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Tom Sietsema of The Washinton Post has acknowledged Afghan Bistro as “The area's best Afghan Restaurant”.
Yelp's top 100 restaurants in The US awarded Afghan Bistro the honor of 3rd best in the country.
Bistro Aracosia has been acknowledged by Forbes magazine as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians, and awarded The Washingtonian's "100 best restaurants".
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins.
Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade cuts of meat and the freshest produce. Food at Aracosia is prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSGs 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 afghan cuisine.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- 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
- Contact tracing information collected
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
Chunks of salmon marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs, charbroiled to perfection, served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice and a side of sabzi
Leek & Scallion Dumplings (Aushak)
Steamed & stuffed with leeks & scallions, topped with minced beef & lentil qorma, garlic yogurt, dried mint & cayenne. Vegetarian option available
Amazing experience! We will make this one of our regular go-to places for great ambience, dinner, and drinks. The service is terrific and the people are wonderful. Can't recommend it enough! Thank you!
Thank you Jennifer for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!
Aracosia McLean fills the senses with a delightful setting and delicious food with both great flavor and texture. The menu is diverse, such that even the picky eater can find something. The dining room is beautifully set, and noise is not an issue.
the McLean location does not have the intimacy of the original in DC, but is a much better choice for large parties.
Thank you so much for the feedback, we appreciate your support and kind words!
This was our first time here and we really enjoyed our experience in this restaurant.
Everyone in our group of six loved their selection of their appetisers and dinner.
The service was very good and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Thank you so much Annie, we are so glad that you and your party enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!
If this isn’t the best restaurant in Northern Virginia for under $100 a person I don’t wok is.
Thank you so much!
Another absolute perfect dinning experience. Wait staff was constantly vigilant but never pushy. Food was cooked to perfection like mom and dad would make if they both had graduated with honors from culinary school but love to cook for friends. Lamb was melt in your mouth. They need to offer cooking classes
Thank you so much Vincent for your kind words. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service!
The service was superb. We were inside in a small room with 3 tables and we could hear and converse easily
Thank you Joyce, we're glad you enjoyed your experience with us!
Excellent all around
Thank you Kim!
Aracosia is one of our favorites for a reason. The food is consistently great! They really know how to select and prepare beef and lamb, and the vegetarian dishes are equally delicious.
Thank you Steve, we're glad you enjoyed the food! We're so happy to be one of your favorites!
This is a must dine. Will certainly be returning in the near future and bringing others. Our server was so helpful with making decisions on what to try.
Karen, we are so glad you had a great experience with us, thank you.
Thank you so much!
As usual the food was delicious and outstanding, and the ambience was excellent.
Thank you Herbert, we're so glad you enjoyed everything!
Our waiter was horrible and overlooked us the entire night. It took over 30 minutes for him to acknowledge us but the support staff brought bread and sauce. Wait staff is new but are not quality. The Host is the most attentive and if I could have tipped him I would. I tried but the waiter intervened. I tip based on service and the service was not what Aracosta traditionally provides.
Met a friend for dinner. It was spectacular. We shared appetizers - platter of various dumplings and grilled meats for 2 with Cocktails and dessert. The food and service were fantastic, and seating super comfortable- outside but under a roof.
Thank you, we're happy you and your friend enjoyed your dining experience with us!
Aracosia is always my 'go to' restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service attentive but not annoying.
Thank you for your support, we're glad to have a loyal customer!
Recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Eric, we appreciate your support!
Aracosia serves high quality food with high quality service. The restaurant’s interior is very nicely decorated and tables are widely spaced apart. In addition, the restaurant has converted an outdoor covered walkway into a decorated outdoor seating area. Ample heat lamps are available during cold weather. The restaurant’s menu includes a broad range of Afghan dishes - including a vegetarian selection. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food and service.
Thank you so much for your kind words and we are glad you were able to join us comfortably on our patio!
Chicken aracosia is really good..The veg stews are great too..Could improve on the cocktails which lacked consistency..Sometimes too much watered down..
Thank you, we are glad you enjoyed the food and we will look into improving the cocktails for your next dining experience.
A new jewel in McLean. Menu was a perfect size, filled with a unique variety and good number of items, including vegetarian, to please everyone in your party and enough to leave you wanting to return just to be able to try something else. The food was excellent in all matters— presentation, freshness, and impressive depth and layering of flavors— products of obvious thought and hours of preparation. Service was professional, warm and friendly, attentive, and not skimpy (unusual for the COVID pandemic). Ambience beautifully ethnic and modern with a casual formality to suit both special and everyday occasions. To have this caliber of gastronomy in old downtown McLean is much overdue. Already have reservations to return soon.
Jennifer, we are so glad that you enjoyed our restaurant and to hear that you will be returning for another visit soon! Thank you very much!
Food was excellent as always. My husband and are are gourmet cooks and it is rare we eat out and think the food is better than we could prepare. It is always a treat.
This time we had the pumpkin dumplings and lamb! Delicious!
Linda, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are glad you and your husband were able to enjoy a meal with us! We hope to see you again soon!
Outstanding family-run restaurant. The food is fabulous. Try the pumpkin dumplings or the dumpling assorted platter!
Thank you so much for your kind words Shawna!
Awesome food, great location. Great for occasions and dates.
Thank you Pravin!
Phenomenal food, service and environment!! Definitely will be back!!
We are glad to hear you will be dining with us again soon! Thank you for your kind words.
Food was delicious and service was great.
Thank you Susan!
Aracosia has worked its way up to become the best dinner option in McLean, VA. The setting is convenient, the welcome and the setup of the dining room are excellent, and the menu offers a varied choice of well-prepared Afghan entres. I have dined there multiple times, and never seen Aracosia fall short in any way.
We are so happy to hear that we have met your expectations on all occasions that you have joined us. We appreciate your support, thank you!
Yummy Afghani food. Lots of choices. The turnover appetizer is scrumptious!
Thank you Gina, we're glad you enjoyed the turnovers!
Excellent food and service. Great vegetarian selections.
Always delicious. Plus they’ve done a great job with outdoor seating, even on a chilly day. One of my favorite dining spots in McLean.
The food, as ever, was exquisitely delicious. I love their vegetarian dishes and my two meat eating companions raved about their kebabs. Service was great. The waiter was attentive without being intrusive. Very warm and welcoming. We sat outside which has been decorated with strings of ceiling lights. The tables were well spaced. Totally wonderful dining experience.
The many is large and has offerings which should appeal to everyone and the items chosen will be delicious. Rest assured.
Appetizer sampler was delicious, but the chicken karahi was a little bland and not up to the standards of the original Afghan Bistro.
Friendly service, excellent food --it was a perfect evening
Great lamb shank and vegetable dishes were very flavorful. We recommend the Aushak. Good wine list
What a pleasant surprise to discover this place. Everything was delicious, service was great. We sat outside, a big plus. We will definitely return. The menu is extensive and I need to explore it more.
Have eaten at Aracosia several times. Delicious food, especially the dumplings. Usually order the Mix Grill Mazza, which is a sampling of different meats; the Hot Mazza, an assortment of dumplings, Roasted Eggplant, and Sambosa's.
Loved the pumpkin dumplings and cucumber/avocado/dill soup! The vegetarian entree of lentils, eggplant and squash was okay, not great. The cocktail had a nice inventive name but was very weak, tasted almost like water...
High quality and delicious food, fantastic service.
We were the hosts for a birthday lunch. The two guests who ordered different veal dishes said the meat was "very chewy" and in too big chunks. (I was surprised veal was on the menu, having never seen it in the market in Kabul.) The lamb shank had few greens with it.
The aushok and vegetarian eggplant dish were delicious, as usual.
Fabulous all around. Food was outstanding and the service was prompt, helpful and charming!
Wonderful place for a relaxing weekend.
Extensive menu of Afghan dishes. All are delicious! Great service, nice atmosphere. All around winner.
Aracosia McLean does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Aracosia McLean also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.
Aracosia McLean is rated 4.8 stars by 568 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.