Bistro Aracosia

4.8
1768 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.

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
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
What 1768 people are saying
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peterpiper
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I would highly recommend. Food was delicious and it was such a warm, cozy atmosphere. Will definitely go back!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your kind words and support! We look forward to your return!

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BrigidH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a late Saturday lunch! We had hearty stews, perfect for a cold winter day. The service was lovely, the noise level low and we were able to linger over our lunch and catch up.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you! We are glad that you enjoyed your lunch with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Divine. Absolutely incredible lamb and beef.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed it!

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LuisB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with amazing service, as always. This is home.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you! We are so happy to hear that you felt at home while dining with us!

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vipKatyAJV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try one of the vegetarian options even if you aren’t vegetarian. The eggplant qorma was incredible.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and support!

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vipAlberti
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 17, 2022

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TomH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and service were fantastic. Would highly recommend.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 18, 2022

Thank you for your support, Tom!

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DianeHN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is comfort food—stews and breads with great flavors and colors. And the ambience—both noise and lighting—were so conducive to a relaxing evening. Almost felt like the pre-pandemic days!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 17, 2022

We are so glad that you had a "pre-pandemic" feeling while dining with us! We appreciate your support.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent delicious meals accompanied with excellent and friendly service! We enjoy our dining experience every time!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you, we're glad that you've enjoyed your experiences with us!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time and will happily go back! The service was wonderful and the portions are huge. Be prepared to take home a meal of delicious leftovers for the next day.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 12, 2022

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RebeccaP
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Bistro Aracosia. We haves dined here several times and it always delights. Service was perfect. You must try all of the appetizers—get an assortment!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 13, 2022

Thank you for your kind words and feedback!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond to create a special dining experience for us

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you for dining with us!

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ShelaghM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an absolutely amazing experience

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 14, 2022

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vipJennyB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bistro Aracosia. Delicious food, beautifully presented and attentively served. Hands down one of our favorite restaurants in Washington.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you for your kind words!

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viptsm1
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently excellent restaurant, with outstanding food and service. It is our go-to place for family and friends outings.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you for supporting us! We look forward to your next visit.

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NWLady
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent overall. Veal Lawaan not as good as I remember the Chicken Lawaan from a prior visit. Ate at outdoor table. Very good service, good-sized portions.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you for your feedback and kind words!

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Bluereporter
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there twice. Very pleasant experience. Will go again.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 12, 2022

Thank you, we look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Absolutely the worst dining experience. The food was blah and flavorless. Such a disappointment for new years eve. Service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, as always. We come back for the unique mixture of flavors, tender aushak with beef and yogurt and savory stews.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you for your feedback and kind words!

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vipBandido
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful Afghan restaurant with the feel of a neighborhood favorite. Friendly and attentive service. Authentic and delicious food.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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Worldizabook
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, food, service, and ambience. I'd retun every day if I could.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 31, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia and Aracosia in McLean have become our favorite restaurants. Exceptional food and great atmosphere at both locations.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 29, 2021

Thank you John, we are honored to be your favorite! We appreciate your support and kind words!

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. I never knew I liked Afghan food until recently and this place is one of the best restaurants I've visited in my six-plus years in D.C. Everything is top notch from the moment you walk in the door. I will definitely be back.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank you Michael! We appreciate your support and kind words! We look forward to your next visit.

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JOREM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend that it’s the best restaurant on MacArthur Blvd (My hometown )! The waitress noticed that I’m deaf. My hearing daughter was my intupteered. The waitress is excellent! He is awesome. The food was the best and beautiful! I gave the waitress a good tip because it’s 5 stars!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support! We're happy to hear that you had a great experience!

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vipSunny
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to this restaurant. They were extremely welcoming and the service and food were top notch! Large portions and delicious food. We look forward to visiting again soon!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 27, 2021

Thank you Sunny! We look forward to welcoming you back!

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Chris
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here several times and food is always delicious. Service very prompt, professional, gracious. Highly recommend!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 27, 2021

Chris, thank you for your kind words and support!

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vipLynn
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and the staff helpful. We enjoyed a great pre-holiday lunch!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 27, 2021

Thank you Lynn!

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vipJenniferL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great holiday cheer at Bistro Aracosia! Highly recommend.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 27, 2021

Thank you, Jennifer, for joining us for the holiday season!

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vipGeorgetownProf
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently terrific venue for lunch. Delicious and well-priced

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 24, 2021

Thank you!

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vipKapsabet
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely loved all three dumplings, and the land shank was fantastic, too.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thank you! We're happy to hear that you loved the food!

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ArunS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great staff. Every dish was fantastic. Truly enjoyabke experience. A neighborhood gem.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thank you very much! We're glad that you had a great experience with us!

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JenniferG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came for lunch and had a lovely meal. The service was attentive and responsive, and the food was delicious. We will definitely return.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 22, 2021

Thank you Jennifer! We're happy to hear that you had a great experience. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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DebR
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have a food allergy, and the waitstaff worked hard to make sure that I did not get the allergen by accident. The dumplings were all good, the leek ones were to die for.
The saffron chicken was wonderful. The almond cake was extremely tasty, but I did not enjoy the rice pudding (my companions had had it before, and said that it usually was very good). I would certainly go back another time.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 22, 2021

Thank you Deb! We're happy to hear that you and your guests were well taken care of, and that you all had a great time dining with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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GerryR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service and great food made for a perfect evening out

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thank you Gerry!

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vipCNLBethesda
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Definitely returning.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 20, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to your next visit!

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vipWanderingRosa
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Afghan food - good value. A gem neighborhood restaurant.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 20, 2021

Thank you Rosa!

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vipLarry
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Cannot wait to return and try other dishes on the menu!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 20, 2021

Thank you, Larry, we look forward to your return as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both fabulous and we can’t wait to go back.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to your return as well!

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vipJenniferL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the DC area. The food is delicious and the menu has great variety. Lots of vegetarian options. And the service is the best I've experienced in the DC area, just absolutely wonderful, informed and friendly. I can't wait to go back!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on December 16, 2021

Jennifer, thank you very much for your kind words! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again!

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FAQs

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

Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.8 stars by 1768 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.