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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 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What I love is the abundance of choices (vegetarian and non) in meze and entrees as well as how incredibly accommodating the staff are. We were early for our reservation. The waiter offered us a choice of outside or in. We chose outside but the sun was going down fast and as women often do, we changed our minds. We... More 

Thank DCDebH
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Middle Eastern food, Palestinian food, authentic, fun, reasonably priced, located in great area

Thank Rickhindi
new york
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant itself is far nicer inside that it would appear from the outside. The food is decent and the service is decent (if a bit slow). The central criticism I have is that it is overpriced. The shish taouk and shish kebab, for instance, consist of rather small portions of chicken, virtually no veggies (some token pieces), and some... More 

Thank NewYorkScooby
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137 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2017

I was in town for a conference and this restaurant was within walking distance. It also is in a neighborhood where I felt safe walking at night. I had Jab Bil: Half Chicken, Lemon, Vermicelli Rice. It was very tasty and perfectly cooked. I had to ask for pita. I loved the ambience of the dining room, especially the 'watering... More 

Thank MrsJAtlanta
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2017

I'm pretty sure I visited The Calvert Cafe (now Mama Ayesha's) in the 70s on a family trip to DC. What a pleasure to be back after so much time and once again enjoy delicious Middle Eastern food. One can easily make a meal of mezzes and salads here, but the rice dishes are not to be missed. Our server... More 

Thank April L
Providence, RI
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2017

haven't been here for 20 years. came with a group of 5 and ordered mostly mezzas and one lamb shishkabob. The mezzas were terrific - we loved them all: tabouleh, kibbe, kalaya (ground lamb - my favorite), hummus with lamb, grape leaves with lamb. The shishkabob was the lest interesting. Service was excellent. Server was interested and kind. based on... More 

Thank rockpaperscissor
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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218 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2017

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
Reviewed January 2, 2017 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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1,253 reviews
598 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 613 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2016

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
Reviewed December 14, 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

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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
$18 - $18
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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
  • Neighborhood: 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?