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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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
Flavored with bistro spices, steamed to perfection and finished off with your choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef, topped with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper
Chunks of salmon marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs, charbroiled to perfection, served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice and a side of sabzi
Lamb Shank Moghuli
Bone-in lamb shank and roasted eggplant slowly cooked together in a spicy tomato based stew, infused with garam masala
Good food. Good Service. Restaurant beautifully decorated and conveniently located. Prices are a little high
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We've been to Aracosia many times. The food is, as always, just wonderful. Their lamb dishes (one of my favorite foods) are "to die for." I wish I could reproduce the seasoning at home.
While it's not cheap, you get what you pay for.
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Awesome! Great good. Loved the flavorful, wide variety of good options.
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Great dining experience! I would recommend this restaurant for having both a unique, enjoyable menu and great environment.
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Amazing food, amazing service and beautiful atmosphere. So many delicious menu items, Titi knows them all and recommended the most tender and flavorful lamb shank I’ve ever had. The wine glasses, water glasses and bread basket were always full throughout the meal and the restaurant management stopped by twice to make sure we were enjoying our experience.
Aracosia is a must visit when you’re in McLean. Ask for Titi! She will take great care of you (make sure you do the same in return).
Thank you for you kind words. We are happy to hear that Titi took great care of you during your dining experience with us!
Delicious food. Excellent service. Good value for money. Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended
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It was a bit chaotic and they seemed overwhelmed with the number of people/reservations that they had that night. While they did their best and tried to compensate with a complimentary amaretto and many apologies, we still waited about 45 minutes for our reservation. The food was very good and the staff helpful, it just wasn't a relaxing experience. Probably would go back, but on a weekday when they aren't quite as busy.
Great menu, friendly service and food. Will definitely go back.
Thank you, Marty, we look forward to seeing you again!
My date and I had a very considerate and genuine server, Alonzo. He made us feel comfortable and recommended us a great meal. Overall the customer service was unbeatable, the food was incredible, and the atmosphere was warm and enjoyable.We will definitely be going back!
We're glad to hear that Alonzo took great care of you during your recent visit with us. We look forward to your return. Thank you!
Wonderful dinner for 5. They went out of their way to make it a special experience. Our waiter was terrific and the entire staff very attentive to our needs.
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Food is always amazing. Service is always good. Iman is the best!
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After reading about Aracosia in The Washington Post I was excited to choose it as a place for birthday dinner with my family. We made a reservation thru OpenTable and from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out we felt welcomed into the warm, inviting restaurant. As a vegetarian I was excited by all the options - so many delicious menu items it was hard to decide! We ordered the vegetarian platter appetizer and everyone in the family enjoyed it immensely. All the food was delicious, and plated beautifully. I also appreciated the extra touch of a slice of cake with "Happy Birthday" written on it, it really made the experience even more special. I would highly recommend Aracosia to anyone looking for a delightful, delicious meal for any occasion.
Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your special day! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Happy birthday!
My wife and I booked a 4:00pm reservation and enjoyed a number of celebrated dishes and beverages after arriving. We had a wonderful experience. The staff was inviting and knowledgeable of the menu. They offered popular options for us to try for the first time. Hands down, we WILL RETURN. Love it!!! ❤️ Thank You So Much!
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Very bad: restaurant has changed menu for December 31. That made a very little choice in food and very expensive. No more dinner there!
New Year’s Eve
Excellent food and service .
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Delicious food. Tables spaced 6 ft away from another. Masked servers. Lovely dining room. Nice holiday family lunch.
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The food, service, and ambiance are all so amazing!
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Very attractive restaurant. Great food with wonderful service.
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Yummilicious food plus service provided by everyone was Excellent. Plan to recommend n eat with friends again.
Thanks and Best Wishes for 2022!
Thank you Rick! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back.
We had a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner in a very safe COVID environment. We ate outside but we were warm with the heaters. The food was so good. We all loved our meals!
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We had a very good experience -- tasty food and good service. A little pricey but great for a special occasion.
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A gem, delicious food, carefully presented. We loved interacting with the staff, as well!
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Holidays and birthday
We chose outdoor seating. Despite temp in the high 40s, it was still warm enough with heat lamp.
Lamp chops were juicy and prepared at proper med rare (closer to rare), and lamb shank was slow cooked to perfection.
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Happy to have an outdoor dining option.
Thank you for joining us, Charlotte, we're glad you enjoyed our patio.
Excellent service, food and ambiance. Will be coming back. Thank you 😊!
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We came here last night for a dinner date. The menu is a bit daunting -- but in a good way, there are tons of options and though we didn't try very many (just an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert) I kept an eye on the food served to nearby tables and it all looked delicious. We had a sampler (Hot Mazza Assortment) for an appetizer and loved each of the options -- though we both thought the beef dumplings were the best of the group. For our entrees my date selected the Chicken and Ground Beef Kabob and, at the direction of our server, I got the Lamb Shank Moghuli. It was delicious and if you like lamb shank, I HIGHLY recommend it. I generally prefer Lamb Chops so will try that the next time we go (which will likely be very soon!) For the dessert we chose the Firni which was very good and reminded me a bit of rice pudding (without the rice). The service was impeccable -- our server was very helpful in recommending dishes and explaining the menu. One odd note: the men's bathroom sink has a faucet that was installed with an additional extension to make it much higher above the sink (which would be fine, except the sensor is also high above the sink) which results in you having to wash your hands above the sink and makes a mess all over the sink.
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Always a wonderful experience dining at Bistro Arocosia . Food is wonderful and the family/ staff so warm and accommodating . This is just a constant favorite for me and my family,
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Lovely atmosphere and great service. The vegetarian entrees and appetizer were outstanding. The salmon was a bit dry.
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Family for 4 for my husband’s birthday. Afghani food is not our usual but wanting something different, flavor-packed and recommended, I surprised my husband and kids (ages 11 & 13) to try something new! Everyone was so happy by the time be of dinner! Overstuffed even! The mixed grill was tender and flavor-filled and a great way to introduce middle eastern spice! Lamb chops were cooked to perfection and my lamb shank Mughali fell off the bone. My non-eggplant eaters lapped up the roaster eggplant side and I particularly loved how the butternut squash was prepared.
Save room for dessert. They treated my husband to a piece of cardamom milk cake and a scoop of cardamom ice cream, there was nothing left of the the chocolate hazelnut cake or baklava. I had higher hopes for the rice pudding but the pother dessert outshined it.
Lastly, my kids drank two of the speciality pomegranate cardamom lemonades!
We’re from out of town but if we find ourselves even close to McLean again, we’ll be back! Thank you for making my husbands night do special!
Thank you for bringing your loved ones to celebrate a special day with us! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We hope that you are able to make it to McLean again some time. We appreciate your kind words!
For the second time, our table’s order was delivered to another table (not sure why the recipients didn’t question the wait staff, but oh well). The result, both times was a half hour delay in replacement.
Thursday lunch with two long-time friends. We enjoyed the mixed appetizers of both the dumplings and popovers, which were very tasty and came with sauces to spice them up a bit more. Main courses shared among us were the braised lamb shank, which was delicious, and the eggplant dish which was spicier but a nice complement to the lamb. Very enjoyable, and the tables were well spaced. Service very good as well. Definitely worth a return visit.
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Incredible food and amazing service.
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McLean is so lucky to have Arcosia!
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It was perfect in every respect!!
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Delicious food, friendly and respectful service. Beautiful setting. We loved our lunch.
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It was fabulous I would come back. Our whole family loved it. Will come back again.
Thank you Peggy! We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your experience with us!
I took my friend here for her birthday. She's Afghan and she came away very impressed. She was very happy that the food was delicious and authentic. While I don't recall what the others ate (my friend and girlfriend), I can say that I had a delicious lamb kabob. The bottom line is that my two guests were thoroughly pleased with the meal and would be excited to return. That's a very big compliment, particularly since one them is very familiar with the cuisine. Since she can cook Afghan food herself, she recognized that they used authentic ingredients. The food was delicious. Everyone left full and happy.
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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 658 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.