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Mama Ayesha Restaurant

1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501
+1 202-232-5431
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“hummus” (26 reviews)
“lamb” (21 reviews)
“rice” (19 reviews)
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Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
€€ - €€€
1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant offers great, authentic Palestinian and Middle Eastern food. The service and ambience are great. The food is delicious, generously portioned and reasonably priced. This is the real deal :)

Thank Bryan B
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This was a restaurant recommended by the staff of Adams Morgan Inn were I was staying while visiting my daughter. We walked by about 6pm, but it didn't look busy yet. Finally, we decided to go in and much to our surprise there were many...More

2  Thank Donna224488
Reviewed 19 April 2017

What I love is the abundance of choices (vegetarian and non) in meze and entrees as well as how incredibly accommodating the staff are. We were early for our reservation. The waiter offered us a choice of outside or in. We chose outside but the...More

Thank DCDebH
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Great Middle Eastern food, Palestinian food, authentic, fun, reasonably priced, located in great area

Thank Rickhindi
Reviewed 7 April 2017

The restaurant itself is far nicer inside that it would appear from the outside. The food is decent and the service is decent (if a bit slow). The central criticism I have is that it is overpriced. The shish taouk and shish kebab, for instance,...More

Thank NewYorkScooby
Reviewed 4 February 2017

I was in town for a conference and this restaurant was within walking distance. It also is in a neighborhood where I felt safe walking at night. I had Jab Bil: Half Chicken, Lemon, Vermicelli Rice. It was very tasty and perfectly cooked. I had...More

Thank MrsJAtlanta
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I'm pretty sure I visited The Calvert Cafe (now Mama Ayesha's) in the 70s on a family trip to DC. What a pleasure to be back after so much time and once again enjoy delicious Middle Eastern food. One can easily make a meal of...More

Thank April L
Reviewed 24 January 2017

haven't been here for 20 years. came with a group of 5 and ordered mostly mezzas and one lamb shishkabob. The mezzas were terrific - we loved them all: tabouleh, kibbe, kalaya (ground lamb - my favorite), hummus with lamb, grape leaves with lamb. The...More

Thank rockpaperscissor
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This restaurant is vastly overpriced for what you get, and the attitude of the server was indifferent at best. The chow is on par with the run-of-the-mill fast falafel joints in town, served with no personality. I wouldn't go back or recommend this place. There...More

Thank c5mjb
Reviewed 24 December 2016

I have loved this restaurant for many years. I recently took some colleagues here for a work dinner and did not have nearly as good of an experience as previous visits. This was driven primarily by service; our server was disinterested in helping us navigate...More

1  Thank brmusicman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501
    (Biltmore St)
  • Public Transportation: A few minutes walking distance from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/ Zoo Metro Station
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Adams Morgan
  • Neighbourhood: Adams Morgan
  • Phone Number: +1 202-232-5431
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