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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us on Valentines Day -
Featuring, Crabmeat Guvec, Baby Spinach Salad, Seafood Bisque, FIlet Mignon & Maine Lobster Tail, Heart Shaped Ravioli, Charred Yellow Fin Tuna, Ayse Dessert Sampler.
Also serving our Regular Menu!

Ayse Meze Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (23)
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Authentic (21)
Tapas (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Cozy (16)
Casual (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Romantic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Healthy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Bar Seating (6)
Vegan (6)
Business Meals (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Music (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Server was attentive and friendly. The food was varied and very tasty. we enjoyed a get-together with friends and were able to linger over wine, and then good coffee and delicious desert cookies.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our third time to Ayse Meze, and always worth the 40 minute drive there. We get a selection of appetizers and order one at a time as they come out nice and hot and it extends a wonderful dining experience.
Our selection this time was Muhammara Dip with Pita bread, Turkish Cigars filled with Spiced Lamb, the most DELICIOUS brussels sprouts, Sucuk sausage with potato pancake and poached egg, Kibbi Kebab Kahn, Moussaka and for dessert homemade Pistachio ice cream (yes, I keep a list).
It's a lot of food, we leave STUFFED! With a beer and a wine and including the tip the meal is $105.00

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We always have a great time at Ayse. The atmosphere is classy chic but simple. The food is great. We had a 2nd order of the brussel sprouts. Wine choices and value are outstanding. Sit on the patio out back if the weather permits. It's a real treat.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Healthy
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent location, wonderful food y good food specials

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The service at this restaurant is terrible -- the worst. I've been three times in the last year, each time hoping for a different experience. Each time disappointed. The servers are inattentive, slow, and poorly-trained. Part of that is certainly the fault of a badly run and overwhelmed kitchen. And you might even overlook consistently bad service in exchange for great food, but you won't find that here either. Not only are there better restaurants in Frederick, there are better Mediterranean restaurants in Frederick.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Very inventive Turkish and Greek cuisine. All small plates, so you get to try a lot of different things. Highly recommend the spreads, the Turkish fingers, The pork belly, the chocolate mousse dessert and so much more. The saganaki (flaming cheese) was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Delicious as always! I love trying a new dish everytime I visit. I am always satisfied! Highly recommend!

Tags: Spicy, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Friends from out of town coming back to visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Love the choices, size of portions, great value and most of all great taste!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in Frederick. The staff is very accommodating and the food is delicious!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Healthy, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great outdoor space with comfortable seating. Love having dinner and drinks at this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Peach pie tasted raw . Curious about the grilled sardines , not recommended , too fishy . Service always decent . Dips and freshly baked pits bread excellent .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I've been to Ayse Meze numerous times and have never been disappointed. In the past I've shared several meze dishes with my dining companion(s), and have enjoyed most dishes that I've tried. Tonight I wanted to try a different approach, so we shared a single appetizer and each ordered an entree. Score. We shared the grilled octopus appetizer and it was fabulous! I'm a huge fan of grilled octopus, and rarely pass it up if it's on the menu. Ayse Meze's version was excellent. For entrees we ordered the meatballs/potatoes/tzatziki and the spiced lamb kabob over rice dish. Absolutely delicious! Best tzatziki sauce I've had in memory. Service was very attentive and personable. Nice ambiance. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This was our 4th or 5th visit, love this place, always great food and service, enjoy trying something different each time and enjoying old favorites like the roasted brussel sprouts-outstanding dish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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