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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
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Good for a Date (23)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Tapas (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Authentic (19)
Casual (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Healthy (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Cozy (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Business Meals (7)
Live Music (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Vegan (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Organic (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Today, as usual, was amazing! Eric, our server, went above and beyond, and made today even more special! Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was not the best. Some items were tasty, but some, like the dolmades, were just bad. Items were either under-seasoned or salty. Service was friendly and attentive but not on point. Not a repeat.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food. Excellent! Awesome gluten free options including gluten free pita bread. Highly recommend. We will be back...soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always, I love brunch at Ayse. It was amazing as usual!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We have always enjoyed being at this restaurant for special occasion and eating very tasty food. However, for the first time, the service was unusually slow. We ordered the early bird special as soon as we sat down. After an hour, all we had eaten was an appetizer and salad. We eventually had to do a take out for our entrée and dessert as we needed to leave for another engagement that night. The slow service could have been due to being a Tuesday night and business was pretty light or we had ordered our meal in the bar area and the bartender had too many folks to take care of. We hope it was an anomaly as we really like the food there. We will check it out again after the Xmas Lights Ride on Dec 15.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went for the brunch buffet, which was extremely disappointing. The food was mostly cold and not very good. I might go back to try the regular menu, but not a good choice for brunch!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We’ve been coming to Asye (pronounced “Eye-Shay”) for years and it remains one of our favorite places in Frederick. I don’t know if it was the busy time of the evening, but our service was disconcertingly slow and uneven despite having an earnest experienced waitress.

Our food took way too long to come out and when it did, I had to have them reheat one of my dishes.

The restaurant is very noisy at peak times.

Try to reserve the “Ayse Room” (formally known as the “Ottoman Room” or “Nook”) if you can. It’s a tucked in area along the windows by the north entrance which offers some additional ambiance and intimacy.

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our dinner was very good, with one exception. The shrimp kabobs were bad, as in possibly dangerous to eat. However, the restaurant was very gracious in taking them back and compensating us for them.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved it. Food was fresh and delicious. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A Freserick favorite of our family and for girls night out.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love this place when we're looking for something with a focus on food but out of the ordinary.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We always leave Ayse Mezze feeling happy and satisfied. The prices are excellent . The location is easy to get to. The restaurant exudes class and authenticity....some how the simple elegance always makes us feel special. Although we had a 'new' server, she let us know she was new and was an excellent listener. I always say, there's nothing worse than a server who doesn't listen. When I substituted sweet potato puree for rice and they brought me rice, she noticed right away. The brussel sprouts are amazing --- even if you aren't a brussel spouts fan. I had king salmon which was very good.

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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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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vip
 (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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food3
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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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·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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