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About 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

6 North East St
Frederick, MD 21701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek, Lebanese, Turkish

Hours of Operation:
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Tuesday thru Thursday
11:30 AM - 10 PM Friday and Saturday
10:30 AM - 8:30 PM Sunday

Cross Street:
East Patrick and North East

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(240) 651-5155

Website:
http://www.aysemeze.com/

Entertainment:
Live, local music on our patio Tuesday's thru Saturday's from 7pm-10pm

Parking Details:
Free Parking located off of East St in Everedy Square

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call and inquire about booking private events of up to 300 guests

Ayse Meze Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (27)
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Good for a Date (27)
Authentic (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Tapas (22)
Casual (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Tasting Menu (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Fun (18)
Healthy (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Romantic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Business Meals (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Live Music (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vegan (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Frederick has a number of decent restaurants and I would gladly add this one to the list. Food and service were good and we had a terrific bottle of wine from Israel that was very reasonably priced. Restaurant is large but we were seated in a side room which lacks some of the fun in the main dining area, but it was quiet enough for easy conversation.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our 6th visit in a couple of years, we drive 40 miles to get there, always worth the trip. I made reservations a week in advance, the hostess led us to a “tent” table, which was not acceptable. Too cold, there was a draft, and the party tent doesn’t have any ambiance. Great room for a spring/summer/early fall wedding reception.

We were seated in the bar. The waitress was efficient, we tried a lot of things and all were prepared well and served hot. “Cigars” are a must, as are the asparagus fries at sister restaurant Isabella’s. Hummus was terrific. There’s definitely something to satisfy many tastes in their menu.

We’ll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service and food were both excellent. The server suggested some of his favorites that were all great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our visit there for the second time was with two ex co-workers and the first ex co-worker that left us recommended this place so I made the reservation using this venue again. The most recent co-worker stated when we meet again that she wanted to come back to Ayse Meze again and I agree. The workers were ALL FRIENDLY, from the door to the back. This is what is needed after a hard week of work. PLEASE KEEP UP THIS GREAT PLACE. I just LOVE IT!

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was overall good. Felt buffet was broken down early. We felt rushed to eat because of that. Staff was friendly & overall very accommodating.
Buffet did include some gluten free options. No gf dessert options however.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is the second time we’ve been to this restaurant and the service was very spotty server kept forgetting utensils water and we didn’t get ever get any pita bread they’re very Apologetic but it was the second time not sure if We would go back. it’s s too bad because the food is pretty tasty

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding food, taste n excellent service. We'll be back!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent meal, great price, will be back again soon

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food is terrific!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were seated right away, but have had to wait in the past. The restaurant was a bit loud but not terrible. The food was great as always. Either they need to hire more servers or need quicker service but it always takes a while to get something you requested from your server.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have eaten at Ayse at least 6 times over the past few years. Unfortunately this last visit is likely our final visit. Over the years the quality of service has deteriorated. On our last visit we were seated in the bar (after requesting a quiet table if possible in our reservation). In the bar a waiter at another table was literally yelling questions from the table he was serving to the bartender at the bar, who was yelling answers back. Our waitress argued with us on our questions about availability of a dish and wine. I simply asked if a dish I had on a previous visit was available and she insisted it was one of multiple other dishes on the menu, which it wasn't. Then she argued about the wine.
Our meze came all at once even though we asked to have the meat dish last, the waitress said it had to come when the kitchen had it ready and that we wouldn't want it cold (duh). When we first dined at Ayse the meze would come out one or two at a time, which is a pleasant way to enjoy the meal. The food was still good, and it was not enjoyable having everything rushed. A server brought a dish to our table that we did not order and asked us if we were sure we didn't order it...yes, we were sure (was he??)....it belonged to a nearby table. The bus-staff started to take plates before we had finished them. The poor service took away enjoyment from the meal.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were very pleased with the service and the food was delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fun, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ayse is a very inviting restaurant for anyone who wants excellent Turkish & Mediterranean Food. The house wine is tasty. Food is served hot and delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good. Waiter was good, but took too long to bring us the bill after I asked. Other servers kept bringing us food that was not ours. Don't know if kitchen or what in there system was messed up, but it was annoying. It happened at least 5 times. Then my husband's pumpkin ravioli came, but my gyro didn't come for a long time. Then it came and they brought another pumpkin ravioli thinking it was my husbands. I am guessing he got someone else's the first time. The noise level was way too much. We had to move rooms, but it was still too loud. This is our second time there. First time we ate out on patio and that was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Saturday I had a special event at Ayse! Our waitress (Chloe) was phenomenal and made sure everything was taken care of. I reserved a specific table, and when we walked in everything was already set-up and ready for us. The chef also sent out a special dessert, and wrote a congratulatory message to us. Everyone in our group was so impressed with the food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

4 or 5 years ago this place was awesome! BUT it pales in comparison today to how it used to be. Won’t be going there again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing food as always

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was excellent as usual, with the exception of the new pita which was bread and thick. The arty outside made the interior close and noisy. BUT still a favorite!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great selection of mezes, all delicious. Nice wine on special. It's always festive to go there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was great. The server did not seem to know the difference between vegan and vegetarian. My husband's food had tons of feta on it. I would eat here again but would make all of that very clear.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our server made excellent suggestions. Lots of vegetarian options and cautions about things made with chicken stock was really helpful. Everything was fresh and delicious. Drinks are nice and ample size. Some shared options may mean only one bite per person - so be sure to ask.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The entire family, who all have different tastes and dietary needs, had a delicious time!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

WOW. This place was phenomenal. Our Waitress, Sage, was kind and quick to offer helpful suggestions. She was engaging, asking us questions about our taste preferences when we seemed overwhelmed by the menu and offered personal insight regarding the menu where appropriate.

We had the Brussels sprouts (I want to go swimming in a pool filled with this dish), zucchini fritters, seasoned beef flatbread, sausage with peppers/onions, Dolmades, and of course their pita bread with olive oil. Every one of these dishes had us doing the happy dance as we chewed.
I was legitimately sad that I was too full to order anything else.
We also ordered their Raki black, an Anise Liqueur served with Ice and Water for you to dilute to your preference at the table. Went extremely well with the food and was pretty smooth.

Overall, this was a fantastic experience, with amazing food at a decent price. For me, the environment was more casual in the bar area, and more up my alley honestly. They also have a quieter dining area as well as a garden area to enjoy your meal. Obviously a matter of preference, but it was great that they can cater to all these preferences without taking anything away from the experience.

LOVED IT. Hopefully you get Sage, she was amazing and made our experience THAT much better.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wedding anniversary

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Service today was not good, which is not our usual experience

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I enjoyed having dinner here with a friend. Patio was set up beautifully with mini lights on the trees. Had a lamb burger with fries - delicious!!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were invited by our friends. Our friends frequent this restaurant a lot. We don't live in the area, so this was a treat. We had fun tasting the variety of food. Our husbands enjoyed the beer. We enjoyed the ambiance and the service was great. We had wonderful waiter that made sure our orders were correct and the bill did not get mixed up. It was a nice place to eat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our waiter, Hayes, did an excellent job. He was very considerate, knowledgeable about the menu, always present when we needed him but was not hovering.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Incredible!!! You absolutely have to order the brussel sprouts. The roasted beets were great, the hummus nice, & my dinner- the lamb gyro WOW!!! I'm stopping by again on my way back home from D.C.

Tags: Quick Bite, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food and service here were amazing. We sat on the patio for a birthday dinner, and did the meze style of sharing many different plates. It allowed us to try out 10 options, as well as 4 desserts, without overstuffing ourselves. Definitely would recommend

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Celebrated our anniversary there. Service and food were great. We will return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Another great experience! Food and service was excellent. Shared a number of small plates. Brussels Sprouts are always a favorite. The spread sampler was a huge hit. We’ll be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We love eating at Ayse Meze. Fantastic food. Always a fun time. The atmosphere is great! It gets a little loud, if seated next to the band, but that is only if you are seated outside.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Absolutely amazing. Easily one of the best restaurants that i've ever been to. Ambiance is awesome and their service was top notch. Affordability was just a bonus. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Live Music
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful first time experience.Our main server plus a second gave us information as to items on the menu and even a recipe for one very tasty starter. The portion size allows one to sample several different dishes. Everything was first class and reasonably priced. The guests thankfully came in either smart casual dress or business attire for midday lunch. The outside seating if you wish could better handle children although none were there. Parking in the rear was helpful.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Good food, good location, free parking. Somewhat slower delivering food than expected.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food is excellent, staff attentive and pleasant. Would definitely recommend. Our table was a little too close to the others, but other than that we enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 8, 2017

As always, Ayse never disappointed us. It was our anniversary ,and owner and staff treated us like royalty. Chez Ric always showcase his talent with special dishes based on the freshest ingredients available. He can take the simple ingredients and turn them into a culinary delight. His duck dishes rival anything I've had in Europe. The Special cake they made for us was outstanding. I could go on and on but the best thing for anyone to do is to GO to Ayse. You won't be disappointed and like us you will become a regular.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Healthy, Spicy, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Like this place a lot. Had amazing rabbit stew in my latest (2nd) visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end! Delicious Eastern Mediterranean dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. Service was excellent and welcoming! We will definitely be back!

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