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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J
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been here several times. Enjoy it each time. Service is great, food is fantastic!

a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is terrific and the service is very attentive, even though Omar and Talia are mostly at other locations. We still love it.

TC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and excellent food

J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Believe the reviews. It's incredible! Definitely make a reservation.. otherwise you won't get in.

DS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was delicious. We asked for recommendations and ordered those. Lamb shank, dumplings and sambosas. Also not to be missed are the sauces with the flatbreads.

K
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great but I loved the vegetarian combo. Wonderful variety in a single dish.

S
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and a fave go to! Plan ahead and make a reservation!

SW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fasntastic food and great service. what more can you ask. Love this restaurant.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 4 at 8:15. It is a very small restaurant and we were a little early so we had to wait a bit to be seated. The hostess graciously compensated us with a free drink which was unexpected. We all shared the Mazza assortment for 4 — really delicious —not a speck left on the platter. Each couple shared the lamb chops and beef loin special as the entrees were more than generous. They also accommodated how we liked our meat cooked as I like mine rare and partner likes it medium rare. We still had leftovers to take home—a bit of the meat, the rice and spinach vegetable mixture—all was sublime. We will return and recommend to others. The friends we were with had been to the Afghan Bistro before and were happy to return.

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love this place and will be returning soon. Service is excellent. Our server heard of discussing the fact that we were there celebrating the birthdays of 2 in our group and she brought a piece of birthday cake with a lit candle, without being asked. It was a verry friendly gesture.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit, we brought first timer friends. We split the hot mezza appetizer and two stews, and chicken and a vegetarian. Everything was delicious, everyone enjoyed their visit!

RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Friendly service and great food! A little noisy and a little cramped but would still recommend to a friend.

FL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food at Afghan Bistro is amazing. Such great options and everything tastes wonderful. The price is pretty incredible when compared to other restaurants and the quantity and quality of food you get. We have had several different dishes and everything is always really great. This is one of our favorite places to eat.

It is a smaller place so it can fill up at lunch time but the service is always great and it would be hard to find comparable taste and quality at that price.

Service is always great and meals come out quickly. Can't recommend this place enough. Best kept secret in the area.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

RM
London
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service at this unassuming storefront restaurant.

B
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

This place was recommended by family. We dined for 2 @9:30. The restaurant was empty. A couple of workers were seated to leave for the day. Overall the food Was good. The waiter got our order incorrect. We requested Qabli Pulao with the chops but received the rice without the raisins and carrots (just fried rice)
It did make us upset, but my husband insisted not to say anything because it was us who came to dine closer to the time they close. We were polite and tipped accordingly and thanked them for the food and service.

R
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food is delicious. I don't think there is anything on the menu I wouldn't just love. My problem is that every time we book through 'open table' we are directed to the worst table in the place. This last time I requested to be placed elsewhere and ended up at the kitchen door, which was actually an improvement over the initial table. We would dine there more often is this didn't happen.

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The sauces are excellent. I especially liked the garlic yogurt and the jalapeno cilantro on my entree, spicy mantu. The pasta was perfect. We will be going back

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! I have been there multiple times and decided to go again on Valentine's Day just because the food is amazing, the service/staff is great, and you'll never be disappointed with your dinner experience. From the appetizers, to the entrees, to the desserts, this restaurant has nailed it. Also try out the cardamom tea! It's a great way to end your meal.

BM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. Special Valentine's Day menu composed of all their Signature dishes. Two glasses of champagne on the house to celebrate our 52nd wedding anniversary!! Did not disappoint!!

MF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so flavorful and cooked just right. A true delight. Attentive service. The small strip mall setting does not do it justice.

SC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have GREAT food ! Been there 5 or six times and we are never disappointed. People are so friendly and helpful. A real gem.

EK
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have taken quite a few friends there and all have loved it.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I will definitely be back. Food was incredible. It’s a small place, but you could still have an easy conversation at the table. Decent wine choices. I highly recommend this restaurant!

LM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked the Afghan Bistro based on excellent reviews that I read online. I was taking a good friend out to celebrate her birthday, so I wanted something nice. The Bistro is located in a little strip mall, and you have to know it is there, or you would never find it. We pulled up to the restaurant, and all the windows were blacked out, and the Open sign was turned off. We thought it was closed, but decided to try the door just for kicks. From the second we opened the door we knew this was going to be special! The wonderful aroma of spices, the friendly quaint atmosphere and nice decor all put us at ease. We decided to take our waiter's recommendations, and everything we ate as well as the wine, which was perfectly paired with our meal was all a 10! The restaurant was busy the entire time we were there. As soon as someone left, new patrons showed up. I guess this restaurant don't need to keep the lights visibly on in order to attract business. I would definitely go there again.

DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Seriously, the food was awesome. The place was small and cozy, but service was great, friendly and timely. This wont be the last time I eat there, and I highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting together with friends. Food was delicious as always!

m
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing as always, incredible food and caring service. Place is tiny so reservations are always a must!

ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken lawann. Mixed Mazza Grill. Butternut squash. Cardamom everything! I really cant say enough good things about this place.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful place

FG
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! My mouth starts to water the instant I step through the doorway. The decision on what to have is always excruciating. Everything is delicious. I have never had a meal there that I didn't love. My husband is partial to the goat and ox tail. Both are very, very good, but I love the various lamb dishes. I also highly recommend the hot mazza (appetizer) assortment. It is so good that you will want to lick the plate.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just phenomenal...no other words. The food is absolutely fantastic. Go!! You will not regret it!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding as always.

HC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent, and the Afghan flavor non compromising. A bit on the fat side for me, but I love it. Would recommend any of the lamb dishes. Small place, usually crowded (make a reservation!) and noisy, but happy noisy, and friendly exchanges with the people right next to your table happen effortlessly. Only real complain is the door. If you are any close to it and it is cold out, you will be hit with the weather every time someone comes or leaves. Something, I think, that shouldn't be too hard to fix, or improve.
I will certainly be back!

PV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Afghan Bistro is wonderful! Our server suggested a great lamb dish. We will be back.

F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant with an outstanding array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Everything we ate was delicious. Restaurant is small and crowded, so definitely book in advance.

LA
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner at Afghan Bistro never fails to please -- every dish was delicious, the service was great and the overall cost very reasonable. I cannot think of a better choice for Afghan food in the DMV.

RL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food here is always very good. Ambiance is lacking but quality, service and price make up for it.

f
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here many times. Everything on the menu has been delicious. I'm sure others have mentioned, it's very small, so seating can be tight.

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It doesn't look like much from outside but once inside the ambiance is cozy, the service is superb and the food outstanding. This is our third visit to this bistro and we love it.

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