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Bistro Aracosia

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1421 Reviews
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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 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1421 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spent my birthday here. Food is AMAZING, especially vegetarian options! My fave restaurant in DC area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for date night or just a quaint place to get away and eat some great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lamb ever!

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healdkw
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and good variety. Recommend one of the stews and the lamb js great too

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CF16
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated my wife’s birthday dinner here with our 5 yr old. Definitely kid friendly. From the amazing food to the attentive staff, we highly recommend this place especially for a special occasion. We had a great time. Thank you Bistro Aracosia for making our evening special.

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StefanieZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food and cocktails and they have a pretty extensive wine by the bottle list. I’d definitely return. Outside dining can be a little loud bc you’re right on the sidewalk on MacArthur Blvd. can’t wait to go back and try more of their Kormas!

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NinaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in a covered front 'patio'. The food was delish & it was all so much fun for lunch after going to the nearby little Kreeger Museum on Foxhall Rd.

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JudyG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected elegance and deliciousness. I had the vegetarian risotto and my friend had the vegetarian sampler. Both dishes way exceeded my expectations and were composed of exquisite tastes and textures that I wouldn’t be able to achieve at home. Plus the care with safe outdoor dining was outstanding. I can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a weeknight birthday dinner! Food and service was great!

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MarieL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is a gem in NW DC. Food is excellent, people superb and we will be regulars!’nn

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fairly long wait between courses but the food is fabulous. Going back next week!

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vipJanice
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff, food and ambiance was absolutely wonderful!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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etruman
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Because we are now outside, with street noise, the piped music may be a bit too much for conversation.

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vipAllison
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia always delivers! I had a wonderful al fresco birthday dinner.

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vipfoodieambo
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid attentive service and authentic beautifully prepared food. A delightful experience as always.

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vipcathy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service. The vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings are simply wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this food! They do a fabulous job, and the price is amazingly low given the quality. The restaurant has transformed the front porch into a charming dining area. I hope they have heaters for cooler weather!

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KRMcH1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing; Wine Selection is great. Owner, Managers and Wait staff are all LOVELY... I highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience on my daughters birthday!

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vipProf
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve done a great job with outdoor, distanced, dining. Hope they’ll have heaters for cooler weather!

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NairaD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening - delicious food and wonderful service. We sat outside and it was a lovely.

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KatyO
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Cardamom cake is delicious love going with my friends

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deed
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Safety measures in place to protect me ......
Will be back soon
Food fabulous

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MeredithD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough!

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Anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food, careful attention to health and safety.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Delicious!

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KevinC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining experience since the pandemic and it was absolutely fantastic. We've been here before and knew it was great, but the service on this occasion was just exceptional. Highly recommend for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Our server was very professional and gave us chick fil a quality customer service (compliment). They actually read my special request and wished my date happy birthday as soon as we walked in, they really went above and beyond. I was just expecting them to give the birthday cake and wine but they made it special right from the start and even gave her a cute little birthday card.

The food was amazing and I ate my servers recommendation and was not disappointed. My date enjoyed her dish as well, I will defiantly be returning to this restaurant.

The whole staff was over all super friendly as well.

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BETHC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is wonderful. I enjoyed the pumpkin dumpling appetizer with light yogurt sauce, not too heavy on culantro. For my main dish I had the grilled salmon on a creamy bed of spinach and basmati rice. Absolutely delicious!! The portions were just enough. I highly recommend Arcosia. The wait staff said there is now a seconsd location in Mclean.

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AnilaK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place excellent food and they really know how to serve beer.

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RebeccaP
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Bistro Aracosia several times and the food and service has been outstanding. To celebrate our son's delayed high school graduation, we booked a special lunch for 3 in July, our first dine-in restaurant outing since Covid 19 lockdown in March. The staff wore masks and complied with all CDC guidelines and the food was as good as ever. We appreciated the attention and basically had the restaurant to ourselves. In normal times, Bistro A would be packed and you could not get a table on a Friday or Saturday night. Support local restaurants so they can keep in business! And thank you to Bistro Aracosia for a lovely celebration lunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Experience - it is always great! So happy they are open again and the service, food, ambiance and whole experience was FABULOUS!

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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
52 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.

FAQs

Bistro Aracosia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 363-0400.

Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.8 stars by 1421 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.