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Aracosia McLean, Mc Lean, VA
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Aracosia McLean

4.9
4.9
1144 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

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

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

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What 1,144 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

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  1. WS

    WillaS

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal! We will definately be back with friends. They have an entire vegan menu as well as the regular one so there is a great selection no matter what. We were delighted with this find!
  2. MY

    MYSC

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a wonderful dinner at Aracosia (first trip for both of us and certainly won't be our last), from the host's warm welcome, to service that was solicitous without being overbearing, to the outstanding vegetarian flight each of us had. The flight, which was a special, allowed us to sample a terrific array of vegetables that included lentils, squash, eggplant, okra, chickpeas and greens, complemented by saffron rice with raisins and julienned carrots. We loved it, and generous portions meant each of us took home plenty of leftovers. I look forward to a return trip and will happily recommend to others.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 1 day agoThank you for your kind review! We are glad that you enjoyed our vegetarian flight! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  3. JS

    JSB4

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. Perfect for a date night.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 1 day agoThank you for your kind words!

  4. LY

    LucyY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic! Everything from cocktails to dessert (and cardamom tea!) was beautifully prepared. A real gem of NOVA—will be back!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 7 days agoThank you, Lucy! We are so glad that you and your loved ones enjoyed your celebration with us! We look forward to your next visit!

  5. J

    Janem

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service! We love this restaurant! This time we did not love our table. It was a cold spot, under a bright light. The ambience was lost. Won't deter us from coming back but will be more specific about the table position.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for writing us! We are sorry to hear about your discomfort and we appreciate your feedback. Please let us know your preference of seating for your next reservation so we can accommodate something more comfortable for you.

  6. HW

    HWill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent on all counts! Really enjoyed the live music!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you! We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

  7. VD

    VishalD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Overall the quality of food was good. The service could have been better.
  8. L

    jennaL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service in a warm, cozy environment. I love everything about this place!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you, Jenna! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us!

  9. m

    moneypenny

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved Aracosia! It’s feels like you have been welcomed as a special guest at someone’s house. And the whole family has been waiting for weeks to get ready for you so they do everything they can to make it the best visit ever. Food was absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you! That's exactly the feeling we strive for our guests to feel! We are glad that you enjoyed and we look forward to welcoming you back.

  10. TQ

    TheQueen

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Aracosia. All the food I have sampled is outstanding and the menu items endless. It's the restaurant to go to in McLean.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for your kind words and support!

  11. BC

    BabaCele

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great restaurant but hair in food is a no no 4.5 instead of 5
  12. AK

    AKR5360

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit to this location and for some in our family, the first time enjoying Afghan cuisine. Fortunately we were looked after by Ms. Zainab who is part owner and manager. She expertly guided us through the menu. The dumplings were a great hit. Will be visiting more often. If you are new to Afghan cuisine, go and let Zainab and her team guide you.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 25, 2023Thank you for dining with us! We are very happy to hear that Zainab took great care of you during your visit! We appreciate your kind words and support!

  13. VK

    ValerieK

    Washington DC

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!!!! And our waiter Cameron (??) Conrad (??) tall and young was fantastic! Thank you for pacing the meal out as worked for our group and for the repetitive filling of water glasses!!!!! Love love love it there!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 24, 2023Thank you, Valerie! We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

  14. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, great service. Our server was friendly and suggested a couple of items on the menu. Clearly a close team overall

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you, Mark! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our hospitality!

  15. JT

    JackieT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional and the food was wonderful

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you for your kind words and support, Jackie!

  16. AM

    ArtM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. -- Had the mini taste. I can't wait till the next visit. The bar service is great as well - made the perfect Sidecar

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 20, 2023Thank you for your kind words and support! We are glad that you enjoyed our mini taste.

  17. VA

    VAVintner

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 20, 2023Thank you!

  18. D

    Drew

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible, dynamic in deliciousness. I will be back!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you, Drew! We look forward to your next visit.

  19. TG

    TysonsGirl

    Washington DC

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Aracosia always provides a pleasant experience, with friendly servers and superb food. Huge menu offers a wide variety of meat and vegetarian dishes, and spice (heat) level is indicated. Chicken and rice with greens is excellent, and the butternut squash appetizer is also good. The baklava dessert is delicious - on the dry side, so you can taste the nuts and pastry instead of being overwhelmed with gooey honey.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you! We are happy to hear that you enjoy dining with us! We appreciate your kind words and support!

  20. VD

    VishalD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great evening with family and amazing food, and wonderful service. Our server served us amazing appetizer and desert on- house. Every time we dine, we want to go back.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you very much for your kind words and support!

  21. R

    Roberta

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Aracosia with dear friends and discovered delicious, plentiful, and creative dining. We enjoyed a beautiful blend of spices and new tastes. The service was excellent. We’ll be back.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you for your kind words! We are happy that you and your friends enjoyed dining with us and we look forward to your next visit.

  22. b

    beeindc

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food, love the staff. Everyone goes above and beyond to make the experience lovely

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 12, 2023Thank you for your kind words and support! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience!

  23. B

    Bonbahn

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Prix Fixe lunch special with wonderful lentil dish, chicken fillet with vegetable seasoning, veal with eggplant, lamb chops and tenderloin. Delicious. Service was polite, attentive and charming. Only the dry and flavorless baklava dessert was disappointing, but I’m Greek and that’s a minor quibble. Can’t wait to return.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 12, 2023Thank you! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our lunch special and that our hospitality/service was efficient! We appreciate your support and feedback! We will look into the baklava issue!

  24. S

    Shirley

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aracosia never disappoints. The food is superb, the helpings plentiful, the staff polite, and the setting lovely. Whenever we have friends visit from out of town, that is our go-to place. Whenever our family wants a really enjoyable family dinner, we think of Aracosia. Five Stars.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you for your kind words! We are glad that you enjoy bringing new guests to dine with us, we appreciate your support!

  25. j

    jack

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal. It was our first time at the McLean location, but eat regularly at the Springfield location and love the food there too. The restaurant was warm and inviting, the music was at the right level to add to the ambiance, the decoration, the service and the meal itself were all amazing. We will be going back. We are inside, but there is outside seating that looked nice, but still a January night indoors was the call for us.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you, Jack! We are glad that you have been able to dine with us at multiple locations and enjoy them both! We look forward to your next visit!

  26. AE

    AlbertE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a relatively large party of 8 and the management was extremely accommodating as we had increased the number of people the day before. We were seated almost immediately and the service was really great. Food was truly amazing. We will be back, and often. Thank you!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you and your party for joining us! We are happy to hear that you were able to relax and enjoy your experience!

  27. AT

    AnyaT

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in the whole DMV area. Reliably excellent food, pleasant atmosphere, good taste all around in every sense of the word. We invited a few couples there on different occasions, and all thanked us and said that Aracosia McLean was now their favorite!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you, Anya! We are honored to be considered one of your favorites! We appreciate your kind words and support!

  28. S

    Svanvan

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m such a regular, that speaks for itself! Impossible to have a bad meal or less than stellar service.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you so much! We appreciate your support! Happy new year!

  29. NA

    NArlDiner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Aracosia lives up to its considerable reputation. The food is excellent, and the service is attentive without hovering. Highly recommend.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you for your kind words! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us!

  30. 1

    10sace

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. This is my "Cheers", now I know how Norman feels. One of my favorite restaurants.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you, we are honored to be considered one of your favorites! We look forward to your next visit!

  31. NB

    NBethesdaDiner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A menu with something for everyone -- vegetarians, meat-lovers and in between. Delicious Afghan seasonings, with due respect for vegetables. Attentive service with attention to allergies. Convenient parking next to restaurant.
  32. a

    arpegio

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Afghani food at its best. Lamb shank and chops and side dishes all excel. Quite rich in spices. Great beer and wine. Wonderful location and welcoming.
  33. JW

    JerriW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers were very polite and prompt. There was a limited menu for New Year's Eve but that didn't matter. The dishes we ordered were delicious and plentiful. The courses felt a little rushed with one course coming immediately after the previous one was done. This was probably due to the expected holiday rush since we ate in the early evening. We will definitely eat here again.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 10, 2023Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We look forward to your next visit with us! Happy new year!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great ambience

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you!

  35. J

    Jessica

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose a tasting menu and it was amazing. Their cocktails are also delicious, specifically their cocktail with cardamom syrup.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you, Jessica! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our tasting menu as well as our cocktails!

  36. SS

    ScottS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Expected more based on all the positive reviews. This was similar to Indian food but less flavorful. Lots of varieties on the menu.. tried the sampler to get a feel for a number of items. Desserts were mediocre as well. We were put in a private room which was excellent. This place is good to try but not sure I’d be returning anytime soon.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here and it’s an amazing experience every time. Our waiter Hussein made sure that the evening went perfectly. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you very much! We are happy to hear that Hussein took great care of you during your visit! We appreciate your support!

  38. A

    Annie

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aracosia is one of our favorites. Always great.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you, Annie! We are glad you enjoy dining with us!

  39. m

    msdillo

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place has wonderful food. Try the quroti, the chicken laarwan and the aushak. We ate there for lunch and the price was very reasonable.
  40. B

    Barden

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The lamb shank lunch plate was outstanding. It was enhanced with the warm bread and dips.

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 4.9 stars by 1144 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

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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