Permanently Closed - Ayse Meze Lounge

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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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vipEricM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Read my help review! The owners suck!

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vipstephenb
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good, but not as much as a prior visit to this restaurant. A very full Saturday night with a number of large groups (in a very tight space) made for high noise levels and slow service. Food generally of high quality - whole egg plant, lamb chops and whole fish were highlights. Hummus was a disappointment as was an apple that was overwhelmed by shredded phyllo pastry ( stick to the baklava!)

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ScottE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chloe at the bar was awesome!!!! Very good service. The NYE drink was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is superb and waitstaff very attentive. Ambiance is very relaxed but romantic.

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ReyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Love how the restaurant feels, especially the outdoor seating during the warmer months. However, people greeting you at the front always seem to be in a bad mood, not very welcoming, especially this last time which was Christmas Eve. That greeting sets up the whole dinner. Overall,we've been here 4 times, but most likely the last

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Chuck
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For the last few years, this has been our go to place for Christmas Eve dinner. The food is always so delicious, and the rack of lamb last night was the best I’ve ever tasted. Ayse Meze is a real gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waited 35 minutes to get drinks...had to ask twice to get service. Very slow and the food was not great.

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JackG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food. We had several small plates: feta, phyllo cigars, souvlakia, shrimp stuffed with crab, and calamari. All of the items were excellent especially the calamari. The Yule Log dessert was delicious. The service was friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, filling...just a wonderful experience overall

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was very slow. Had to repeatedly ask for the initial drink order. The Sunday Brunch was not well replenished and the eggs Benedict was only one egg.

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vipsusie
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

After reading all the great reviews, my family and I were expecting so much, and were sorely disappointed. The pita (which is such an important element in a Greek restaurant, as it serves as the underpinning of all the dips, etc), tasted as if it were bought from 7-11 and then frozen. The dips were merely fair, except for the tzatziki, which was nothing more than strained plain yogurt - nary an herb nor spice.
The rest of the dinner was forgettable, and the fact that everything arrived luke warm, didn't help. We finally asked our server to make sure the remaining dishes we ordered to be hot.

The restaurant is pretty. The service was adequate. I think our server was new, so I will be gentle. But, he could have used some help, which didn't seem to be made available.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was my sons birthday
Our first table was next to the band and took a while for the food
We asked to move but was put at a different table, two tables form the band.
The kitchen got our food order incorrectly and it took a very long time

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PaulY
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with the service and the food. The area was clean and spacious. We look forward to eating there again.

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Kelley
West Virginia
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service! Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for our wedding anniversary and loved the food and were the restaurant. We’ll be taking family there soon

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chefeddie
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well we had another great time as AYSE. We shall return because they have great food, great service. We especially liked the fact that there was a server assigned to a very large table. That makes a great difference. See you next time.

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Meganh
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Our choice to sit in the bar area with the jazz band at brunch wasn’t the best choice as we wanted to talk and catch up and it was a little too loud, but the jazz band was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been 5 times, every time impressed by the food. Delicious and day service, just be prepared to pay for how good it is!

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ThomasS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I visited Frederick to take in a show and decided to try a Frederic location for Brunch. Looked at several locations, but we are both fond of Mediterranean Food, so we opted for Ayse Meze. We both opted for the buffet. My wife had Eggs Benedict in addition to what was on the Buffet (you had to order separately from the waiter) and said they were very good (the egg was cooked perfectly). The food on the buffet was all very good. In addition to the standard brunch items, they had a salmon dish that was very good. We live in the DC area, but travel up 15 quite often to head to points north. We enjoyed the restaurant and will manage our trips in the future to include a stop at Ayse Meze.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Sunday Buffet, it was delicious and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, we celebrate many family milestones there.

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vipRuthH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were a party of four on a busy Saturday night with music in the bar as well as large groups around us which we had to compete with during our evening. Overall we found the food to be somewhat bland, cool and really lacking in taste we expected from Greek cuisine. The waiter while pleasant was also very unorganized and just not able to handle a Saturday night. We had to remind/ask him about our drink orders several times. He said they would be right up however we already seen them sitting at the bar for some time. The flaming cheese arrived however the warmed pita bread didn’t which resulted in the cheese cooling off. No pitas arrived with the hummus plate either. Sadly, the only timely thing we received was the check. The total cost wasn’t worth the food/service/ambiance we received and there seemed to be an overall lack of organization to the restaurant which we hadn’t seen before. Sadly, is was just not the Ayse Meze Lounge we’ve enjoyed in the past.

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viptravelgirl
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were very good. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Greece and Turkey and found the food at Ayse Meze delicious and very authentic. It brought back happy memories of our trip.

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vipFoodieFamily
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in Frederick. Great service, pretty room. Looks like summer might bring nice outside eating. We skipped the $20 per person Sunday buffet in favor of the regular a la carte menu. The buffet looked fine, and yet, we really had a wonderful meal that would make us undertake the trek to Frederick more often. One of our party had never had middle eastern food before, so we had to have the flaming cheese -- a spectacle that creates a delicious starter. The only concern is the safety of the staff and the patience of the eaters! The beet special salad starter was just the right level of spice with the beets. The moussaka was declared the best the devotee had ever eaten. The neophyte enjoyed her first lamb kabob and everyone left happy and satisfied.

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FrederickArtist22
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional. We loved it so much, we are planning another visit. Only thing I would change would be to order wine rather than a cocktail. The cocktails we received had either LOTS of ice or no liquor at all. Cocktails too pricey to be watered down. But the food and service was superb!

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vipJohnL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Waitress was so nice and helpful. My daughter avoids dairy and gluten. There are many delicious options. We can’t wait to go again!

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vipDeserthikergirl
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent, interesting Greek food! A musician was playing in the background (bar area). We thoroughly enjoyed it! We’ll definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great ambience, excellent service. Highly recommend!

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Mika
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food was fantastic, as expected. service was a bit slow, but our waitress was kind and seemed to have many tables, so i didn't mind. my only complaint is that the music was so loud i could not hear my date, and i wish i had known beforehand that we'd be seated in that area. good experience overall, though!

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JodyR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant, especially the food. On this occasion the service was extraordinary. The server was attentive, knowledgeable and courteous.

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MikaylaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of five, two in our party are vegan. There were many choices for all of us. We had two servers, they were both outstanding. There was live music which was great. Love this restaurant!

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LauraH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service at Ayse Meze are always good. The small plates are well prepared. The dip samplers, salads and kebabs were great! Good service, not rushed.

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FDCycler
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great place to do tapas-style lunch with friends. Lots of good shareable foods. Especially like the flaming saganaki and bruksel lahanasi dishes.

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BillyC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful date night at Ayse! We were sat in the lounge and it was great. There was fairly loud live music that started after we were sat. That was good with us, however we were not expecting this and the host definitely should have asked before seating us in this area because we were right next to where they set up and played.
A manager came by to check on us as well.
Only negative was there was another server, (not ours) that doesn’t understand the yield to customers walking rule.
Food was phenomenal
Service from Chloe was outstanding, both professional and friendly!
The place was so much fun to be in on a Saturday night
Great all around

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AlexandraK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love to meet my boyfriend for Happy Hour Mon-Thurs. Nice to hear good music and enjoy food/drinks at unbeatable prices! Great for dinner dates and quick bites. Their full menu has something for everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out server Kelly was awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Ayse many times and have never disappointed. Always great food and service.

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vipLisaK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience, everything was fabulous! We brought 2 friends of ours that had never been there & they LOVED it too!

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Barbara
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food, but uneven service. They had a big party on the patio and we were told they were out of small plates due to the event. Service very slow.

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Permanently Closed - Ayse Meze Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 1445 OpenTable diners.