Bistro Aracosia

4.9
1466 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 1466 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must-visit restaurant in the DC area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive waiter. Saffron tea was wonderful at end of meal and we didn’t feel rushed

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vipdm65
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in all of DC. Consistently excellent food with terrific service at a reasonable price. The wait staff and management makes you feel like you are part of the family. I highly recommend Bistro Aracosia for your next meal.

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MarieF
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Service was great. It’s going to be hard to beat.

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WorlddinersX2
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy both Aracosia's locations on MacArthur Blvd and in McLean. The food is delicious, especially the appetizers like Mantu dumplings and aushak. The tasty entree portions are just the right size. The qabali pulow reminded the four of us of our days in Afghanistan in the 1970s. The chicken stew was a bit dry. The naan with 4 dipping sauces starts the meal. The service is friendly, efficient and accommodating. We requested inside seating after we arrived and were seated by a window. We certainly will return!

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BrendanP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Excellent food and service.

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MartaM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!!!
Great service 🙂
Amazing atmosphere!

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AdamR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It is some of the most authentic Afghani food you’ll find in the US. The appetizers, bread, etc. are outstanding though the main courses are hit or miss and not as good.

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vipJudithK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a delightful place for dinner. Staff is very accommodating and covid conscious

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Hairdressers
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think this establishment is amazing..we worked in the neighborhood almost 2 years ago and 2 years later it’s still amazing and delicious!!

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DarrenB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was warm and inviting. Our meal was amazing. An excellent experience.

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GayaA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Afghani food I have ever had! Service was excellent!

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KevinP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location of this restaurant is in the outskirts of D.C. .finding parking was relatively easy. The restaurant has a great selection of food and drinks. I had fun time celebrating my birthday there and would love to come back again.

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vipTomM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem! Delicious food and exceptional service.

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vipDianeC
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, lots of vegetarian and vegan options but plenty of meat dishes too

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SophiaR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but not out of this world. The waitstaff was not very good at explaining the menu to us nor did she ever check in on us

The restaurant is clean and quiet

I enjoyed the bread and sauce on the table as well as my lamb chops!

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vipSusanS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Very friendly staff and management. Thoughtful recommendations. We ate in the semi-enclosed outdoor dining area and it was very comfortable. We will be back for sure!!

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vipDcdiner
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Excellent food, pleasant staff, nice outdoor setting. Highly recommend it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the lentil soup !

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vipLaurelS
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food is exceptional!!! Everything we had was so delicious. The staff goes out of their way to be accommodating. The only shortcoming is the space. It needs some updating but it won’t stop us from going.

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VibhavS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Food was great, ambiance was nice. they did well with COVID precautions.

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DWx1
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, huge menu. Lamb chops were a bit tough, but wonderful flavor. Definitely would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first Afgan good experience and it was fantastic. Definitely coming back.

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BrianA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in DC in my view. The food is interesting, very good and they clearly appreciate the business.

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Chiara
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bistro Aracosia is a very nice place with very nice people. Jack has been very kind with us and has answered to all our questions!

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vipIlanaC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pomegranate cosmo! Loved the social distancing measures and the heat lamps were superb. Great service, delicious food.

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MariaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and service!!! The food is consistently great with interesting choices.

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a welcoming place! Their gracious attitude makes for a special time. The ambience of the outdoor dining was especially nice. The heaters kept us warm despite the cold evening. We ordered the chicken thighs and the vegetarian plate of Middle Eastern style mashed potatoes, greens, eggplant, and butternut squash. Everything was delicious. We can’t wait to enjoy again!

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vipDanaK
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Lots of meat choices. Stews are amazing, as well as dumplings. Loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chicken Lawan was fantastic!

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LarV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place. Loved the food and the atmosphere was perfect. Highly recommended to anyone looking for delicious food to eat.

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AbbeyL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The best lamb shank I’ve ever had! The baklava was also amazing! Also any wine lovers would love their wine selection!

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Georgia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed dining outdoors at Aracosia, even though it was a wintry February evening.

The outdoor tables were well-arranged with heating lamps placed nearby. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We were celebrating a birthday, and Aracosia gave us a lovely treat of almond cake and two glasses of champagne for the occasion.

I would recommend Aracosia for outstanding Afghan food and attentive service.

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vipChristopherF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended - delicious food and great service! Definitely the best Afghan restaurant in DC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy

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vipCNLBethesda
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and ambiance are great.

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vipespressosipper
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing. Great times. Moscow mules were wonderful too! Go enjoy!

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vipJEdwards
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. The most lovely staff, Jack and Omar are a great team and make everyone feel welcome. The food is outstanding! I could eat there every day and never get bored of the menu.

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RobertH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cafe has good Afghan or modified Afghan food that is well prepared and very nicely presented. Mantu, bolanee, sabzi chalou; several types of korma and lamb shanks on pilau are just some of the dishes. You can get a good broad array of food by ordering he appetizers which double in larger portions as entrees. The service is good and the ambience is as good as can be expected at this time. We ate outside on the covered and heated veranda along the road so wind and road noise enter, of course. But now that the Mayor's restaurant restrictions have lifted, you can eat inside.

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 1466 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.