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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Lamb Shank Sabzi Moghuli
Bone-in lamb shank and mixed greens slowly cooked together in a spicy tomato based stew infused with garam masala.
Flavored with bistro spices, steamed to perfection and finished off with your choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef, topped with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
Lamb Chop Duo
Combination of two French rack ribs chops and shoulder chops, marinated in our house spices, served with seasoned basmati rice, and topped off with julienne carrots, raisins, served with a side of roasted eggplant.
Perfect for family dinner. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious.
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This has been an excellent restaurant pre-COVID and still remains good. But it doesn't quite measure up to the standard it previously set. The lamb with eggplant special was very good, but the seasoning not quite as curious as I recall. Likewise with other dishes, especially the 2 desserts (pudding and baklava) we tried. We did not try the grilled meats, and they might have been very good. Worth going to, but not to go as far out-of-the-way as I recall doing several years ago.
Edward, thank you for your feedback! We will look into these concerns to ensure a better experience on your next visit. Thank you for dining with us, and we hope to see you again.
Great food. Really delicious food.
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Thank you for celebrating with us!
Fabulous place , terrific food , great service
Thank you Eric for your kind words!
Wonderful food and ambience! Staff was friendly and attentive.
Thank you Karen for your kind words!
Auténticas especialidades afganas. Excelente relación calidad / precio. Servicio muy atento. Comida delante cuida. Repetiremos!
Thank you Carlos!
This place was great! We had some of the best service I've had in my life.
Thank you! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!
Excellent food and service.
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Outstanding food and service! The extensive menu makes it very hard to make a choice!
Thank you Larry for your kind words!
Excellent food combined with superlative service make this a great go to place. The appetizer dumplings (my lunchmate and I shared 2 of each of their three signature dumplings) were a standout although a bit pricey. The bread paired with the four dipping sauces are each excellent. Actually, we couldn't decide which was our favorite. What we could decide on was to take some home, which I ended up having the following night with my dinner. This time, my wife picked her favorite one - the least spicy "green" one. I swapped between the mango with a kick and the next spicier and vinegar one, saving the spiciest one for a snack later in the week. Entrees were also excellent, and from previous visits with friends and family, you pretty much can't go wrong with any choice. Impress those who have never been to this wonderful Palisades neighborhood establishment with a reservation that offers both seating inside or covered and protected outside (comfortable even when it's raining.)
Thank you so much for your kind words and support! We are so happy to hear that you loved the chutneys and the food!
Wonderful service! Thank you
Delicious food at Bistro Aracosia, served quickly and efficiently. This restaurant was terrific when it first opened, and it has only got better!
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Lovely place to eat outside -- and very good food and service.
Server was exceptional and added to our celebration with special dessert.
The food had wonderful spices—very fragrant. The dumpling platter had nice variety and was delicious! The signature entree with lamb chop and beef tenderloin were perfectly cooked and tender. The sauces that accompany the bread course were so good we asked for extra! Wonderful place.
Food was delicious that’s why I keep going back. Service was friendly and efficient. All in all a very excellent experience.
Food was absolutely delicious & service was phenomenal. Definitely going back and recommending this place to others. Wonderful experience.
It’s always a vibe here - lovely service and exceptional food. Can’t wait until next time!
Meal took a long time to arrive. Most of my friends were disappointed in their food. My dish was disappointing from the look of it and the taste. The taste was basically just of the dominant spice.
Visiting DC and looked for vegetarian food. This place looked interesting and proved excellent. Many thanks to the staff for making our experience over the top.
the food delicious, the service friendly and efficient, and overall good experience.
The food was not up to previous quality. The leek and scallion dumpling appetizer had very little leek and scallion and the dough tasted hard and stale ... perhaps old. The French rack of lamb, usually delicious, was full of gristle and fat.
Terrific waiter! Very accommodating so we could try out a variety of foods with appetizer sampler. Loved the Qorma too. Great to sit outside.
We were delighted to get a reservation outside on short notice
Thank you, we're happy your were able to join us!
I love Bistro Aracosia! The ambience is lovely, the food delicious - I highly recommend the spicy beef dumplings - and the service is very attentive. I go both for casual dinners as well as celebrations (brother's graduation from his Master's program) and am always incredibly satisfied and looking forward to my next visit.
Thank you so much Jennifer for dining with us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your celebration at our restaurant! We also look forward to your next visit!
We asked for outdoor seating and expected some noise from MacArthur Blvd. Periodically the noise was conversation-stopping and much worse than we expected. Apparently there are lots of loud trucks going by these days. This is not the fault of the restaurant of course, and they certainly would have seated us inside had we asked. Our only other issue was a long, long wait to pay our check. Waitstaff were excellent otherwise. Food was delicious as always at this restaurant and nicely plated and served.
Had an early dinner before going to the Kennedy Center. The service was lovely, and the food even better. The Aushak is divine.
Thank you for your kind words, we're glad you enjoyed your experience!
Great meal…unexpectedly deep menu and wine list. Next level service for the price point. Crisp, inviting, and friendly-neighborhoody atmosphere was perfect for celebrating our anniversary. Not too formal not too casual —just right for a special night out. Highly recommend and we’ll be back for sure! Btw the food is amazing!
Thank you so much for choosing us to celebrate your special day with us! We're so happy that you and your loved one enjoyed your experience! We look forward to seeing you again!
Another comment about last night's dinner on MacArthur Blvd at an Afghani restaurant. The food was extraordinary for several reasons: Wonderful spices, well-prepared, and, frankly, something delightfully different. And, the staff at Bistro Aracosia had that sweet spot of genuine welcome, menu assistance, and attentiveness that are all too rare. DMV people, I highly recommend this restaurant. it was worth a drive from Urbana.
Thank you Pete! We're so glad that you had a great experience with us! Thank you for your kind words and for making the drive out to dine with us!
Bistro Aracosia NEVER disappoints! The food is consistently excellent, and the ambience and environment couldn’t be warmer. Anyone who hasn’t been to this neighborhood gem is missing out
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Delicious, unusual food served by a lovely hostess and enthusiastic waiter, Noah. Our birthday girl was treated to a special "Happy Birthday" message on her cake plate and, of course, a candle. If you go, be sure to visit the small adjoining store where an array of delicacies from around the world are on sale.
Bistro Aracosia is a gem. Outstanding in every aspect. Every entree and appetizer is delicious. The waitstaff is wonderful. Noah is the best.
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that Noah took great care of you!
great food. Appetizers were tasty, and the dips with the bread very good. Our group had four different main courses (two chicken quormas, a vegetable and chicken quorma, and lamp chops. All were out of this world! Our compliments to the chef. Our server was also pleasant and efficient.
Thank you Kyle, we're so glad that you enjoyed the food and the service!
Took more than 45 minutes to get our food and it was lukewarm
A delicious and varied cuisine in a calm atmosphere, with lots of vegetarian choices too.
Thank you Carrie, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience!
A neighborhood gem!
Thank you Benjamin for your kind words!
Never disappointed here, always excellent food and service
Thank you so much Michael! We're glad you enjoyed your experiences with us!
As a non Afghan who has spent a fair amount of time in Afghanistan it was delightful to finally find a place where I could find the food that I came to love while there. I look forward to coming back again, when I've saved room for dessert.
Thank you Andrea, we're glad you were able to find Afghan cuisine that's to your liking! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Bistro Aracosia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 363-0400.
Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.8 stars by 1714 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.