Mama Ayesha’s

Last Updated: May 2021

Current Status: For 60 plus years this spot has been serving locals and dignitaries alike with the food that “Mama” Ayesha Abraham brought with her from Jerusalem in the mid-20th century.  Mama Ayesha’s name is now carried forward by another generation of her family, and the restaurant remains a local favorite.  Be sure to check out the mural of presidents on the outside.  They are doing dine-in, take-out and delivery.


Cuisine: Eastern Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Woodley Park
Address: 1967 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Reservations: Yelp on Website

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Tom called it “fine” in a 2019 chat.

Washingtonian: 2013 piece on classic places revisited.