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.
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Fantastic gem in McLean! Outdoor dining and very safe. Service and food were outstanding. Interesting flavors and variety of dishes. Go!
We’d been to this location once before the COVID closures and had done carry out as well because their cuisine is exceptional, even outstanding. This visit cements our respect not only for their food but for their extraordinary efforts to assure a safe environment for diners and staff alike. Using the breezeway outside their entrance is charming, providing distance and a cooling airflow even in hot weather. We’ll be returning often.
Terrific spot- have really made the most of their available outdoor space and created a charming space.
Food is delicious, I had lamb tenderloin and deserts are amazing!
This is one of the best restaurants in DC.
The lamb tenderloin kabob and eggplant side are sublime!
The food is always amazing and the service is unbeatable. McLean is so lucky to have Aracosia in the neighborhood - the only good restaurant in the area.
The service and foo DC were outstanding.
Wonderful Afghan food in the heart of McLean. Everything was very flavorful, generous portions, and cooked to perfection. They are doing a great job of making outdoor dining a great experience in the midst of this pandemic.
Aracosia McLean is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently good, even when we have done takeout. This restaurant is beautifully decorated inside and they have a nice outside area for socially distanced dining. The staff is both attentive but respectful of our conversations. The cocktails were creative and yummy too.
Outdoor dining. Servers to many precautions. First night out since quarantine and it was safe and great
Excellent Service, Lovely Ambiance, Aromatic and Delicious Food.
We went for our 19th Anniversary to Aracosia as a first time customer. I reserved through open table noting our special occasion. Midweek they were more full than I expected given the current public health guidance, however they had a nice setup with tables at least 6 feet apart both inside and on their outside patio.
We are vegetarian and were very pleased with the options provided with pure veg offerings and modified offerings. We started with the leek and scallion dumplings which were melt in your mouth delectable. This was also accompanied by Afghan bread and four varied chutneys to test your pallet from sweet to tart and spicy. For our main course we had the spicy eggplant curry/stew and the mixed greens curry/stew. Both were lovely with some familiarity to Indian food (which we eat regularly) but different with a subtle change up in spices used. We ended with an anniversary cake and tried the rice putting and custard. All three were great way to end the evening.
We ate in their new (because of the pandemic) outdoor seating area. Anything with lamb in it is outstanding. In fact, I haven't had a disappointing meal there (or the Bistro in D.C.) in a half dozen visits.
We truly enjoyed our lunch. The lunch was so delicious that I don’t think there was a bite left. We ended up hanging out a bit and ordered dinner to go. This is a great place for a date, family dinner or just hanging out with your friends. They have a fun menu of cocktails too.
Father's Day lunch was impeccable . We had 7 quest, the food came out timely, the bartender made a special martini that blew our minds. Our Server was just delightful and attentive. She was patient with my party and explained the menu and answered all our questions pleasantly. This is my favorite restaurant and we will be back. Thank you for making my daddy's fathers day special.
Very good food, but terrible service - and we were the only people in the restaurant.
Wonderful to have such a hospitable and accessible restaurant at any time, but especially during the pandemic. The food is delicious, the service impeccable.
We ate outside- felt very safe eating there. Had a wonderful
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Excellent food! The lamb kabob was the best I have ever had. The eggplant dish that came with it was sublime.
Staff were welcoming and polite. Food was amazing and very good portions. Outdoor seating was much nicer than expected and in the shade. We shared the mixed Hot Mezza appetizer, my wife had Saffron Chicken and I had the Veal Lawaan. We could not finish, but we definitely took the rest home. A new favorite place!
A very nice meal with varied food choices and multiple self-selected levels of spice temperature. Hot Mazza platter, lamb chops, kabobs and mango mousse cake were delicious and the service was attentive and very pleasant.
Food and service was excellent!!
Some of the best food we have ever tasted! The Michelin folks need to eat here. So, so, so delicious.
Nice ambiance and atmosphere, very attentive service. The food was excellent in flavor and presentation.
The food was amazing, and the staff was friendly and attentive. I got the Qabuli Combination Platter, which was delicious. We will definitely go back!
We’d been to Afghan Bistro many times and were happy to see another branch open for this wonderful restaurant. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Service is impeccable. We hope that all of their locations survive the pandemic and we can celebrate the end of it by dining there regularly when this is all over.
Wonderful restaurant. Happy it opened in McLean.
The service here was outstanding - and the food was amazing. The portions are large - dinner was more than enough for a second meal!
Can’t wait to return.
Tasty entrees, good size portions, the dumplings were outstanding! Service excellent too, such a nice surprise in McLean which has lacked anything exciting for years.
Loved it. Great ambiance. Outstanding service. To die for food. Fun drinks with cardamom. Must try pumpkin dumpling appetizers. Entries --- kabobs, lamb and salmon --- all exquisite. Able to have a wonderful conversation. Celebrated birthday and ended up trying 4 of their cakes - each better than the other.
Aracosia McLean made our anniversary very special! Thank you ! The food was a-m-a -z-i-n-g!
I am thrilled that they opened in McLean and clearly so are many others. The food is outstanding and the service superb. They aim to please - and do so. Reservations are a must. Highly recommended.
The menu is the same as Bistro Aracosia in DC, but the same dishes are not prepared as well. My dumplings came at room temp when they are suppose to be hot ! Also the mixed grill platter was very small for two and the meats were chewy & tough. However the salmon on the platter was very good, but a tiny portion. The kitchen needs to be better staffed to prepare the food well. Work on it Aracosia, because we need a top restaurant in McLean !
Very slow lunch service. 45 minutes for lunch to arrive after ordering. Waiter was not attentive.
This is our favorite restaurant in McLean. We have been several times since they opened and love it. The welcoming service, fabulous food and decor of the restaurant make it a special place.
A fantastic addition to the McLean dining scene!!
Wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this place. Saw it was new and was worried about the reviews but it was 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻. Definitely worth giving it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s really fun to have a decent restaurant in McLean. The food was delicious. The service very attentive and courteous. It was a little loud but might have been because of the patrons sitting next to us. We’ll be back.. again and again!
Great array of interesting dishes with good stand-out seasoning, which all in our party enjoyed very much.
Our second visit. Outstanding all around. We will continue to dine at Aracosia McLean.
Aracosia McLean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.
Aracosia McLean is rated 4.8 stars by 140 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.