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Party Size
For 2
7:30 PM
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Mama Ayesha's

581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Founded by Ayesha Abraham, Mama Ayesha's opened for business in 1960. We are a family owned and operated restaurant serving authentic Arabic cuisine. Enjoy a fresh fattoush salad, some hummus, or some falafel to open you appetite. Main dishes include lamb, chicken, and beef dishes cooked over our charcoal grill. Or try one of our stuffed specialties such as our stuffed yellow squash or grape leaves. Plenty of vegetarian as well as vegan options also available.

With dishes prepared daily from scratch you can be sure you're getting the closest thing to home cooking. We are glad to be moving forward into our 5th decade of serving the Washington, DC area. Many of our guests can tell you that when you’re here at Mama Ayesha’s, you’re family!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Monday: 5 - 9:30PM
Tuesday: 12 - 9:30PM
Wednesday: 12 - 9:30PM
Thursday: 12 - 9:30PM
Friday: 12 - 10:30PM
Saturday: 12 - 10:30PM
Sunday: 12 - 9:30PM
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Phone number
(202) 232-5431
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Samir Abu-El-Hawa
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Private party contact
Mohammed Abu-El-Hawa: (202) 232-5431
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Cross street
Biltmore St
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Parking details
If you cannot find street parking you can use the metro lot which is next door.
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Public transit
A few minutes walking distance from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/ Zoo Metro Station
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Background Arabic music played during lunch and dinner.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 581 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Very noisy-birthday party in next room. Service, very slow--had to ask for bread

vipMideasternGem (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Returned to Mama Ayesha’s for some authentic mid-eastern food, friendly service and to fill my craving for really good hummus.

We shared the cheese rolls, hummus & spinach feta walnut salad. All were very fresh; we will order them again. As a vegetarian, I ordered & enjoyed my lentil rice dish. My husband liked his marinated grilled beef with vermicelli rice, a house specialty. The bill was reasonable.

Inside has been upgraded and is now a very nice setting inside. Will return.

Greer (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

This place is an institution and one of the few restaurants with excellent middle eastern cuisine. Family owned and operated; friendly fantastic service. Off the beaten path, but worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We've been here dozens of times. The food, service, and atmosphere are all very good. It is quite enough that you can have a conversation. The tables are far enough apart that you don't have to listen to your neighbor's conversation. The pacing of the meal (drinks, appetizers, main, dessert, and coffee) is perfect.

vipBliss (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Lovely place with an authentic taste and dishes that will make your mouth water. Excellent service with great attention and recommendations. I will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Pleasant setting for a family gathering of young and old, meat eaters and vegetarians, to eat, converse and warmup before viewing Zoo Lights.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Warm,friendly, authentic and Delicious. The restaurant is calm and it’s nice that you can talk without raising your voice.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Mama Ayesha's is a hidden gem and one of the best restaurants in DC. Delicious, authentic food options for every diet without a cumbersome wait; beautiful layout with ample space and not too loud; perfect for date night or a group get together. This place is my favorite.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

The place is nice
The service is nice too
The food was less than average ( I am talking appetizers, main and desert)
It was very hard to find parking near by on Sunday evening
In conclusion not going again

Jill (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food and service with a great Middle Eastern atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Came here with my family to catch up for dinner after not seeing each other for a while. Staff was amazing and food was better quality of service by Mr.Samjr and Amir were unforgettable we’ll definitely be coming back soon!

FLWeed (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious, vibrant, full of mezza options for both vegetarians and omnivores. Great for a meet up with colleagues, but there were also cozy dates happening around us. Highly recommended.

JM20008 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

This place is all-around excellent, and a D.C. institution

vipfriends74 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

The meal was excellent, as was the service. I could not ask for more.

vipEduardoO (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

We had the pleasure to dine here a week ago. We are still talking about how delicious and great the service was. Without a doubt this became a instant favorite DC restaurant for us. Their food is exquisite and superb service.