Bistro Aracosia

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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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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! The staff are super friendly. We took their recommendations when we ordered and the food was absolutely delicious! We had the turnover sampler and I could’ve just ordered more of it for my whole meal!
Our mains were fantastic as well! Will definitely be going back!

JE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Bistro Aracosia. We were concerned that it might be too noisy for us (we are older than most and have hearing aids) and that the food might be too hot or exotic. As it turned out, the food was delicious, the service friendly and prompt and the noise tolerant. We had a wonderful evening with my son and his wife and certainly will be back.

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service excellent. They even helped us celebrate a birthday in a most special way with desert and candle and a glass of champagne!! What a lovely surprise. We will be back and can hardly wait for them to open in McLean!

CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit with out of town guests and once again Bistro Aracosia proved that they know how to make wonderful food. The salmon - amazing, the Lamb Moguhli- amazing, the kebabs- my son wanted to know how we can find a take out place that makes them that amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant!

CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful dining room, and the nicest people working there. The manager and owner are both passionate about their food and eager to help first-time visitors experience all the yummy food. Highly recommended.

K
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic meal from start to finish. Wonderful food and solicitous and friendly service. I have eaten here previously and it’s always been great, but I think this was the best ever!

E
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh and flavorful food, and a wonderful, attentive wait staff. We will be back!

DG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience from the food which was absolutely delicious to the waitress whose name I believe was Nima. My wife and I particularly loved the pumpkin and butternut squash that was combined into a stew. We liked the restaurant so much we plan on coming back in a few weeks for our 25th anniversary.

P
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at Bistro Aracosia is plentiful. The portions are quite big and the meat dishes are well-cooked with lots of spices and vegetables. I appreciated the beer list, which includes several top Belgian beers in bottles, although a bit pricy for some of them.

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Aracosia is consistently excellent!! I love this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Titi, was phenomenal, suoer friendly and very accomodating. Knowledgeable on the menu. We were a large party and she chose the entire memu for us, as we were unfamiliar with Afghan cuisine. Everything was delicious. Highly recommendable.

R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful experience. We were well taken care of from start to finish. We only scratched the surface of this surprisingly large menu and found wonderful textures and flavors. Can’t wait to go back.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful!! Fabulous service and food. A must try! Get the Lamb Shank

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is excellent and the food even better. These are exotic dishes that taste homey.

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service. We are vegetarians and just about swooned at the variety of options we had. Loved the pumpkin dumplings! Our server was fantastic--personal and fun, and attentive to our dining rhythm. We had an outstanding time and will be back soon.

SJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special occasion. The staff is uniformly delightful and the food is consistently excellent. The little nuances in the stews delight my palate. Location is great for a pre-performance meal prior to the Kennedy Center.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service.

n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent lots of flavors . Our waitress was very helpful and the ambiance welcoming .

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, excellent recommendations from waiter, delicious food.

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends to lunch for a birthday celebration. They/we all LOVED the food and the ambiance. We had a small issue to contend with and the staff were extraordinarily thoughtful and generous in providing excellent customer service. We are all happily anticipating our next meal there.

n
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful evening at Bistro Aracosia. We are never disappointed. Service was excellent! Thank you Hassan (I hope I spelled your name right because you were wonderful and so helpful)! This time we brought our vegetarian friends and they were wowed by all the options they had to choose from. We highly recommend the vegetarian lentil soup. Thank you!

RG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely Bistro Aracosia became one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I went there with some friends for my birthday, and they were super attentive. We shared a few plates and they were all delicious. In particular the turnovers, mazzas, a lamb entree that I don't remember the name, and the chicken lawaan. I'll definitely come back!

H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible dining experience. The service impeccable. They made sure that non of the meals had the foods that I am allergic to. The meat was so tender that it didn’t need cutting. All the dishes were delicious and the wine list extensive.

KF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, authentic, delicious Afghan food. We were seated immediately, the owner came by to ask how we were doing and the staff was very helpful. The only "issue" that we ran into was the waitress didn't ask us for our drinks when she was taking our order. really, not a problem, just a little miscommunication.

RJ
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service and food. Family run business done with great attention to customers’ needs. Many selections to please everyone’s palate.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed and treated like royalty. The waiter was gracious, enthusiastic, and well informed about the menu. The dishes we ordered - lamb, chicken, and an assortment of vegetarian stews - were amazing. We come here often and always have a delicious meal and a great experience.

FM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at the opening for dinner, and from the time we sat down until the time we left, we were graciously served by Titi. We will return!

A
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. From the warm welcoming by the owner to the excellent servicee by the wait staff, who often explain the subtle differences among the dishes, we always have a very pleasurable dining experience. Of course, the food is the main attraction and it literally never fails to please us.

A
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, suitable for sharing. A very cozy atmosphere enhanced by a wonderfully friendly staff.

AU
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gracious host and excellent menu.

e
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, spicy food! Great service. It is a neighborhood restaurant for me but the first time I had eaten there. It was terrific.

DC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful ambiance, fantastic service. We went for a small birthday celebration, and everyone was incredibly gracious. Highly recommend.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrific and unusual food served by people who are very helpful in negotiating a complex menu. A culinary adventure unlike anywhere else you'll eat in Washington.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably fabulous food with delightful service and great prices.

BF
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don['t know why we haven't discovered Bistro Aracosia before; we live just across the river in Arlington, and drive through The Palisades frequently (and have eaten at Black Salt a couple of times). Now that we HAVE discovered it, we will definitely be going back. Everyone in our party of 5 agreed that this is some of the tastiest, most flavorful food we have had in a DMV restaurant. Every dish had an interesting combination of spices that we had never encountered. The service was sparkling on all levels. A DC jewel!

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here for your special occasions (and anytime.. the food is outstanding!)! They made my son’s (10yr) birthday special by stopping by the table, offering a dessert and nice note.

N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary and had an excellent meal with good wine and good service. The final bill was reasonable for the quality. We were pleasantly surprised by a free dessert as we indicated the reason when making the reservation on the Opentable app.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A+ all around. Food was excellent as well as service.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious! Service was spot on and although it was quite cozy we didn't feel like we were too close to the nearby tables. It's a great place to take out-of-town guests.

LM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place. Dishes flavorful and unique. Ambiance warm and inviting. Wait staff and service exceptional.