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Aracosia McLean

4.8
533 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 533 people are saying
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vipArlingtonian
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High quality and delicious food, fantastic service.

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WorlddinersX2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were the hosts for a birthday lunch. The two guests who ordered different veal dishes said the meat was "very chewy" and in too big chunks. (I was surprised veal was on the menu, having never seen it in the market in Kabul.) The lamb shank had few greens with it.
The aushok and vegetarian eggplant dish were delicious, as usual.

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DanielleS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all around. Food was outstanding and the service was prompt, helpful and charming!

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vipDiner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a relaxing weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu of Afghan dishes. All are delicious! Great service, nice atmosphere. All around winner.

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Cornelius
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really authentic and perfectly cooked Afghan cuisine; having spent 3 years in Kabul, Aracosia is the best Afghan restaurant I've found in the US to date.

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vipAndreaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! I will definitely be going back and will highly recommend to others.

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TAMO
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Order your meal when ordering the appetizer. Preparing meals take longer.

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vipStuS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food. Love the outdoor seating and music.

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vipmswo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal with excellent service. We cannot wait to be back.

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vipMLMVA
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was very good to excellent. Outdoor patio is very attractive and comfortable. They are being Covid safe for sure. My GF enjoyed her vegetarian mezze platter. The other two dishes would have benefited from some fresh herbs or a few vegetables (w the filet kabob).

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vipLindsayJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, loved the selection of lunch items and drinks. Outdoor seating is covered and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mother here for her birthday; reservations made easy by OpenTable of course. We were immediately greeted and taken to our seats outside on their unique outdoor patio. The menu can be a bit overwhelming, but the service was outstanding, as was the food and wine. The waitress had a sommelier come out to help select a pairing, which made our menu choice easier. The night ended with a nice birthday cake slice, with candle and all! Everything about his place was outstanding, and I highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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NibbleNose
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A total 5 star experience! Accommodating staff, efficient and kind. Food was excellent. The seating starts with yummy bread and 4 different dipping sauces. Our group of 4 sampled an appetizer, and a variety of entrees — lamb, beef, and vegetarian. All done perfectly and very tasty. The portions are ample. The wine list has a nice range of delicious wines, and there is also bar service. We asked to sit outside on their balcony, and the restaurant thoughtfully had circulating fans to help disperse the day’s heat/humidity. The rating of low noise level represents our outdoor seating; we cannot comment on indoor noise levels. Pricing of the food was reasonable — expect to pay $20 to $35 — but remember the portions are ample and the food is delicious with complex layered flavors.

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vipDK52
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time here after hearing many positives compliments, it didn't disappoint.
Wonderful flavors, we will be back.

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Brunchin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing at Aracosia, even the starter flatbread and dips. We sat outside and enjoyed sitting near the twinkling lights and the fan (that was great since it was hot outside!) Firni for dessert was refreshing and tasty to cap off a delicious night of food. I will definitely come back and let others know about this restaurant!

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MelissaD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Arocosia and Bistro Arocosia many times, and never been disappointed! The food is amazingly flavorful and delicious, and the service good! Just celebrated a friend’s birthday, and they even surprised her with a slice of cake. Highly recommend!!

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ClaudiaB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are exceptional. I highly recommend the restaurant. Have dined at Aracosia on several occasions and the food is consistently excellent. I consider Aracosia to be one of the best restaurants in McLean and a nice addition to the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Loved the dumplings!!

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LisaB
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant: food is delicious, atmosphere is lovely, and staff is wonderful.

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vipKevinS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Amazing food!. Service is not great but the food keeps me coming back at least once w month!

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Barbaraj
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for outside at 5:15 and it was very nice. Service was actually a little slow but since we were in no hurry it worked out well. And typically, we over ordered so that we had leftovers for another meal.
Food is fresh, cooked perfectly. Some dishes are spicy, so check with your server if it is a concern.
We have eaten here several times and each time it is consistently delicious!

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vipCubaLibreDozo
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is an experience, not just a meal. The decor, the music, and the stellar service are all a set up for the flavor journey you will undertake. First timers should order from the lengthy appetizer menu and try dumplings, turnovers, and the meat selections. The lamb ribs, chops , and tenderloin is particularly wonderful where you can taste and feel how the different cuts of meat change your palate’s perceptions. Perfection in the spice rub and smoked flavors. Best dinner experience I’ve had in a long time and I encourage everyone to take a trip to this gem. The four chutneys, sauces, and flatbread you receive at the beginning will give you an preview of the adventure you are about to take.

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vip10sace
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the dining experience at Aracosia McLean was outstanding. The food was very good and very well presented. The waiter was very attentive. Loved everything.

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Patrick
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been happier, this place has incredibly good food and the place was packed, which is always a good sign. The wait staff was very polite and attentive throughout. Will be bringing my mother with us next time as they have a great selection of vegetarian dishes.

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NoVaGS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Excellent food and outdoor setting, but service was lacking. We thought they'd forgotten us. Long waits for refills and reordering, although food came out quickly. Attempted to clear the plates while we were waiting on more bread to finish up our meal - had to stop him!

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KevinW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, helpful attentive service. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed and enjoyable

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Silota
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service, excellent and friendly.

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MichaelP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This one of Mclean’s best restaurants. The food and atmosphere are excellent!

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NormallyNotCritical
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed my dinner and the music on my first visit. Will go again in the future.

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Arcticprincesss
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitkar player was wonderful. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Wonderful experience. The restaurant acknowledged a birthday with a card and dessert/candle. Very classy.

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lizM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Food was great, as was the service.

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Sarge
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love, love the food. We could make a meal of their appetizers. Delicious bundles of delicate dumplings filled with pumpkins or beef or lots of others fillings. Or try the turnovers again filled with leeks and potato or try the assortment. The lamb dishes are served to perfection, the lamb shanks or chops ( French cut) are grilled or cooked to fall off the bone. Ara Costa is a branch of the Springfield restaurant called Afghan Bistro. I’ll be back.

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vipjvrv
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. Some of the best Lamb I have ever tasted. The dumplings are excellent. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Love this place!

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vipDenyseL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We’ll return!

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Herbert
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and service as usual. I’m an easy very kind and Lisette was very good.

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Novelist
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been here several times for lunch, but dinner was as excellent. The staff is SO congenial and lovely. The food is amazing. For an appetizer, we had leek dumplings with meat topping. For the main course, exquisite lamb chops with delicate and delicious seasoning. For dessert, firni, so creamy and rich. So many other wonders on the menu still to try! Can't wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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 533 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.