Ayse Meze Lounge
Ayse Meze Lounge

Ayse Meze Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aysemeze.com/
  • Phone: (240) 651-5155
  • Hours of Operation:
    11:30 AM - 10 PM Monday thru Thursday
    11:30 AM - 11 PM Friday and Saturday
    10:30 AM - 9 PM Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Turkish, Greek, Lebanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live, local music on our patio Tuesday's thru Saturday's from 7pm-10pm
  • Special Events: Please call and inquire about booking private events of up to 300 guests

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Patrick and North East
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking located off of East St in Everedy Square
A word from Ayse Meze Lounge
Modern Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine featuring Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese influence, served in small plates called "meze." Located in Everedy Square in Down Town Frederick
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ayse Meze Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (121)great for outdoor dining (94)good for groups (90)special occasion (80)neighborhood gem (75)romantic (54)great for lunch (48)hot spot (46)notable wine list (30)great for brunch (23)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Phil Bowers Does It Again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Phil Bowers does it again! He has a knack for opening restaurants that are an instant success. I highly recommend starting with the Istanbul spread sampler. There were 6 different spreads served on fresh warm pita bread. We ordered the smaller "meze" portions so that we could sample a variety of foods. I have never been a fan of brussel sprouts until now. They are served crispy with currents, capers and a honey dressing. Delicious! We will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some of the best food we have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Some of the best food we have ever tasted. The calamari was so tender it melted in our mouths. THe dirnks were spot on and the rockfish special was unbelievable. Our server was kind, patient, and took the time we needed to help us make great selections. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true gem in Frederick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Was seated in the bar area so it was a little loud for a romantic marriage date night. Next will ask for seating away from the bar. The food was beyond belief, couldn't believe Frederick has such a wonderful place like this that won't make you go broke for a dinner for two with a bottle of wine. If you want to try something different then this is the place. Will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique to Frederick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    This restaurant is definitely something Frederick has been lacking for a while. The menu is varied so a foodie can have a field day but someone like myself, who prefers the more everyday fare is perfectly happy as well. The desserts are to die for, and the service is great! Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The food was wonderful and so fun! We were there to celebrate a special event in our family. Unfortunately it was so loud our group was shouting at each other. The kitchen got backed up and several of our dishes got forgotten, but our waiter was most wonderful in taking care of things. We will come again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I were seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    My wife and I were seated in the bar area, per our request, however there was a very large party waiting for their table. Unfortunately, the patrons waiting for a table weren't observant enough to realize they were standing right on top of us. We asked to be moved and was assured they would be seated within minutes which meant we could stay at our cozy, romantic table. As the noise settled, we experienced a delightful meal along with exceptional service. The wait staff was extremely attentive and accommodating. Prior to our last course, the manager stopped by our table and repeatedly apologized for the inconvenience and offered to pay for our dessert. While it wasn't necessary, it was greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Ayse Meze!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were satisfied in every
    homechef
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We were satisfied in every way. Terrific eastern Mediterranean cuisine, well prepared with imaginative use of spices and flavorings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My third visit and I actually
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    My third visit and I actually plan to have lunch there Wednesday with a friend. Great menu selections.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An enjoyable departure
    TomD
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    My wife and I went to Ayse Meze on a Saturday night. It was a unique and interesting experience for us, being unfamiliar with "meze" and Greek/Turkish food. We had the spreads sampler platter, a sausage and egg pide, two seafood dishes from the daily specials, and a couple other items. The dishes were mildly spiced, which suited my wife. I would have preferred more robust flavors. The pide was disappointing as it was dominated by the bread. Otherwise the dishes seemed well prepared. The only drawback was that all seven items were brought out in quick succession, crowding our little table and creating a rushed atmosphere. Hence the "good" for service. Our waiter was excellent. Overall an enjoyable departure from the usual.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Food was excellent. Server did a nice job explaining different items on the menu. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service. Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Excellent service. Excellent food - even better than the best I remembered from Turkey and Greece. Certainly recommend and would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Excellent food, great menu of small plates to share, unique wines from Turkey, Israel, Greece etc...Service was spot on. This plase is friendly, fast and fun. Many vegetarian options. You have to try the roasted brussel sprouts and the scallops. There is a large outdoor courtyard that was not open due to the cold but should be great in Spring and Summer. Will return often. Have to try the flaming cheese dish everyone else seemed to order. The server sets the plate alight when he reaches your table and the flames shoot two feet in the air and the whole wait staff shouts Opa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great, but watch the temperature
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The food was overall very good, with some of the dishes being outstanding. The service was also excellent. The only reason I cannot rate it higher is that two of our dishes were room temperature when served (a hot soup and a kebab). We complained, and they very politely whisked the food away to take care of it, only to return it two minutes later "reheated"... and it was barely warm once again. One of the other dishes we ordered was so piping hot that I had to let it sit for awhile before I could even touch it. Nonetheless, I would go back again, definitely. The food was delicious, regardless of the temperature issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2 of us went on a Friday night
    Letseat
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    2 of us went on a Friday night at 7. The restaurant was crowded, but not noisy (perhaps the exposed bricks absorb some of the sound). The food was excellent, served in Tapas size portions (reflection of their sister restaurant Isabella's?)We split four different servings and 1 dessert and were more than full, which is saying something as my husband has a large appetite!The service was average for a busy night. Food is served as it is ready, so it was a leisurely paced meal. Would definitely bring guests here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first trip. Small plates.
    Beachboy
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Our first trip. Small plates. A lot to choose from. Food was very tasty. That night I was a meat eater. But this place might be especially nice for vegetarians as I seem to recall numerous veg based plates. The Greek red wine was initially very sharp but after a few mins settled down nicely. In the past we have stayed away from Greek wines but if this one was indicative then I will be trying more. Our waiter was good. We found it easy to talk even tho it was busy.... not loud. Will definitely return. Fresh baclava!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Middle Eastern cuisine
    boycerensberger
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This is the best Middle-Eastern restaurant in Frederick. I know restaurants of this genre in Frederick and in other, bigger cities, and I can say confidently that it ranks with the best. The core cuisine is Turkish but with strong elements of Greece and Lebanon. Note: There are no main dishes here. It's all "meze," which means small plates of savory or spicy food. Something like Spain's tapas, but with more flavorful components. Four or five such small plates are perfect for sharing by a couple. The name of the place is pronounced AYE-shay MEZ-ay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dined there for Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We dined there for Valentine's Day. We had a really enjoyable meal. The service was great and the food was delicious. The Turkish Merlot that we tried was excellent as well. We will definitely return. They have outdoor dining when the weather turns nicer so will try that next time. A wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I have been there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    My wife and I have been there three or four times now, and it's been excellent each time. Great food...different and interesting. Many small plate dishes to choose from.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tapas-style Mediterranea food
    gtmoore
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went here on the recommendation of a good friend who raved about this place. It was excellent! There menu is expansive and their prices are on the moderate side; but, food is expertly prepared and very good. They have something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Atmosphere, and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    I dined with my boyfriend, aunt, and uncle on a Saturday night. The restaurant was popular and lively, but it wasn't too noisy to easily have a conversation at the dinner table. The interior of the restaurant feels upscale but warm and cozy, and the bar area is especially beautiful with exposed piping, interior brick, and a fireplace. The waiter gave us ample time to peruse the extensive small-plate menu before ordering, and the food that came out was delicious. We all enjoyed each dish, and especially the fun of sharing and tasting each plate. We loved the food and atmosphere, and we had great service. We will definitely be going again and would recommend it to anyone, especially those who enjoy small-plate dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a marvelous time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We had a marvelous time. The waiter was friendly and knowledgable and the food was delicious - will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food with a tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Terrific food with a tapas like menu. Will definitively return the next time in Frederick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I love exotic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    My wife and I love exotic foods and Ayse Meze have an abundance of it - and it is all tasty! The staff is very friendly and courteous ready to explain the eastern Mediterranean names and words and ready with recommendations for the uninitiated. The ambiance is also appropriate to the theme while everything is clean and attractive. There is a special glassed-in alcove that looks like it could seat 12-15 that is replete with cushions and pillows reminiscent of a sultan's table. The noise level is perfect for comfortable personal conversations. The restaurant just opened recently and have yet to serve in their great-looking outside seating area, but outside seating should also be very comfortable when open.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • everything here is amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    everything here is amazing. it's our favorite place to take out of town guests. you cant go wrong here. hihgly recommended!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Food was excellent, service was great and the prices reasonable. Only minor complaint was it was a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try anything from the oven!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Great lentil soup and I love everything that I have ordered that comes out of the oven. All of the Turkish pides that I have tried that are out of the oven have been great, spinach, cheese and meat. The zuchinni pancakes are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Frederick's best restaurants
    BrainfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Fabulous eastern Mediterranean food experience, great service, and nice setting. A must for Frederick dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Excellent food good service delightful experience. Calorie count of items would be great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Each of our 4 veggie meze
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Each of our 4 veggie meze and soup was outstanding. Fresh, and perfectly prepared. I've eaten great meals in Turkey; eat a lot of meze. They do it right. A real winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the mezza experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Loved the mezza experience! Drinks were very well mixed and matched to our food. Especially enjoyed TJ , he was funny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Already planning next visit...
    Palmlyn
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the evening at Ayse and glad we had reservations because the place was packed. I love meze style, or small dishes.Its a great way to try many types and styles of foods. We started with hummus and babaganoush ,both were very good. We shared several other dishes, all were delicious,but the scallops were phenomenal. They are served over mashed sweet potatoes. We considered ordering a second serving, but decided we should not repeat any dishes in our first visit. That being said, there will be many visits to Ayse.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place can be easily overlooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    This place can be easily overlooked while driving by but it is worth the find. The waiters know the menu very well and do a great job explaining it. The food is delicious and well priced. Would absolutely recommend this restaurant and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Destination restaurant
    jff1
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    A wonderful addition to downtown Frederick. It's the go to place to bring out of town visitors and has a wonderful choice of small plates and wonderful vegetarian dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding all around. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Outstanding all around. The Brussel Sprouts are to die for...I really mean it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen backed up?
    Jill
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    This was my third visit to Ayse. As was the case in the previous two visits, the food was great and service was attentive. But the kitchen was backed up and it messed up the pacing of our small plates. After our first course, everything took a long time to come out and we had to ask repeatedly about some dishes. Two diners in our party of four had not received their final course by the time the others had finished. The waiter explained that the kitchen was "backed up," and at the end of the evening, he said "We had a lot of people come who we weren't expecting," meaning that they didn't have reservations. Would you not expect to have a busy night on Saturday night?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always!!! The service
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Great as always!!! The service was top notch. Regina, our server was one of the best. The daily special show a lot of of innovation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First off, our waiter Tony
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    First off, our waiter Tony was absolutely excellent and he made our night! The only downfall is that, although the eggplant pancakes were perfectly spicy (and I LOVE eggplant....), they were dripping with so much oil that after eating one whole pancake, my palate was ruined and stomach was starting to turn. The other items we ordered (Brussels sprouts and scallops) were also quite oily. I will be back to try their lamb and other cuisine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat here, you will be happy you did
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    I did not expect to find the best Med. food I have ever eaten one mile from my house in Frederick Md. Having lived in NYC and other major cities, this is no small thing. They offer a monthly cooking class that My girlfriend and I are signing up for. The food exceeded my expectations The menu is vast and expansive. Perfectly presented by attentive servers. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great friends and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    We enjoyed the company of meeting long time friends at Ayse; the great food was unexpected and greatly appreciated. We have elected to meet again here (since both couples travel about 40 minutes, from different directions, to meet there).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A++ Tapas/Small Plates in Frederick
    SouthernCross
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    This ethnic version of the tapas/small plates concept brings to life the spices of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East and adds an A+ definition for scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic