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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P
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sumptuous meal with warm, attentive service in a relaxed, exotic setting!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us shared multiple dishes, each one delicious. We over-ordered because we knew we would want leftovers the next day! Delightful, patient, informative servers were a huge plus as was the fact that we could hear each other!! Go, relax, enjoy!

B
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food !!

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in the area, friendly and responsive wait staff, and it is a beautiful restaurant as well.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was delicious! From the moment you walk in, the deliciously flavorful smells take you to a wonderful experience immediately. I highly recommend to anyone.

MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, generous portions that are expertly prepared and a knowledgeable staff. It was a packed Saturday night when we dined there, the kitchen and the staff seemed prepared to handle the crowd. The space can get loud but the food is worth it.

MC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a vegetarian sampler dish and their signature lamb, which the server was kind enough to debone for us. Fabulous! Attentive service and everything we had was delicious.

TK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were both fabulous!! The dishes that our server recommend were great.

MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tables are a little crowded. Our waitress was excellent. Forget her name, but she is originally from Liberia.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion with friends

g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular. The mantu was delicious and flavorful — definitely recommend the pumpkin mantu. The lamb shank fell off the bone and was cooked to perfection.

G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Lamb Shank was excellent.
Appetizers are also very tasty.

P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely!! Food is always delicious!!! I usually order a few appetizers to share with friends. The cardamom cake is sooo good!!!!

NE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is beautiful and unique. The service was wonderful. The food was exceptional. My colleague and I ordered two different stews (one yogurt based and one sweet/spicy with a tomato base) and both were amazing. The flavors were unique and rich. They were both served over rice, which was also delicious. We will definitely return.

BD
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in past visits, BA does not disappoint. Tasty and innovative food, very helpful servers. We will be back

BC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Aracosia for the four of us: Delicious starters and main plates; easy to converse; many GF and vegetarian options; and welcoming, attentive service from host and servers. A very pleasant evening!

BR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second visit for us in less than a week and we were not disappointed! We took our out of town son, who is a vegetarian with us and he loved it! There were many options for him and he loved all the choices. The flavors and spices of all the dishes were delicious.

TS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I have gone to Bistro Aracosia many times, and have recommended it often. This was the first time I was disappointed with the food. It seemed quickly prepared, was lacking its usual zest and unique embrace, and was lukewarm.

K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is stunning, the wait staff are friendly and courteous, catering to all manner of different situations. My service dog was welcomed without any hesitation. It would be helpful if a ramp could be installed for disabled people like me.

SF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This restaurant is a neighborhood favorite so it is often crowded, which translates to the need for reservations and the willingness to be seated near other tables. That said - the food and service are terrific and the portions hardy. A great place to go with friends.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Best rest in town
Need to be re decorated nicely but food is very good

Y
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Really Great! Really, really Great!

D
Sydney / NSW
132 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a very enjoyable experience. Our service/ wait staff was excellent. Food was very good. Love this place

H
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As usual, the food (lamb kebabs and appetizers) was outstanding and the service was courteous and excellent, even if a bit slow on a crowded evening.

f
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice food with a different taste ! I like the traditional and the new option! Definitely good for vegetarians

s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous service and food. The flavors were terrific and our waiter made great recommendations based on our likes and preferences.

Good wine list to pair with the meal’

d
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

BA is an excellent restaurant that is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike! The experience begins with excellent bread and relishes to begin and the appetizers are delicious. The restaurant continues with excellent main courses such as the lamb stew and eggplant stew and grilled lamb chops and beef. I highly recommend BA!

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! Everything we ate was delicious. Wish I lived closer (we’re from Connecticut) so I could try everything from their extensive menu.

LB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough about this restaurant. It maintains a neighborhood family-run feel but still feels sophisticated. The food and service are phenomenal. Easily one of my favorite DC restaurants.

MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely neighborhood gem. Great food. We missed the music which was in the other room; will specify next time. Very good service. Highly recommend

E
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal at Bistro Aracosia. Tasty food, good value.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food & good service and at 1pm it was not too crowded and so easy to talk.

BK
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was great except that the waiter kept coming by every two minutes to see if we were ready to order not long after we'd arrived. That was definitely not relaxing! And then later he kept interrupting in a very abrupt and brusque manner to ask if we wanted other things.

p
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia was one of the best restaurants I have been to in a long time. The service went above and beyond to make my husband and my anniversary extra special. The food and flavor was amazing, I had the chicken breast kabab, my husband had the lamb kabab both were delicious. This is a must place to visit if you are anywhere in the D.C. area! We loved our food and hospitality!

c
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The menu has many excellent and creative choices that are delicious and well-prepared. Service is very good, and the atmosphere is cozy and well done. Even when full, the noise level in this restaurant is moderate - you can comfortably carry on a conversation. Overall a real winner!

Y
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A consistently 5-star restaurant. The warmth and friendliness of the managers and staff is evident. The menu from appetizers through dessert is chock-filled with deliciousness. Bistro Aracosia is a real gem that shines brightly every time we dine there.

j
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue - really friendly service and very accommodating. Looking forward to another visit soon!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic Afghani food. Almost a mystical experience. Staff very nice too

MC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently good. I really enjoy the way they mix spices in a way that creates a variety of flavors. Went with someone who was gluten free and they were sensitive to that.

GL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I continue to love this place. They have never failed me.