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Mama Ayesha's
Mama Ayesha's

Mama Ayesha's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamaayeshas.com
  • Email: info@mamaayeshas.com
  • Phone: (202) 232-5431
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Samir Abu-El-Hawa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Mohammed Abu-El-Hawa (202) 232-5431
  • Entertainment: Background Arabic music played during lunch and dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Biltmore St
  • Public Transit: A few minutes walking distance from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/ Zoo Metro Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: If you cannot find street parking you can use the metro lot which is next door.
A word from Mama Ayesha's
Founded by Ayesha Abraham, Mama Ayesha's opened for business in 1960. We are a family owned and operated restaurant serving authentic Arabic cuisine. Enjoy a fresh fattoush salad, some hummus, or some falafel to open you appetite. Main dishes include lamb, chicken, and beef dishes cooked over our charcoal grill. Or try one of our stuffed specialties such as our stuffed yellow squash or grape leaves. Plenty of vegetarian as well as vegan options also available. With dishes prepared daily from scratch you can be sure you're getting the closest thing to home cooking. We are glad to be moving forward into our 5th decade of serving the Washington, DC area. Many of our guests can tell you that when you’re here at Mama Ayesha’s, you’re family!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have eaten at Mama Ayesha's three times, and I have loved every single bite of food. The labneh appetizer is "other worldly" in its level of deliciousness. The chicken, lamb and beef kebabs are better than any I have had elsewhere in DC, and the side vegetables (and tumeric-spiced rice) complement the main dishes perfectly. I love this spot."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant to walk or take a cab too, but be forewarned if you want to drive and park! We spent over 20 minutes hunting for a parking spot, and finally found one a half mile away, down a pretty steep hill. The restaurant was quite understanding about why we were late for our reservation, and the food and service almost made up for it. Would come again- via cab."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Good Levantine (Syrian/Lebanese) food for DC standards, but like most other Lebanese restaurants in this city, it doesn't hold a match to what Los Angeles has to offer. Nice ambiance and good food compared to other Lebanese restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great service, great food, enjoyed the portion size (general US portions I find too large), nice ambiance & reasonable price. I had the mix grill, the two others at my table had the lamb & okra stew & the lamb chop. Tried everything, all tasted clean and high quality."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went to mama ayesha's for my husband's birthday and brought another family along with us at the last minute. The restaurant quickly accommodated our larger party - We had a total of 9 people, with 5 kids 5 and under. The restaurant was loud and lively enough to drown out the kids live voices, so we didn't feel guilty for ruining anyone's dinner. The food was outstanding, as always, and the service could not have been better. Very attentive and pleasant wait staff. They do not specifically cater to kids but our kids love the food and like the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had high expectations of this restaurant since my niece recommended to us. But everything was a disappointment from service to food. We went there on sunday for lunch. The server was not very enthusiastic about serving us. The two good items on the menu that we liked were finished. I don't know what that means. When customer order something from the menu you are supposed to make it for them. The other food we had seemed like the leftovers from the previous night. They were not fresh. Your entrees are not money's worth since all you serve is one meat item and one carb. There was no salad or bread or anything. I still don't understand who are these people who gave you good reviews."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Sampled several dishes. All delicious. Stuffed squash was excellent. Perfect place for a relaxing meal. Low key dining in a beautiful setting."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "great food--- all delicious. unique decor, quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The best Middle Eastern food I've ever had. Beautiful ambiance. They deserve more business!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Excellent! I have been meaning to stop in here ever since the blizzard of '09. It took 5 years, but i made it in tonight. The wait was well worth it! I truly should have come in much sooner. Everything was perfect; from the service to the food to crowd. I not only recommend you go, i URGE you to go. Just bring your appetite.."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Having sampled the middle eastern options around this area I would certainly say Mamas is better then most. The staff was very friendly. Good food options (we ate with a friend who has a gluten allergy). The staple dishes were good (hummos, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves). Their lamb and whole chicken dishes made the night. Fall off the bone meat, great flavors! A solid choice for big parties."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Mama Ayesha's combines the best of tradition with chic urban environment. The decor is sultry and lends itself to a girl/guy night out as well as a romantic evening. The staff does an exceptional job of working with special requests as well as provides prompt service."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "$16 for a plate of rice? This is one of the more expensive Middle Eastern restaurants in the area and I can't see why. I can get better food with more options at half the price...delivered. No wonder the place was empty."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The wait staff was great at recommending different dishes to try. They ere very friendly and attentive, and we loved trying new foods. The place was hopping with lively groups, energetic conversation and happy customers. We included ourselves in that category."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "the food was great and the staff was attentive! the restaurant was a bit empty, but may have been because it was a weekday and unusually cold out!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This was the perfect place for a group of 8 to relax after a long day at a local conference. The food was wonderful and the staff was very attentive."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I go to this restaurant regularly as it is one of my favorites in the neighborhood. My sister and her family were visiting and we had dinner there, with three-year-old twins, on a Thursday night. Restaurant staff was very friendly, even to the children, and the food, as usual, was very good."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We took friends from New York for lunch. They thought the food was delicious. Our server was charming."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "The chicken tauk was very spicy and dry. The humus was just OK. The baklava had an after taste and was also dry."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "This was our second visit, having found a place that does lamb well for me and does a good vegan dish for my wife. We had a good experience and tasted wine from the Mideast. The evening was unremarkable until we received the check that included a $3.50 charge for extra cheese. The menu stated the charge as $1.50. The server pointed out that the $1.50 was for another type of salad, not the one we shared. After some back and forth, the bill was changed to reflect the $1.50 price. As experienced dinners, we were surprised at the time it took to resolve this very minor issue. A more customer friendly approach would have been to write off the $3.50 charge completely."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Same good food, nice ambiance. For those who used to go when Mama was alive, her children have spruced up the place. The food is good, not excellent, but the ambiance and neighborhood feel make it a great place to take family and groups."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "delicious food. attentive staff. fast service. nice interior decor and atmosphere. overall very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I made a reservation on Open Table for 8 PM. We were not seated until 8:35. The vibe right up at the bar was fine and entertaining enough for that 35 minute wait, but once we got to our seats, it was clear that they were understaffed for the night and one server was taking care of one entire area. Therefore, it took us a while to order our appetizers and main courses. We heard that the Mama's Secret Spices was the way to go with the main courses, so we ordered the Kafta Kebab with that in it only to find that the Secret Spices are actually quite SPICY (as opposed to flavorful). The appetizers were all good, except for the baba ganoush, which was a little disappointing. The hummos with lahmeh, labneh, and fried eggplant were all tasty."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I love Mama Ayesha's! Love it so much I try to go every time I'm in DC for business. I love the food, ambience and service. The food is SO well prepared and flavorful. You won't regret it."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Upon arrival at the restaurant the door was locked. We were about to leave when the neighboring business owner said it should be open. I called and told them to unlock their door...they did. Food and service were great. But the decore is very worn and needs to be refreshed."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "I go to Mama Ayesha's fairly regularly because I like the food a lot and, most of the time, the service is friendly and efficient. This time a friend and I went on a Friday night (we usually go earlier in the week) and, while the food was very good, the service could have been better. My request to be seated in the dining area was not honored, even though there were empty tables there. We were seated near the bar, which was a bit noisy. Hopefully, next time will be better. I think the Middle Eastern food here is better than most."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I spend time searching for authentically good restaurants, and this is my find in DC. What a lovely place. Easy to get to, parking on site...food amaing, warm atmosphere. This is not a "hip / cool place"...which generally means great design, mediorcre food and poor service. Mama Ayesha has history, charm, warmth, great professional service and delciious food. What more do you need? I will return again and again."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I love going to Mama Ayesha's because I can have a relaxed meal, hear my conversation, and still feel that I'm going somewhere special. The food is great, the ambiance is lovely and the service is top notch."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "This was our second time at the restaurant. We were immediately seated even though it was a busy Saturday night. Waiter and staff were attentive. Suggested several items. The food was served in a timely manner. Appetizers very tasty (Arabian salad and Kibbe). One of us chose the lamb shank which was good but needed a little more spice to it. The eggplant was cooked just right."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We are relatively new to DC and have enjoyed Mama Ayesha's several times. It's one of the few places around that is nicely atmospheric, with good food, and a decibal level that allows for conversation with new people! The service is always helpful and attentive and the food delicious."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "How could we have waited so long to enjoy this restaurant! It is superb! We will be back again and again."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "Items come out of the kitchen quickly and the staff makes you feel like you never left home. That's the good news. The bad news is the dishes are all uninspired and compared to other Middle Eastern restaurants, there's no finesse to the cooking. That special something extra that makes good food great is missing. We wanted to appreciate the special effort that went into making our food. We didn't taste it. Drinks were weak, appetizers were just average, and main courses were just not up to snuff. Don't know if it was an off night or if Mama Ayesha has tired, burnt out cooks who don't care anymore. Management should taste what's being preparing and being sent out of the kitchen and then decide what steps need to be taken."
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "Came across Mama Ayesha's as we were walking by, so decided to stop for dinner. The restaurant was very quiet, but we were early. Service was attentive and friendly. we started with hummus, followed by a mixed grill and squash stuffed with lamb and rice. The food was cooked brilliantly -- we'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Since I moved here last year, this is a restaurant I go to on a regular basis. The Middle Eastern Food is very good and the service is friendly without being overbearing. The overall ambiance is warm and inviting. And, because the prices are moderate for the area, it is a restaurant that one can afford."
    Dined on 7/19/2013