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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
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.
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.
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."
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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