Bistro Aracosia

4.9
1511 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 1511 people are saying
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vipNinaL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service5ambience5

I love Bistro Aracosia. Delicious & fun. The staff at the MacArthur restaurant is wonderful! Kudos.

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Sydney
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a combined birthday/Mother’s Day dinner. Everything was delicious. We had the lamb chop with greens and the bandenjaan karahi. We split them family style, but they were large enough that we would have had leftovers if we’d each ordered one entree. We also had cake and coffee for dessert, both of which were delicious. Highly recommend!

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DougD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious!

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vipBethesdaSlob
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipAnyaT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hands down he best lamb in town. Aracosia Bistro is my favorite casual lunch place right now. While Aracosia Mclean is our dinner favorite.

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vipSilverSpring705
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed lovely sidewalk lunch on a Wednesday. Food as delicious (and plentiful) as always and service attentive. All servers and staff wear masks and tables well-spaced so felt very safe. Wonderful to be back at restaurant after enjoying their carry out during pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely service!

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TKPK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Wonderful service. A nice dining experience. Highly recommend

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is one of the best meals I've had in DC - highly recommend. They are very busy so service is a tad slow but not a deterrent, food is well worth the wait. Apart from the speed, service was attentive and good.

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CaitlinM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! We will definitely be going back. They were able to seat us half an hour early which was nice. The staff was amazing, the menu options were great (lots of meat & vegetarian options!), and the food was incredible. Also, our waiter overheard us celebrating my graduation, and he brought us free champagne to celebrate! Cannot recommend this place enough!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent. Always one of my favorite places to eat.

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vipMarion
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional eggplant and pumpkin dishes!

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vipmstoehr112
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an outstanding dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a wonderful time and amazing food!

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vipdparker271
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the patio on a sunny afternoon. The restaurant was uncrowded and we felt perfectly safe. The menu is vast so it's hard to choose what to eat so I chose the Assorted Meze so I could taste a few different things. If you aren't super hungry, this is a good choice with a salad or an order of rice. My companion had lentil dumplings and a portobello entree, also delicious. The wait staff was attentive and friendly, refilling my tea as needed. We will go back soon, as there is much more to taste. Highly recommend!

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RoryH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; ton of vegetarian options; very filling! Would recommended highly

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was fantastic! Service was slow but worth the wait! Everything we ordered was delicious, from the dumplings to the butternut squash and the pudding desserts

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Monica
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best date nights we’ve ever been to. The food was spectacular, the service lovely, the ambience both fancy and relaxed. Highly recommend, we will be coming here for a long time.

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vipFoodiemominmd
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was absolutely delicious and the service (Jack was our server) was wonderful. Already planning our next visit.

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vipQoSheba
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise! We have gotten take out from Aracosia before, and enjoyed it, but our outdoor dining at the DC location exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious, the outdoor seating area was delightful, and the staff was very attentive. I had salmon with spinach and rice and my (Keto diet) son had lamb with a double order of spinach. We were both very pleased.

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BarbaraH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Really cold. I think you need more heaters. They only turn Kobe way and the table n zi Tony’s was taking them

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Neighbor
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are lots of choices. What I ordered was one of the best dishes I have ever tasted -- a rich tomato-ey vegetarian stew over delicious rice. Looking forward to getting it again.

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SouadH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for Ramadhan dinner and birthday. It was my second time there and the food was just so tasty. I will go back when I go out with friends and when I want to eat high quality food.

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Tracie
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a wonderful experience for several reasons. There were so many vegetarian options and the food was delicious. The added bonus was the service. Our waiter was amazing. Top notch service really puts this restaurant a notch above the rest. Good vegetarian afghan food with five star service who could ask for more. We will definitely be back next time we are in the DC area.

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vipfoodie007
Washington DC
199 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at an outside table. Had the mixed grill appetizer and a vegetable (squash). Both were excellent. What is terrific about this restaurant is that they give you complementary bread and four different dips for it. Great tasting dips. I asked to take home the left over dips we didn’t use up. I was offered an entire unused set to go home. Where else would you encounter this kind of service and generosity?

Need to go back and bring other friends with me.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal ... as always. Already looking forward to next time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 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
33 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
Orlando
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
6 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!!!
Great service 🙂
Amazing atmosphere!

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AdamR
Washington DC
6 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
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipHairdressers
Washington DC
4 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
Washington DC
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
San Francisco
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
5 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.

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 1511 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.