Afghan Bistro

4.8
480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Afghan Bistro, located in Springfield, VA provides guests an authentic Afghan cuisine with a modern flair.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Afghan, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 337-4722
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
For more information about catering please give us a call.
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 480 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.3
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Delicious food! Always a great dining experience & the restaurant's popularity confirms it. This is our 5th time there.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

An absolute gem. We found this completely by luck on OpenTable and now we are fans for life. The lamb tenderloin melts in your mouth and the dumplings we had as a starter would bring us back on their own merit. We will be back and we recommend you stop by as well.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great great food. Very flavorful. Wine list works well with the food. Service was timely and helpful. Space is small and crowded so it gets noisy. Very small waiting area. On this Friday evening peak time was 7pm. Be sure to have a reservation before attempting to eat here. We went another time at 2:45pm on. Saturday for lunch and thought we could just walk into a quiet restaurant, but it was busy even then. Families and dates in attendance.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Found this place on Yelp and had excellent views so I decided to check it out. The outside is so unassuming but when you go inside it's like an entirely different world. The service is friendly and prompt. But the star is the food and from beginning to end it was all exceptional. I tried their goat special and it was absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Highly recommend for food quality, service and value. Often need reservations around dinner hour, even on weekdays. If you have to wait, there's no bar and not much in the area for hanging out and waiting.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Outstanding restaurant. Lived up to all the excellent ratings.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

I reviewed previous comments prior to eating here. Everyone was spot on! Do not judge this book by its cover. It’s located in a very nondescript strip mall, but once you enter you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find! Food was AMAZE-BALLS, ditto for service and drinks! You owe it to yourself to eat here (often)!!!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great meal again. Stews and mazza assortment are great.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Wonderful meal -subtle spices , delicious entrees and excellent service. A gem !!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Highly recommend this resturant

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The only thing better then the fantastic food were the people who served it!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

A great restaurant and a great value. This was our fourth visit, splendid as ever.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was fabulous!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Wonderful food! It is a bit cramped, but you do forget you are in a strip mall when you are inside. The waiter told us they cannot expand in the shopping center, but it was the definite star of the strip.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Unusual flavor profiles, and refreshingly different. Small place bu very popular. Get a reservation!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I had been to this restaurant before, and love introducing it to friends. My book club friends had never gone there before and had a blast. One had been to Georgia and Tajikstan and talked about the similarity and differences between their food and Afghani food, which was very interesting.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Never had a bad meal here. Small, crowded restaurant.....family owners out talking to patrons.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was wonderful. Service was gracious but not pushy

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We've been eating at Afghan Bistro on a regular basis (perhaps 20 times) since soon after it opened and it never fails to impress us. The long menu makes it fun to order new items with each visit. Using OpenTable assures us of being seated nearly immediately as this place is becoming even more popular. The staff always quickly recognizes us and we see them treating all customers with outstanding service. The wait staff is helpful with menu selections and the kitchen can customize the food to some extent, although the regular preparation is truly hard to beat. Afghan Bistro is the reference standard for a successful small restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Excellent food with home-cooked flavors. Reservations are a must at all times since seating is very limited.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Great food. Space is a little tight. Service was excellent. It was our anniversary and my wife and I got a flute of champagne and a chocolate cake slice to split. We love going here.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Best meal my husband and I had for a long time! Will definitely come back with friends and relatives

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Aushak, Jaan-e-Mani, and Lamb Tenderloin Special cannot be beat for sharing wonderful flavors, service and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

As someone who has traveled across 5 continents, and rarely writes food reviews, eating at Afghan Bistro has changed my tune. Simply put, it was some of the best, most authentic food I've ever had. On top of incredible food, the staff is simple amazing! My partner and I went to Afghan Bistro to celebrate a joint anniversary/birthday and the staff made us feel incredibly welcomed and were super accommodating. Definitely a night for the book!. If you don't eat at Afghan Bistro you're doing yourself an incredible disservice. So what are you waiting for?

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

As always, the service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and authentic. We always enjoy meals at Afghan Bistro. We also had a great reasonably priced bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

This was the first time we succeeded in getting to the Afghan Bistro after not being able to get reservations on short notice on previous trips. Be sure to reserve in advance, and you will not be disappointed!

Amongst our group we ordered chicken, beef tenderloin, lamb, and goat. It was all cooked to perfection, with great presentation and seasoning that completed the flavor. The sides were also enjoyable, a good pairing with the entrees. The portions are hearty and a couple of us took home part of the leftovers.

This family restaurant is a great find. It is lively and always busy. It feels comfortable and the staff will take care of every need.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this place. From the quality of food, to the wonderful service we received. My friend and I had the veggie combo platters but I took the salmon and chicken kebabs home for my husband and son. Everything was beyond delicious! Will be back again and again!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Another amazing meal! Love the authentic and creative dishes. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Went here for a date & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The food is authentic & well seasoned. We did appetizers, bread, entrees & dessert. Everything was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food is simply and indisputably amazing. I feel like I should eat at Afghan Bistro every night for weeks because everything I've tried is delicious and I want to try everything . . . but I seem to order 2-3 dishes over and over again. Luckily, I dine here with friends so can steal little tastes off everyone's plate. Great service and a nice wine list.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This is my 4th visit to Afghan Bistro and it never disappoints. Food and service are excellent. Love that there is a full bar not just wine and beer.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great service, attentive staff. Wonderful tasty and healthy food.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Afgan Bistro is a Gem, I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try some delicious but different cuisine. It was AMAZING. I will definitely be returning when I come back to this area.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The food as always was perfect. The lighting, this time at lunch, was a bit institutional.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The restaurant was cozy and unpretentious, and immediately welcoming . The service was polite and helpful. The food was delicious and reminded us of authentic Middle Eastern food we experienced while living overseas. All in all, it was a very enjoyable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Incredible food. One of the best meals I’ve had in Springfield

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Delicious as usual. This was our second time - my mom and I decided to take my husband and two teenage boys. My husband is very skeptical of anything new and he walked out raving about his meal.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I had never had Afghan food before. The food was delicious. The Quroti (yogurt, ground beef, spices, etc. on top of toasted Afghan bread) was outstanding. The lamb tenderloin melted in your mouth! We will return. The service was excellent and they took the time to explain what each dish was. It is no wonder why Afghan Bistro is in the Top 10 Open Table Restaurants.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I have eaten here numerous times and have never been disappointed with anything I have ordered. The service is always pleasant and the food is always delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We love everything about Afghan Bistro!

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