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Aracosia McLean, Mc Lean, VA
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Aracosia McLean

4.9
4.9
893 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

11:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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 893 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great time with friends

    Aracosia McLeanResponded todayThank you!

  2. BK

    BKAnnapolis

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are many restaurants with good food, but a memorable meal is truly a gem. My wife and I went here for date night and we were both truly impressed. The service is fantastic. The polite staff is also very knowledgeable about the extensive menu and were quite helpful in helping us decide between entrees. The ambiance was excellent and we were even treated to live instrumental native music. On to the food. I was overwhelmed with the extensive menu. Don’t fill up on the super tasty Afghan bread ( that has just the right texture) and sauces that are complimentary as you will regret not having room for the amazing dishes. The spices are amazing if you go the sweet, savory, or spicy route. While the menu has menu meat based entree, there are many vegetarian options as well. A+

    Aracosia McLeanResponded todayThank you for your feedback and kind words! We appreciate you taking the time to write to us! We hope to see you again soon!

  3. A

    Achillea

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional evening at Aracosia. I had what I believe to be the tastiest vegetarian fare I’ve ever had. Dined outside on a warm and muggy evening and was very comfortable due to the excellent circulation. Inside was also lovely.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded todayWe are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our vegetarian options as well as our patio. Thank you for your kind words and support!

  4. EL

    ElizabethL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service is really wonderful. I would go back again and again.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded todayThank you for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

  5. C

    Chanawashdc

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is wonderful, the service is great. An altogether lovely place for lunch or dinner. Although the menu at first seems "meat-centric", there are some very good vegetarian dishes. Desserts are not too sweet and are a great finish to a meal. Reservations for dinner are recommended especially on Friday or Saturday.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded todayThank you for taking the time to write about your experience. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything!

  6. a

    andydc

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always consistently excellent in every way. Never a bad choice

    Aracosia McLeanResponded todayThank you for your kind words and support!

  7. JT

    JustinT

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is creative and top notch. Iman and Hassan display unsurpassed hospitality. Aracosia is a delightful gem in McLean!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days agoThank you for your kind words, we appreciate your support!

  8. M

    Melisa

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistent with food quality & taste although I noticed a slightly smaller portion. Service was excellent & pleasant. Arcosia is always a flavorful dining experience!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 6 days agoThank you, Melisa!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 7 days agoThank you!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The food is amazing.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 7 days agoThank you!

  11. C

    Cindy

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has always been very consistent. The food is ALWAYS good (great) and the service level is outstanding.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 7 days agoThank you, Cindy! We're happy to hear that you have enjoyed all of your experiences with us!

  12. F

    Foodynista

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is so good and server incredibly nice

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you, we are happy to hear that you were well taken care of during you visit with us!

  13. AC

    AC2Cents

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing. Best lamb shanks in the area! Bread was awesome as well & we had really good service from our waiter. Highly recommended for get togethers or occasions 😀

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 7 days agoThank you! We're glad that you enjoyed our food and service! We hope to see you on your next special occasion or gathering!

  14. GS

    GrandmaS

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third visit and I look forward to the next time. Excellent experience in every respect.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for being our loyal guest, we look forward to your next visit as well!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was fantastic and service very personable. Will be back for sure.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you!

  16. B

    Barbaraj

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. The staff is always kind and helpful and the food is wonderful.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for your kind words and support!

  17. H

    Henwin

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    We love Aracosia in McLean. Eating outside is very nice and it's quiet. Service was a bit slow after the meal concluded and getting our check. Other than that, A-OK.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for your feedback and thank you for dining with us, we're glad that you enjoy our restaurant!

  18. P

    Pammy

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    They need new table cloths … the rubber ones caused our drinks to stick … cutlery as well. Food was excellent … Waiter was rushing us even though we arrived early for our 6:45 pm reservation. I would come back but maybe try another location.
  19. F

    Firsttime

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit. Although we've never had Afghan food before, it was an interesting and delicious adventure. We had the sampler lunch for 2 and every plate was great. Highly recommended.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for joining us, we're glad to hear that it was a great experience!

  20. SC

    ScottC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Afghan cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. Good for a date or a celebration.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you for your kind words and support!

  21. XX

    XXXX

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although the cost is high, it seems to be the case at all good restaurants. The food is really good.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you, we're glad that you enjoyed our food!

  22. TW

    TimothyW

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, with a wide ranging menu that should satisfy most diets and tastes. Friendly, helpful service and a good webpage. Our party included both elderly and immune-compromised folk, but we felt comfortable because the restaurant clearly followed their Covid protocols with masked staff and outside dining. We will be back!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you, we are glad that you felt comfortable and enjoyed our food! We look forward to your next visit!

  23. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent, good service and excellent tasting food. We have eaten both inside and outside, it is nice to have the option. We will continue to come here for delicious food and pleasant staff!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your experiences and that you will be joining us again!

  24. J

    Jett

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service and the outdoor seating is wonderful.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 8, 2022Thank you for your kind words!

  25. B

    Babak

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cue the music, dim the lights, gather round the ones you love, you are now ready to hear about the experience that was Aracosia in McLean. From the moment you step in, and hear the live Sitar being played you know you are in for a special night. From the beautiful stained-glass lamps, art, and spices coating the air with aromatics that will quickly transport you to a setting that is only experienceable with a long flight. You quickly forget you went out for dinner in Mclean, but rather to the mindset of going back in time to the family dinner table regardless of where you were raised. Every recipe, perfected through decades of mothers passing their knowledge, passion, and love for sharing food from generation to generation. The staff, knowledgeable, not only about the details and complexity of the dishes they grew up on but also of the artwork on the walls and the significance of the Rumi quotes found throughout the restaurant. It can only be described as coming back home after being gone for a long time. To say our party was welcomed and treated like family would be tragic understatement. That night, people, and experience will always remain and be a very special place. Food this good (the lamb and veal were both among the best bites of food I have ever had) will not remain a hidden gem alas’, I will be back and often while I can. I recommend the family style tasting, you are going to want to try it all. Not a single negative thing can be said about this place and more so the people committed to running it with the same passion, love, and integrity they were originally taught…. It’s perfect every time and nothing less would be acceptable by them. I am not nearly gifted with my words or photography as they are with their food, you will simply have to go for yourself. Enjoy your experience, it will be memorable.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 8, 2022Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so glad that you and your loved ones felt welcomed and enjoyed your experience with us! We appreciate your kind words and support! See you again soon!

  26. JA

    JulietteA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We loved the blend of spices and herbs. Absolutely delicious. Very friendly staff. We will be going back.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022We're glad that you enjoyed our food and hospitality! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again!

  27. R

    Reynolds

    Washington DC

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful addition to McLean which has badly needed good restaurants for years. Wonderful in every respect....

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you, we're glad that you enjoyed our salmon! We appreciate your kind words and support!

  28. y

    yassqu33n

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s difficult to find authentic Afghani food in an upscale, modern setting. Aracosia does it brilliantly. Decorations are tasteful, ambient music is soothing, staff are knowledgeable about the food and accommodating of food allergies. Cocktails are terrific. Highly recommend; outdoor seating is fun with string lights and drapes on the patio and indoor dining is quieter but still fun.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review, we appreciate your support!

  29. JT

    JamesT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I really enjoy dining at Aracosia McLean. The restaurant is lovely and the outdoor space is a also a good place to sit. Staff is attentive & gracious. The food is exotic. The staff is very understanding re exchanging carbs [rice] for veggies.
  30. JM

    JeffM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, friendly and excellent service!
  31. o

    opiumkanobi

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience with flavors that elevate different taste buds in your mouth. Once you get seated, they provide you with complimentary flatbread and four different types of chutneys that vary in spiciness. We loved all of them: dill avocado, mango, tamarind, and chili. We ordered the dumpling assortment for the appetizer, that had leek/scallion, butternut squash, and spicy beef dumplings. All were very fresh and flavorful, especially dipping them in the different chutneys. We also ordered the lamb chop and tenderloin and saffron chicken for our entrees and they were oh so delicious. I loved how they use different spices that activated unused flavor receptors in my mouth--my mouth was having a party. The decor inside the restaurant displayed traditional art and I especially found the quotes from Rumi on the wall very thought-provoking and inspirational.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you for taking the time to write us! We're so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience and that you appreciated our love for Rumi!

  32. DI

    DIMAA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service. Regular customer and will continue to invite friends over there for great meals

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 3, 2022Thank you for being our loyal guest! We appreciate your kind words and support!

  33. AK

    AmandaK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and food!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you for your kind words!

  34. F

    Flashattack

    Washington DC

    301 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    301 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Nice reception and table but the restaurant was too warm. It was high 90s for outside temperature. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was authentic and delicious. We'll be back when the weather is milder.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 2, 2022Thank you for your support and feedback! We look forward to seeing you again!

  35. B

    Bronlev

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just as good as advertised. Excellent dishes. Good service. Parking is easy in a free garage with an elevator direct to the restaurant.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and that you found ease with parking!

  36. JV

    JVanWS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, generally good prices. They have added tapas-style dishes, but the two of us split an appetizer and a stew. That was plenty. After dinner we also split a dessert. The wine prices are pretty steep. Our waitress was good, but overworked. We had to wait for a few items a little longer than it should have taken.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 30, 2022Thank you for your support and feedback. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our food!

  37. k

    kiddif

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful as usual!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 30, 2022Thank you!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful ambience and delicious food

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 30, 2022Thank you, we're glad that you enjoyed it!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service. I’ll def be going back!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 30, 2022Thank you for celebrating with us! We're glad that you enjoyed your meal with us!

  40. c

    ccc1978

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, well-prepared and a very interesting and varied menu. Lots of great choices. Excellent service. One of the best restaurants in the area!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 30, 2022Thank you for your kind words!

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 893 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
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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