Bistro Aracosia

4.8
1717 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
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
What 1717 people are saying
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Cath
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding...what a value for such amazing taste! Wonderful!!!

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ILoveToEat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place for a hearty meal in upbeat, welcoming surroundings! The bread and dips brought to the table while you decide were terrific, and set up expectations that were not disappointed. Excellent cocktails, wine. Friendly and efficient service. We shared starters - a variety of dumplings, and all opted for lamb dishes - one grilled, the others stews. We were all happy with our choices - delicious flavors, generous portions.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed everything! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

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CbobM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lamb shank excellent, all dumplings excellent. Pistachio cake, rose ice cream and milk pudding were wonderful. Our server was attentive, very helpful when it came to ordering as we had never been there before. Her suggestions were spot-on. I'd recommend Aracosia without any hesitation.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words and support! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience dining with us!

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vipKieKieB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for family dinner. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 26, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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EdwardG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 26, 2021

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Really delicious food.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 24, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving outing

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 26, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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viperics
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place , terrific food , great service

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you Eric for your kind words!

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KarenM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience! Staff was friendly and attentive.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you Karen for your kind words!

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vipCarlos
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Auténticas especialidades afganas. Excelente relación calidad / precio. Servicio muy atento. Comida delante cuida. Repetiremos!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you Carlos!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great! We had some of the best service I've had in my life.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!

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vipNone
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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vipLarry
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The extensive menu makes it very hard to make a choice!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you Larry for your kind words!

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RocKloud9
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.)

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words and support! We are so happy to hear that you loved the chutneys and the food!

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vipClaudiad
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service! Thank you

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Claudia!

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catbird
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food at Bistro Aracosia, served quickly and efficiently. This restaurant was terrific when it first opened, and it has only got better!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words and support!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Incredible food

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you! We appreciate your support!

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vipEllicott
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place to eat outside -- and very good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was exceptional and added to our celebration with special dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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anotherfoodie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious that’s why I keep going back. Service was friendly and efficient. All in all a very excellent experience.

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Ranya
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious & service was phenomenal. Definitely going back and recommending this place to others. Wonderful experience.

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Celeste
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a vibe here - lovely service and exceptional food. Can’t wait until next time!

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DHll
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

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.

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vipCathy
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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.

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vipBethB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food delicious, the service friendly and efficient, and overall good experience.

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Janice
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Terrific waiter! Very accommodating so we could try out a variety of foods with appetizer sampler. Loved the Qorma too. Great to sit outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were delighted to get a reservation outside on short notice

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you, we're happy your were able to join us!

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vipJenniferL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 10, 2021

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!

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vipValuesvalue
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipGreatrestaurant
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early dinner before going to the Kennedy Center. The service was lovely, and the food even better. The Aushak is divine.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for your kind words, we're glad you enjoyed your experience!

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DaveG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 8, 2021

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!

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vipPete
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 8, 2021

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We appreciate your support!

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Ellen
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDiscerningPalette
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is a gem. Outstanding in every aspect. Every entree and appetizer is delicious. The waitstaff is wonderful. Noah is the best.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that Noah took great care of you!

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KyleS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you Kyle, we're so glad that you enjoyed the food and the service!

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Took more than 45 minutes to get our food and it was lukewarm

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CarrieA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious and varied cuisine in a calm atmosphere, with lots of vegetarian choices too.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you Carrie, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience!

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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 1717 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.