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Bistro Aracosia, Washington, DC

Bistro Aracosia

4.9
4.9
2530 Reviews
$30 and under
Afghan
Bistro Aracosia is a critically acclaimed authentic Afghan gourmet and Chop House located in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Aracosia has been acknowledged as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians on Forbes Magazine, written up and reviewed by top food critics from the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine and numerous other publications. Bistro Aracosia has been awarded 100 Best restaurants for 2 years in a row in the Washingtonian.
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins. Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade quality cuts of meat and the freshest produce in the market. All foods prepared at Aracosia are prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSG& 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 and classical Afghan Gourmet and hospitality at its finest.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afghan, Vegetarian / Vegan, Middle Eastern
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 363-0400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sofia Masroor
  • Catering
    Please call us at 202-363-0400
  • Neighborhood
    Palisades Northwest
  • Cross street
    Dana Place
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,530 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

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    Best Food

  • District of Columbia

    Best Overall

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  • District of Columbia

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  • District of Columbia

    Healthy

2,530 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Must visit. Took some time to seat us though we had a reservation.

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  2. DavidH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We shared the tasting menu for 2. There was more than enough food. Everything was really good but I especially liked the lamb chops and the pumpkin dumplings. Service was very good. I would definitely come again

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  3. JerriH

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food delicious as always, great service. Always a favorite neighborhood place.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing flavors and variety. Fantastic service and atmosphere.

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  5. LoDines

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every meal at Bistro Aracosia is a pleasure. The server is top notch and the food is scrumptious. The atmosphere is very welcoming.

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  6. scirox

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent and friendly service, as usual. Delicious food, creative cocktails, and the best baklava I have ever tasted. Highly recommended.

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  7. BlountS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very romantic lighting and decor. Excellent options on the children's menu (i.e., salmon, lamb chops). Food is beautifully presented and delicious.

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  8. DottieS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent introduction to afghan food. Good variety, excellent staff that was helpful. Would go back and recommend it.

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  9. KathyF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our vegetarian guests were pleased with the surprisingly large number of options.

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  10. 4Yummy

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! 5 stars in every way. A remarkably consistent gem not to be missed!

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  11. Mariel

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ate was flavorful, tender and delish! Dumplings were so especially amazing--delicate and delicious with very tasty toppings. And the decor adds to the overall ambiance. I'd definitely recommend.

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  12. JohnG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Palisades gem! Amazingly good food and consistently excellent.

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  13. Wesley

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aracosia is a beautifully ran Afghan restaurant that I will definitely be visiting again! I got the beef tenderloin. they were so buttery and melted in my mouth. the rice it was pared with was the perfect counterpart, as well. my partner got the dumplings and loved the texture and toppings. even the drinks were absolutely perfect - we each had 2 cocktails and were tempted to have a third! will be visiting again, with more people.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to wait a short while for our reserved table to be available. But they were very attentive. The food was out of this world! Service excellent from start to finish. This will be a regular spot for us going forward.

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  15. Diner1

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I could eat their pumpkin dumplings every day for the rest of my life! The flavors in all the dishes are just fantastic. And the staff are all so nice. This place is a favorite.

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  16. IAia

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in the DC area. The quality of the food is exceptional, and it is not too expensive. Service is good. Also, no tv screen (I hate televisions at restaurants).

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  17. TinaG

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! My husband is vegetarian and I am not. We both loved our dishes. They were flavorful and the portions were generous.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always extraordinary! We have never been disappointed.

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  19. JoeD

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, courteous and attentive service AND the food choices are wide and can accommodate meat-lovers and vegetarians. Well-worth a visit!!

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  20. Jennifer

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit to Bistro Aracosia, and we were not disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere were once again outstanding! Future trips to the DMV area (from Seattle!) would not be complete without enjoying dinner at Bistro Aracosia. We will definitely be back.

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  21. OhHel

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fabulous food, charming server, lovely surroundings. First visit but plan to return many times.

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  22. SusanL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food… friendly staff…reasonable prices. What’s not to like.

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  23. VisitorfromNC

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is great at Bistro Acracosia, but the dining experience isn't all it should be. We waited somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes for our table, but with little if any updates or communication from the staff. Never was clear who was the receptionist. Our waiter was not very customer-oriented and was very little help in navigating the menu or explaining details. I would even describe him as a bit brusque and dismissive, something I don't need when our group (six people) was generating a tab of nearly $600. Though there was lots of staff on duty, it all seemed rushed and a bit frenzied.

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  24. JandK

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first dine-in experience at Aracosia was perfect for our anniversary date. Lovely service, knowledgeable and thoughtful staff and such an extensive menu that we opted for a tastings menu that included dumplings, chicken, veal, lamb cutlets and lamb shank, beef and a range of delicious vegetarian sides. Cardamom-infused desserts and saffron tea were a perfect finish. We left feeling very well-fed indeed and also that we have found our new, favorite cosy restaurant. 10/10 in every way.

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  25. AlisonA

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one restaurant I return to over and over. Consistently delicious food paired with excellent service. Wonderful, extensive menu. Reservations are a must because this is a very popular restaurant and always well patronized.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for date night. And It was perfect. The restaurant is dim, classy and cozy. The food was great and exciting. Always nice to try something new especially if it taste awesome. And the service was amazing. You could tell everyone on the team cares. Also the cocktails were good too! Me and Wifey love this place now. I highly recommend! Thank you everyone at Aracosia!

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  27. Moof

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, lovely presentation, many tempting selections, wait staff attentive and helpful. Loved the decor. Will definitely return.

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  28. milagrosu

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most delightful meal at Bistro Aracosia. The restaurant is cozy and elegant. The food is delicious and the staff was so friendly. We had an assortment of dumplings, sambosas, and lamb shank mogholi. Closed with a moist Cardomom cake. I highly recommend this restaurant. I will be back again for sure.

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  29. MBfromDC

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Broad Afghan menu with excellent vegan choices as well as ones for carnivores. Food is well Prepared. Pleasant seating and atmosphere. Good place for casual and celebratory dining. Very attentive staff.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was great ! Good food, friendly service and nice cocktails

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  31. LoDines

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were superb. I'm looking forward to my next meal at Bistro Aracosia.

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  32. 4Yummy

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, wonderful in every way. Outstanding food, personable but not intrusive service, delicious apps, delicious mains, delicious desserts with attractive remodeled dining areas. Our hostess was an absolute delight both before and after our 4-person lunch. And to top it all off it is a great value. Bistro Aracosia is one of our favorite restaurants for lunch or dinner. It is consistently excellent. Full 5s.

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  33. GeorgetownProf

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food as always is outstanding, service is excellent. What a neighborhood gem.

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  34. RenataG

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The food is delicious, the service is great and we always feel nice after going there.

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  35. Wendyc

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have ordered from here many many times I’ve never eaten inside. The decor was amazing, the service incredible and the food is like beyond amazing. It’s a 10 on every level. I can’t wait to go there and I can’t wait to order in again. It was just spectacular. Thank you.

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  36. KathleenP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly, great food, service and ambience. Just perfect.

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  37. Kismet

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and solicitous service. Friendly Server gave excellent suggestions when asked. This was a special occasion and it was perfect.

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  38. DKDC

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, creative but authentic dishes, and very generous portions. Service was also outstanding.

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  39. GerryC

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If you want to try something different and delicious, try Bistro Aracosia. The Dumpling appetizers were delicous. We had lamb which was tender and flavorful. We will be back for another outstanding dinner.

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  40. Mike

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time diners and the server guided us perfectly and the host made us feel like regulars. A stellar experience. We’ll be back soon!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Bistro Aracosia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 363-0400.

Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.9 stars by 2530 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bistro Aracosia

5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Dana Place
  • Neighborhood
    Palisades Northwest
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afghan, Vegetarian / Vegan, Middle Eastern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sofia Masroor
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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