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Mama Ayesha's

4.6
577 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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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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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 232-5431
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What 577 People Are Saying
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4.6
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vipBliss (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

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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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner 
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0
Dined on December 11, 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

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

Wonderful food and service with a great Middle Eastern atmosphere.

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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!

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FLWeed 
5.0
Dined on December 2, 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.

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

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

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

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

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Cross street
Biltmore St
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(202) 232-5431
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Entertainment
Background Arabic music played during lunch and dinner.
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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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Executive chef
Samir Abu-El-Hawa
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Private party contact
Mohammed Abu-El-Hawa: (202) 232-5431
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine