Bistro Aracosia

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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 it's 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's 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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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here for your special occasions (and anytime.. the food is outstanding!)! They made my son’s (10yr) birthday special by stopping by the table, offering a dessert and nice note.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A+ all around. Food was excellent as well as service.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious! Service was spot on and although it was quite cozy we didn't feel like we were too close to the nearby tables. It's a great place to take out-of-town guests.

LM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place. Dishes flavorful and unique. Ambiance warm and inviting. Wait staff and service exceptional.

PD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb dining experience, start to finish -- exotic atmosphere, warm hospitality, delectable and authentic Afghan cuisine. The quiet sitar music is a wonderful touch.

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant doesn't disappoint! Food, service, great. One false note - didn't have cream for coffee and the half and half provided had turned. Oops!

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely spot with great food and friendly staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bistro Aracosia and am happy they are in the neighborhood. They are consistent and very friendly. I’ve never had food from Afghanistan before trying this fine establishment, but recommend it to friends

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aracosia am absolutely amazing dining experience.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent in all respects, especially wide selection of vegetables

EB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner with my elderly father in-law. The food was outstanding, as was the service. Note, menu prices are higher than listed online.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to dine at Bistro Aracosia. My two boys and I invited our good friends this past weekend, they too, had a pleasurable experience.
Staff is warm and informative. The food an is rich with spices and grill flavors. Plenty if options for non meat eaters, we have brought three vegetarians , on separate occasions to dine with us, as the menu has amazing vegetable options. The butternut squash is my favorite!
I usually get the salmon, but have switched to the lamb shank lately... As it felt like fall. The pumpkin dumplings are a must, they can be topped with meat or yoghurt. My younger son loves a dish called quorti, spiced meat and lentils over warm flat bread, topped with yoghurt, he orders it every time! It's an appetizer, but he is twelve, so he eats it as a meal after the pumpkin dumplings.
Highly recommended. Often crowded, a reservation is a must.

DD
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They fabulous food seasoned to perfection truly delighted us. The super friendly staff made certain our meal was perfect.

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite making a 9 pm reservation, we had to wait 1/2 hour to be seated. It was very loud and crowded but the food is delicious and the staff exceptionally hospitable. It is a pricey place so be warned.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t write reviews often, but this is a five star place and deserves it. The food, the service, the generosity of the owner, it’s all top notch and I consistently look for new people to introduce to this place

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the lamb shank moguli. It was the best lamb dish I have ever had. It was cooked perfectly with perfectly balanced spices. A++ Afghan food and service.

g
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Food all tasted the same. Extremely salty. Bread very mediocre. Had grilled quail..very burned.

GH
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

David and his team are amazing. Great food and hospitality abound!

M
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Professional staff, very knowledgable of the menu and quite attentive. Ambiance was cozy and a bit dark. Plush. Food was great - flavourful and rich. Portions are big enough to share between 2 or 3 people. Owner was present, does his rounds to ensure guests are happy without being intrusive or over the top. Would recommend this place!

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best Afghan restaurant anywhere. I make a special trip every time I am in town and it has always impressed. Maybe best of all (for those who do not eat rice), they allow you to replace the rice with one of their stewed vegetable sides. This alone would be enough to keep me coming back, even if the food were not the best Persian/Middle Eastern I have ever been too!

IS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dining experience! The food was delicious and the service outstanding. I will definitely be returning soon.

W
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had never been to the restaurant and loved it. The owner and waitstaff were truly welcoming and passionate about their restaurant.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is exceptional and Uncle David was a wonderful host!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Afghani restaurants I’ve ever been to. Highly refined traditional dishes prepared to perfection. The seek kebab and lamb moghuly were out of this world. Bravo to the chef and staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply marvelous

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and helpful staff, though a bit stressed given the crowd. Good recommendations. Owner came around and chatted. Food was excellent, lightly spiced, fragrant and not heavy like the rest of restaurant type south Asian food tends to be. Loads of options including a vegan menu. Definition nicely worth more visits to try out more of the menu! Great choice.

S
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best middle eastern food I have had, this place may be my new favorite.

e
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While there were several good lamb selections, we were disappointed by the dumplings, which were mushy and covered in gooey sauce. Different varieties of dumplings all tasted the same, with heavy emphasis on potato fillings. Service was friendly, and prompt, especially for a busy place at any time of night. I do not plan to return.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday at Bistro Aracosia and it was fabulous - the menu is diverse, including a lot of options for vegetarians, the ambiance is wonderful and the service is outstanding. We ordered dumpling appetizers, ground beef kabob, a lamb platter and the chicken ladwana and all were delicious. What most impressed me about Bistro Aracosia was the excellent service - our server took time to go over the menu with us, ask questions and make recommendations about dishes he thought we would most enjoy. We will definitely return!

GS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dishes served with flair. Very welcoming atmosphere and staff.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a delicious meal with excellent service. We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and they welcomed me bringing in a birthday cake.

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always--this was probably my 5th visit and the food is consistently excellent as is the service. Wonderful!!

S
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my fifth visit since Aracosia opened. Love the place. Great food, friendly welcome, cozy interior. I wish this bistro could move or open a branch in Friendship Heights,

MM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Very clean, easy access on MacArthur, lots of street parking. Loved it

G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Bistro Aracosia is just exceptional ! new savors and perfect preparation, not mentioning generous portions. Although the service was a bit slow in the beginning (the Bistro is consistently full) it was very responsive to our requests, and very friendly.

PG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was top notch all around. We had a reservation and had to wait (which initially ticked me off) in line but it was because of two reasons....everyone had a reservation and no one wanted to leave sitting at the tables because the food and ambience was incredible. The maitre d' did an awesome job of managing the line and even gave my wife and others a glass of wine because we all had to wait. The staff was very courteous and helped us with the menu to explain everything. Can't say enough about the food and how delicious it was. From the bread and chutneys they bring in the beginning, to the entrees, to the incredible deserts at the end...you just don't want it to end. We just found a new place to bring our friends and family who love to try new places.

AK
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although we did wait a half hour for a table even though we had a reservation, the owner was very gracious and frequently
apologized.Food was very good, but noise level was so energetic we could not here our server.

N
Washington DC
210 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super--across the board. Amazing food, top-notch service that is friendly and helpful (THANKS Wais, Uncle David, and other staff), and a great space. It does get somewhat noisy when they are packed. This is a great restaurant that really knows what hospitality is all about. We can't wait to go back!!!

GF
Berlin
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves excellent food and the waiters are very nice and well prepared. Extremely advisable the lamb

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is so friendly and there is a very warm ambiance. The food is excellent. We lived everything but the dumplings are a must.

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