Mama Ayesha's

Restaurant
1967 Calvert St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 1967 Calvert St. NW, Washington DC Directions
Today 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
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89% of 674 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Middle Eastern, Cafe, Mediterranean, Seafood, African
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • 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
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
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Tips

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Report | 3 months ago
Prepare to have a wonderful night of superb customer service and delectable food and wine pairings.
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Report | 3 months ago
Taking the Metro was easy and stress free since parking is so difficult in Adams Morgan.
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Report | 4 months ago
Make a reservation. It gets very busy!
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Report | 4 months ago
Savory dishes. Excellent service. Somewhat light on the "entree" or meat portion of the meal.
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Report | 4 months ago
Good to go during early part of the week. Don't be in a hurry for your meal.
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Report | 5 months ago
The homemade dishes are the best.
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Report | 5 months ago
Lamb Shank is awesome
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Report | 5 months ago
Baklava right from the oven. Wow.
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Report | 5 months ago
Parking is an issue. But food was great and it had a nice atmosphere.
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Report | 5 months ago
Wonderfully flavored food and great service!
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From Our Editors

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 Café.

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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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
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