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Tom Sietsema of The Washinton Post has acknowledged Afghan Bistro as “The area's best Afghan Restaurant”.
Yelp's top 100 restaurants in The US awarded Afghan Bistro the honor of 3rd best in the country.
Bistro Aracosia has been acknowledged by Forbes magazine as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians, and awarded The Washingtonian's "100 best restaurants".
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins.
Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade cuts of meat and the freshest produce. Food at Aracosia is prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSGs or preservatives are used, nor do we cook anything with nuclear such as microwaves and pre-made stations.
Full Bar, extensive Wine and Beer menu.
Come and experience authentic afghan cuisine.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
We were the hosts for a birthday lunch. The two guests who ordered different veal dishes said the meat was "very chewy" and in too big chunks. (I was surprised veal was on the menu, having never seen it in the market in Kabul.) The lamb shank had few greens with it.
The aushok and vegetarian eggplant dish were delicious, as usual.
Fabulous all around. Food was outstanding and the service was prompt, helpful and charming!
Wonderful place for a relaxing weekend.
Extensive menu of Afghan dishes. All are delicious! Great service, nice atmosphere. All around winner.
Really authentic and perfectly cooked Afghan cuisine; having spent 3 years in Kabul, Aracosia is the best Afghan restaurant I've found in the US to date.
Order your meal when ordering the appetizer. Preparing meals take longer.
Fabulous food. Love the outdoor seating and music.
We had a fabulous meal with excellent service. We cannot wait to be back.
Service was very good to excellent. Outdoor patio is very attractive and comfortable. They are being Covid safe for sure. My GF enjoyed her vegetarian mezze platter. The other two dishes would have benefited from some fresh herbs or a few vegetables (w the filet kabob).
Great service, loved the selection of lunch items and drinks. Outdoor seating is covered and comfortable.
I took my mother here for her birthday; reservations made easy by OpenTable of course. We were immediately greeted and taken to our seats outside on their unique outdoor patio. The menu can be a bit overwhelming, but the service was outstanding, as was the food and wine. The waitress had a sommelier come out to help select a pairing, which made our menu choice easier. The night ended with a nice birthday cake slice, with candle and all! Everything about his place was outstanding, and I highly recommend it!
Fantastic food and service.
A total 5 star experience! Accommodating staff, efficient and kind. Food was excellent. The seating starts with yummy bread and 4 different dipping sauces. Our group of 4 sampled an appetizer, and a variety of entrees — lamb, beef, and vegetarian. All done perfectly and very tasty. The portions are ample. The wine list has a nice range of delicious wines, and there is also bar service. We asked to sit outside on their balcony, and the restaurant thoughtfully had circulating fans to help disperse the day’s heat/humidity. The rating of low noise level represents our outdoor seating; we cannot comment on indoor noise levels. Pricing of the food was reasonable — expect to pay $20 to $35 — but remember the portions are ample and the food is delicious with complex layered flavors.
First time here after hearing many positives compliments, it didn't disappoint.
Wonderful flavors, we will be back.
The food was amazing at Aracosia, even the starter flatbread and dips. We sat outside and enjoyed sitting near the twinkling lights and the fan (that was great since it was hot outside!) Firni for dessert was refreshing and tasty to cap off a delicious night of food. I will definitely come back and let others know about this restaurant!
I have eaten at Arocosia and Bistro Arocosia many times, and never been disappointed! The food is amazingly flavorful and delicious, and the service good! Just celebrated a friend’s birthday, and they even surprised her with a slice of cake. Highly recommend!!
Food and service are exceptional. I highly recommend the restaurant. Have dined at Aracosia on several occasions and the food is consistently excellent. I consider Aracosia to be one of the best restaurants in McLean and a nice addition to the area.
Delicious! Loved the dumplings!!
Love everything about this restaurant: food is delicious, atmosphere is lovely, and staff is wonderful.
Amazing food!. Service is not great but the food keeps me coming back at least once w month!
We had reservations for outside at 5:15 and it was very nice. Service was actually a little slow but since we were in no hurry it worked out well. And typically, we over ordered so that we had leftovers for another meal.
Food is fresh, cooked perfectly. Some dishes are spicy, so check with your server if it is a concern.
We have eaten here several times and each time it is consistently delicious!
This restaurant is an experience, not just a meal. The decor, the music, and the stellar service are all a set up for the flavor journey you will undertake. First timers should order from the lengthy appetizer menu and try dumplings, turnovers, and the meat selections. The lamb ribs, chops , and tenderloin is particularly wonderful where you can taste and feel how the different cuts of meat change your palate’s perceptions. Perfection in the spice rub and smoked flavors. Best dinner experience I’ve had in a long time and I encourage everyone to take a trip to this gem. The four chutneys, sauces, and flatbread you receive at the beginning will give you an preview of the adventure you are about to take.
As always the dining experience at Aracosia McLean was outstanding. The food was very good and very well presented. The waiter was very attentive. Loved everything.
Could not have been happier, this place has incredibly good food and the place was packed, which is always a good sign. The wait staff was very polite and attentive throughout. Will be bringing my mother with us next time as they have a great selection of vegetarian dishes.
Excellent food and outdoor setting, but service was lacking. We thought they'd forgotten us. Long waits for refills and reordering, although food came out quickly. Attempted to clear the plates while we were waiting on more bread to finish up our meal - had to stop him!
Delicious food, helpful attentive service. Highly recommended!
Very relaxed and enjoyable
The food was delicious and the service, excellent and friendly.
This one of Mclean’s best restaurants. The food and atmosphere are excellent!
Enjoyed my dinner and the music on my first visit. Will go again in the future.
Sitkar player was wonderful. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Wonderful experience. The restaurant acknowledged a birthday with a card and dessert/candle. Very classy.
Excellent as always. Food was great, as was the service.
Love, love the food. We could make a meal of their appetizers. Delicious bundles of delicate dumplings filled with pumpkins or beef or lots of others fillings. Or try the turnovers again filled with leeks and potato or try the assortment. The lamb dishes are served to perfection, the lamb shanks or chops ( French cut) are grilled or cooked to fall off the bone. Ara Costa is a branch of the Springfield restaurant called Afghan Bistro. I’ll be back.
Outstanding food. Some of the best Lamb I have ever tasted. The dumplings are excellent. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Love this place!
Excellent food and service. We’ll return!
Excellent good and service as usual. I’m an easy very kind and Lisette was very good.
I've been here several times for lunch, but dinner was as excellent. The staff is SO congenial and lovely. The food is amazing. For an appetizer, we had leek dumplings with meat topping. For the main course, exquisite lamb chops with delicate and delicious seasoning. For dessert, firni, so creamy and rich. So many other wonders on the menu still to try! Can't wait to return!
Always great food and service
This was our first visit. We really enjoyed looking at all the choices on the menu which was much more extensive than any other Afghan restaurant we've been. The food was very good. We tried the dumplings and seekh kebab. We definitely plan to return for dinner to try one of the interesting selections of stews. We would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch.
Aracosia had an elegant atmosphere to accompany the amazing food! I ordered the lamb tenderloin and the meat was unbelievably soft. The service was impeccable and I would definitely recommend anyone who loves Afghan food in the D.C area.
Aracosia McLean does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Aracosia McLean also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.
Aracosia McLean is rated 4.8 stars by 531 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.