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Aracosia McLean

4.8
482 Reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Our newest restaurant, Aracosia McLean, is the sister restaurant to Bistro Aracosia in DC, and Afghan Bistro in Springfield VA.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 482 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCharlesS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Aracosia is always outstanding; the staff is very warm and personable; the food is fresh and flavorful; the portions are very generous. It is great to have a go-to restaurant in the heart of McLean!

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MaryC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and interesting food as always, and friendly, efficient service. A gem of a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal, and our server Max was awesome!

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Saladlover
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is now the best restaurant in McLean. My husband and I are making it a mission to introduce as many friends to this place as possible, and they are always blown away! It's on the second floor of the Marketplace building in McLean, so not everyone knows it's there. I should probably be keeping this to myself, but it's too good not to spread the word. Delicious! Great ambience!

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vipleeN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice sit down Afghan restaurant with a great vibe and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

There were some mistakes made in the serving of our orders which the management made up by providing them for free. We were very pleased with our entire experience. The food, as usual, was excellent.

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DM2018
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were, as always, excellent. Great place for a business meeting, or meeting with friends.

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Dondon
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Warm hospitality. We lingered well past what is the norm and they were very gracious.

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VincentK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute best restaurant we have experienced in DC. Superb food - outstanding staff - perfect experience. Every meal is better than the last. A MUST!!!!

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JohnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time I've dined there. Everything was excellent. I'll be back

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent for both lunch and dinner!.................

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Tawas
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch outside yesterday. Service was excellent & food was terrific. Lots of choice on the menu.

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vipWorldFoodWineExpert
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food are outstanding. Ask for Jack as your waiter.

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DianeL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Waiter was great and helped us pick a nice mix of dishes that we shared.

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JoeD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef tenderloin was well marinated and extremely tender and delicious. The lamb magouli was also delightful.

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evgpg
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant

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Schatzkammer
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We enjoyed dining in the outside area, a breezeway converted into a cozy dining area. Reminded us of dining experiences we had while living in the Gulf region. Food was delicious, as always, and we enjoyed the Almond Cream torte, a special treat from the restaurant.

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RobertR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Aracosia; it will not be our last. Ambiance is nice - not to stuffy. The wait staff was very attentive. As far as the food, we both started with a cold cucumber soup that was delicious. Perfect for a hot summer evening. I had a veal shank that was so tender I put away my knife. My only slight complaint is that while it it was tasty I wish it had some kind of sauce to moisten it a bit. My wife had Aushak (leek and scallion dumplings in a mint and yogurt puree) and said it was the best she had ever had. The menu had a large number of vegetarian dishes. We typically don't do dessert, so I cannot comment.

One final observation. we went there on a Tuesday night and it was almost completely full Get reservations before going.

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nancy
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Great food. Great Service. Heartedly recommend

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vipIBeck
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro Aracosia in DC and Aracosia McLean was also fantastic! We definitely will return!

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vipVerona
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new dining experience. Unfamiliar food, but the server was patient in providing descriptions. So happy to find this new destination for interesting, tasty food.

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vipViennaWeenee
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious flavors, many menu choices. Wine prices too high.

JH
JanetH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had some new tastes, revisited some old favorites. A great meal!

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good and the portions were plentiful, but the prices were high and the service was terrible.

Our server acted like she was doing us a favor; she barely answered our questions about the food and menu, and she wore her face mask below her nose (useless) the whole time we were there.

Four of us shared one starter platter, we had one main course each, one beer and two glasses of wine and the price without tip was $160. Definitely pricey, especially when the service was so lousy.

I don't think we will ever go back.....

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ToniR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is very good. The authentic spices, the meat and rice cooked to perfection. Different than American food, so tasty without frying and healthy also. I will be back!

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vipjds2214
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia was the perfect place for a birthday lunch! We had originally requested outdoor seating but it was so hot that we asked to be seated inside, and were immediately shown to a very private round table in a corner of the dining room.

Our server went out of her way to make menu recommendations and describe all the scrumptious dips that came with the bread--and brought an extra serving of our favorite dip. Food and service were exemplary, and we were thrilled to actually be able to have a pleasant conversation while we ate.

We'll definitely be back!

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vipwalt
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this local restaurant and happy to see them thriving after the pandemic. The host/manager is so welcoming and you feel like you’re at someone’s home. We love the outdoor eating area and hope they make it permanent. They are typically very, very busy on the weekends but do anything and everything to make up for any issues in slow service. They also only seem to have one server and while she’s a rockstar and manages it so we’ll, it’d be great to see her not stretched so thin. I don’t want my favorite wait staff member to burn out. The food here is consistently delicious. I love the salmon and the rose water ice cream is a unique, yummy treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and friendly. Complimentary champagne and take home pudding for our Anniversary dinner was extremely generous and kind. We will definitely be returning to try more of the outstanding menu.

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vipSpectacular
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and beautifully served as always. Special kudos because two guests were on a train from Philadelphia which was delayed and they were so gracious in accommodating our slow evening. I’m sure they had to rearrange tables because we were six-we really appreciated their understanding.

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Betsy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 5pm reservation. No one else was dining when we arrived. Someone came to our table immediately with water, bread and menus. Then there was a long break before someone came back. Apparently there was a miscommunication about who was covering our table. Once the oversight was discovered there were profuse apologies and we were treated royally, including a complimentary shared appetizer and dessert. The food was excellent. We had a very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful, but Our server was outstanding and accommodating. We had a lovely celebration!

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TysonsGirl
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

My dining companion and I shared the Hot Mazza Assortment, which was fabulous and very filling. We then each had the Chicken Lawaan, which was perfectly seasoned and quite delicious. The serving was large, and provided another meal at home. The restaurant is charming. Service was rather underwhelming, though, with long waits for a server to check in with us. In fact, I had to go to the host stand to request our check, because we had waited about 10 minutes without a server contacting us. Bottom line - food is exceptional, service (at least during our lunchtime meal) was marginal.

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GeorgeP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just excellent. A real feel for the cuisine and an elegant setting

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KathyC
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, delicious dinners, and a relaxing atmosphere ! We will return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest possible recommendation. Authentic, scrumptious food. Excellent service. Outstanding experience.

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Have eaten here twice. The first time was carry-out. The dishes are well prepared. Tasty and generous, given the price. Enjoyed the food so much, we decided to "dine-in" on the balcony/outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is not a balcony, as I had thought, but it more like tables set up in an outdoor roofed corridor between buildings, such that the seating is all flanked on two sides by long outdoor walls. This created somewhat of an echo chamber and limited outside breezes. There two large parties at tables, and the noise level was so loud that my partner and I could not hear each other at times, whilst we sat at our intimate small table for two. I'm not sure how loud it would have been with smaller parties or softer talkers. Because the food is good, I will try indoor dining next time.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular, the service outstanding and attentive! We will definitely return and will recommend to others

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Michele
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, attentives staff, & terrific food

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Sampsonite30
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and attentive staff

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vipKaushikR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing at this place. Service is usually good. But, this time, had it not been for the bartender (I think), it would have been really bad. I might be a reflection of the shortage of waiting stuff that all restaurants are facing nowadays. We could only see 1 waitress who while wasn’t rude, wasn’t delivering much of any service. The bartender was going around and trying to do his best to maintain some level of service. Our waitress spilled water all over our table, apologized, but then never came back and wiped the table. Of course we will go back there again and will recommend this place to anybody. Their food is awesome and except for this one time, their service is great as well.

FAQs

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 482 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.