Bistro Aracosia

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$30 and under
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Afghan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and flavorful. The menu is very large and accommodates many dietary needs. The service was excellent and they were very attentive, especially given that it was my husband's birthday, they prepared a dessert and brought it to our table, they packed our food, and were very gracious. We will definitely be coming back!

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Neema was a great server. Very attentive and helpful with my 2 nieces who were first time diners. Unexpectedly quiet, but it was a plus for me! The grilled meats were awesome!! The veggie dishes were tasty, but too over embellished for my taste. Will definitely be back.

n
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

lots of vegetarian and gluten free options and if you like lamb they have a wide range of excellent choices

OB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bistro Aracosia has excellent gourmet Afghan food and large menu to select from. Very nice service and plenty of vegetarian options that will please even a meat eater.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Veggie and vegan options available and tasty! Appreciated servers explaining the dishes and wine list.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb tenderloin and beef tenderloin were outstanding! As were the chicken stews! Staff made our family and our kids feel like family. Will definitely be going back.

N
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavors. Actual flavors. I'm realizing that for the most part, dining out is akin to eating cardboard. Aracosia is my favorite cure. They indulge all the senses with stunning attention to detail. Five stars are insufficient for their constellation of subtle excellence.

SD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Loved everything..bread and four curries that are provided all exciting to try..then we had vegetarian combo and a beef and lamb combo so that we could try everything...and the service was very friendly, helpful and just perfect

RJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this restaurant. The food and service is awesome!

AF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both outstanding, as usual. The vegetarian platter is always recommended.

u
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Server was very nice and brought vegetarian version of one of the appetizers at no extra charge

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in DC!

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BA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was my fourth visit to this gem - love love love it. The use of spices is delicate and masterful, the dishes are all impeccably prepared, the service is warm and friendly. One of my all-time favorite restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

f
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

went there again on NYE. Place was packed and food was wonderful; however they more than doubled the price of the dishes for that night. I understand economics, but still.

j
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and service were both very good. We had the dumplings and the lamb chop signature dish and they were both very tasty.

F
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is excellent. I have enjoyed all dishes I have ordered. The pumpkin dumplings are outstanding. My favorite dish is the chicken kebobs because the seasoning is wonderful.

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu had enough choices to please everyone in our party of 7, including the vegetarian and the hearty meat-eater. The servings were bountiful and the food was delicious.

I
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so friendly and the food is delicious

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, filled with flavor. Every single dish was excellent - the qormas, kabobs and boulanee. The vegetarian risotto was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. Go multiple times and try everything on the menu - best dining experience in DC

KB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food - highly recommend. All of the meats are well marinated and the menu is unique.

RG
Italy
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, vibrant food. Gracious host and attentive waiters. The restaurant is very full, but the service remained excellent. While crowded, the atmosphere was joyful and happy.

N
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining rooms experience. Welcoming greeting amd friendly staff. Our waiter Diego was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food is exquisite Afghan cuisine. By far the best I have tasted.
Highly recommended!

DL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and a fantastic waiter and maitre d

t
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, nice ambiance, enjoyable evening all around!

B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food! The mix grill meats were outstanding: great sampler, perfectly cooked. All the dishes are very tasty and there is a wide variety of choices available: vegeterian and vegan too.

CB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderfully flavorful food, served with a personal, knowledgeable touch, always a pleasure to eat at Bistro Aracosia. Simply put, it is currently my most recommended restaurant in the DC area. Omar stops by your table when he is working. They have regular specials.

n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with very nice service. Our waitress was attentive and had many suggestions which were all on the money delicious. Even the kids cleaned their plates and that’s saying something.

PF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3rd time and as delicious as slays. We love Bistro Aracosia!!

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here before and it does not disappoint. My visits are not as frequent as I would like. I hope it never changes.

b
Montana
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there with five of my staff for a holiday dinner. We all loved what we ordered, the waitress threw in some extras for us, we will all be back!!!

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly delicious cuisine with warm hospitality. Our group of 7 enjoyed a wonderful evening at the restaurant. Look forward to coming back.

MV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food but too noisy

JL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a very nice birthday dinner. Started with a couple of appetizers which were both very good. Bread and four chutney’s were excellent!! Main courses of stews and kabob were all excellent, especially on a cold evening! Wrapped up the meal with very tasty piece of almond cake. All in all a very nice evening with excellent Afghan food!!

MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved Bistro Aracosia. Although this was our first visit, my family and I were regular patrons of their first restaurant (Afghan Bistro) when we lived in the state so we’re certainly familiar with the quality of food and the excellent service. Needless to say, absolutely nothing was loss with the opening of a new restaurant - the food was amazing and the service was outstanding. We’re here in the area fairly often and as with Afghan Bistro, we will definitely stop in for dinner at Bistro Aracosia each time we make the 1200 mile trip here. Looking forward to visiting the newest location in McLean/Tyson’s when it opens as well.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Delicious food and sweet

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all-around, excellent service.

IW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I brought three friends and the four of us all shared our appetisers, entrees, and deserts. The food was absolutely wonderful and we plan on returning for a special occasion. We experienced excellent service.