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
137 reviews since May 19, 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 (100)neighborhood gem (72)special occasion (71)good for groups (70)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
  • Wonderful Specials
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The specials last Friday evening were outstanding. The roasted quail with apples, cheese, and field greens highlighted the talents of the chef. So did the verison scallopini in wine sauce with swiss chard. Both were very moist and tender. Cooked to perfection. Other specials on the menu were also very appealing. There is just so much you can eat. Wife had the chocolate walnut fudge which was just the kind of dessert you need to end a wonderful meal. As always, the service and ambience was what you expect for a great place like Ayse. Very friendly and helpful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, moderately priced!
    froggiemom
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This was a fun place to eat. My daughter and I enjoyed tasting new foods especially the interesting combinations. Try their Brussels sprouts - who knew they were that good. Love them so much I made sure to save some for the doggie bag to have the next morning. Had a little problem in the beginning - no service for us when many were getting served even when they arrived 10-15 minutes after us. We sat for a long while before being serve. The restaurant is lucky. The food! & our waiter made up for the problem with his attitude, suggestions & excitement for the restaurant. Really wished the manager/hostess/owner would have personally apologized for the excessive wait. The food was so good, we plan on giving them another chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Judy's birthday celebration was wonderful!! As always the staff at Ayse goes all out to please.The specials were great. Shrimp stuffed with crab and the beans with tuna were excellent. All the staff went out of their way to make this special occasion so special. What a great place to spend an evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ayse -yum
    Luvtraveling
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I am always pleased with the good and service at Ayse. The menu has some unusual things and some if the wait staff share some of their favorites. I like that there is music on the weekends. They have a nice patio outside which they have enclosed and heated this year but Unfortunately was closed Fri. Night. The one downfall is happy hour menu only applies to the few high top tables and couches not the whole bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place was terrific. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This place was terrific. They were slow seating us (about 820 for an 8pm reservation) but they made up for it with a great table. Everything was delicious and well-timed. It was a fun date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In a word...Superb...
    Brad
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Truly wonderful...& very authentic: My wife & I lived in Turkey & Greece, & one daughter is in Turkish Studies in college. We know Turkish, Greek & Middle Eastern cuisine very well, & we all agree this is "the real thing." Four of us ordered about 10 different things, including Istanbul Sampler, Peynir Burek (cigar pastries), Saganaki, Bruksel Lahanasi, Pastirma, to name a few things...all bursting with exquisite flavor & presentation. My daughter's vegetarian so we chose mostly meatless dishes. I can hardly wait to go back to try some of their meat & seafood fare. Service: impeccable, attentive & knowledgeable. Atmosphere: noisy, but festive. I can't say enough good things about Ayse Mese, except, GO THERE!...and find out for yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good and unusual menu
    Patu
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Very good and unusual menu items. Casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful New Years
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    New Years Eve was wonderful at Ayse!!! Even though we went early, we had a great time. The menu, as always, was more than satisfying. My lamb chops couldn't have been better. Crispy on the outside, and nice and rare on the inside. Just like I like them!! Definitely a signature dish at Ayse along with so many other items on the menu. Looking forward to anothr great year of dining at Ayse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I had in mind for NYE
    TomD
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was very good as it has been in all our experiences here. The service was also fine. However, we were seated in a heated tent outside, which I'm assuming is normally their patio seating area. Had I known we would be seated here, I would have made a reservation somewhere else. This was definitely not the ambience I was going for on what was to be a romantic dinner with my wife.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve bust
    Lovesfood
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Arrived at 5:30 to find 6 people behind the desk. We were led to our table and our server all but disappeared. We ordered a bottle of champagne from the special New Year's Eve Champagne Menu. After waiting 10 minutes for the champagne to be delivered to the table, we informed the server that the champagne was WARM. His comment was simply, "Oh". It took an additional 20 minutes for the champagne to chill to proper temperature in the bucket. We would have said something to our server, but both she and the wine steward were no where to be found. What a buzz killer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Csjdogs
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Everything was wonderfull The waiter recommended all the dishes that we ordered ,and he did a great job-all deliscious
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Frederick gem
    SusueQ
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Wonderful service,, exceptional food, especially the Brussels sprouts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great service.
    BatgirlVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    It was my second time there and my son's first time. Its a very extensive menu and we looked confused on what to do. The waitress was so helpful on what to order and how much. We got 4 vegetable including stuffed grape leaves and a whole fish to share and it was perfect. We were very full and the bill was so reasonable. I'd go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost
    DinedWithFamily
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We had a group of eight and they put together a round and a square -- so it was a bit awkward as someone at the round sorta had their back to the square. The waitress knew the menu and suggested some great items, however, the first few items all came at once and you lost the idea of the mezze. Once we said something, the food delivery slowed down and it was much more enjoyable. Overall food was pretty delicious. The recipe for the brussell sprouts should be posted online. Best dish. We all left happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place, bar is better
    likefood1977
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We enjoyed our dining experience. The service was terrific, the food was pretty good, but not overly impressive. The prices were fare. The bar was actually more welcoming than the restaurant, we enjoyed our time there much more. Also looks to have a very nice and expansive outside area (we dined in the winter).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't eat at any table in the bar!
    cedarVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The five of us enjoyed the food very much. I think we got other people's food sent to our table in error and I know that some things we ordered, well, we never received. The bar area was understaffed, loud and not very pleasant. I do not recommend eating dinner at an y table in the bar. I hope this isn't where they usually put Opentable diners! The constant arrival and departure of the server became tedious and, of course, where was he when you needed him?
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Pleasing
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Ayse never fails to please. The daily menu reflects the mainly talents of the chef and the seasonal product that is availabe mainly local. The grilled whole fish imported from Turkey, the many special seasonal vegetable dishes, and the homemade desserts are not to be missed. Excellent server staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Our table was not available and we were told since we booked online a table was not guaranteed. They were over booked.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just to clarify, it was noisey
    TheBigW
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Just to clarify, it was noisey that night due to Christmas partying during happy hour. We loved the energy that brought. Everyone was having so much fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made me look chic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I was asked to find a restaurant to entertain my husband's "mentor" and his wife. They are an older couple but completely enjoy new cultures, foods, and experiences. They are well traveled and very likable. Ayse Meze was just perfect. All the food was interesting and very good. There was live music but it was not overpowering. The couple complimented me several times on my choice--which made my husband very grateful! I would only say that the table got very full due to the tapas type of menu. I think there could have been more attention to keeping things cleared away. Thank you. It was really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best!!!
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    My wife and I are always amazed at the consistency of the food and service at Ayse. We are weekly diners and never have had a bad experience. Being very critical when we dine out, it is rare we can say this about a restaurant. Ayse ALWAYS tries to accomodate us and from what I have observed, they do the same for all their patrons. The mangement and servers go out of their way to please everyone and to povide a great dinning experience. Not only is the food well prepared, but the chef tries his best to be innovative with his daily specials. You will find dishes on the menu that you rarely find at other restaurants, even more high ed places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my fourth or so visit,
    Jill
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This was my fourth or so visit, and Ayse really hit it out of the park in terms of the food, service, and pacing of dishes. We were seated in the tented back patio, and while I was initially concerned that it would not be warm on a 32-degree night, we were comfortable. There was a small combo playing and our party of four initially had difficulty conversing while they were playing, but they scaled back their volume after the first number and that made it better. A very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible server
    Marketgirl127
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This is the second time I have has this server and he forgets orders and you have to ask several times in order to get it. I made reservations and was put in the loud bar section. I guess I will have to specify next time that I want the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Ayse never disappoints!! The food always pleases even foodies like us!! Everone is so pleasant and friendly.Try the grill fish and the oysteres. Always something on the menu to please every dining taste. Many vegetables to please the vegans. Don't miss the wine dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business secret
    MarK
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Taking a last minute meeting with a vendor to a important dinner going to AML turned out to be an excellent choice. The food was perfect for sharing and had enough choices to keep everybody entertained. Great food and perfect service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't miss this spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Great Mediterranean food, with knowledgeable and attentive servers. Great atmosphere as well. The Brussel sprouts are the best I have had in the US. Simply wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Genny
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Excellent food. Interesting menu with lots of choices. Very good service. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Frederick Find!
    SarahW
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I came here for dinner (7pm) on a Saturday. We had a reservation and were seated immediately, however it looked like there was a wait for those without a reservation (a good sign!). We were seated on their outdoor patio, which is closed off and heated throughout the winter months. Our waitress was great. She was helpful with answering questions and making recommendations, but did not hover. With her help we selected two different versions of raki (traditional meze liquor) to accompany our meal. We tried a few small plates as well as the cigar trio sampler and dips sampler. Everything was outstanding, especially the peynir. We also had a white anchovy plate which was on special and was wonderful. I am looking forward to attending again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful Experience
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We took a friend who is a foodie to Ayse's for dinner and he came away like we do, amazed at the great food and services. The specials showed the diverse talents of he chef, Always the staff is very friendly. Everything couldn't be better. We just keep coming back every week.. Had a great bottle of Chianti Classico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    gourmand
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Following the advice of friends I drove the 35 miles from Arlington, Va. Well worth it. The entire experience from food to ambience was outstanding. If you are not familiar with middle eastern cuisine this is a great way to try it short of actually flying there. If you are an old hand at this cuisine go as soon as possible. It may be your first time there, but it won't be your last.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new tradition
    SkyJim
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We had a favorite restaurant to go to for our anniversary: a French bistro in an old farm house, just outside Philadelphia. Then we moved to Maryland, and when we looked for an anniversary dinner this year, we tried Ayse Meze. A very nice bottle of Turkish wine, a fine succession of tapas-size dishes, and a very attentive waiter - who did not interfere - made this a good find. We enjoyed a beautiful melon & prosciutto, the crab fritters (succulent), a souflaki dish, and a Greek salad. The "Turkish-style" coffee was not as thick and sweet as I remember from Greece, but the baklava was very good. We will return here again, and likely often before our next anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but could be better
    Cappie
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Good service. Varied Mediterranean menu. Bread was hard.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    BillyC
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Great food. Great service (once they made it to our table to greet us) The brussels sprouts are probably one of the top three things ever eaten in a restaurant! My only issue was it was my wife's birthday and I specifically put that in the note on my reservation yet no one acknowledged it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pleases
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our weekly trip to Ayse was wonderful as always!! Many new dishes on the nightly special menu that reflected the season. The vension stew was outstanding and the old favorities on the regular menu never disappoint. Many selections to suit anyone tastes. The duck stew and grilled fish flown in directly from Turkey are not to be missed. Desserts, like everything on the menu are homemade and also reflect the seasons relying on local produce. The management and server staff always friendly and warm, and greet you like family. The monthly wine dinners are not to be missed.
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First date
    Eric
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I surprised my friend by asking her out on our first date and taking her to ayse. She mentioned that she wanted to go there several times. She loves good food and wine. We were not disappointed. We love the small portions(tapas). We got to try 6 dishes, all of which were delicious. We didn't feel stuffed afterwards, but just satisfied. Our server, Madeline did everything right. Great recommendations on food and wines that we weren't familiar with. She gave us our privacy when she saw we needed it and we felt so comfortable and welcome to stay and enjoy each other's company. The date couldn't have gone better and the same goes for ayse. We will be back, and will remember our first date spot and how perfect it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Wonderful place to eat, great food at a good price. If you are looking for a great meal this is the place to go!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Food and Service
    SuziQ
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We had dinner last Saturday. The food was fresh, expertly prepared and delicious. The service was excellent and friendly. We highly recommend a visit! We can wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome for weekend lunch
    lunchdateVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    and our kids loved trying all the dishes. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always: delicious.
    weatherworrier
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Our server, Melissa, was friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful, as expected. We tried the veal sweetbreads and enjoyed them but the star of the dish was the frf beet greens. I was disappointed to see the bone marrow has left the menu. That dish ranked among one of the finer dishes I have eaten
    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, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    DateNightDuo
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Food is fair, though the chick peas patty was mediocre and the quantity was small. I could've gotten more value at Roti. That said, we were happy to visit the restaurant, and the staff was courteous and helpful. Definitely a one-time dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.