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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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great addition to the Washington dining scene. Delicious food, both vegetarian and meat. Great service, relatively quiet.

d
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood bistro that won't disappoint.

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, terrific atmosphere. It was our first time there but it won't be our last!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we enjoyed everything we tasted and appreciated our waiter’s attentive service. Wonderful experience.

OT
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our family of three loved our experience at this bistro. We had never had food from Afghanistan and it turned out to be a great treat. Definitely need a reservation and you can take your time if you ask the waiter to space dishes out. Such a welcoming place and extensive menu. We were visiting from North Carolina and look forward to eating here next time we are in town.

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They treat you like family. The best Afghan food in DC and the very best ambiance. We’ve been to them all and we keep coming back to Bistro Aracosia. Take your family, they will have an unforgettable evening.

AK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Two out of three of our main dishes (all meat dishes) and the dessert were outstanding but the appetizers were not quite the same quality, although very good. The service was excellent and very friendly. I definitely would go back to explore their menu more thoroughly.

JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is now officially our “special occasion” restaurant. From the soup to the dumplings to the lamb (shank and chops) everything was flawless. Sides of eggplant perfect in texture and savoriness. Nice complimentary birthday cake too.

AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal after a long day.

V
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dinner. My husband and I are not newbies to Afghan cuisine, and Bistro Aracosia blew us away. The appetizers, the entrees - all flavorful and fantastic. We can't wait to share this dining experience with friends!

KG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia is Literally my favorite restaurant in town.

a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful as always. One of my favorite places

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modern take on an Afghan restaurant. Service was exceptionally friendly and efficient without being over bearing. Menu was varied, the quality, preparation and presentation was excellent. With my meal I had a really nice Cava and a lovely Cotes du Rhone that were available by the glass. This was the second time we have eaten there and there will no doubt be a third.

S
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was out first time at Bistro Aracosia but it won't be our last. It has also been the first time in several years that my wife and I have had Afghan food. We loved it. Our reservation was at 8:45 and, despite a long line of others with reservations, we were seating fairly close to that time. The restaurant is small given the number of people it handles, so be prepared to eat in close quarters and, in some places, light dim enough to have trouble reading a menu of several pages of wonderful dishes. We had an appetizer, drinks, and main course and all for under $100. The brisket was mouth-watering and the chicken, although a bit dry, was marvelous with the tasty accompaniments that come with the dish. We were so pleasantly full that we skipped dessert. If you're coming by car, allow enough time to find a place to park. This area of NW DC is getting more popular as a destination venue because of its much-improved dining options.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Upscale Afghan food in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington DC - the food was delicious, there are plenty of vegetarian options, and the staff was friendly and attentive. If you like Afghan food, this is one of the top three Afghan restaurants in the DMV - and there is a lot of competition. The staff went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of, from giving us a table in the back room where it was less crowded, to presenting us with a complimentary birthday dessert! Our table was vegetarian, and there is a vegetarian section on the menu, with several seasonal choices - I would recommend anything with the butternut squash, and the vegetarian combo platter with qabuli was a fave. I will definitely go back!

DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. We ordered the mixed dumpling appetizer and each was just excellent. Also had a chicken dish and the chocolate hazelnut cake. Each of the dishes was prepared with care and very well done. I will definitely come back!

DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service!

CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of best experiences we've had at a restaurant in D.C. in the 33 years we've lived here! I'd let them know when I'd made the reservation that we'd be celebrating a wedding anniversary of friends and that we'd appreciate a quiet table. They sat us at a lovely corner table, and they treated us with such kind and festive respect, I was bowled over! Plus, our waitperson was very helpful with suggestions, and we all loved the dishes and beverages we chose. Many staff people welcomed us, checked in during our dinner, and wished us well as we left. We can't wait ti return!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Best rest in dc just need to be renovated

P
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

o
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! What a great neighborhood gem and worth traveling for a divine meal of many layers of flavor. I love the cozy vibrant atmosphere too!

K
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Best Afgan restaurant in the area. None of the staff members I am familiar with was on that night, but the staff that were there were excellent.

MS
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is insanely good - best in DC. Food is excellent too!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
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
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food !!

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion with friends

g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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.