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Aracosia McLean

4.9
416 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 416 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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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with a couple of our friends and the food was amazing!!! Can’t wait to go back. All around great experience

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PatriciaL
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful place to celebrate or simply to dine.

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EricS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic service, prompt thoughtful excellent and expedient while somehow remaining unobtrusive. the kind of service you expect from a classy four-star restaurant.
food was Par Excellence, very mindfully prepared; fresh ingredients expertly prepared with terrific taste and great texture. Very good value; for this extremely high-quality food and great service, they could get away with charging much more. as it is, the value is terrific.

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Barbaraj
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had take out previously during COVID. But tonight we were seated outside on a pleasant evening. The service was terrific and the food superb. Never had to ask for water refilled or dishes collected and staff checked in periodically. We will definitely be back!

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NealF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Beautiful location . Will return

CA
CherylA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at this local gem is just superb. I am delighted they survived the lockdown. We loved the area of outside seating!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All three dishes we ordered (and shared) were absolutely delicious and the portions were generous. It's food you just can't cook at home. And the service was wonderful. We will be back.

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CaseyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being married to an Afghan, whose parents still make delicious Afghan meals, I can say this place's Afghan food was very good. My husband even commented on how good the food was. This is definitely a place we would return too.

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ChristineM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to spot for business lunch or dinner. Food is amazing service great.

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vipMelWill
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent dinner with superior service by Jack.

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vip10sace
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is very well prepared and nicely presented. The service and ambiance is outstanding. Great place whether you like meat, chicken or you are a vegetarian. My only regret is that there are not more sea food entrées, other than just salmon.

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curlygurly
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and service couldn't have been better. They were
very accommodating. Will definitely return.

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DelM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best lamb chop I have ever had! I will definitely be bringing friends and family back to enjoy this wonderful restaurant.

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WorlddinersX2
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 2nd visit here, introducing friends who also either lived in Kabul or have an interest in the country and its people. We enjoyed the delicious food and appreciated the excellent service. We will return 👍
We have eaten at the DC restaurant several times. Always a treat!

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vipsuzQ
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a well-appointed setting. They made our celebratory occasion more special with a drink on the house!

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vipLarry
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent dishes, richly flavored, including lamb in various forms and intriguing dumplings you won't find elsewhere. Friendly service and, for those of us still wary of indoor dining, there's a nicely covered-but-open-to-the-air outdoor area. (Plus free parking on-site and where do you get that anymore?)

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vipGSmith
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. Would highly recommend to others. Will be coming back.

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ElisabethG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitor. Can’t say enough good things. Food was absolutely amazing and the drink were equally amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and quite the comedian too. Will absolutely return!

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vipohhdines
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, beyond my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was good. Will definitely return!

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vipEnglishNYer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing new location in McLean. We had 3 qorma dishes and all were delicious. There is a great atmosphere inside as well as extensive outdoor seating with character. Wine selection is also fantastic, will definitely go again.

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BrigidH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is delicious and the service lovely.

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ScottF
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Afghan food. For a moment I was back in Bagram-

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vipFrequentEater
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great! Had a wonderful COVID relief dinner out. So nice to finely be able to catch up with friends

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AnthonyH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband felt the portion for the filet mignon menu was a tad small; however very taasteful.
Loved the bread with the spicy sauces and the pumpkin dumplings with the butternut squash. YUM!

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PaulA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and a service in this restaurant is fantastic. Highly recommend for all occasions.

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CamilleS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Aracosia. Thank you!

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TatianaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Iman was amazing! The food is excellent and was brought to our table quickly. Would definitely recommend. As a vegetarian, I also appreciated the extensive options. Usually restaurants might have an item or 2 but they had a ton of excellent options.

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vipBrad
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. What else can you ask for?

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vipSamW
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Unfortunately, the outside eating area was very noisy - diners had little consideration for other guests.

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Lynda
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Decided to try bistro-aracosia in McLean after having had an outstanding meal at the one in DC a couple years ago. I found the food to be fair. The service and the outdoor dining experience were nice.

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Kate9
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely lunch & our server was most patient with us while we reminisced after not seeing each other for more than a year snd a half.

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vip10sace
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to. Great service and ambiance. Love eatingat Aracosia.

BY
BarbaraY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in a restaurant since we can now eat out!

JT
JordanT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding restaurant with a wonderful outside section that has the most comfortable chairs!

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SharonE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Aracosia! The six of us ordered a variety of entrees, and we all absolutely loved our meals! I had the saffron chicken, and it was delectable. We had the pumpkin dumplings as an appetizer, and those were fantastic as well. We will absolutely be back!

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MichaelA
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service
I will recommend for lunch or dinner

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RoyG
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful meal at Aracosia in McLean. We ate outdoors in the walkway outside the restaurant, which was very nice. Three of the four of us are vegetarian, and we had lots of good choices, though the meat-eater with us loved his meal as well. Our server was very helpful. together a very special evening.

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Steve
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Well done but service a little slow. Peeps are very nice and food was delicious. We will go back soon!

JK
JoanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, delicious food, and very helpful staff!~

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 416 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.