Mama Ayesha's

1967 Calvert St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 Directions
Today 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Open All Hours
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About this business

  • Cuisine
    Middle Eastern, Cafe, Mediterranean, Seafood, African
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Price
  • Hours
    Sun-Thu 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri-Sat 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Cuisine
    Middle Eastern, Cafe, Mediterranean, Seafood, African
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Catering
  • Good For Kids
  • Good For Groups
  • Vegan Options
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Report | 20 hours ago
Prepare to have a wonderful night of superb customer service and delectable food and wine pairings.
Report | 2 days ago
Taking the Metro was easy and stress free since parking is so difficult in Adams Morgan.
Report | 14 days ago
Make a reservation. It gets very busy!
Report | 16 days ago
Savory dishes. Excellent service. Somewhat light on the "entree" or meat portion of the meal.
Report | 24 days ago
Good to go during early part of the week. Don't be in a hurry for your meal.
Report | 2 months ago
The homemade dishes are the best.
Report | 2 months ago
Lamb Shank is awesome
Report | 2 months ago
Baklava right from the oven. Wow.
Report | 2 months ago
Parking is an issue. But food was great and it had a nice atmosphere.
Report | 2 months ago
Wonderfully flavored food and great service!
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By the 1940s, Mama Ayesha Abraham had already established herself as a successful young farmer in Jerusalem. But instead of adding to her more than 20 farms, she decided to move to the United States, where she found work in the kitchen of the Syrian Embassy. After many years and countless orders for Capital Hill?s elite, she opened a restaurant called Calvert Caf?.

Today, her nephews and great nephews manage the restaurant, which has been renamed Mama Ayesha's and has been family-owned-and-operated for more than five decades. But her presence is still felt. Her recipes are used to make the eatery?s kebabs and Middle Eastern dishes, and her image appears outside the restaurant on a large mural that also features several recent presidents.

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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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