Bistro Aracosia

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$30 and under
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Afghan

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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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Rocoki
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and delicious food. Attentive staff. Nice ambiance. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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vipLeighS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each of our dinners were delicious, we both had the most popular Afgan dishes but can't remember the names of the dishes at the moment. The service was excellent and our server was extremely knowledgeable on Afghan cuisine even know not from there. The ambience was great too. This is my third time dining there and each and every time have had a delicious meal and excellent service. Highly recommend this restaurant. It is extremely popular and once you have been there you will understand why. Also very reasonable.

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vipLove2eat
Indiana
51 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this gem while visiting our family. It was fabulous. Service attentive even though the restaurant was booked. Food was amazing!

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DouglasD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been to B.A. twice, one lunch and one dinner. Both times were excellent. The service is a little slower than you may like. However, it is likely because the restaurant is busy. This is especially true for a weekend dinner. Awesome food though! The four chutneys they offer are all outstanding! We would highly recommend them.

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vipbigspender
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience

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vipSary
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a wonderful experience. All the flavors satisfied my palate completely. They even remembered my fiancé birthday.

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Monica
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. So flavorful and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Friendly people, wonderful and interesting food, amazingly well priced AND you can actually hear your companions and don't have to scream.

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vipBarbaraR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants now! We have been here a number of times since they opened and we are never disappointed. The food is excellent and well presented. The staff is very helpful and attentive. Love the different spices!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful decorations, great staff

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hsf1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

the bread comes with 4 different types of chutney, and the veal and mushroom sabzi lawaan is amazing!

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LisaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fab place for food lovers! A special vegan menu. Dumplings made to order, so delicate that a non-vegan would never miss egg, cheese or meat.
Fresh vegan lentil soup with yummy mung beans and chick peas-generous firm bread to substitute for a spoon. The spices draw you into the dish. The service is friendly and out to please. They are so busy that many nights we pick up -take home Sabzi Moghuli with saffron infused Basmati rice.
And yet, the bar can be a casual place to enjoy the kitchen.

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barbaraa
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan menu was varied and interesting. The pumpkin dumplings were especially delicious and presented beautifully. We will be back soon!

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AlwaysExcellent
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were seated EXACTLY at the time of our reservation. The service was excellent, and the food was very good.

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Sammm
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a really nice meal -- very extensive menu, all of which was very yummy.

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JennB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service was a little slow on a busy Saturday night, but the food was excellent.

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JonS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Was excited to try it after all of the good press, but was underwhelmed. The food was decent but the service was not great and the restaurant was cramped and hot.

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vipDorothyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and delightful service! From their vegetarian to meat choices, every meal is a special treat!

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vipthomask
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lentil soup was very tasteful and filling. The four cups of sauces used with the warm bread also helped on the entrees. Grilled portabello mushrooms with onions , rice and tomato---excellent. As was the potato korma, mushrooms slow cooked greens and rice. All workers were very welcoming to us. A perfect place for two at a small table or a round table of six. We could easily hear each other. Our first dinner there and we will be back many times. Extensive number of entree options. Their team excels!

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Omnivore
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous.
They accidentally cancelled our reservation. But were gracious and accommodating.

Our waitresss was stunning.

Food is well prepared and presented.

Very highly recommended.

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LynnO
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both wonderful, definitely recommend.

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Excellent
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at Bistro Aracosia, food was great, service was perfect, ambience wonderful. The only issue was that I ordered a plate that had rice, which wasn't mentioned on the menu. They gladly replaced it without the rice.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious and healthy food at very reasonable prices, fun ambiance, and excellent service. We hope to go back on a regular basis!

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KathleenD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Staff and manager went out of their way to make our birthday dinner special.

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RACHELW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone I know. The food was amazing. The aroma when you walked in.. incredible. Couldn't wait to try the food! The food, drinks and service were amazing. The only negative was how close the tables were to each other. It was hard to squeeze in between tables, no matter your size. You can also hear your neighbors entire conversation without actually trying. OTHER THAN THAT, this restaurant is outstanding and I can't wait to return!

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vipSilverSpring705
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and ambience. And dining room perfect for conversation without shouting to companions. Perfect for any dinner but especially birthday celebrations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great ambience! Will be back

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vipandydc
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint. Great food and service

Highly recommended

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ClaudiaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat with outstanding food and service.

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vipVisitor
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our third time at Bistro Aracosia. Fantastic yet again!

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vipCookback
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

SO many choices ! Was almost overwhelmed by the options. Ask the server for suggestions ! Great spices...

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LiamS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a superb restaurant with a broad menu, caring and efficient staff, and a no rush environment. It's a huge favorite with the locals, but I'm happy to drive a long distance to eat there. If you've never enjoyed Afghan food be prepared to be very pleasantly surprised!

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vipJacob
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the dumpling sampler, and last time tried the vegetarian tasting dish. This time we repeated the very tasty dumplings and enjoyed their stews. Everything was delicious, our server took good care of us and gave us good advice, and the room was pretty quiet considering how busy it was.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! The flavors were out of the world!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review