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Aracosia McLean, Mc Lean, VA
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Aracosia McLean

4.8
4.8
942 Reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Our newest restaurant, Aracosia McLean, is the sister restaurant to Bistro Aracosia in DC, and Afghan Bistro in Springfield VA.

Tom Sietsema of The Washinton Post has acknowledged Afghan Bistro as “The area's best Afghan Restaurant”.
Yelp's top 100 restaurants in The US awarded Afghan Bistro the honor of 3rd best in the country.

Bistro Aracosia has been acknowledged by Forbes magazine as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians, and awarded The Washingtonian's "100 best restaurants".
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins.
Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade cuts of meat and the freshest produce. Food at Aracosia is prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSGs or preservatives are used, nor do we cook anything with nuclear such as microwaves and pre-made stations.
Full Bar, extensive Wine and Beer menu.
Come and experience authentic afghan cuisine.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan

  • Phone number

    (703) 269-3820

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Catering

    Please contact us at 703-269-3820

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Cross street

    1381 Beverly Rd, Elm Street

  • Parking details

    Public garage, we are located on the second floor.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mini Taste of Aracosia

    $44.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Are you struggling to decide what you want for dinner tonight? You can have it all with this amazing spread of our favorite dishes. We call it "Mini Taste of Aracosia", it includes three of our qormas (stews), two of our marinated meats, two variations of basmati rice and four of our roasted vegetables.

Popular dishes

What 942 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

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  1. CS

    ChristopherS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a delightful evening. The food and service are always great.
  2. AH

    AnneH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary and had a lovely time at Aracosia in every way.
  3. CE

    ChrisE

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and service were fine but outdoor seating was uncomfortably hot. Eat inside in the summer.
  4. GR

    GloriaR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as always and exceptional service. One of the best restaurants in the area. The dumplings (all three types!) are so delicious!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hussein and everyone were amazing to start. The food was truly unbelievable. I have worked extensively in the Middle East and can say this is hands down the best Afghan restaurant in the area.
  6. EB

    EvaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly and efficient. All staff extremely friendly. Food was fabulous!
  7. P

    Pquat22

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite place for my family. Great food, service and love the outdoor seating.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and food!
  9. i

    italianfoodie

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding in every way. The service was exceptional. And not “COVID-era” exceptional. The food was delicious. Everything was made to order. We had the dumpling sampler. They were all wonderful and so light. Two in our party had stews. I had the lamb tenderloin. The stews were flavorful and beautifully prepared. The lamb tenderloin was seasoned perfectly and cooked exactly as I had requested. We will be back for sure.
  10. GS

    GrandmaS

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    McLean restaurant ideal for lunch/dinner with friends or special occasion. Large menu for all taste and needs. Delicious Afghan inspired food. Outstanding service. Tables available both inside and outside on a covered terrace.
  11. D

    Dnewmason

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is top tier and the food is excellent.
  12. WS

    WilliamS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food with awesome service!
  13. JT

    JustinT

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic family owned & operated Afghan restaurant in the heart of McLean. The ethnic food is uniquely delicious, melding a variety of flavors (e.g., pumpkin dumplings with meat sauce!). Extensive wine list, delightful decor, and friendly, attentive staff all result in a great dining experience. A special shout-out to the warm and engaging host Hassan. Aracosia is not to be missed!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was extremely helpful and friendly! Food was really good! I took my first date there who I’ve been talking to for a while, and she really enjoyed some of the vegan platters that they had on their menu.
  15. LM

    LocalMcLean

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. The food and service were excellent.
  16. YF

    YogiFoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Aracosia's staff, food and ambience is like a warm embrace from a a dear friend. They make every visit feel like a special occassion - I can't wait to get back!
  17. M

    Misnick

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great for gluten free and dairy free. Service was awesome. Food is excellent. Will return.
  18. AD

    AlanD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Prompt, attentive service. Excellent food preparation. All staff eager to please. Outdoors yet totally secluded from rain. Overall an excellent experience.
  19. VK

    VincentK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful experience. The Veal Rumi might be my new favorite while pushing the Lamb Shank Moghuli. While the assorted turnovers were not on the menu but the staff graciously offered to make them for us. Relaxing with Friday music but quality food and constantly attentive staff made this again a superior dinning experience!
  20. P

    Plata15

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought a friend not familiar with Afghan food. Both she and I loved it!
  21. j

    jiffer99

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood gem. We keep coming back and it never disappoints.
  22. JT

    JustinT

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I love the food and the staff at Aracosia. After being greeted by warm and charming Hassan at the host stand, we prefer to sit at the bar for lunch. Bartender & server Brianna is knowledgeable about the menu and makes solid recommendations. The quality of the food is unsurpassed. We love that the business is owned by a family from Afghanistan and the women now manage the restaurant. We will return time and time again and recommend Aracosia without hesitation. It's a gem right in the heart of McLean.
  23. MM

    MavMel

    Washington DC

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the decor, and food to wait staff, Arcosia is the gold standard. We always have delicious food and patience with people of all ages is appreciated. The hardest part is to decide what food to have when you come!
  24. DO

    DarylO

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Wonderful staff. They tend to sit you closer to fellow diners than you need to be and the seem to want to turn the tables even when not at capacity. Bet a great meal nonetheless.
  25. j

    joseph

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Attentive service. Outdoor seating protected from the sun or rain.
  26. PP

    PotPanKnife

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wasn't sure what to expect but Aracosia excelled. The ambiance is wonderful - quiet for couples but busy enough for groups to be comfortable. The service is on point - attending without being overwhelming. Best of all is the food. Though we only ordered entrees, they were wonderful - the meats (lamb and beef tenderloin) were perfectly seasoned and grilled - and the rice is delicious. But of all the things I could recommend - get the okra. As a kid (like most) I hated okra, but after having had the Afghan style I began to appreciate it. Aracosia's is by far the best I've had - succulent, stewed okra in a tomato base that melts in your mouth and tastes perfect on rice and meats alike. Definitely a place to try, we will be back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outside seating was so comfortable despite the heat because they had strategically placed fans. The staff was very attentive and did a great explaining all the menus and food. Love that the restaurant offers food flights so you can experience a number of dishes. All of the dishes were incredibly tasty especially the lamb and the bread/ dips. One of the best restaurants in McLean!
  28. CJ

    CoachJ

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An awesome menu of food choices, alcoholic drinks and beers. Very attentive service and reasonable prices. Our first visit but definitely not our last!!!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for joining us, we're glad that you were well taken care of! We look forward to seeing you again!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you, we're glad that you enjoyed!

  30. PR

    PatR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. I can't wait to enjoy going there again. Delicious food, great ambiance, great wait staff, I give this 5 stars on quality, taste, and overall enjoyment

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you! We are glad to hear that you had a great experience. We also look forward for your next visit!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you!

  32. P

    Poodle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was totally lovely I took a friend for her birthday They welcomed us with champagne The lunch was Delicious Then be the icing on the top was the cake with a candle at the end of our meal A really special experience

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for celebrating with us! We're glad we could make your day special!

  33. DA

    DalalA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious. There was a great selection on the menu to please everyone - especially with dietary restrictions. Very authentic flavour and great experience.
  34. C

    Cici

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Went for the Afghan food experience. It was delicious. And the service was PERFECT. Food was delish.
  35. BL

    BelindaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place in McLean for an exceptional dinner every time. Consistently delicious and served with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff:
  36. M

    Mesa

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice restaurant, excellent service and great food! I would strongly recommend it.
  37. TI

    TomInDC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a first time visit to Aracosia, and it was simply wonderful. The food was excellent, the servers were masked (important nowadays) and the wait staff were attentive but unobtrusive. We were able to sit in a sort of open-air gallery, and tables were not crowded. The small plates were well-sized for sharing among 3 people, and the chutney selection was so good that we bought some to take home. The mixed grill was perfectly cooked, and the slow cooked stews were outstanding. Vegetable dishes shine as well. Various types of dumplings are rendered with a light hand. We can't wait to go back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    We were sweating and one of the air conditioners were not working they could have mentioned that. Seated us in a hot area. The food is good but everything else was not good. Delay in service and following up as well. We go there often but yesterday’s experience was terrible. It was a hit evening and felt like we sat in a boiler to eat dinner. They didn’t even care or pay attention even after we mentioned it to the server twice.
  39. EM

    EileenM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Aracosia is always welcoming, delicious and comfortable.
  40. s

    slhmd

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food was disappointing compared to DC Restaurant

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Aracosia McLean does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Aracosia McLean also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.

Aracosia McLean is rated 4.8 stars by 942 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Aracosia McLean

1381 Beverly Rd, Mc Lean, VA 22101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1381 Beverly Rd, Elm Street

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public garage, we are located on the second floor.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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