Bistro Aracosia

4.9
1677 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 1677 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
Ambience
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vipBenjaminH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

A neighborhood gem!

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vipMichaelF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappointed here, always excellent food and service

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AndreaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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vipDPinDC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded a day ago

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!

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ToshaL
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing restaurant all around.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Tosha!

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PauloF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with great service and various gluten-free options. Highly recommended!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Paulo, we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great - will definitely be going back

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great lunch. Food was excellent! Highly recommend.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, we appreciate the support!

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vipglobetrotter
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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vipFoodavore
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our meal and server

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thank you, we're happy you enjoyed your experience with us.

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Obama
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great kabobs. Nicely marinated and very flavorful.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thank you.

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Sgropino
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each dish was memorable. The wine list complements the menu well. The service is warm and gracious.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thank you so much, we're happy that you were well taken care of while dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wait staff was informative and attentive - great food and service. Will be going back many times in the future.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 14, 2021

We're happy to hear you will be joining us again soon! Thank you!

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vipdanindc
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Bistro Arcosia is a neighborhood gem. You won't be disappointed.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 14, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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corye
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 14, 2021

Thank you very much for your support and kind words!

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SamanthaH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loves the food and location. Our server made great recommendations!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 14, 2021

Samantha, we're happy to hear you had a great experience dining with us! Thank you.

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Kolomya
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Kolomya, thank you for your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for celebrating your special day with us!

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Bridgette
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience5

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.

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GabriellaS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal cultural immersion experience with kind and understanding people eager to share more about the rich culture their food tells the story of

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Gabriella, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience at our restaurant. Thank you for your kind words!

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vipSharonL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, so flavorful! Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating. Very charming outdoor setting as well.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Sharon, we are happy to hear you were well taken care of, thank you for your kind words.

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NaomiW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Naomi, thank you so much for your kind words. We are happy you enjoyed the food and dessert!

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lisap
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. We will come back again.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

We are glad the service was wonderful and that you loved the food, thank you for dining with us!

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viplawrenceb
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service. Great food. Fair price. Great restaurant.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you Lawrence!

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Ed12
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you Ed, we are glad you enjoyed the food and our outdoor patio!

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SaintPeteTraveler
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, our first time eating Afghani. Food was great and the service was wonderful.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

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!

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CarolK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Carol, thank you for joining us and we are glad you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LMSA66
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you were well taken care of and enjoyed the food!

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MariamT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

We are so happy our family and staff made you feel taken care of, we are grateful for your support. Thank you!

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vipJasonK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The appetizers were delicious (Hot Mazza Assortment) and the ambience was beautiful and romantic.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Jason, we're glad you enjoyed the Hot Mazza Assortment and that the ambience added to your experience. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and Service

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you!

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SFC1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you for choosing us for your reunion, we are happy to hear that you had a great time dining with us!

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SavBerit
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and quick service. I’ll need to come back and try other dishes!

Bistro Aracosia
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again!

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ThomasH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. Levels of flavor are unique, at least to us. Very good wine list, many at reasonable prices. Excellent service. Highly recommended.

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vipBetsyK
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love everything about this restaurant except the polyester napkins which slide off your lap…

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ArmandoM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am trying every kind of lamb dish, and they are all superb so far

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vipMomtazW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outdoor was a little noisy but the food, service and environment more than made up for the noise. Will highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellente nourriture, service agréa

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JLee
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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.

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MeganK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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!

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MsDay
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. A new favorite in the DC Area!

FAQs

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.