Aracosia McLean

4.9
284 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 284 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChristinaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. I Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia is the best Afghan food in the metro DC area. The food and service are excellent.

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vipB20817
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia McLean is one of our favorite restaurants. It has a large outdoor eating space as well as indoor dining. The food is very flavorful with middle eastern and Afgan flavors. The cook is very accommodating to food allergies and the staff is able to make recommendations based on preferences.

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vipDebbieT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat to dine at Aracosia! Food is delicious and the service is excellent. They've done a great job creating an intimate setting outside!!! Yum Yum

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vip10sace
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service and the food was outstanding. The welcome is like having a best friend welcoming you to their home. Looking forward to the next time to enjoy a good time.

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PushpK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my most favorite restaurant and I take every opportunity to go there to eat. I plan on going there at least three more times to try three new dishes on their menu. My most favorite are Chicken Sabzi Lawan and Sabzi Lawan with Mushrooms. But the Karahi Chicken is also amazing. They start you off with flatbread with a variety of chutneys and we typically ask for seconds. Highly recommend Aracosia.

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kazy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. The restaurant is handling the covid situation extremely well.

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MonaK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service is very good. The staff very friendly. The passage that is used as the outdoor sitting area is perfect with the restrictions during this pandemic. The food is good too.

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vipNiceInMcLean
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been dying to try this restaurant for several months -- it was even better than I anticipated. Excellent menu, great service, and food was exquisite!!!

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vipDavidS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place for a girls' night out. The food was delicious and our waitress was attentive and friendly.

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vipjiffer99
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We no longer live nearby but we keep coming back. Never disappoints.

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vipMichaelF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for my wife. Food was outstanding. Despite the outdoor COVID dinning requirement, we were all very comfortable and enjoyed our spectacular dinner.

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vipfclbs
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our go-to spot for reliably great food and beautiful outdoor space. Lots of heaters!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back within a week as welcome, ambience , food and service are really worth it!

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vipBrianO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and sat outside on a very windy cold day. Eg up two heaters for us and checked in on us regularly dispute the bitter cold. Food was great and Parker was simple enough.

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vipgiddy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in DC. They’ve done such a great job of outdoor dining, staff are awesome, we eat at lunchtime outdoors no matter the weather. Still my favourite place(s) to eat. Try the Lawaan dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first experience which will certainly won’t be the last. Excellent food, great service (and given COVID restriction let me note: a warm terrace seating)

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vipMICHEARACOSIA
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food and intimate place. Good sangria and sauces

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

We had a lovely lunch celebrating a friend's birthday.

MJ
vipMarkJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wonderful place. Thank you for a great dinner

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vipgalkhada
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints. The outdoor ambiance is lovely and the heaters really keep you warm

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked this restaurant for outdoor dinning. Had lunch with girlfriends, was pleasantly surprised how good their foods taste!!! They are known for lamb dishes but everything we ordered, steak was tender and juicy, lamb stew was full of flavor, I normally don’t eat lambs but my girlfriends wanted to try, and I am so glad we did, their dumplings is good. Our waitress was very helpful and helped us order. Absolutely will go back with my hubby for date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent COVID alternative

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was only second the the food. Everything was out of this world amazing!

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vipNARENS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor ambiance with 3 heaters surrounding our table . Excellent food snd service. Highly recommend

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Anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food. Comfortable outdoor seating with covid precautions taken.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Mindblowing food. Great ambiance. Highly recommend the lamb chops.

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vipMark
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a wide range of delicious offerings. I had one of the stews, and it was a delight for the senses!

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vipGroucho1313
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in DC metro area

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bradT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best restaurants in the DC area. I have eaten here at least five times and the food is consistently fantastic! The restaurant has a great ambiance with chill music playing in the background. Check out the outdoor seating area which is covered and has heaters during the winter!

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MonaK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outdoor set up is excellent during this pandemic. The service was excellent. The food that I ordered was delicious but a little too fatty. Everything else was excellent.

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vipJustinT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Afghan food is creative and simply outstanding. Our server Justina is a real pro who understands and exemplifies true hospitality. My wife and I prefer going for lunch and enjoying wine with the unique cuisine. We met owner Omar who is charming, engaging and understands how to make dining at Aracosia a memorable experience that is a must to repeat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and so was the ambience. A wonderful, festive Christmas Eve dinner.

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Ginger
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual. Outdoor dining has great ambiance, and lots of heaters. Highly recommend!!!

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vipHeather
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite McLean restaurant. I love that they had an open air space between two buildings during covid, and was impressed with their safety and mask wearing. The restaurant space outdoors managed to be cozy and wonderful with heat lamps and decor, and the food was outstanding. Thanks Aracosia!

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vipPatricia
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and warm outdoor seating area. Great service and food every time.

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MonicaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced outdoor space with good heaters. Food and service were wonderful

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Marcarthur
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia McLean did not disappoint! I was blessed to be served by one of my favorites and best named Sophia! I have dined at Afghanistan Bistro in the past, so I already knew what to expect! Everything was impeccable! My friends and I were very pleased!

Thank you all, and God bless!

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 284 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.