Afghan Bistro

4.9
1022 Reviews
$30 and under
Afghan
Afghan Bistro, located in Springfield, VA provides guests an authentic Afghan cuisine with a modern flair.

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 1022 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.9based on recent ratings
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5.0
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4.6
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Lizzie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afghan Bistro never lets me down. It as excellent as the first day of opening. I am so happy that we have Afghan Bistro in my neighborhood - Springfield - [ which does not offer much in the way of diversity.

Afghan Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for being our loyal guest, we are grateful for your support!

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Grace
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere was beautiful. Thr chicken was moist and the Lamb was absolutely delicious. This place is unassuming but one of the best restaurants I've ever been. Definitely recommend!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you, Grace! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.

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SammyS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my very favorite restaurants. The food is expertly prepared and so delicious. So many vegetarian options and the lamb shank was melting in my mouth! I also love that the noise level is low so very easy to carry on a conversation.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you for your feedback and kind words, Sammy!

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vipMickbern
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent!!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thank you very much!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Such a wonderful restaurant! The staff is extremely helpful when it comes to explaining the various dishes, sauces, and options on the menu, which can be daunting to read. Everyone in our party absolutely loved the food! I’d give more than five stars if possible!!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We're happy to hear that you and your loved ones had a great experience with us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable. We have eaten here several times and brought friends on our last visit. They loved it as well. This is one of our favorites!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 24, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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CynthiaM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Previous reviews were on target! We had a fabulous dinner here on Friday. We arrived a little early for our reservation and they sat us quickly! The food and the service were amazing. We will definitely be coming back!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 21, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Must return soon. My date gave Afghan Bistro five thumbs up. She’s a bit over the top…

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 6, 2021

Thank you so much! We are happy to hear that you and your loved one enjoyed your experience with us!

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Haley
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve had recently, would definitely recommend to anyone!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 6, 2021

Thank you Haley, we appreciate your support!

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NancyB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was great. 2 guests were here for the 1st time. Vegan choices were delicious and plentiful. The spice level on the dips was hot enough for the heat lover.
We all will be returning.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2021

Thank you Nancy for returning and bringing in new guests! We are happy to hear that you all enjoyed your experience! We look forward to your next visit!

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vipKDub
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm and friendly service of outstanding food. We want to go back again and again and try everything! Many excellent vegetarian options. Reasonable prices for extraordinary food.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on January 7, 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words! We look forward to welcoming you back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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KickServe
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. We’ve bought their early bird to go specials for years. Service was 1st rate. Remains the restaurant we use most often.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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amg22
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food with vegetarian options. Great service and the manager gave us complimentary saffron tea. Excellent value for your money. We are repeat
Customers and will continue to go back.

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JaniceK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb cuisine and attentive service. A wonderful place for dinner.

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Puffinclub
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The three of us unanimously voted this the best meal we’d had in ages. Their appetizers especially are delicious mouthfuls. The dumplings, both the beef or the leek, are my favorites as the dough is thin and light, packed with filling. I think next time I’m just going to order appetizers for my meal. That said, the Aracosian Lamb Platter that I ordered was outstanding, especially the lamb chops. And the sides of rice, raisins and carrots, as well as the eggplant, we’re just as good. I actually couldn’t finish my plate so ate all the meat and took the sides home. Best left overs ever. We also had the beautiful lamb shank Moghuli which was aromatic, tender, and disappeared too quickly. Our meal ended with saffron tea and desserts. Rice pudding was warm and lovely; the hazelnut chocolate cake was a highlight; the baklava was very good but a little dry and not seeped in syrup (is that the way Afghanies do it?). Because the food made us so happy and relaxed, we had a wonderful time chatting and enjoying ourselves, which was aided by the amazing staff who were courteous and helpful without being perky and annoying…just the right balance. A wonderful casual restaurant with exceptional food and service. The owner should be proud of their staff and cooks.

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vipLukeB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always such a pleasure getting out there. Food is consistent and very delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very rich in taste!

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vipSatisfiedDiner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First experience eating Afghan cuisine. The food was absolutely delicious with a medley of quality ingredients and savory spices - all expertly prepared. Servers were both attentive and courteous. A most enjoyable dining experience.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We are honored you chose us to experience your first time trying Afghan cuisine!

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JeanneP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is off the beaten path in s nondescript shopping plaza but well worth the visit. The food is amazing! Its small so make a reservation.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you Jeanne! We're happy to hear that you loved the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and great food!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you so much!

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AmandaM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! The service is great, the ambiance is lovely and the food is spectacular!! Highly recommend this place!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you so much Amanda, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us! We look forward to seeing you again!

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MaxineG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times. They always prepare a great meal and serve it very well.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you Maxine, we are pleased to hear that you have consistently had a great experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service!!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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Leanne
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was sumptuous and each bite was delectable in every way. This was our first time back since before covid, and we were celebrating a milestone event. For an appetizer, we chose the Sambosa, small turnovers filled with minced beef and lentils. It is nicely spiced and fantastically delicious. Of course, the complimentary bread and dipping condiments are pretty tasty as well. For the entrees, we ordered the Chicken Lawaan and the Veal and Mushroom Lawaan Sabzi. Both well seasoned over a bed of basmati rice.

The service was great. For a tiny neighborhood restaurant, they're always spot on. We are already planning to go again.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you so much Leanne for you support. We appreciate you and the feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic. I live in NC now and as soon as I found out I was going to be in the area I made the reservation! This is our third time here and each time the food has been superb. I had the Mantu (dumplings), my son had the lamb shank and my wife had a chicken stew dish. Everything was fantastic. Truly one of my favorite restaurants. Period.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 21, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're honored to have a loyal guest regardless of the distance, we hope to see you again soon.

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Davud
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I go back to the days of Kabul Caravan restaurant in Rosslyn, VA, as the gold standard – and Afghan Bistro gives the long-gone place a run for the money. Service – was super-friendly and engaging but a few times quite slow. Food – strong but not over-the-top (e.g., why add peas to Aushak, when peas go mushy and have little flavor?). Ambience – pandemic outside eating was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night but still faced a parking lot rather than small garden (Afghan-style) - can't do much about locating in a mall. Overall, Afghan Bistro is one of the top Afghan cuisine restaurants in the greater Washington DC area. Next on the list? Sister restaurant Aracosia in Washington itself!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thank you Davud, we are glad you enjoyed and that you will be back to join us at our other locations as well!

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Greatdinner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and friendly service.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you!

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DeliD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was so good. Definitely coming back here again

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you, we're looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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KRYSW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place ❤ 💕 This is one of my favorite restaurants, everything is delicious and it's a nice cozy location.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words, we're grateful to be one of your favorites!

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susan
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This restaurant is a hidden gem in a shopping center. The staff were so pleasant and the food was delicious!!! Large servings, too

Afghan Bistro
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us Susan! We're glad you enjoyed!

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SandiS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! Delicious food, attentive staff - a great new find. Perfect place to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!

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Jason
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I recommend the rack of lamb, mantu (Afghan style dumplings), sambosas, and the fantastic butternut squash. The restaurant provides complimentary bread with four dipping sauces - all of which have unique and fantastic flavor.

Note that they now offer outdoor dining!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food - Amazing

Service - excellent

Parking - no issues

Price - well priced

Afghan Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2021

Thank you for your feedback!

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KyraK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had such a wonderful time here. The food was amazing as was the service. We will be back!

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JeanneP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Its in an off the beaten path, nondescript shopping plaza but the food is AMAZING! Service is very attentive but not obtrusive. Afghan Bistro is must to go to.

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Isabella
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! We love to bring friends and family from out of town.

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HappyDiner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a former vacation traveller to Afghanistan, I can highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. The food here always make me remember how much we enjoyed each meal. Every meal we've had here has been perfect, for food and service!

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vipJEJ500
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, great attention to personal safety. We much appreciate everything about this fine restaurant.

FAQs

Afghan Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 337-4722.

Afghan Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 1022 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.

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