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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ayse Meze Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (106)fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (72)special occasion (70)good for groups (69)romantic (47)great for lunch (43)hot spot (29)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (4)Show More
  • great for visitors
    SkyJim
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek food!
    Chase
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bargain Offer Becomes A Favorite
    Jdiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! We asked the waiter
    JessiE
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    Brian
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waiter was very helpful
    GuyF
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The waiter was very helpful in describing the menu items. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    lvbgirl
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    Gampatster
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great restaurant with great food. Ask for Abe - he's an awesome waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to try it again!
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We were very impressed with the quality of the food. Service was great and our waitress was very friendly and helpful. She also provided great suggestions since it was our first time in trying out different items on the menu. It is tapas style, and we enjoy every bit of it. My only complaint is that our table for two was a little small particularly being tapas style dining, but that won't stop us from going back. There are items on the menu that we were too full to try so we will definitely be going back to finish what we started!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed it
    NotKiddingNoVa
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    It was our first trip to Ayse, from the Washingtonian's Top 100 (January 2014). My view: they had many opportunities to mess things up, and get it all wrong - and, they took NONE of them. A 5-star experience: setting, ambiance, food quality, service, and overall. More than pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    mnkyboyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was very good!! Brussel sprouts were great!!! Tried a few of their cocktails (Pom Fizz & another one that was a martini) & they were not very good at all!! Kind of bland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant - excellent food
    Stickman33
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We've been here twice. We've had a good experience both times. The first time we sat in the dining room, the second in the bar area. The bar area was definitely very loud, hard to have a good conversation across the table. Not bad, but something to keep in mind. The tapas approach is nice to pick and choose different things, as well as share with each other. We found the service to be very attentive during both visits. Because of this style, you can manage the cost of your meal, but generally, it adds up quick so don't look at this as a value restaurant unless you are looking for a small meal. Highly recommend to others to try out. The Eastern Mediterranean style food is a nice change of pace and everything is amazing and full of flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Ambience and Service
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    As always our dining experience at Ayse couldn't have been better. The food was wonderful. The service and friendly staff top notch!! The skills of the chef continue to showcase his talents. The management and servers treat us like family. Chris the manager suggested a wonderful bottle of wine for us. Again the personal service here can't be beat anyplace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always unique and tasty
    richviii
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with the Girls at Ayse
    KimM
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The atmosphere of the place is upscale, yet comfortable with a spacious patio in the warmer months (pups allowed on the patio). The selection at dinner amazing, with a more limited menu at lunch. Everyone I have ever gone to Ayse with enjoys the Brussell sprouts and scallops with sweet potatoes. The potato and leek soup was enjoyed by my friend too. They're also very accommodating with special dietary needs such as: gluten free, vegetarian, and it's listed right on the menu which dishes are gfree. Servers are also very knowledgeable of the menu and ingredients in case there are other question regarding menu options. I have been here numerous times and tasted many dishes, each one always has just the right combo of delish flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    gml35
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My wife and I came to Ayse Meze for a late Valentine's Day. The food was amazing authentic Greek fair. The dining area was very cute and will put together. We plan on going back for sure! Very pleased overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoopah!!!
    Adman
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It is a marvelously delicious restaurant, and you'll appreciate the fact that it is tapas. it enables you to try so many different, amazing dishes. Don't pass on the cigars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply amazing!
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Amazing food and service! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    mandmVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As always, the food was delicious. The spread sampler and the Brussels sprouts are a must. The lamb chops were also excellent. The atmosphere is pleasant and all of the servers are attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local gem
    Drakos
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was plentiful and flavorful...designed to be a "small plate" eatery, three or four plates between two people is more than enough...make sure to try the Babaganoush and Mastika ice cream. Moreover, the noise level was comfortable, a personal pet peeve, I cannot stand paying good money for food with the noise level of a cafeteria. Another fine addition to the Frederick food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites-
    BjanemcgVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Love the food - I had Turkish (I think) cab/merlot that was nice and an improvement over the previous wine list. The only thing- because the tables are so tiny, if you order a few meze the table becomes crowded very fast, then the servers feel the need to try and take items away before you are finished with them. I think they should ask- but they come and grab things and you have to stop them before they get away with it. It's a fine line between good service and feeling as if you are being rushed and they could work on that a bit. But we will always go back -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rewarding dining experience
    Jamie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food from the middle east blends sweet, spice and texture in so many ways it would be difficult to appreciate the range of flavors by sampling a single dish. Ayse Meze takes full advantage of the "Meze" format by offering a wonderful selection of dishes that reward the palate with each bite. It is a great way to gain an appreciation for the gift of the culinary arts of that part of the world. Ayse Meze has become a favorite of my wife and I. Whether lunch or dinner, we have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten at Ayse many
    RTOtter
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We have eaten at Ayse many times--even had our daughter's rehearsal dinner there!--and had never had bad service....until Saturday. Our table was not ready at the reserved time, and when we inquired some time later the hostess had evidently forgotten we were waiting. Two of five food items ordered arrived s-l-o-w-l-y, then we were left with empty plates and dry glasses (although they did try to serve us two items that we did not order). Eventually, the waitress asked if we were finished, not knowing that most of our food had not yet arrived. In all, an awkward, unprofessional experience. The food is consistently delicious and inventive at Ayse. We just hope they can get their service back on track.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Jmp01
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is a great spot for a special occasion dinner. The dip sampler is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMMY
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Very nice experience on our first time dining in Frederick. Good was absolutely delicious. The brussel sprouts were out of this world. Server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!
    karen
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Delicious food and wine at an affordable cost and outstanding service. The atmosphere was inviting and the music set the tone for a very enjoyable evening with the family. A definate must for anyone looking for a unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful place and food!
    mamabee
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We enjoy sharing the mezes. The brussel sprouts are TDF! Good and hot pita bread goes well with the olive oil and all the dips. Calamari has a wonderful lemon dip, a change from the cocktail sauce served at most places. One might want to order a meze, enjoy it, and then order another. All three of ours came at once when we had planned to savor each one. We've been three times and will continue to dine there while looking forward to Spring and outdoor dining on their patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievably good
    JdsmmsVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This was our first time at Ayse Meze and it was phenomonal. We sampled many, many dishes on the menu and one was better than the others. Highly recommend the baked oysters, the brussel sprouts, the scallops and the filet. The wine list is extensive with some unusual selections. Make a point of eating here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in area
    luvfood
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    You can spend as little or as much as your wallet can afford and still enjoy great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good, haven't had a
    1HappyMan
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Really good, haven't had a bad meal yet. Also have really good specials that are unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Tapas
    RAMav
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My husband and I were very excited to try tapas for the first time. It was a great experience at AYSE and the food was amazing - we had the Saganaki, Kakavia, Biftek, and Turkish Manti). For dessert we had the Cookie and Candy platter, which was delicious! Will certainly be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ayse, however you say it, is great!
    TerryJ
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Eye-sha, Eye-shay, Eye-sheh... not sure how it's pronounced, but the food is consistently spot-on fantastic. We started with the combination of spreads. Their muhammara is the best Ive ever had! Fresh oysters followed dressed with a simple, but elegant mignonette. Mushrooms with dates... delicious! Wine list a great - a rare treat to find so many notable wines and vineyards from the mediterranean. The beer list is perfect for Frederick - many selections from down the road at Brewer's Alley!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lil Bites with Huge Taste
    Bryim
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This place is amazing. Service is excellent and choices come very quickly. Drink selection is fun and creative not to mention delicious. Can't wait to go back. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails to Please
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    As always, the nightly specials are not to be missed, and showcases the chef's many talents. But that makes it so hard to chose because everything on the regular menu is outstanding too. On our recent visit, the quail and the venison highlighted the seasonal special. Different soups appear with the nightly specials and reflect seasonal flavors such as celery root and rutabaga not readily found in most restaurants. From the manager and owner to the busboys, everyone makes your dining experience great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yelp let us find this gem!
    SteveF
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    This was our first visit to Ayse Meze but we will be back! The food was excellent. Our server Eric was amazing. Not only did he have great food suggestions but after dinner he suggested desert by the fire. Overall, terrific experience. A few standouts: Fried Brussels Sprouts - phenomenal! ( who knew!); The venison with chard & prosciutto - delicious! The Souvlaki - fantastic! We would recommend this place to anyone and can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night at Ayse
    MarK
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Perfect meal and service. The evening could not have been better. Five courses of food (all shared with the table) was selected by the staff and could not have been better. Service was consistently "there" with out being in our face as was a management checking in. In the end a great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.