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“Years of Consistently Great Food”

Mama Ayesha Restaurant
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Ranked #548 of 3,229 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $18
Cuisines: African, Middle Eastern
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
Cross street: Biltmore St
Transit: A few minutes walking distance from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/ Zoo Metro Station
Leland, North Carolina
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145 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Years of Consistently Great Food”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

It’s been 20-years since I’ve been to Mama’s and they continue the tradition of flavorful, authentic, very good Lebanese food. The lamb shank was moist, well seasoned and nicely plated. Vegetarian dishes were very good, especially the grape leaves. Roasted chicken was abundant and appropriately seasoned. Will definitely return soon.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank RickL909
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Chapel Hill, NC
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not Fancy - Just Fabulous!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Excellent delicious food, authentic atmosphere, reasonably priced, excellent service.
Best rice I've ever had. Wonderful experience. Will definately go back.
Don't let the outside fool you - its a gem on the inside.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Patricia H
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Richmond, Virginia
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Almost as good as my Lebanese food”
Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

But in DC, I don't have my kitchen or the family recipes. Their raw kibbeh is actually better than mine, and pretty much every dish I have had in 6 visits over the past 10 years has been great. The wine list and the service are also standouts.

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1 Thank OlVirginny
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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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58 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Middle Eastern Homecooking”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

If you are ready to move beyond hummos and tabbouleh, try Mama Ayesha's place. This is the food that you would find on any Middle Eastern (the Levant area) kitchen table - simple and wholesome. The recipes are very authentic.

The only improvement to the restaurant would be to add more lighting. It was a little too dimly lit.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank mecorton7
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international
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178 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“authentic middle eastern food cooked with love”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

I went here for lunch and wanted to have a mezze, but the mezze plate was only offered for a large group. The waiter agreed to make me my own mezze and it really hit the spot....the water fountain creates a soothing, unique feeling in an otherwise dark little room. Great food though!

Visited June 2012
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