Afghan Bistro

4.8
510 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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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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Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant. The service was excellent and well timed. The appetizer specials were quite delicious with wonderful spices and texture. The staff are quite adept at helping make selections if you are not familiar with Afghan cuisine. Entres are quite generous and can easily be shared. Our group are hearty eaters and we each took home half of our entres; the lamb dishes are tasty, a tad over cooked so suggest ordering on the rare side, the beef and chicken dishes were seasoned to perfection and even better as left overs. Again, recommend asking for less time on the grill than more. The wine list had variety at quite reasonable prices.
Over all it was an excellent outing and will consider returning.

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AR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the best time at Afgan Bistro! Everything was perfect from the service to dessert. We loved all of the food! Overall absolutely amazing! Go and see for yourself! Make a reservation and try the pumpkin dumplings!

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dollar for dollar restaurant I've been to in several years. The food was beyond excellent and service was delightful.

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EW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding restaurant. The seating was a little cramp, but the food and service was great, which is what matters most to me. My Family and I will definitely go back. Strongly recommend making a reservation, however the food is well worth the additional effort.

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CF
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superlative meal. Everything from apps to desserts was fresh, well seasoned, and cooked to perfection.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is amazing but the location and size of the restaurant could use improvement. It's such a small restaurant in a strange out of the way shopping center. Hope they move to a larger venue someday. The food and service are incredible!

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RD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the DC area. I am never disappointed with the food or service. It is a relaxing, intimate space that sometimes has live Afghan music playing in the background.

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Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We haven’t been to Afghan since our favorite Afghan restaurant closed near Crystal City. Afghan Bistro exceeded our high expectations. The food is truly authentic, made with care and attention to detail and the service is superb. There is limited seating so a reservation is suggested. Our highest recommendation.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is normally great but this time it seemed that the quality was not there . I don’t see the family that own the place that much.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating earning my Virginia license for counseling

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saw this place listed alongside the very chic and very expensive names we’ve all heard in Great Falls, Little Washington and Georgetown on a “best overall” Open Table email. What? A strip mall in Lorton? Had to try. And was not disappointed. From the tantalizing aroma when you walk in to the very reasonable final bill, a great experience. Where else can you get pumpkin dumplings and cardamom ice cream? Huge portions, too. Atmosphere is what you’d expect from a strip mall, but who cares? Your face is buried in the delicious food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food as always!

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WL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, an outstanding meal with exquisite flavor, mouth-wateringly tender meat and heavenly vegetables. Flat bread is perfect - warm and crunchy yet tender. The four chutnies provided for dipping the bread offer deliciously contrasting flavors, each quite wonderful. We've been here several times, and each is an outstanding culinary experience.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious lamb and beef combo. Very pleasant and attentive service.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greatly e joyed the food in a quaint setting. Extremely popular but gracious owner. Omar made us feel feel like a guest in his home.

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Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time eating here. Seating is tight and the restaurant was packed. Service was very attentive. We ordered a couple of appetizers which were very good. My sister and I had the lamb special which came with a spinach dish and basmati rice, that was fabulous. My husband had the beef tenderloin and was very pleased. My brother had the goat and raved about it. Overall we had a great evening. My only suggestion would be to get a more upscale list of wines by the glass.

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there multiple times and it is consistently fantastic.

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations are a must, especially on the weekends. This is our new favorite restaurant. Everything we have ever ordered is absolutely delicious and bursting with flavor.

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is phenomenal.! I have never tasted better Afghani food in my life. The service is excellent as well. They are very well spoken and well-mannered. This place will allow you to enjoy an intimate setting with unbelievably tasty food. I highly recommend this place!

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MK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is wonderful… Warm and welcoming. The menu is diverse and excellent.

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JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined at the Afghan Bistro several times and never been disappointed. Saturdays meal was superb.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit and was again pleased with how well spiced their meals are. Service was excellent. Will definitely return. Place is small so go early. 1st visit was later in the evening ~8 pm and very crowded but 2nd visit was @ 430 pm and not as crowded.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service! Reservations recommended. It's an intimate spot with limited seating, and it fills up fast. At 5pm on a Friday, it was almost at capacity. Definitely returning with family!

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NB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fabulous meal. We had the lamb shank, beef shank, and lamb tenderloin. The lentil and rice were perfectly flavored to accompany the entrees.

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TL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal and experience that seems to get even better with each visit.

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JH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, this is the best Afgan food in Northern Virginia. They have a 2nd...larger restaurant near McArthur Blvd in DC. Bistro Aracosia.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afghan Bistro never disappoints. Though I continue to be a bit dismayed about how close the tables are and how small the dining area is, the food and service bring us back time and time again. Larger tables with more space in between and a larger dining room would make this place perfect!

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service every time! I recommend this place every chance I get.

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ED
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have brought many friends here and all agree with me that the food is wonderful.

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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect meal, as usual! They have the best beef tenderloin kabobs ever!!! And allowed to customize the meal for the Julienne carrots and raisins. Good wine selection.

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Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Lived up to all the excellent ratings.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal again. Stews and mazza assortment are great.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Highly recommend this resturant

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