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About Mama Ayesha's
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!
Washington, DC 20009
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Background Arabic music played during lunch and dinner.
If you cannot find street parking you can use the metro lot which is next door.
A few minutes walking distance from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/ Zoo Metro Station
Private Party Contact:
Mohammed Abu-El-Hawa: (202) 232-5431
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mama Ayesha's Ratings and Reviews
Amazing restaurant! Greeted warmly by family who own/run restaurant. Food was excellent! Best Lamb Shank I have ever had! Lebanese wine? Who knew it is this good! This place has an interesting history make sure to read the news clipping on the founder in the foyer!
This restaurant is a gem. It tastes like someone's grandmother is in the kitchen cooking with love -- just for you! The waiters are wonderful with recommendations. You can have easy conversations, as the room is quiet with fitting music. I love everything about it!
This is a Palestinian- Lebanese type restaurant with strong ties to early 20th century recipes.
The meets were succulent, especially the chicken dishes and the lamb. The Beef, was a bit of a miss. Salads were exceptional, especially the house salad in the appetizer section
You could easily drive or walk past this restaurant which pops up in a residential area on Calvert. The service is warm and welcoming and it has the feel of a true family restaurant. There is alot on the menu and groups could easily choose to share the many smaller plates instead of ordering an entree. Our party of four had three "appetizers" and each of us had an entree, which was more than enough food. The kebabs were outstanding and the lamb shank portion was enough for two. We couldn't resist the "baklawa" and then the server brought out two more desserts as his treat! They were all delicious. Everyone left happy. No one left hungry.
My husband, Jeff, and I were in Washington DC visiting our son who was there for the summer. Matt had eaten at Mama Ayesha's and loved it, so we decided to try it out. First, the outside of the building is fantastic, with an astounding mural featuring Mama Ayesha standing with all the former presidents from Ike to Barack! The decor inside is also beautiful -- Moroccan rather than Syrian. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and attentive. After we finished and said our goodbyes, we were walking down the street when my phone rang. It was the restaurant telling us that Jeff had left his credit card at the table! All in all, you can't get any better than that! I recommend it highly!
I've been to Mama Ayesha's a few times and it never disappoints. The food was delicious and we could hear each other talk! The decor is beautiful and the service is great. They really try to make you feel at home when you are there. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
I came here with my family while they were visiting D.C. We were looking for a middle eastern restaurant as I have been incredibly missing home cooked food. Words cannot do justice in explaining the hospitality and warmth of the staff, starting from the owner, to the waiters and even chef. One of the Egyptian chefs talked to me and assured me that if I asked for any dish regardless if it's not on the menu, he'd prepare it for me. His kind words and warm smile left me teary & looking forward to my next visit. Amazing overall!
Aside from the fact that after I told the waiter that we needed more time to look over the menu, and he responded, "I'll wait", and stood next to our table with his pad in hand staring at us as we looked over the menu, we had a great experience. Food was exceptional. Decor was charming. Would eat there again.
This was our first experience with Palestinian cuisine. It was all delicious! The waiter was helpful in explaining the menu and making recommendations. The portions were generous and we even had some left to take home.
Parking is a little tricky since this is a popular area with lots of neighborhood apartments nearby. This neighborhood is beautiful with lots of historic row houses and large trees.
I'm looking forward to eating here again on my next trip to DC.
Mama's provides reliably good Mideast regional fare. My first meal there in 1965 was a great introduction to a career in the Arab world. Last visit (5/16) we shared a dish of hummus with meat. Mireille then had the aubergine with ground beef. I had the mixed grill. All washed down with an excellent quality arak. Basically Lebanese/Palestinian comfort food. Always a treat.
Went to Mama Ayrsha's for friend's special birthday. The restaurant had been remodeled and updated since we both were there. It was very pretty, comfortable with wonderful middle eastern music piped in.1 I had lamb chops with mashed potatoes and salad which was delicious. One thing, I had asked for the salad with dressing on the side. It arrived with dressing and it seems to have put off the waiter a bit to bring a replacement salad. All in all we had an enjoyable and delicious evening.
We picked Mama Ayesha's partly for its location; we were looking for a place close to the Woodley Park - Zoo Metro station. Neither of us had dined there before.
The residential neighborhood outside was pleasant. The decor inside was pleasant. The food was very good. The prices were reasonable.
We went to this restaurant based on the very good reviews online. I should have perhaps been concerned that at 6:45pm on a Friday night, the restaurant was mostly empty and that did not change by the time we finished.
The initial waiter was not good, although other wait staff were very pleasant.
We had three quite good appetizers - hummus, filo cheese triangles, and felafel. If we had stopped there, we would have been content.
We also had the cauliflower - cumin appetizer that tasted like it had been sitting around a while.
We had a charcoal fish entree - complete with disgusting boiled soggy, tasteless vegetables.
We also had a chicken with rice dish. It was supposed to be whitemeat chicken, but was not. It was pretty tasteless with several large chunks of boiled carrot and potato.
If you stick to appetizers, the restaurant is fine. Do not eat the entrees.
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