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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
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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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Good Vegetarian Options (28)
Good for a Date (26)
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Authentic (24)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Tapas (21)
Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Tasting Menu (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Healthy (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Romantic (17)
Fun (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Live Music (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Vegan (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great food, as always. Love that they have many vegan options on the menu. That is why we frequently dine there.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We love to try new restaurants and live in an area without many ethnic restaurants, so it was a wonderful treat to have so many interesting choices of foods we've never had before. We were very happy with our choices, which included Turkish cigars filled with lamb, pine nuts and raisins, a Greek pork sausage with grilled veggies, hummus and Turkish ravioli stuffed with lamb, with a yogurt sauce and biber butter. All were delicious. We're very familiar with hummus, but not with Turkish pita bread, which is much thicker than Greek style pita bread.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Outstanding dinner again at Ayse Meze! Great selections, very tasty and flavorful arrangements. Definitely an easy recommendation to my friends.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We went for a special dinner with our daughter and this was somewhere she liked to eat. We made reservations through O[pen Table and arrive don time and our table was ready. They were not overly busy.

It was quite sometime (more than 10 minutes) before we asked one of the servers walking by if someone was going to be our server. Several minutes later after I was ready to leave someone came to the table and announced that they would be our server. It seemed as though we were an inconvenience to her evening.

I certainly understand if an establishment is really busy and they tell you that someone will be with you as soon as possible, but they were not busy and you shouldn't have to ask for a server. There are many other places in Frederick to go where the wait staff are much more attentive and really seem to want you to enjoy your experience.

The food here is usually very good and this visit was no exception. We will go back but I will be far less inclined to wait as long as I did on this occasion. If we had not been out with our daughter I would have left after the table who came in after us was seated and served drinks before we ever had a server.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Amazing in every way! Perfect- authentic according to my Turkish roots.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Nice setting and a lot of options for brunch buffet, though none were at all creative and I happen to like creative. The main dining room was quiet when we were there (roughly 11:30 to 12:45) but I suspect it would be noisy if more fully occupied as there were only hard surfaces. Price for the buffet was good $19.95 so no question it was "worth it."

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Ayse has never failed to exceed my expectations as an accessible restaurant with exceptional food, great service, and great atmosphere. The staff makes the process easy to understand, is attentive but not overbearing (easy to do in a tapas place), and never pressured us to "move along". We were hungry walking in the door, so we ordered a bit too much food to start, but our server made sure that the food came out at a leisurely pace, so as not to slam us with a million dishes all at once. He was attentive with drinks and made sure we had what we needed. The food ranges from fairly simple to exotic, so there's something for everyone. Highly recommend Ayse!!

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

As vegetarian foodies, we are especially vigilant for delightfully spiced and prepared food. Of the 7 dishes we ordered Saturday, 4 were beyond expectations--exceptionally good. The place is just fun, besides. Everybody always seems to have such a great time there. Alex was outstanding as our waiter.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Lunch was a celebration for a family birthday. Food overall was delicious and service was excellent. One note, I am gluten free and they have an extensive gf menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Excellent..will be returning frequently

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Really enjoyed the opportunity to taste lots of exciting dishes made with familiar and unfamiliar ingredients, some sourced locally. Good food and great service. If it's nice weather there's a beautiful patio but we weren't blessed with good weather. Worth a visit, especially for those looking for adventurous dining and plenty of vegetarian options.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Server was the "elder male" server. He was surly, inattentive, forgetful, unengaging - everything a member of the waitstaff shouldn't be. He was like the lost uncle, nephew, or distant relative the owner's can't fire. Inexcusable! The noise level is just plain stupid. Two tables of 10 surrounding us, many of their group far too intoxicated to have been seated in the first place. Couldn't hear the person next to me let alone across the table. No effort by owners to place any type of sound baffles in the rooms. This is my second and very last visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great food! Weird service. A little loud but beautiful decor.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Never disappoints. Broad middle eastern menu incorporating the cuisines of the Levant with well executed mezes and main dishes beautifully prepared. You can't go wrong with anything on the large menu. Great ambience and service add up to a great dining experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 22, 2017

A delightful evening with extremely good food. Enjoyed the bar scene very much. Would recommend it to anyone and can't wait to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Organic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Went for my daughter's birthday, great food, great service! Can't wait to go back again!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great food and service; a loud, festive atmosphere- was louder than I expected, but my husband and I could still hold a conversation. More of an energizing place than a relaxing place (8pm on a Saturday).

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fun, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Service was horrible! We would have ordered more food but our waiter never came back! We had to track him down for the check. I had arranged with the hostess the day before to have a special Baklava dessert brought to the table as a birthday surprise-we never got it! The "gluten free pita" was not a pita but a bland piece of very thin bead. Never again!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Wonderful, as usual. They were cognizant of one patron's food sensitivities & mentioned it when we arrived.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Went for a birthday celebration with a group of friends. We had some specific seating requirements and management was flexible and responsive to our needs. Our server was well versed as to all the dishes and their ingredients. She was very helpful in steering one of our party who had nut allergies away from dishes containing nuts and also providing insight into other ingredients. The cocktails are creative and delicious. The mezze dishes were fun to try and worked well for sharing with the group.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Went for brunch; the selection was wide and the food we ordered was very good. The Brussel sprouts were a big hit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was excellent but the service didn't do it justice. I brought some family members who don't eat Mediterranean food often and were intimidated by the menu, our server did not do a good job making them feel comfortable and welcome. It was very dark where we were seated such that we couldn't read menus.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Love this place!! Especially the Brussels Sprouts! Becoming one of my favorite places...

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was delicious. Everything was prepared wonderfully.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was very good with LOTS of flavor, however the adana dish for one member of our party was under-cooked. Efforts by the wait staff to make the dish right were declined because service was generally slow. Greek cookies for dessert had little flavor, but the baklava was delicious. I would return nevertheless expecting a better experience. If it still hadn't improved after a second visit though, I don't think I'd bother again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Been many times and consistent. Enjoyed lunch restaurant week menu and great service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant. We had reservations and even arrived a few minutes early but waited over 25 minutes before we were seated. The servers kept reaching in front of us to refill water and remove dishes from the table. We were seated near a table with three crying babies so this did not help the noise or ambiance. The food was hit or miss. Some dishes were delicious and others just soso. We liked the babaganoush and hummus. The olive oil was sub par. The freshly baked pita, Keftedes and Biftek were delicious. The best part of the meal was the chocolate budino! The salmon was bland, the brussel sprouts greasy and the dolmades frightfully bad. The baklava was very different but very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

My husband & I went there for our anniversary. We were given a romantic table in a beautiful, dim setting. Food was amazing and service was great! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic, Outstanding Value, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 10, 2017

As always lunch was wonderful at Ayse. From appetizer to entree and then dessert, everything was "yummy." I always have a great meal at Ayse. I highly recommend going there for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

The restaurant was quiet, friendly and served wonderful Mediterranean dishes. I especially liked my keftedes and Adana courses. They serve a variety of beers including those from Brewer's Alley and many others. Their wine selection was average but my wife was not overjoyed with the white she chose for her lunch. I did enjoy the Scotch Ale I had. The wait staff readily answered questions about dishes that are not common American items, but there were some items that they were not 100% sure about.

Overall our lunch was great in terms of food, service and environment. I would highly recommend the Ayse Mezze to anyone that isn't a dyed-in-the-wool steak and potatoes type.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

It was delicious food and a great place for three friends to catch up!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We visited during Restaurant Week and were quite pleased with the selections. Food was plentiful, tastefully presented and most importantly, DELICIOUS! Especially enjoyed the calamari, grape leaves and brussel sprouts. Our server, Maeve, was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Delightful evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Fantastic food. Service was a bit slow, but well worth it. Great value, too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Tried the Restaurant Week lunch menu. Wonderful food, excellent waitress, spot on recommendations. Will be back to try other menu items. Worth the 45 minute drive from N. Virginia.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 4, 2017

My girlfriends and I have a go-to spot for birthdays and mno's - Ayse Meze! We like to try new items on the menu and also tried-and-true dishes like the brussel sprouts and the saganaki (flaming cheese) dishes. Both dining rooms are wonderful. If you have a larger group, we love to sit in the window seat by the front door with the lanterns, benches, and pillows. It's beautiful!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2017

It is our favorite restaurant in Frederick. Their choices of middle eastern food is excellent.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Absolutely love this place! Been here twice, and as a vegetarian it's one of my favorite restaurants within 100 miles of DC. Food is great, service is great, highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Ayse is a good place to hang out. The only drawback is the food. As a middle-eastern native, I must say that their food did not meet the middle-eastern Greek flavor. The "tapas" sampler was too plain, lacked garlic, and a bit dry. There was no moisture that is typical of middle-eastern dishes. The falafel was sad and plain, not deep fried with delicious tahini. I was perplexed at the lack of essential spices such as saffron, cayenne, and garlic. There was not enough oil, and the ingredients were not fresh. Some tapas had nuts when they should not have them. The baba ganouj was so bland, I felt I was eating oatmeal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I have been coming to this restaurant for years and thoroughly enjoy it each time. The wait staff has always been excellent along with the food selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Took two children under 5 with us. Staff were accommodating and good with kids. Food was fresh, original and fun to pick and choose from so many unique tapas. Great selection of Turkish wine and a competent bar tender. Well done. One of my overall favorite places.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Authentic
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