restaurant

$$ - $$$
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
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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200 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is vastly overpriced for what you get, and the attitude of the server was indifferent at best. The chow is on par with the run-of-the-mill fast falafel joints in town, served with no personality. I wouldn't go back or recommend this place. There are too many good middle eastern restaurants in this big city, just check Trip Advisor.

Thank c5mjb
Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An altogether miserable culinary experience … setting, service and quality are all to be avoided! To repeat, an altogether miserable culinary experience -- fuggetit!

1 Thank Al L
Chicago, Illinois
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1,199 reviews
561 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 644 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have loved this restaurant for many years. I recently took some colleagues here for a work dinner and did not have nearly as good of an experience as previous visits. This was driven primarily by service; our server was disinterested in helping us navigate the menu and offered responses to basic questions asked by the group that bordered on... More 

1 Thank brmusicman
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I would really recommend this place if you're looking for something traditional. The hummus, foul, soujouk, and falafel are all great. The service is awesome and the staff is very accommodating!

Thank Hanan A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 

1 Thank dc_babs
Fargo, North Dakota
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226 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 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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143 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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171 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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 

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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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 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, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?