Ayse Meze Lounge
Ayse Meze Lounge

Ayse Meze Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aysemeze.com/
  • Phone: 2406515155
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ayse Meze Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (105)fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (72)special occasion (71)good for groups (69)romantic (46)great for lunch (43)hot spot (29)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Made a reservation in advance
    Chris
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Made a reservation in advance for the last seating before their new years pre-fix menu was to start. They STUCK us in the bar area for dinner and were told that the dinning room was for the new year celebration. Guess all that matters to them is money, not good service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food was good, and I thoroughly
    AshleyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    The food was good, and I thoroughly enjoyed their long list of vegetarian and vegan choices. However, the timing between dishes was crazy. One lapse was so long we forgot we had ordered food. For a table of a 4 we were there for 3 hours. We were enjoying the company, but it was a bit excessive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
    GirlsNightOut
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    Five of us for a birthday celebration and it was an overall excellent experience. Food is the best we've had in Frederick in a very long time and we loved everything else about the restaurant. Thank you Adam!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first visit to
    PankoVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    This was my first visit to Ayse, and I loved it. Will definitely go back. It's a very nice addition to the downtown Frederick dining scene, which continues to improve. Since this is a "small plates" restaurant, we had several dishes. All of them were excellent. Fresh, warm pita bread comes in abundance. Very good, thick tzatziki sauce for dipping. The baked oysters are essentially a Mediterranean-style Oysters Rockefeller, with feta cheese replacing the traditional Parmesan. The ground lamb skewer was delicious. The roasted red bell pepper+walnut spread was a knockout. It was a Wednesday night, so we "held back" a bit. Otherwise, we surely would have had more. Service was attentive and personable, and the ambiance was sweet (dim lighting).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for lunch on a Wednesday.
    Lovetheponies
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    We went for lunch on a Wednesday. They have been open less than a month. It seemed very busy, but there were plenty of staff. I was waiting for a friend and was approached by no less than 3 staff/waiters to ask if I needed anything yet. We ordered the stuffed grape leaves, nice flavor, but tiny. Brussels sprouts were divine: capers, currants, onion, great roasted flavor. A must-try. The flatbread with cheese was a little too much bread, but the pita sandwich with falafel was very good, as we're the lightly seasoned fries that came with it. I will be going back to try the happy hour specials!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way better than last several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Way better than last several restaurants at that location. Lot of great gluten free items. A great evening with friends
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not sure how to say this-"train
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Not sure how to say this-"train wreck".I love greek food, so I was excited. Here's how it went-1) long delay to have our waiter approach us from the start;2) my husband's drink is sold as "fresh OJ" when it was mostly watery;3) he ordered oysters...I a spread.Spread arrived, oysters never did.Rush was placed, only to have them come out luke warm-who likes that? 4) His salad came out before oysters, waiter agreed to take it back to kitchen so he could eat in the order he wished-when salads came out a few minutes later,his was on a different plate,missing yogurt garnish with a piece taken out of it; mine was a salt lick. 5)I ordered beef pide,what arrived was not; 6) told we would not be charged for it, showed up on bill;7)excess apologies
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  • Great food. Service not so much
    DowntownJonVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    We've been here twice. The food is very good. The pide, Greek salad, salmon, sardines (special) all very good. The service both times was really bad. Waited and waited and waited for our waiter both times for long stretches - as they stood yuking it up with the larger tables with big bar bills. The waiters knew they were neglecting us because they apologized time and again. The food is worth giving them another try - we saw lots of great looking dishes go by as we waited and are anxious to try them, but the service has got to get better.
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  • This was our third dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    This was our third dining experience. The food was fantastic each time. Has quickly become our favorite restaurant and where we take our friends and family. Prices are reasonable. Food is superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was excellent. Seated
    Digitalxs
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Service was excellent. Seated quickly, and the servers knew the menu very well even though it had recently opened. Food was served quickly, and was hot. The menu is unique, and the small plates are similar to Spanish tapas, but Mediterranean. The presentation was nice, and food tasty, but I prefer tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was great!!! A
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Everything was great!!! A wonderful addition to the fine dining scene in Frederick. Authentic Turkish cusine. Very rare to fine great Turkish food in the US. Moderate prices, and a great ambience. Very knowledgable and friendly service staff. And NO belly dancer. A definte plus!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Over all dining experience is excellent. The food is always amazing no matter what we order and the service is second to none! Ayse Meze has quickly become our favorite spot to dine in Frederick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant but plain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    The food at Ayse was a bit bland and underseasoned which is disappointing when you consider the big notes of flavor normally associated with Meditterannean cuisine. The feta stuffed pastry cigars were almost flavorless and lacking that sharp salty tang. So too, the hummus was dry and flat instead of the creamy, savory richness one is normally sad to see disappear all too soon from the plate. We didn't even finish half of it here. Greek salad had no vibrancy either, with even the traditionally salty high notes of kalamata olives being muted and dull. The only highlights were a fine, juicy lamb burger, a generous plate of tender calamari and a mild but pleasant falafel pita.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decor is very nice. Acoustics
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Decor is very nice. Acoustics in main dining made it impossible to have a conversation so we asked to be moved to the bar dining area which was much quieter. Food is tasty but temperature of food was not hot enough. Also entrees for our group did not come out at the same time so half the party was left waiting while the rest of us ate. I would try it again but give it some time before I did.
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  • our dinner was on a very busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    our dinner was on a very busy Saturday night and the food was terrific, but our waiter forgot to bring 2 of our party of fives dishes out. Also had trouble getting water and wine refilled. He was very apologetic. I look forward to dining there again. The calamari is the best I have had in a very long time, tender and not overcooked and rubbery!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply great. Each dish was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Simply great. Each dish was better than the last. We will definitely return soon. Try the calzone like pide
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food. Creative offerings.
    Patty
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Excellent food. Creative offerings. Two seating areas - one quiet and adult oriented and the other much more casual and noisier. Specify which area you'd prefer when making the reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Servers should be more familiar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Servers should be more familiar with the food and their many spices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs more fish options on menu
    lellebelle
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Excellent service from a lovely waitress. Mezze sampler dips were very good and a nice way to start the evening. Our table enjoyed both the red and the white wines from Turkey. The calamari had a very light batter and a little arugula with it...delicious. The brussel sprouts will make anyone love them. The special was grouper cheeks served over spaghetti squash and it was prepared perfectly. The shrimp sakanaki needed a little work. The shrimp tasted either old and/or not cleaned properly and the sauce is too thin. I have had this dish many times at Zatinya's in DC and it is much better quality shrimp and sauce. The spanakopita varies here, sometimes it is moist and delicious or a little to dry but the seasoning is done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the small plates. Ideal
    SamlikestoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    Love the small plates. Ideal opportunity to try a bunch of things and share with friends. Probably the best Mediterranean food I've had since visiting Turkey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was delicious - service
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    The food was delicious - service was terrible. We were there for sunday brunch, place was very quiet (only three tables filled), and yet service was poor. Food came out sporadically and took a very long time. Drinks only refilled when asked; waiter never offered. didn't pay much attention.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was excellent! Service
    0000
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Food was excellent! Service still needs much improvement. The hostess came by our table at least 5 times asking to remove our menus because they were running out. It's a tapas restaurant; they should know that people order gradually and want to keep a menu handy. We had ordered a bottle of wine that they had on special. The first botlle was exellent; when the 2nd bottle arrived it was a completely different wine and not nearly as good. The server insisted that it was the same as the 1st bottle even though the name, labels and taste were completely different. I'd go back, but will wait a few months until they have all the service kinks worked out.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll go back ...
    BjanemcgVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Second time here - I love the place- wide open, lots of wood- marble floors and large windows in the dining room. The sampler tray of dips is great. The roasted Brussels sprouts were not so good- I make them better than that but they were edible. There must be some flabe dishes because every now and then there's a huge flame being held high above a waiter's head at a table, and in the darkened atmosphere it creates a brilliant site. We did not feel hurried, as in some places-
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  • Great addition to Frederick
    Nianqua
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    Delicious small plates--deserts are not their strength
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    Skipper
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Excellent service from Andrea, Nezi's menu is extraordinary, noise level requires raised voices, only again making the experience a bit distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lover of middle eastern food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    My husband and I have come to take note when the waiter/waitress introduces him/herself. Our evening started with the water pourer introducing herself. We were well attended throughout the evening. Everything arrived promptly. We enjoyed all the dishes we ordered but the scallops and the baked oysters were outstanding. The baked cheese was fun with the flaming presentation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood must
    Tracey
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    I am fortunate to have this restaurant in my neighborhood because I plan to go again soon. The meza are small plates and for lunch I had two mesas; the roasted scallops with sweet potato purée and fennel and a starter of zucchini pancakes. Both were outstanding with depths if flavor, eg the zucchini pancakes had a side of honey and yogurt. My guest said that she would return with her daughter because the kids menu is much more extensive than most restaurants. This Mediterrean cuisine offers something for everyone.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Beautiful presentation of
    wildfish
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    Beautiful presentation of dishes, food was fantastic and the wait staff wonderful. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food, service and ambiance
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Food, service and ambiance were outstanding. The dishes are really authentic having been to Turkey several times. Food very reasonably priced, but unfortunately the wines aren't. Need more reasonably priced wines both by the glass and bottle. Excellent daily specials Excellent addition to the Frederick fine dining scene!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Another great Frederick restaurant!
    RottieLover
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The food is wonderful-- everything we had tasted and looked amazing. A great mix of traditional flavors but with a modern twist. The staff was all super friendly and it was an overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    The food was great and the Flowerless chocolate was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We celebrated my husband's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    We celebrated my husband's birthday with dinner. Was a little nervous about bringing our 4yo, but had only seen the more adult side of the restaurant. The casual side is completely child-friendly. I would go again as a family or for a date night. We loved the food. Our 4yo ate everything but the brussels sprouts, which was fine with me, b/c that was my fave! He liked the sardine special best, so much that he wanted to try every dish. I'm lucky that I even got a taste of the pastirma. I loved the octopus, which I hope is a regular special. Service was very friendly; management made sure we were enjoying our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Absolutely outstanding and
    JosyfVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    Absolutely outstanding and delicious Greek food with a Turkish twist. All of the small meze plates we ordered we so very good. Delicious and beautiful to look at. Ayse definitely adds more class to a classy downtown Frederick. We found it by accident and we will keep coming back. Very reasonably priced as well. Dog friendly too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great small plate find,Greek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    great small plate find,Greek small plates a real bonus. Food was delicious,great for sharing,wait staff friendly and knowledgeable.My only complaint alittle noisy when we first arrived but quieted down as the evening progressed. Would definetly go again and recommend to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was hard to believe that
    DannyBVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    It was hard to believe that despite having a reservation (through OpenTable) the restaraunt still took over 15 minutes to seat us (and there were no other folks waiting!). The food was excellent and at the end of the day, that is what will get us to go back (certainly not the service). The other bizarre event was the hostess coming by at 9:30 pm and collecting our menu before we had a chance to order dessert. It was strange that the restaraunt would run out of menus so late in the evening (when it was starting to empty out). Other than that, the food was superb and definitely worth the visit.
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  • Excellent service and a fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Excellent service and a fantastic dining experience. Quality of food was excellent.
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  • A new favorite place
    BjanemcgVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    First of all- I love this venue- have for years. It has 3 different areas - one that is casual dining room with a bar in the center, so you may also choose to sit at the bar. Alfresco dining is available behind the building so away from the street, and a more formal dining room. The new owners have expanded the windows and added marble floors in the formal dining area that are beautiful. LOVE AYSE- the food was wonderful and I'm a real fan of the small plate/tapa/meze idea, but you could order full size plates if you wish. We had a olive paste with peta, a mix of mushrooms, nuts, shallots, etc.that is served warm and is so delicious, the spanikopita was good but not the best I've ever had, the skewers of chicken were so nice!We'll b bac
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet