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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
Frederick, MD 21701
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
East Patrick and North East
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live, local music on our patio Tuesday's thru Saturday's from 7pm-10pm
Free Parking located off of East St in Everedy Square
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
When we arrived for our reservation there were many empty tables outside - we were told they were all reserved - About 10 minutes after we were seated - A couple came in WITHOUT reservations and were seated outside ! Food was fair and service was slow - doubtful we will return
This has been my fav place to eat and entertain. Had heard others complain about service and food slipping but I witnessed it myself last night. So disappointing to see. Food took long time to come out and then it wasn't the right order. Had to ask server for silverware and asked several times where our other dishes were 30 minutes after the first arrived. When the wrong dish came the server said she would be right back with the correct one but not so. Food was either overcooked or cold when it came to the table. Don't know what's happening but hope it gets back on track soon!
This was my second trip to Ayse. My group of 4 had reservations at 9:30pm on a Friday and we were seated immediately. The restaurant wasn't too busy which made for a nice setting for our foursome. I have no complaints about the food or drink except the charge for the gluten free pita. My date and I don't have a choice, we have to avoid gluten and its unfortunate when restaurants cater to dietary needs of patrons but financially punish them. I can understand an extra dollar because the products are more expensive but $5 for a few gluten free pita pieces didn't sit right with me. Also, that price isn't listed on the menu. It's a surprise on the bill. Ayse has excellent food, especially the dip sampler and seafood selections. I would still recommend this restaurant to family and friends!
This was my first dining experience here and I will not be returning. My husband and our friend was in tow and neither of their plates were decent. The menu is awkward and child-like in its lamination. The menu is vast and we all ordered very different items, but only the brussel sprouts were worthy of eating all gone. My husband ordered a steak which was tough and not seasoned well and my friend ordered something with sausage in it that was incredibly dry. What a shame. The space is huge with a ton of potential but could use some help with the décor which is typical med café blue and white. The outdoor space seems like a home-run. Come on Ayse, Frederick needs you to be better.
The staff at Ayse pulled out all stops for my birthday!!!. As always it was a memorable occasion. We are always treated like family, and we consider them as part of our extended family. Besides the outstanding cuisine and ambience, that's what makes Ayse standout from other fine dining places. The food was excellent especially the duck fixed 2 ways that came with a bulgur side dish . Chef Ric and his sous chef has so much talent that shows at our weekly visits. The lamb with vegetables was also outstanding . Simmered in a tomato based sauce with okra , olives and other seasonal vegetables all from the owner's fam. Most of the products at Ayse are local sourced.
The one sad moment of the evening was when we learned that Chris, the manager since Ayse opened, was leaving, and moving on to further his career. We wish him the best of luck and want to thank him for all the kindness and friendship he shows us each week.
Both dinner and lunch are good here -- the dips (try the sampler platter) are really flavorful. Pita is fresh-made in house and puffs, but it is a multigrain that is a bit cardboard-like in consistency; I prefer the chewier, greek flat pita that is served in many Mediterranean restaurants.
Felafal is excellent (crunchy, tasty, with nice sauce), but an order is very small. Lamb dishes, like Moussaka, meatballs, & lamb pasta, were all well-seasoned without excessive spice. Remember that this is a small plate restaurant. While the food is good, you need to order sufficient number of small plates to feed your group and the resulting bill makes this a higher end restaurant for Frederick.
Spread Sampler is a great way to start savoring the flavors of Ayse Meze. And the daily specials always offer very tempting options. But don't miss the brussel sprouts (if you've ever said yuck to these veggies, you haven't eaten them here - - try them again!)
Great Mediterranean place. I'm a huge lover of middle eastern food and Ayse Meze does it right. Every dish is presented very nicely and tastes amazing. The pide and Brussel sprouts are my favorite.
the only item that I didn't like was the spanikopita but other than that both the food and drinks are delicious.
We went here this week with my daughter who is vegan and from out of town. We had a superb lunch! We came for a late lunch and sat outside on a beautiful day. Because we came late, we were the only ones outside. My husband and I, who are not even vegetarian had outstanding dishes. Our favorites included the Brussels sprouts, fried squash blossoms and the falafel. We finished off with the baklava. Our server, Joe, was super helpful to us in ordering. My daughter kept thanking us for the wonderful
meal. When her husband comes for a visit with her, she said we would have to go again. Highly, highly recommend!
We were greeted warmly by Emily and given a lovely table that overlooked the patio. Charlie, our waiter, knew the menu well, which was great since we were visiting from Florida. The food was amazing, particularly the Brussel sprouts and the cured beef with figs , baby artichoke hearts and the beef ravioli . A delightful evening that we will long remember. Don't forget to end it with the chocolate dessert!
We had a great meze dinner for four. The selections came out quickly, and we were not rushed by the served, allowing us time to sit back and enjoy. They have a great selection of small plates: authentic Greek/Turkish selections; interesting ingredient combinations; nicely presented. Try the Brussel sprouts!
Chef Ric always does wonders with vegetables which are grown at the owner's farmer. His fried squash blossoms with ricotta cheese sauce was so good that wife and I had 3 serving? This is one of Chef Ric's best seasonal specials!! My wife's halibut was cooked to perfection! I can't resist the baked homemade pasta with lamb sauce or the Adana both of which are on the regular new menu and should never be passed up, However with Chef Ric's daily specials, it's had to stick with the regular menu.
As always, Nezih, the owner, Chris, the manager, and our server Nadia went out of their way to make sure we had the dining experience at the high level as always. Chris was so kind to offer me a great bottle of French wine which was one of the highlights of the evening.
We just stumbled across Ayse Meze a few months ago when we were looking for a new restaurant to try, and it has fast become our new favorite place. This was our fourth visit in two months. We love the calamari and the Brussels sprouts. We’ve tried four of the various skewers and they have all been delightful. There is a nettle(?) beef stew that is sometimes on the specials menu that is amazing. The pan fried cheese appetizer is delicious – if you are there with kids you should consider getting it just for the presentation (your kids may or may not like the cheese as it has a distinct flavor – if they like traditional fondue cheese they would probably like this cheese too).
The prices are reasonable. We’ve found the portions to be a little bigger than other “tapas” style places we’ve been to, so our family of three adults can easily leave very full for around $60, not including drinks or tip.
One issue we’ve encountered is there can be a noticeable difference in some of the dishes depending on when you go (and I assume, what chef is cooking). I guess this is true for most restaurants but they should try and improve the consistency in dishes. For instance, on our first trip we were amazed by the tender calamari – everyone thought it was as good as, if not better than, any they’d ever had. On our last visit it was just so so – too chewy and the batter wasn’t sticking to the calamari. On that same visit our kebab skewers were overcooked, and we had another dish that was not as tasty as it usually is. Since it was not close to being a busy night I must assume it was the chef’s skill on that particular visit. Still, we can’t wait to go back.
Chef Ric showcased his new Spring menu with a lot of great additions. The Lebanese fried chicken was wonderful- lightly battered and served in a pomegranate yogurt sauce., The highlight of our meals were the outstanding friend squash blossoms which the chef provided us, and the new ravioli dish on the daily menu. The ravioli was one of the best past pastas we ever had. at Ayse.
Week in and week out, Chris , the manager and his staff go out of their way to make our dining experience special. For anyone who is looking to eat healthy, but yet well, Ayse is the place to go. The cuisine will pleased any foodie!!
Chez Ric and his sous chefs continue to show their many talents on the daily changing menus which highlights local products whenever possible. The owners actual have their own farm where many of the vegetables are grown. This is good since the Turkish cuisine is known for its great veggie dishes,
Chris, the manager, and his excellent server staff ( many I call the A Team) go out of their way to ensure the guests have a wonderful dining experience. Many have become our dear friends.
If there is one area that can be improved at Ayse is their wine list which contain mainly Greek and Turkish wines, which in my opinion, are average at best and not a good value. The wine list doesn't do justice to the fine cuisine the kitchen staff puts out. Some additions from the other Mediterranean areas such as Spain, Italy and Portugal would be most welcome and would still be in keeping with the theme of the restaurants. Some wines from the Balkan area would be interesting too.
The plates here are meant to be small so it is pretty difficult to fill up without spending a lot of money. But what you do get is pretty tasty. I wouldn't recommend the halloumi as you only get two small pieces, but the scallops and the brussel sprouts are great. The skewer dishes are really good as well. It's a nice special occasion place but not something I'd frequent often.
Our waiter was spread a little thin but the girl who delivered our food was quite willing to get drink refills and answer questions. The portions though described as small are very generous , beautifully presented and delicious. This is our 3rd trip to Ayse and we'll definitely make another.
We were anxious to have a middle eastern meal, but got MUCH more than we expected. The ambiance was delightful, outside on a May evening. Great drinks. A wonderful touch to everything I had eaten before. Just right mix of tastes, just right sized portions. But most important the very warm and welcoming people. We felt like we were dining anywhere in the world. Love this place.
For anyone who appreciates a highly inventive menu and superb small plate dishes, based on Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines, Ayse Meze Lounge is a fantastic find! Every aspect of our meal, service and experience at the restaurant was wonderful. For two, we ordered about 7 dishes and found each of them to be excellent. Among our favorites were braised brussels sprouts with currents, walnuts, capers and honey; marinated lamb souvlaki, and sea scallops with sweet potato puree and mint-mustard butter. Almost all of the offerings on the extensive menu appealed to us - the selection of seafood, meat and vegetarian small plates as well as several hearth baked stuffed pita options .
The service was impeccable - our server gave us great advice on what to order, checked in on us regularly to see if we wanted to order a few more small plates, and was very friendly yet not intrusive or intent on getting us to order more. The aesthetics of the restaurant are very appealing, with lots of natural light and well spaced tables, with the bonus of a large outdoor patio for drinks or dining. I can't image any diner except for the most conservative 'American food only' type to not absolutely love everything about Ayse Meze .
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Ayse Meze and I can't wait to return. The food was delicious and our server was very attentive and patient. We ordered the spread sampler platter to start which was awesome - I could make a meal just out of it alone. Our table of three ordered three Meze's to share, a corn pasta dish that was ok but nothing special, a "special" that was a beef stew with thistle pasta that was amazing, and the crab pide (sp) that was delicious. We also split a dessert. All that and our non-alcoholic beverages was $60 (not including tip) - a very reasonable price we felt.
Ayse''s kitchen, under the direction of Chef Ric and his sous chefs, continue to produce innovative dishes on the nightly changing menu. Many of these dishes are based on the freshest ingredients from local sources including the owner's farm, and are rarely ever found in other fine dining places. . The service is top notch and the staff is like family to us. Chris the manager and his assistants assure that the dining room is ran most efficiently, and that he needs of ever diner are met in a most friendly manner.
The one area for improvement is the wine list which consists mainly of Greek and Turkish wines which are average at best, and which are not on par with the outstanding food and service that Ayse offers. Some moderately priced additions to the wine list from other areas of the Mediterranean such as Italy, Spain and Portugal would be welcomed.
They have one of the largest outdoor patios in all of Frederick. They do outdoor dining right. There is an area with tables and umbrellas as well as an area under a tent that provides a little more shelter on windy days.
We have eaten here quite a bit since discovering Ayse. The food and atmosphere are both excellent. We will be going back for the foreseeable future.
This is one of my favorites. That being said, on this occasion they were out of my favorite wine and on of the dishes I wanted to order. Also the waitress whil nice was overly chatty and didn't mind interrupting me in the middle of conversation. Otherwise it's always been a good experience-243
A recent visit to Turkey drew us to you. We loved the food and found it authentic. We now bring friends with, mostly for lunch, and the agree with our enthusiastic endorsement. The Turkish beer is a nice touch. The wait staff is knowledgeable and willing to make recommendations that have been helpful.
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