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Aracosia McLean

4.8
605 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 605 people are saying
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PSof
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for a friend’s birthday and it was a wonderful time!

Aracosia McLean
Responded 10 hours ago

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for celebrating with us!

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vipRobertJ
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and wonderful management. This family run business does everything possible to accommodate diners, making you feel part of “their family”. It’s just a wonderful experience to dine there.

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

We are so happy to hear that you felt so welcomed at our restaurant. Thank you for your kind words and support!

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Retired
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife's saffron salmon was terrific. The dumpling appetizer delighted all of us. The sauvignon blanc was very flavorful, and we each enjoyed our cocktails. The saffron veal was very good. There were a number of items on the menu we wanted to try, so we more or less decided to return as a group again to try some more of the selections. Convenient parking and excellent service added to our pleasure. Very enjoyable weekend lunch.

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and support! We are happy you enjoyed the food and look forward to your return!

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vipNARENS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind words!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday. Great experience!

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us! We're glad you and your loved ones had a great time!

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HDVA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really good and the service was prompt and friendly. We will definitely come back

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! We look forward to your next visit!

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vipWizFan
Washington DC
239 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I both leaned forward in delight. Lunch was so delicious. Can’t get over how juicy the chicken thighs were. So nicely grilled. My friend had the eggplant stew which was amazing. What a bargain. We ate indoors. Although they had space heaters outdoors these would not have made dining pleasant in the blustery conditions.

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind words! We're happy to hear that you loved the food!

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Judith
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you Judith!

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Pickyfamily
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delay in getting one person’s entree at lunch. The server took it off our bill. Very kind of him. We will be back soon. Love the food!

Aracosia McLean
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you loved the food!

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Spark
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a nice family dinner with my in-laws and two younger children (ages 5 and 8). The food was very well-made. I opted for one of the vegetarian dishes (spiced risotto with sides of eggplant and butternut squash). It is the best vegetarian dish I've ever had. Others ordered grilled meats, which I was told was very well made as well. The kids menu has some interesting choices for kids (e.g. goat). My daughter ordered the kids salmon which she like a lot. My picky 5-year old didn't find anything on the menu, but his restaurant palate is very limited (pizza, cheese quesadilla and/or fries). Nothing of my 5-year old's caliber here, but that' probably a good thing. Nice warm ambience too. Quiet, but still family friendly.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words and feedback. We are happy to hear that you and your family had a nice experience with us, we hope to see you again soon!

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VAfoodie
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lunch with 2 friends today at Aracosia McLean. We all had samplers of Mazas, dumplings and turnovers from the lunch menu and the carrot slaw. For dessert we had the rice pudding and cardamom ice cream - just sweet enough at the end. Everything was delicious and perfect for a lunch.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you for dining with us and your kind words! We appreciate you!

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Svanvan
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My invitees were all from Kansas City and were blown away by the food which they were completely unfamiliar with. I really loved channeling their enthusiasm! As a regular, I’m aware of how delicious the food is, but I loved watching their reactions. They also complimented the bartender…they did not expect such great Manhattans and Oldfashioneds so far from their home base (bourbon country). We drank a toast to my late husband who was there for the soft opening and loved every meal we had there thereafter. Thanks to all.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you wanted to share an experience at our restaurant with your friends from out of state! We appreciate your support! We're glad that everyone enjoyed!

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Bonnie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The ambiance was lovely. It was quiet enough that we could have a nice converesation without shouting, and the service was wonderful. I was there with friends, but can't wait to take my husband there -- he is very particular and will love this restaurant!

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you Bonnie! We're glad you and your friends enjoyed your experience! We look forward to you coming back with your husband!

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vipNapaloveswine
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Braised Lamb Shank with greens over Basmati Rice and it was incredible.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was fabulous as always. Restaurant was very busy and we felt a little rushed by the wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in the DMV area. Food and service are both excellent and consistent so we keep coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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BANewton
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After eating at Aracosia the first time, I came home and announced that I had found my new favorite restaurant! Every item I have eaten there has been cooked to perfection and has been full of the aromatic flavors you expect in Afghan cuisine. Even better is the warm welcome and outstanding service and attention to detail on the part of the staff. Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Aghan food. There is a wide choice of dishes, all of which are well prepared, including vegetarian entrees and appetizers. Desserts include cardamom ice cream. Indoor seating is comfortable and Aracosia has a good setup for outside dining if you prefer.

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LindaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time I have eaten at Aracosia this month. So pleasant. The outdoor space is beautiful. Service was excellent and food delicious! Slow cooked stews and pumpkin dumplings are my favorites!

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you Linda! We are pleased to hear that you're a regular guest! Thank you for your kind words!

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KarenH
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at this beautiful restaurant after eating at its sister one on MacArthur Blvd. We've always been impressed with the menu, but I think we just didn't order the right things this time. The chicken saffron was as described but a bit bland, as were the lamb shank dishes. But the appetizers, the aushak and the pumpkin dumplings, were amazing, as were the desserts - the cardamom cake and the rice puddings. We will be back and ask next time for recommendations. Still love this restaurant and its two sister ones.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you Karen for your feedback! We're sorry that the entrees didn't exceed your expectations. We will look into that for a better experience on your next visit. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Svanvan
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food for miles around! Wonderful service too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food but long wait for the table.

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KariU
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food great ambiance.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you Kari, we're happy that you enjoyed everything!

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well done. We heard good things about it so we decided to drive over from Maryland and it was worth it.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support! We're glad you enjoyed!

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Samira
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I really wanted to love this place but I was very disappointed. I took my friends to introduce them to afghan cuisine but had regrets afterwards. Very small portions and too expensive for what you get. I wouldn't even mind the price if the food would be good. The staff seemed very reserved except for one friendly man who welcomed us at the door. They kept forgetting our orders. We had three different servers at one point and it got annoying repeating the same thing to each one of them. All in all, Mediocre.

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vipSarvenazA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never fail to give us the best cuisine and service. Loved it again.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We're so happy to hear that you've had many great experiences with us!

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Maria
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was great, and the ambiance was very nice. We will be back.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you so much for celebrating your special day with us! We are so happy to hear that you had a great experience! Happy Anniversary!

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JoshM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in McLean. Beautiful atmosphere with extremely savory food. Outstanding grilled lamb chops and delicous vegetable sides like eggplant and flavored rice. Great for a special occasion like a birthday or wedding anniversary, but no need to dress up as if in a white tablecloth restaurant. We will be back.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you Josh for your kind words and support! We look forward to seeing you again!

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PookyWife
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food. Helpful, welcoming service. Lovely ambiance. Fantastic menu. We’ll return!

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Entrees were flavorful and the sauces were spectacular. Heard a lot of good things about this place and it was well worth it.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words!

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UpforNewSpots
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town guest from NYC. Loved food and service!

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for joining us on your trip away from home! We appreciate you and your kind words.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in McLean with delicious food. They have done an incredible job during covid of creating a beautiful outdoor dining experience with lots of atmosphere including lighting, artwork, plants and heaters.

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and an elegant setting. Food is great.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you Katherine for dining with us and your kind words!

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Pickyfamily
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious with excellent service. Wait staff are very friendly. Really enjoyed our lunch!

Aracosia McLean
Responded on October 30, 2021

We are so glad to hear that you've had many great experiences with us, we hope to continue this! Thank you for the positive feedback!

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HeatherG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience and the food was excellent. I will definitely be returning.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you Heather, we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you!

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! We will make this one of our regular go-to places for great ambience, dinner, and drinks. The service is terrific and the people are wonderful. Can't recommend it enough! Thank you!

Aracosia McLean
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you Jennifer for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

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genejock
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aracosia McLean fills the senses with a delightful setting and delicious food with both great flavor and texture. The menu is diverse, such that even the picky eater can find something. The dining room is beautifully set, and noise is not an issue.

the McLean location does not have the intimacy of the original in DC, but is a much better choice for large parties.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you so much for the feedback, we appreciate your support and kind words!

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Annie
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we really enjoyed our experience in this restaurant.
Everyone in our group of six loved their selection of their appetisers and dinner.
The service was very good and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you so much Annie, we are so glad that you and your party enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipWGL1
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If this isn’t the best restaurant in Northern Virginia for under $100 a person I don’t wok is.

Aracosia McLean
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thank you so much!

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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 4.8 stars by 605 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.