Bistro Aracosia

4.9
1640 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
  • 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 1640 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellente nourriture, service agréa

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JLee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bring your friends and their appetites. The food is delicious and the staff is very accommodating. The dining room is small and can be noisy with the music. Outside seating is really only an option if the weather cooperates.
Try a range of dishes. We weren't planning on dessert but the cardamom and the rose ice cream are standouts - delicious and fragrant without being perfumery. The chicken with saffron was delightful, the dumplings need to be enjoyed by all. The vegetables and salads were wonderful. Book your table now.

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MeganK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every visit to Bistro Aracosia is a delight. We have brought several friends here and each one remarks how amazing the food and atmosphere is. Don't miss out on this culinary delight!

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MsDay
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. A new favorite in the DC Area!

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VegimV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place wonderful service, i would go again 😁😁

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Dandan
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Afghan food in town. The food is all well prepared and nicely plated. The taste is spot-on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, night atmosphere but food took long to arrive

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jordan
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good recommendations from the wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing all around!

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vipEllie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about Bistro Aracosia is wonderful. The food, the very friendly service and the effort to make all the customers happy. The drinks are wonderful (little pricey though) and have to do a shout out to our waitress who upon hearing it was my friend's birthday made an extra special effort with her dessert which was such a wonderful and thoughtful treat. It was a great eveing!

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gpindc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Cannot wait to return for another Delicious meal.

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LorettaO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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VictoriaW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, ambiance, area. We had a delightful time.

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vipdragon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. We’ve been here three times and it’s always good.

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Angie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service.

Fresh bread with dipping sauces were a great start. We had the dumpling sampler, turnovers, lamb platter, cocktails, and dessert. Everything was authentic, flavorful, and tasty.

It got humid inside due to the doors to the outside patio being open. Other than that, it was a wonderful culinary experience!

Will return!

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

Fantastic food and excellent service. We love this place. Hidden gem if you ever visit DC, its a must try

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In support 🇦🇫
Fabulous food and attentive service. Interesting selections of items in the market as well. Will return. Definitely recommend.

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NBmaryland
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food made it a very nice experience. Tried Mezze hot platter for appetizer and Lamb shank Moguli over basmati rice w raisins and carrots. The lamb was moist, flavorful and cooked to perfection with the right spices. also shared the pistcachio ricotta cake, another winner. Highly recommend this place.

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vipDCfoodie
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Afghan food. This restaurant has a large selection on menu. Enjoyed old favorites and found new favorites. Will return.

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vipDerwoodDiner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and reasonably priced and the server went above and beyond. We were not familiar with Afghan food so the waiter guided us through the menu and helped us make good choices. The spices and the variety of options were great! Highly recommended!

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CINDY
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Aracosia was delightful and delicious EXCEPT the (truck) traffic noise on MacArthur.
My friends and I were at the restaurant for lunch. Perhaps there is less traffic noise at dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Very delicious food. Its totally worth the value. I would go there repeatedly.

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SusanS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular as always. We shared the dumpling appetizer, and each had a different type of lamb shank for entrees. Exquisite food.

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KatieE
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bistro Aracosia provided a great experience to us. We had originally scheduled for a table outside but my guest and I requested to move inside and we were happily accommodated. On top of this the service was attentive, eager to please, and genial. The lamb platter, which we split, was so delicious the first bite brought tears to my eyes. Definitely Go/10

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dlno
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED IT. So unexpected and understated but elegant and delicious.

The wait staff was attentive, interested in helping.

Not overstated but a nice comfortable environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best tenderloin ever, going back

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ToddS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best food and service I’ve had in the past 2 years.

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vipJenn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and attentive staff made for an excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so knowledgeable about all of the drinks and menu items! Everything was

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Ram49
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Creative dishes. Excellent value

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Neighborhoodgem
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh vegtable options make this a great place for vegetarians -- or anyone who wants healthy and delicious food. Go for the pumpkin, and the lentil vegan soup. The meat dishes are excellent as well. And for a party of 3 or 4, a perfect place for sharing a varienty of appetizers and entrees.

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vipdanindc
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a neighborhood favorite. You won't be disappointed.

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DianeS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Afghani food in the DC area. Many interesting options to choose from...

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vipAllenB
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lambshank maghuli is fantastic! It's one of the most interesting dishes I have eaten in a long time.

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TKPK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food. Very accommodating for dietary restrictions (vegan, celiac).
Outstanding service. We've eaten there several times and plan to go back soon.

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vipElisabethS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious vegetarian options. Everything was delicious including the drink menu.

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AmyO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is interesting and delicious. The service is helpful, efficient, and friendly. This was my third visit, and it gets better each time!

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vipCarlB
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always exceptional quality food.
If you’ve never tried Afghan food you’re truly missing out on one of the most amazingly seasoned foods you’ll ever have. Do yourself a favor and find out for yourself why they are so well rated and a Top Washington magazine recognized restaurant.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, great food, service was five stars...

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EricS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is excellent. Tremendously tasty food - appetizers, entrees and desserts. Very fairly priced and the service the best that we had anywhere in the DC and Baltimore area. Staff are just supreme!

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 1640 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.