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Aracosia McLean

4.9
363 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 363 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Susan
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dumplings are great. Recommend Ryehaan veal quormas.

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vipMoniqueT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is very attentive and service was great. Food was prepared and presented well. Portions on mixed grill plate were small but the food was tasty. Bread and assortment of chutneys was also good. Ambiance was nice inside as well as the outdoor dining area.

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janice
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would highly recommend with friends.

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PhylD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia is such a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in McLean. The food and service is wonderful. Can’t wait to go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely evening - very gracious and welcoming manager.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared appitizers and it was more than enough.

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vipVistor
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Our first time back to Aracosia McLean since the pandemic started, although we've enjoyed their carry out several times. The outdoor dining is set up very well. Food and service are excellent. Aracosia has maintained its high level of quality through a difficult time. Highly recommended.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating of our family and provided very good service, menu suggestions, and quality tasty food.

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vipGailL
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother's Day experience

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vipSallyT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed yet again the excellent food and professional and friendly service! The friends we introduced to the restaurant were amazed!

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Toothsleuth
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside with another couple under the heaters and had a lovely meal. The service was excellent and the food and wine, too. The flavors are amazing and Managerment always does a good job to try and make their customers comfortable.

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DrMyles7
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. I will be back for another dish.

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hochienminh
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Pleasant venue. Selections for meat eaters and vegetarians. Convenient free parking. Good baclava. Good coffee. Reasonable prices. Nice selection of wines including by the glass. Good portobello mushrooms. Indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate COVID 19 concerns. Nicely and tastefully laid out and decorated. Not overly friendly.

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vipwamstad
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience and everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great addition to downtown McLean dining scene.

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vipAnyaT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lately, our absolute favorite. Nothing wrong, everything quite perfect. Will go again whenever we can. I like lamb, and they have the best lamb dishes I could find in the area so far. Lots and lots of other options of course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal and service!

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GwendolynSarah
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience dining at Aracosia McLean! The staff, cuisine, decor, ambiance and careful attention to serving safely during a pandemic were exemplary! I can't wait to return.

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vipChugs
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We took advantage of the outdoor seating. Unfortunately, we were near the elevator & people would stand around as they got off. In general, although the tables were spaced out, there were often people standing or passing close by our table. I appreciate the restaurant is trying, but I did nit feel comfortable with so many people close together.

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vipJulie
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary as well as our first time at a restaurant post-COVID, and could not have picked a better place. Excellent food and ambiance, as always!

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JonathanK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish, from appetizer to dessert, was a winner. Not the cheapest restaurant meal around, but one of the best.

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vipQtime
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious ordered hot maza assortment appetizer which gave us the opportunity to try different items. Beef lentil and chickpea stew with pumpkin dumplings was excellent comfort food. Chicken Sabrina lawman was also very good. Qabuli Palou with lamb was excellent. Husband had baklava , 4 different pieces all excellent. He’s picky about his baklava, Rice pudding is ok, won’t order again though, firni a pudding was ok, son only ate half. Overall meal was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is very good

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vipEvelyn
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Noted large windows which when have been to restaurant before at night.... now in daytime, were not clean and definitely took away from restaurant appeal. Plastic (maybe for Covid protection ) table coverings unappealing.

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MadDog
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great choice for Afghan food in a quiet setting with delicious food and a nice wine list and great service.

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SusanS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sampler platter has lots to fill you up and is delicious.

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vipjomurray
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was wonderful.

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Herbert
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is larger and has more ambience than its sister restaurant on Macarthur Blvd in DC. The food is also delicious and tastefully presented. We enjoyed the lamb rib chops (Chopan) kebabs with saffron rice and potatoes. The outdoor patio with canopy is also a blessing in these COVID times.

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vipB20817
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and a wonderful lunchtime experience.

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Songbird
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. I made a reservation to sit outside for a lunch meeting, and both my guest and I ordered the Spicy Risotto with Eggplant and Butternut Squash. The presentation was beautiful, the flavors were unique and delicious, and the portion size was perfect.

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vipCarenE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great find! I live in Alexandria and Aracosia is not close (in McLean) but it is such a culinary experience that I have traveled to it and have introduced it to others. The food is wonderful as is the service. And, the outside seating is lovely and intimate. I love the Afghan cuisine, but for those less adventurous, there are other wonderful options. Do yourself a favor and visit Aracosia.

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vipVictoriaR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in 3 weeks, wonderful as usual.

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ChristineM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to spot for business lunches and dinners and never fails to wow everyone.

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Hmm1018
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia was absolutely delicious! We loved the ambiance, our server was super sweet and helpful, and once we ordered the food was out within 10 minutes! It was delicious, flavorful, and huge, we will be coming back to Aracosia frequently!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always- excellent food and wonderful outdoor ambience with nice heaters and a protected outdoor space. It always feels like an escape to an exotic place when I eat here!

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DianeL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and lots of choices on the menu. We have three kids under 10. Even the kids menu was good with salmon that the 10 yr old loved. Great staff easy location and the restaurant was quiet Will definitely go back

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DeborahA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and definitely a new staple to our dining out repertoire. Excellent all the way around!

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StevenG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After hearing about Aracosia from a number of friends we had dinner there on a weekday evening. Although the indoor dining area was busy, distancing was great and from a Covid perspective, everything felt safe.

The star of the evening was the food. I rarely, if ever, say I want to become a regular at any restaurant. Aracosia is most definitely an exception. The appetizer of potato and leek dumplings was light and crisp. Not a hint of oil. We shared two stews, one a yogurt base, the other a tomato base. Both were well seasoned and delicious. Being new to Afghani cuisine, our choices were guided by our waiter who made us feel welcome as soon as we were seated.

Service was attentive, but not intrusive.

Definitely going to become a regular here!

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vipYousofF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an Iftar dinner that went fantastic, as usual.

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 363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.