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Bistro Aracosia, Washington, DC

Bistro Aracosia

4.8
4.8
1993 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

Experiences

  • Mini Taste of Aracosia

    $44.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Are you struggling to decide what you want for dinner tonight? You can have it all with this amazing spread of our favorite dishes. We call it "Mini Taste of Aracosia", it includes three of our qormas (stews), two of our marinated meats, two variations of basmati rice and four of our roasted vegetables.

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What 1,993 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Best Overall

  • District of Columbia

    Best Food

  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

  • District of Columbia

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. G

    Goldie

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was disappointed after looking forward to dining here again. I had yummy memories of the Afghan bread that is brought to the table but it tasted like paper. And I had decided to be healthy and order salmon which I had had before and thought it was a good choice amongst all of the other delicious menu items. My friend and I thought the salmon was dried out and the yogurt saffron sauce didn’t help make it any tastier. I won’t give up on the restaurant though. I hope this dinner was just served on an off night. But I hope the restaurant is reading their reviews and get back to offering yummy food.
  2. A

    Amazing

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. Fresh and tasty and feels healthy. Service is excellent-friendly and responsive without overbearing. Great value.
  3. TC

    TCVoon

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The $22 Taste of Afghan lunch is an excellent combo - with lamb, beef, chicken, egg plant, etc. Service is excellent as expected.
  4. K

    Kat2023

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brianna is a lovely person. We enjoyed having her as our server. Nice if ceiling fans could be added outside to make things cooler & provide breeze for less bugs.
  5. DW

    DavidW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'd never had Afghani food before and HOLY WOW was it good. Our waiter Hossain was fantastic in his recommendations and attention to detail. Their signature grilled lamb chops and beef tenderloin was remarkable, the selection of dumplings we had for a starter was just one step beyond, and every bite in every course was transcendent. The service was tip-top, and the food was aces back-to-back. Every single dish was as different as it was delicious. I'm definitely returning for more.
  6. Y

    4Yummy

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had not been to Bistro Aracosia for the last couple of years due to Covid concerns. Oh, how we missed it! Until we had lunch there this week. A table of 4 with the accompanying couple on their first visit to the restaurant. It was wonderful to be back and great fun for the newbies. The delightfully delicious food with a vast array of choices to choose from (lamb, beef, chicken, vegetarian, dumplings and other appetizers) was as amazing as ever. The mixed grills, samplers and side dishes offer the best of tastes in Afghani food. Sharing is inevitable and the words, “Here, you gotta try a bite of this,” are repeated throughout the meal. The warmth and helpfulness of the staff continues to be a hallmark of Bistro Aracosia. And, the redo of the restaurant’s dining rooms (made sometime during our absence) was a great touch. All 5 stars! It felt so good to be back again. It is simply and consistently one of best restaurants in the D.C. area.
  7. M

    Marion

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Karoo
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service as always! I love the ambiance inside during dinner time. There was an issue with how one of our dishes were cooked - but the staff were extremely attentive and rectified the problem. Can’t wait to come back!
  9. CA

    CarolineA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so good! I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to go back.
  10. h

    hammer

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Very tasty dishes and attentive staff but rushed and noisy atmosphere.
  11. NY

    NYCdine

    Washington DC

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Bistro Aracosia. Our server suggested the appetizer and entrée sampler but we explored on our own. The Spicy Beef Dumplings appetizer was delicious. Both of our entrées the Lamb and Lamb and Beef Kabobs were fixed to perfection. For dessert we had the Rice Pudding and Baklava. We will be adding the Bistro to our neighborhood dining.
  12. SF

    SFC1

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Bistro Aracosia had everything you could want from a neighborhood restaurant - lots of street parking, good food that is fairly priced, and very helpful and friendly wait staff. My go-to spot for lunch with a friend.
  13. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a group for a birthday dinner. One diner had gluten intolerance and the wait staff handled it very well identifying dishes or alternatives that would work for the group. All the dishes we had were great and the desserts as well. Thank you for a great dinner!
  14. EF

    ElizabethF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sumptuous good, attentive service. A great place to dine!
  15. DL

    DonaL

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Small portion of rack of lamb but very tasty. Nice staff and atmosphere. They gave us a piece of delicious pistachio cake for a birthday which was nice.
  16. S

    Sandy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Bistro Aracosia was awesome. My only complaint is that they aren’t closer to my house. Perfectly delicious food.
  17. AD

    AsmaD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Staff was attentive but never rushed us and made thoughtful suggestions about our dishes…
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Delicious food and hospitality.
  19. ZY

    ZobairY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and service at Arocosia is superb. One of the best restaurants in DC.
  20. MD

    MDHounds

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food with very reasonable prices. It's a new favorite!
  21. LA

    LenaA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a family favorite and ONLY restaurant we consistently return to!
  22. S

    Sweeneys

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Great service. Nice cocktail selection. I recommend the cocktail with cherry juice. Don't recommend sitting outside in July or August it is hot and buggy. We have visited 4 times in the last 3 months.
  23. e

    eater

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent Afghan food. Perhaps more spicy than I experienced in the region, but good nonetheless
  24. DT

    DavidT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very delicious food in a charming setting with extremely attentive service as well as generous portions. Glad I could finally get a reservation!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for dining with us, we are glad that you enjoyed it!

  25. KE

    KevinE

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is ridiculous that I have to write something
  26. S

    Sunny

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We very much enjoyed our meal. The butternut squash dumplings are absolutely excellent. The service was very attentive and the dessert delicious as well. All in an excellent meal with a variety of delicious spice combinations.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for taking the time to write us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed dining with us! We appreciate your support.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as usual, good food and good service

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you, we appreciate your support and kind words!

  28. o

    ovid

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu, well prepared savory dishes in casual ambiance. Fabulous service.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you, we're glad to hear that you had a great experience with us!

  29. PM

    PeterM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Outstanding service and the food was better than good but not really outstanding. We sat outside and the street traffic noise was loud but the restaurant can’t help that. Restroom needed attention.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for your feedback, we hope to see you again soon!

  30. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We have eaten at Bistro Aracosia several times and loved the food. Unfortunately, this last time yesterday it was a huge disappointment. The sambosas and other turnovers were soggy, as opposed to the very crisp which made them so delicious. The service was poor to the point that the server disappeared and had to be summoned by one of his colleagues in order to pay the bill. Sad to say we will not be going back.
  31. BR

    BRBR

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious. chose the sampling menu for appetizers and main courses. bountiful servings.
  32. 1

    1oldsrfr

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in DC. We sat outside to fee safe, as the COVID variant is now emerging.
  33. M

    Mary89

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Food is delicious. Service is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you! We are glad that our staff took good care of you during your visit and that you enjoyed our food! We appreciate your support.

  34. N

    Nandinig71

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Bistro Aracosia on a Sunday night, sat outside. We ordered an appetizer and 4 entrees, more than enough for our party of 4. The food was excellent, really good vegetarian options. Our favorite entrees were the Sabzi Chalou, really flavorful greens with dill and the salmon. The only thing I felt was a bit over priced was the potato and leek turnover. They were tasty but very small, only 4 per serving. If you’re hungry, think you would have to order a few different kinds of turnovers. Our server was wonderful, very sweet and great energy.
  35. MP

    MichaelP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unique menu. Food was delicious. Only drawback was that outside tables were right on MacArthur Blvd
  36. MS

    MichaelS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is was exceptionally tasty, with many options (as always). Our servers could not have been better -- engaging and helpful in exactly the right measures. Outdoor dining was lovely.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. It is beautiful inside and the food is terrific. The wines we chose were also very good.
  38. SL

    SharonL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Afghan food. Large menu. Friendly service.
  39. CK

    ClaireK

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and lamb shank was wonderful as usual.
  40. RJ

    RobJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Afghan cuisine, served in a very comfortable, exotic setting. I had the Lamb Shank Moghuli, which was delicious. The lamb was tender, the eggplant was not mushy, and the seasoning was heavenly. The portion was enough for dinner and another meal to be named at a later date (or midnight snack). My spouse had the Surf and Turf and she loved both the tenderloin and the salmon. Again, enough to take home and make another meal later. We shared the Leek and Scallion Dumplings Appetizer [Aushak], which were fantastic. Our server, Noah, was very attentive, and made sure that we understood the menu and answered any questions we had.

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 4.8 stars by 1993 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 28 times today
Experiences are available.
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

  • 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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