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Ayse Meze Lounge
Ayse Meze Lounge

Ayse Meze Lounge Details

  • 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: Greek, Lebanese, Turkish
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "I can't believe I am saying this but you must order the brussel sprouts. You will never look at them the same way again. All our food was delicious and our waitress was fantastic. Make sure you order the hummus sampler with plenty of pita bread."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Busy restaurant with delicious food and drinks. Initial contact by the hostess / seater was poor but otherwise we had a fun evening."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There's something for everyone at Ayse. Must try the brussel sprouts and the small plate of scallops. There's nit been a dish we haven't liked yet!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed Ayse in the past - the tastes, the meze portions and the servers, so we came back to celebrate. We've learned to order in small batches, so that we are not overwhelmed with food, and to savor the unusual combinations. And it 's a great place to share with someone who hasn't encountered tapas or meze."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Could imagine being in Istanbul or Tel Aviv with this menu. Love the Greek, Lebanese, and Israeli wine selections, and this is the only place we knowin the area that serves raki (a Turkish anise liquor) cocktails! Excellent place for vegetarians. Loved the sampler of yogurt, hummus, and roasted pepper dips with fresh pita, carrot fritters, gigante lima bean stew, and the famous fried brussel sprouts. Good but unusual grilled octopus, with bites of meat scattered over mashed purple potatoes and chickpeas. The one dish I wasn't impressed with was sucuk, beef sausage - meh. Service was perfect, attentive and knowledgeable but not hovering. The blue main dining room is serene and pleasant, but we like the rustic bar area better."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We took out 16 year old grandson to Ayse. It was his first experience at a real fine dining place. All the staff from the manager Chris to Abe, our server, went out of their way to make his evening wonderful, They were so helpful and interested in pleasing him. The food as usually never fails to please. Great grilled fish and innovative specials which change daily. The venison sisi is hard to beat. Cooked just to order and very tender. Ayse is in a class by itself!!!."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The portions were generous, the brunch had familiar brunch items, but we also added from the regular menu that featured Greek-inspired small plates. Service was attentive, room very attractive. Looking forward to going back to try some of the desserts that sounded good."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Outstanding food and great choices. This restaurant has seating for everyone. Outside seating, quiet, romantic. Just be sure not to sit in the bar area when they have live music unless all you want to hear is the music. Love this place....Brussel sprouts are a must try."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Will not go again. Food was neither tasty nor fresh. Food was not appetizing. The lemon soup and the moussaka were not good enough and definitely they were too full of cornstarch. Turkish coffee was poor. Chocolate dessert was very good. Will not bother to go again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Early opening experiences were mixed. But latest experienced wiped that slate clean. Food was excellent and so was service"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Took our adult children. And two gra ddaughters for my wife's sixtieth birthday. Booked 5 pm hoping that restaurant would not be busy. It was surprisingly busy but we were given a table in the back which wAs perfect for the little girls. Food and service were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had friends in from out of town, and Ayse has such a variety on the menu it was hardly a challenge to take them here for dinner. Whether your group has food aficianados, vegans, wine snobs, or kids who only eat burgers, Ayse will have an offering to suit them. Smallish portions allow one to get a variety without becoming over-stuffed, and the seating can be in the lively bar area, or the main dining area, or (in good weather) the outdoor patio with music."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food is excellent and consistent from visit to visit. Service is friendly and responsive. The acoustics seem to amplify the noise level though but that may be a function of seating location. Overall, highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "As always our meal was the best!! The specials were wonderful. The vension Sis wa so tender you never think it was a Kabob. My grilled Bronzoni was cooked to perfection. A nice crisp skin and very most on the inside. When I filet it, it came right off the bone. A great dish for anyone who is health conscious. As always the serve was outstanding. It's hard to find an area where this restaurant needs improvement!! Just keep up the good work."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went for Frederick Restaurant Week. Although it wasn't cheap, we thoroughly enjoyed all of our selections. I started with the dolmades. I assumed that they would be the same as all other dolmades I've had, but these were out of this world. I followed that up with the keftedes. A simple meatball, but so delicious. The tzatziki was fabulous. Unfortunately, I cannot remember my third course, but I promise you that it was great as well. I completed that up with the cikolati. It nearly brought a tear to my eye. Oh, I almost forgot about the elysian, a gin-based drink. Wonderful."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food never fails to please!! Te venison scallopine was some of the best venison I've tasted any ppace in my traves. Just cooked to perfection. The other specials also pleased. The wine list, unfortunately, has been reduced. Mainly Greek wines which don't measure up to other Mediterranean wines in the same price range. Wines from France, Spanish and Italy should be included on the wine list. Just because the cuisine is mainly Greek and turkish doesn't mean that the wine selection has to be limited to these wines. As always, the managemnt and server staff go out of their way to make the dinner feel at home and to ensure that the dining experience is outstanding"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Although we informed the restaurant that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, we were seated in a small room with a large group sitting next to our table. Did not give us much room to have a private conversation. Perhaps it may have been b/c we asked to be seated before our reservation time. Nevertheless our waiter was fabulous. The only foods that stood out were the lamb chops though we had to send it back to the kitchen because it was rare, and the corn penne was good too."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food and fabulous service! Our picky vegetarian daughter loves this place, lots of options for her."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great place to go with a group to be able to share the wide variety of items on the menu. Sometimes feel rushed as the food comes out quickly once an order is placed. The wait staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Ayse was an excellent experience. We tried it for the first time about a week ago. We loved it so much that we invited friends to join us for a meal less than a week from our initial visit. I highly recommend Ayse. Excellent food and atmosphere"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I've been to Ayse several times. This time the service was slower than usual and when we ordered the first round of meze's for the table not all of the items showed up because the waitress forgot to write them down when she turned in the order. Other than that, the food is outstanding and we will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great food, great selection - best part was our waiter - he was incredibly knowledgeable about the food, took the time to give in-depth explanations for all our questions - which is particularly helpful in a restaurant where much of the food has traditional Mediterranean names. Overall great experience."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food was really good and we would definitely go back. There were some service issues though, but maybe just an off day for our waiter."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Everything was delicious, we went for Restaurant week and were very pleased. Try the brussel sprouts and the salmon!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant and if it was not for Restaurant Week I would never have gone to this restaurant only because I had never heard of it before. Everything about this restaurant was impeccable, we all could not say enough about the food, service and detail to the presentation of the food. I will definitely return to this restaurant. Thank you Ayse Meze Lounge for making our experience so memorable."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food and a wonderful setting. The service was lacking in attentiveness and that could have been due to the time of night and business of the rest. Overall, our experience was joyous The food was "life changing" in a great way. Very authentic and prepared with perfect portion sizes."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Like any first experience there is some level of uncertainty but from the time we were sited, through every bite and the explosion of delicious flavors we knew this was a restaurant we will visit often."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We drove up from DC for Sunday lunch on a cold wintry day and discovered this fabulous new restaurant. In a rambling building off the main beaten paths -- with parking! -- the outdoor areas were still piled with snow. But inside was warm and in an elegantly understated Turkish style. The welcome was friendly and the service was attentive and informative. The remarkable, grilled Brussels Sprouts with currents are apparently locally famous but, in truth, each of the eight dishes we had was outstanding. If we lived in the area we definitely would be regulars."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Ayse is great! The food is consistent and the servers are always friendly! Love, love, love that we have a restaurant like this in Frederick!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our first time to this restaurant and it was during Frederick's Restaurant Week. We were so happy we put this outstanding place on our list of restaurants to dine at! It was very busy and therefore, probably louder than usual. Our waiter was Abraham, and he made the experience at the restaurant a very pleasant one. The food was delicious! We will definitely dine there again!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was my first visit. I was meeting some friends from out of town and I had to choose the restaurant. Turned out I made a great choice. Staff was terrific from the time I walked in to the time I walked out. Great variety of food, delicious, well prepared and presented and authentic. I'll definitely be back again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "As a first timer at Ayse, my husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. The service was great, atmosphere was electric and the food was just amazing! Will definately be returning with friends!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Ayse Maze is a welcome addition to the Frederick dining scene. It's Middle Eastern fare brings a whole new choice in dining."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Fantastic! A friend & I went before a show at the Weinberg. Ordered two of the four course restaurant meals. Chose both meals together and shared everything. Their specialty Brussels sprouts are indeed special! Yummy. Spinach pie, salmon, hummus, cigars (pastry & filled!); EVERYTHING is perfect! I had a Turkish red wine that was excellent. Server super (so much we tipped 25%!); very helpful with food and wine. Will go back soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was great and the desserts were awesome. My girlfriend and I ended up both getting the four course meal and shared the different courses with each other for variety. The dipper platter was great the hummus was seasoned very well. The Turkish cigars were good and the apricot jam that was served with it really set it off. The main entree was good but nothing too exciting. I am big sucker for baklava; it was served with a scope of ice cream and some apricot candies. It was outstanding and it made the meal. I will come back and suffer through the other courses just to have it again. The waitress we had was pleasant and knew the menu very well and the waitstaff was very attentive with clearing the table and refills on water."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My friend and I were planning to eat Mediterranean food for a bargain price. Our lunch turned into so much more. She had fried calamari and moussaka which she said was fabulous. I had stuffed grape leaves (with a hint of sweetness) and the poached salmon on basmati rice mixed with sauteed spinach topped with a lemon sauce and lemon zest. My choices were absolutely perfection. All servings came on small plates one at a time. The dessert was an unexpected bonanza. The baklava was the best I have ever had - rich with pistachios and honey served with a delectable orange marmalade and dollop of cream. The chocolate cream inside a chocolate shell infused with pop rocks was indescribable. We will be back again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food! We asked the waiter for some recommendations, and he did not lead us astray! The brussel sprouts really are amazing here, do not miss them!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food is always great. It is fun to try different menu items. Our favorites are the brussel sprouts, meat cigar sampler and many others. Great kids menu with awesome pizza. One of our favorites in Frederick."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We chose to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary here. The food is always amazing. The wait staff is helpful and attentive. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a wonderful meal and a great evening."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Ayse is a favorite of ours...fantastic food, great service! The restaurant is comfortable and so tastefully decorated. Don't plan to rush through a meal-there are many small plates to enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014