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Mama Ayesha Restaurant

1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501
+1 202-232-5431
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hummus” (26 reviews)
“rice” (19 reviews)
“mixed grill” (5 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 22:30All hours
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
$$ - $$$
1967 Calvert St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1501
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A cute, funky place with good service, and great food. It has an interesting history, especially of the woman who created this space. I had fresh fried sardines, the spicy beef sausages, and a couple of other things that I can't seem to recall. Everything...More

Thank randylee223
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Whenever I am around the area, this is the restaurant I choose to eat in. The atmosphere is very calming and wonderful. I don't know how to describe the food, because it tastes soo real, it is as if your middle eastern mother cooked it....More

Thank I_Like_Traveling7
Reviewed 5 June 2017 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 5 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 20 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 9 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 5 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
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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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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