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 sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser 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.
A neighborhood gem!
Never disappointed here, always excellent food and service
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.
The outside dining space was lovely for lunch on a crisp fall day and heated, as well; service was very good and quite friendly; and most of the food was really tasty. Our favorite dishes were the entree stews: saffron chicken and lamb shank, plus butternut squash as a season-appropriate side. The hot mazza platter was fine but would not order it again, and the bread that preceded our meal was disappointing-- it had little taste and seemed stale. But all-in-all, it was a good meal and I will return.
Thank you so much for the feedback. We look into your comments to ensure better quality for your next visit. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again!
It was an amazing restaurant all around.
Thank you Tosha!
Amazing food with great service and various gluten-free options. Highly recommended!
Thank you Paulo, we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us!
Food was amazing! Service was great - will definitely be going back
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again!
Great lunch. Food was excellent! Highly recommend.
Thank you, we appreciate the support!
We ate outside during lunch and our table was socially distanced from others. Fortunately for the staff and owners the terrace was completely full, which speaks to the quality and the value of the restaurant. Our waitress was professional and present yet discreet. I ordered the vegetarian risotto and my friend had lamb chops.
This is my favorite restaurant in DC. They catered a big milestone birthday for me. The food is always outstanding with complex flavors and the service friendly and efficient. I have taken all my out of town visitors there... for their sake and mine.
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience on our patio! We are also honored to be one of your favorites, thank you so much for your support! And, thank you for celebrating your birthday with us, we hope you had a wonderful day!
We loved our meal and server
Thank you, we're happy you enjoyed your experience with us.
Great kabobs. Nicely marinated and very flavorful.
Each dish was memorable. The wine list complements the menu well. The service is warm and gracious.
Thank you so much, we're happy that you were well taken care of while dining with us!
Wait staff was informative and attentive - great food and service. Will be going back many times in the future.
We're happy to hear you will be joining us again soon! Thank you!
Bistro Arcosia is a neighborhood gem. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you for your kind words and support!
Excellent service from front of the house to the back. Great flavor and seasoning of food. Food was hot and presented in a timely manner and our waitress was helpful and knowledgeable.
Thank you very much for your support and kind words!
Loves the food and location. Our server made great recommendations!
Samantha, we're happy to hear you had a great experience dining with us! Thank you.
Celebrating a milestone anniversary and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Gracious, attentive service. Attractive outdoor seating decorated for autumn. Lovely cocktail and wine selections. We ordered aushak, scallion and leek dumplings, topped with ground beef. Outstanding, but came out lukewarm. That was our only beef with of the meal. We both had fall off the bone lamb shank in fantastic sauce., accompanied by flavorful rice. The staff brought out a gratis slice of chocolate parfait cake and two champagne flutes. What a lovely gesture! We will be back. Highly recommend!
Kolomya, thank you for your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for celebrating your special day with us!
Tha beef tenderloin on the salad was done well when I asked for medium rare. There was way too much dressing on the salad and I had even asked for the dressing on the side. My previous experiences at Aracosia we’re always 5 star so I was disappointed.
Phenomenal cultural immersion experience with kind and understanding people eager to share more about the rich culture their food tells the story of
Gabriella, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience at our restaurant. Thank you for your kind words!
Amazing food, so flavorful! Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating. Very charming outdoor setting as well.
Sharon, we are happy to hear you were well taken care of, thank you for your kind words.
Everything at this restaurant is delicious. We love the dumpling appetizers for flavor and texture as well as the comforting stews. My favorite dessert is the milk cake—sweet, very moist, and delectable!! If eating outside, you may want to make your reservation for 7 or later; traffic on MacArthur Blvd is heavy and rather noisy at 6:30.
Naomi, thank you so much for your kind words. We are happy you enjoyed the food and dessert!
Great food and wonderful service. We will come back again.
We are glad the service was wonderful and that you loved the food, thank you for dining with us!
Great service. Great food. Fair price. Great restaurant.
Thank you Lawrence!
Great food and service. The outdoor area was nice. The lamb and tenderloin special was excellent as were the pumpkin dumplings. Will definitely be back.
Thank you Ed, we are glad you enjoyed the food and our outdoor patio!
Great experience, our first time eating Afghani. Food was great and the service was wonderful.
We're glad you had a great first time dining with us! We're always excited to share our cuisine with new guests! We hope to see you again, thank you!
I was very impressed (my first visit). Hot (temperature) appetizers and entrees were clearly fresh off the stove and still hot. Meats were extraordinarily flavorful, tender, and moist. I hope to return many times in the future.
Carol, thank you for joining us and we are glad you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Delicious food. Outstanding service. Do not miss the pumpkin dumplings. Lamb chops are prepared perfectly. Interesting flavors. Lots of vegetarian options as well are grilled and braised meat dishes.
Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you were well taken care of and enjoyed the food!
This is the best restaurant in DC! It’s family owned and you can totally tell by how they make you feel. The food is delicious the service is exceptional and the people are a delight
We are so happy our family and staff made you feel taken care of, we are grateful for your support. Thank you!
The appetizers were delicious (Hot Mazza Assortment) and the ambience was beautiful and romantic.
Jason, we're glad you enjoyed the Hot Mazza Assortment and that the ambience added to your experience. Thank you!
Excellent food and Service
A terrific neighborhood restaurant with plentiful food and outstanding service. After many months apart, our group of four friends met for lunch. We stayed over 3 hours at an attractive outside table and were never rushed. The food is good, but the friendly service makes all the difference.
Thank you for choosing us for your reunion, we are happy to hear that you had a great time dining with us!
Wonderful food and quick service. I’ll need to come back and try other dishes!
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again!
Wonderful food. Levels of flavor are unique, at least to us. Very good wine list, many at reasonable prices. Excellent service. Highly recommended.
I love everything about this restaurant except the polyester napkins which slide off your lap…
I am trying every kind of lamb dish, and they are all superb so far
Outdoor was a little noisy but the food, service and environment more than made up for the noise. Will highly recommend.
Excellente nourriture, service agréa
Bring your friends and their appetites. The food is delicious and the staff is very accommodating. The dining room is small and can be noisy with the music. Outside seating is really only an option if the weather cooperates.
Try a range of dishes. We weren't planning on dessert but the cardamom and the rose ice cream are standouts - delicious and fragrant without being perfumery. The chicken with saffron was delightful, the dumplings need to be enjoyed by all. The vegetables and salads were wonderful. Book your table now.
Every visit to Bistro Aracosia is a delight. We have brought several friends here and each one remarks how amazing the food and atmosphere is. Don't miss out on this culinary delight!
Great food and service. A new favorite in the DC Area!
Bistro Aracosia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 363-0400.
Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.9 stars by 1677 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.