Afghan Bistro

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Afghan
Afghan Bistro, located in Springfield, VA provides guests an authentic Afghan cuisine with a modern flair.
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to this place on a regular basis because it is the best food and most friendly service in the area. No matter what you order it is always excellent.

AR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Amazing food and excellent service. Our favorite local restaurant by far. Enjoy!

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THIS PLACE. Amazing food, wonderful staff!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. Amazing each time. Small quaint place with exceptional everything.

CM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food - the small space and requirement for reservations means that we don’t visit as often as we would like. In fact almost a year since our last visit. Great service from knowledgeable staff. Setting is a bit claustrophobic but once seated we always enjoy the meal.

VJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed meal very much. Food delicious and portions perfect.

JB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always authentic and excellent with fast and friendly service. This small cozy restaurant always delivers.

AN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and accommodating staff. Our group of 7 thought it was a great find, though a little tight, space wise. Reservations essential. Not a bad dish out of all of them, so yay!

SM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal. Super tiny place, but that's probably what keeps the food quality so high.

J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just a great time, great service, great food - thanks!

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food but space is too tight.

RB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible spices and seasoning. Best Afghan food we've ever had.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal with warm and efficient service from Karen, Sofia and Enrique. We went with our favorites, chicken sabzi lawaan and a vegetarian trio of spicy lentil-chickpea risotto with eggplant and butternut squash. The plating is as beautiful as the flavors are delectable!

S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Afghan Bistro lived up to its usual high quality of dining. I shared an array of very tasty hot appetizers. Adding two cups of the absolutely delicious beef lentil soup made a perfect lunch.

ER
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything we had was delicious. Every entree was well prepared and meat tender. Service was great. Small and tight.

TL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience. Food is consistently outstanding. This is one of the best $ values to be found and not just in the DMV.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service were all five stars!

c
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent place! Very small, so make a reservation. Lots of very interesting things to chose from. My wife really liked her Kadoo Tosh Peyra and I thoroughly enjoyed my Lam Tenderloin Kabob. While we really shouldn't have, we both had desert. Both the Toasted Almond cake and Pistachio Cake were great. Staff was super friendly but they were swamped. The place only has like 20 tables and they were all full, so the staff was running around. Food was excellent, service was good and prices are par for the course for the area. Well worth stopping by.

EH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% recommend this restaurant! I've already told 4 friends about this place. We will be returning for another date night! Thank you for delicious food (the best we've had in the area) and incredible service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent find and will definitely go back.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The quabali palau was not very good and not like Afghan quabali palau.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tough to get a weekend reservation, but absolutely necessary at this popular out-of-the-way restaurant. As we approached the front door, there was a sign outside alerting "Friends" that no walk-ins or carry out orders could be accommodated from 5:30-8:30 because they were fully booked. Had a wonderful dinner with 3 companions who all thought the food was great. Veal, Oxtail and Lamb entrees plus a mixed sampler of appetizers. Excellent food and a quiet atmosphere--we ate at 5:30 because that was the earliest reservation we could get. Plan ahead and you will be rewarded!

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the tenderloin and lamb chops... delicious! The rice on the side is just okay. They should consider offering a different side. Everything else was fabulous! We’ll be back again.

CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat in the Springfield area! Every dish we've tried has been excellent. Great service too.

AT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have been to the Afghan Bistro serval times. Unfortunately, since opening the Washington location--which I have visited as well--the quality at the Woodbridge location has steadily gone down. That is a shame because this restaurant has been my all-time favorite Afghan entry, but I would not come to the Woodbridge location as often.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the most delicious meals we have had recently. Make sure to get reservations as the place is very small and the wait can be long. Their service is on the slower side, however, they were pretty busy the night we went. The serve warm bread and complimentary sauces which are really yummy. For the mains, we got chicken kadahi and potatoes with green veggies both of which were amazing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. The bistro was a little small.

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Recommend the turnover appetizer for two. Must try the four dipping sauces...very good. Intimate setting. Reservations recommended.

KC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to take our friends to a really nice dinner at a restaurant that would offer choices for both vegetarian and meat eaters. We could tell they were a bit dubious when pulled up to the unprepossessing door in the strip mall, but we delightful dining lay beyond that door! A couple of us had been to Afghanistan and the Qabuli Palou and Sabzi Chalou at the Afghan Bistro were even better than those we had in country. And we never got to select excellent wines to go with our dinner in Afghanistan! My husband loved the Chicken Lawaan, chicken cooked in a yogurt based stew, that our waiter said was his favorite. Our waiter, whom I suspect might have been the owner, provided exceptional service! He graciously helped me correct a mistake I made when I meant to order a meatless item, was attentive to all, but never hovered over us. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with our friends and were able to talk with each other in a small restaurant that didn't have any empty tables. This is my favorite restaurant!

FV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food, the ambiance, the service...all top notch. It's very small so don't just pop in on a busy Saturday night.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere is excellent! It’s a hidden gem in the Lorton area.

H
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been to this restaurant many times. The food is incredible, the staff very friendly and attentive. Bringing my grandmother and daughter next time

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party of seven so we tried many different things on the menu and everything was excellent. My favorite were the pumpkin dumplings and the vegetarian platter. The service was exceptional. The restaurant is in a little strip mall and looks questionable from the outside but don’t let that stop you. It is cozy and welcoming on the inside. We will definitely be returning!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Server was very helpful. Food was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

SA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food, good service. I wish they had bigger space. Overall great value.

WS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and appetizers. The kabob was not great but decent. Everything else was wonderful. Server was professional and friendly. Would definitely go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Afghan Bistro is a special treat! Their meals and selection are outstandingly flavorful and plentiful. Its unfortunate that the dining room is so small but in a way this adds to its charm. The service was slow and I felt that the regulars might have gotten priority attention because two groups were served before us even though we were seated first.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had Afghan food before and this restaurant is phenomenal. We love the flavors. The meats are so tender. We also appreciate our food being served piping hot. The atmosphere is quite small and quaint. An all around exceptional dining experience.

SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect evening at this charming, cozy family-owned favorite!!

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