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Aracosia McLean, Mc Lean, VA
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Aracosia McLean

4.9
4.9
854 Reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern

Our newest restaurant, Aracosia McLean, is the sister restaurant to Bistro Aracosia in DC, and Afghan Bistro in Springfield VA.

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.

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Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan

  • Phone number

    (703) 269-3820

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Catering

    Please contact us at 703-269-3820

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Cross street

    1381 Beverly Rd, Elm Street

  • Parking details

    Public garage, we are located on the second floor.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Dinner Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sunday 3pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 3pm to 10pm.

Mazza (Appetizers)

  • Bistro Signature Mix Grill* Mazza**$22.95

    Grilled lamb chops (rib and shoulder cuts), lamb tenderloin, and beef tenderloin, served with spicy fresh herb chutney

    • Carrot Slaw**$7.95

      Sweet Julienne carrots tossed with fresh lemon juice

      • Hot Mazza Assortment$18.95

        A variety of spicy beef dumplings, roasted butternut squash bouranee, roasted eggplant, and leek dumpling

        • Kadoo Turnovers [Boulanee]$10.95

          Pan-fried to perfection and stuffed with roasted butternut squash, served with yogurt garlic sauce

          • Lamb Tenderloin*$14.95

            Tenderloin marinated in our house spices, charbroiled to perfection, served with cucumber & dill yogurt

            • Leek and Scallion Dumplings [Aushak]$12.95

              Steamed and topped off with a flavorful kofta paashaan (minced beef and lentil qorma), finished with mint, and yogurt puree

              • Mix Grill Mazza*$19.95

                Grilled lamb chop, beef tenderloin, salmon and seekh kabob served with avocado chutney

                • Potato & Leek Turnover [Boulanee]$10.95

                  Pan-fried to perfection, stuffed with potato and leek, served with avocado chutney

                  • Pumpkin Dumplings$12.95

                    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

                    • Quroti$11.95

                      Traditional Afghan dish consists of toasted Afghan bread, topped with minced beef and finished off with a warm yogurt puree infused with garlic, dry mint and cayenne pepper

                      • Roasted Eggplant or Butternut Squash [Bouranee]**$11.95

                        Served with a side of bread and topped off with a rich demi-glace, infused with special seasoning and finished off with a mint yogurt puree

                        • Sabzi Turnovers [Boulanee]$11.95

                          Pan-fried to perfection, stuffed with a combination of spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip leaves, and cilantro, served with avocado chutney

                          • Sambosa$11.95

                            Pan-fried turnovers stuffed with minced beef and lentils, topped off with powdered sugar and ground cardamom

                            • Seekh Kabob*$11.95

                              One succulent ground beef kabob served with yogurt and dill

                              • Spicy Beef Dumplings [Mantu]$12.95

                                Minced beef, flavored with bistro spices, and steamed to perfection with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic sauce and topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper

                                Soups & Salads

                                • Bistro Salad$10.95

                                  Combination of mixed greens tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette served with bleu cheese and walnuts

                                  • Chicken$11.00
                                  • Ground Beef$11.00
                                  • Salmon$14.00
                                  • Beef Tenderloin$14.00
                                  • Lamb Tenderloin$15.00
                                • Bistro Signature Lentil Soup**$10.95

                                  Prepared with mung beans, lentils, chickpeas, minced beef, special spices and yogurt (vegetarian option available)

                                  • Mixed Green Salad$8.95

                                    Combination of mixed greens tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette served with garlic crouton

                                    • Chicken$11.00
                                    • Ground Beef$11.00
                                    • Salmon$14.00
                                    • Beef Tenderloin$14.00
                                    • Lamb Tenderloin$15.00

                                  Burgers & Wraps

                                  • Beef Bistro Burger*$16.95

                                    Our signature ground beef burger is marinated with fresh herbs and spices, charbroiled to perfection

                                    Chops & Kabobs

                                    • Aracosian Lamb Platter*$42.95

                                      Shoulder chops, rib chops, and tenderloin served with long grain seasoned basmati rice, topped off with julienne carrots and raisins, accompanied by a side of roasted eggplants

                                      • Beef Tenderloin*$30.95

                                        Chunks of tenderloin marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs, charbroiled to perfection, served with seasoned long grain basmati rice and potato bouranee

                                        • Beef Tenderloin and Chicken Kabob*$28.95

                                          Skewer of tenderloin kabob & skewer of chicken kabob served with long grain basmati palou, chalou, and potato bouranee

                                          • Bistro Signature Lamb Chops & Tenderloin Kabob*$34.95

                                            New Zealand Frenched rack of lamb including a skewer of tenderloin kabob served with your choice of palou or qabuli and butternut squash

                                            • Boneless Juicy Chicken Thigh Kabob$18.95

                                              Skewer of boneless chicken thigh kabob, served with long grained basmati rice (chalou) and potato bouranee

                                              • Chicken Breast Kabob$18.95

                                                Chunks of chicken breast marinated overnight in our special bistro spices, charbroiled to perfection, served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice (chalou) and potato bouranee

                                                • Chicken & Ground Beef Kabob*$19.95

                                                  Skewer of chicken kabob & skewer of seekh kabob served with long grain basmati rice (palou & chalou) with potato bouranee

                                                  • Ground Beef Kabob [Seekh]*$19.95

                                                    Marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs, charbroiled to perfection, served with saffron long grain basmati rice and potato bouranee

                                                    • Frenched Rack of Lamb [Chopaan]*$31.95

                                                      Succulent rack of lamb, marinated overnight in our special bistro spices, charbroiled to perfection, served with seasoned long basmati rice and potato bouranee

                                                      • Lamb Chop Duo*$32.95

                                                        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

                                                        • Lamb Shoulder Chops*$29.95

                                                          Marinated in our special bistro spices, charbroiled to perfection, served with a portion of seasoned long grain basmati rice, topped off with julienne carrots, raisins and a side of roasted eggplant

                                                          • Lamb & Beef Tenderloin*$32.95

                                                            Skewer of lamb and beef tenderloin marinated in our house spices, served with long grain seasoned basmati rice, topped off with julienne carrots and raisins accompanied by side of roasted eggplant

                                                            • Lamb Tenderloin*$30.95

                                                              Chunks of tenderloin marinated in our bistro spices, charbroiled to perfection, served with seasoned long grain basmati rice topped off with julienne carrots accompanied by roasted eggplant

                                                              • Salmon*$23.95

                                                                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

                                                                • Surf and Turf*$30.95

                                                                  Skewer of salmon and skewer of tenderloin kabob, served with both palou and chalou basmati rice and a side of eggplant

                                                                  Entrees

                                                                  • Braised Greens with Lamb Shank [Sabzi Chalaou]$27.95

                                                                    Spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens and fresh herbs. Slow cooked with beef, served with saffron infused basmati rice

                                                                    • Leek and Scallion Dumplings [Aushak]$19.95

                                                                      Steamed to perfection, topped with flavorful kofta paashaan (minced beef and lentil qorma), finished off with mint and yogurt puree

                                                                      • Qabuli Palou$24.95

                                                                        Beef shank slowly braised then baked with long grain basmati rice infused in house spices, topped off with raisin and julienne carrots

                                                                        • Risotto & Lamb [Sholah]$24.95

                                                                          Lamb shank slowly braised with lentils, chickpeas, and fresh dill

                                                                          • Spicy Beef Dumplings [Mantu]$19.95

                                                                            Minced beef flavored with bistro spices. Steamed to perfection with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic sauce and topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper

                                                                            Qormas (Stews)

                                                                            • Chicken Aracosian$21.95

                                                                              Boneless chicken with roasted eggplant slowly cooked in a tomato based stew infused with garam masala

                                                                              • Chicken Lawaan$20.95

                                                                                Boneless chicken slowly cooked in a yogurt based stew, infused with garlic and cilantro, served alongside saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                • Chicken Sabzi Lawaan$21.95

                                                                                  Boneless chicken with slowly cooked greens, blended together in a yogurt based stew

                                                                                  • Chicken Karahi$21.95

                                                                                    Boneless chicken with roasted eggplant slowly cooked together in a spicy tomato based stew

                                                                                    • Chicken Ryehaan$20.95

                                                                                      Boneless chicken slowly cooked in a yogurt based stew infused with garlic, basil and fresh tomatoes

                                                                                      • Lamb Shank Moghuli$28.95

                                                                                        Bone-in lamb shank and roasted eggplant slowly cooked together in a spicy tomato based stew, infused with garam masala

                                                                                        • Lamb Shank Sabzi Moghuli$29.95

                                                                                          Bone-in lamb shank and mixed greens slowly cooked together in a spicy tomato based stew infused with garam masala

                                                                                          • Rumi's Chicken$20.95

                                                                                            Boneless chicken slowly cooked in a sweet and spicy tomato based stew

                                                                                            • Saffron Chicken$22.95

                                                                                              Boneless chicken slowly cooked in yogurt based stew, infused with saffron, lemon and dill

                                                                                              • Veal Karahi$27.95

                                                                                                Boneless veal and roasted eggplant slowly cooked in a spicy tomato based stew

                                                                                                • Veal Lawaan$27.95

                                                                                                  Boneless veal slowly cooked in a yogurt based stew, infused with garlic and cilantro

                                                                                                  • Veal Moghuli$27.95

                                                                                                    Boneless veal and roasted eggplant slowly cooked together in a tomato based stew infused with garam masala

                                                                                                    • Veal & Mushrooms$27.95

                                                                                                      Boneless veal slowly cooked in a yogurt based stew infused with garlic, mushroom and cilantro

                                                                                                      • Veal & Mushrooms Sabzi Lawaan$28.95

                                                                                                        Slowly cooked alongside mushrooms and mixed greens in a yogurt based stew, infused with garlic and cilantro

                                                                                                        • Veal & Potatoes$27.95

                                                                                                          Boneless veal sitting on a bed of our potato qorma, topped off with a yogurt demi-glace

                                                                                                          • Veal Ryehaan$27.95

                                                                                                            Slowly cooked boneless veal in a yogurt based stew, infused with garlic, basil, and fresh tomatoes

                                                                                                            Vegetarian

                                                                                                            • Baadenjaan Chalou**$17.50

                                                                                                              Roasted eggplant served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                              • Baadenjaan Karahi**$17.50

                                                                                                                Roasted eggplant slowly cooked in spicy tomato based stew, served alongside infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                • Baadenjaan Moghuli$17.50

                                                                                                                  Roasted eggplant slowly cooked in a tomato based stew mixed with garam masala, served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                  • Kachaloo Chalou**$15.50

                                                                                                                    Potato qorma served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                    • Kachaloo with Mushrooms Lawaan$16.50

                                                                                                                      Potato qorma and mushrooms slowly cooked in a yogurt based stew, infused with garlic and served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                      • Kachaloo with Mushroom & Sabzi Lawaan$16.95

                                                                                                                        Potato qorma, mushrooms and our slow cooked greens stewed in a yogurt based sauce infused with garlic, served alongside saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                        • Kadoo Chalou$18.50

                                                                                                                          Stewed butternut squash served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                          • Leek & Scallion Dumplings [Aushak]$17.50

                                                                                                                            Steamed to perfection, topped off with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic puree, dry mint and cayenne pepper

                                                                                                                            • Qabuli Combination Platter**$20.50

                                                                                                                              Sabzi, kadoo, baadenjaan, and kachaloo served with spice infused long grain basmati rice, topped off with julienne carrots and raisins

                                                                                                                              • Sabzi Chalou**$17.50

                                                                                                                                Slow cooked spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens, and fresh herbs, served with saffron infused long grain basmati rice

                                                                                                                                • Sabzi Lawaan$17.50

                                                                                                                                  Spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens and fresh herbs. Slow cooked with beef, served with saffron infused basmati rice

                                                                                                                                  • Sabzi Moghuli**$17.50

                                                                                                                                    Spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens, and herbs slowly cooked in a tomato based stew, served alongside long grain saffron basmati rice

                                                                                                                                    • Spicy Risotto with Eggplant and Butternut Squash**$19.50

                                                                                                                                      Risotto cooked with chickpeas, lentils and mung beans then infused with fresh dill, served with eggplant and butternut squash bouranee

                                                                                                                                      Additional Sides

                                                                                                                                      • Jaan-E-Ama$6.95

                                                                                                                                        Mirepoix of fresh tomatoes, onions bell peppers, cucumbers, and cilantro, tossed with lemon juice and blended together with plain yogurt

                                                                                                                                        • Roasted Eggplant Puree [Barta]$7.50

                                                                                                                                          A cold meze made with garlic and yogurt puree

                                                                                                                                          • Yogurt with Cucumber & Dill$5.95

                                                                                                                                            Mediterranean yogurt infused fresh dill and cucumber

                                                                                                                                            • Baadenjaan**$8.95

                                                                                                                                              • Kachaloo**$8.95

                                                                                                                                                • Kadoo**$8.95

                                                                                                                                                  • Qabuli Rice**$8.95

                                                                                                                                                    • Sabzi**$8.95

                                                                                                                                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                      What 854 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                                      4.9
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                                                                                                                                                      • 4.7Value

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                                                                                                                                                        Great food and amazing service. I’ll def be going back!

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                                                                                                                                                        Great food, well-prepared and a very interesting and varied menu. Lots of great choices. Excellent service. One of the best restaurants in the area!

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                                                                                                                                                        Excellent, balanced spices and exquisite quality.

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                                                                                                                                                        Excellent service and great food. Would definitely come again

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, Helena! We're glad that you enjoyed it!

                                                                                                                                                      5. DS

                                                                                                                                                        DSB1972

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Food was delicious, service was fast and very helpful, they took the time to explain the food and had very good recommendations. Will definitely come back.

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                                                                                                                                                        KBMD

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                                                                                                                                                        vip
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                                                                                                                                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                        Had the sampler. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed the sampler!

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                                                                                                                                                        Great service and food. Our new “go to.” Thanks for being in McLean. We definitely need you.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, we're glad that you enjoy dining with us and look forward to your next visit!

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                                                                                                                                                        Excellent food and service. Conversation went easily—no background noise. We come here to get together with friends.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you! We're glad that you enjoyed your get together!

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                                                                                                                                                        NatalieD

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                                                                                                                                                        Amazing meal! Would recommend. This is the spot you take your family/friends who live out of town to show them what the DMV’s food scene is all about.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, we're glad that you enjoyed dining with us!

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                                                                                                                                                        ScottM

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                                                                                                                                                        The food was all excellent with a tantilizing array of flavors. Service was excellent too. Among the best restaurants we have been to in the Washington area. A hidden gem.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our food and the service! Thank you for your kind words!

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                                                                                                                                                        Penn701

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined 7 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                        Food & service are outstanding. Best value for mini tasting.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience!

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                                                                                                                                                        loveallfoods

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                        Delicious dumplings, tender lamb and veal and good service. The lamb shank wass exceptional and the veal and chickpeas hearty and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you! We're glad that you enjoyed dining with us!

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                                                                                                                                                        Mixedsoul

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                        First time but not the last! Loved the ambiance, the outdoor seating was casual, comfy and cozy. Even in 90 degree weather we felt comfortable. Side note I need to know where they got their chairs I need those for my dining room. Anyway food was amazing service was awesome and Zack our waiter made sure we were catered to exactly what we needed without being over the top. We ordered the Appetizer flights with the lamb chops and beef (I got med well, my friend got med) they separated our portions according to taste and it was soooooo delicious! We also had the meat dumpling appetizers and that was also amazing!!! The flavors were memorable, I ordered an entree version to go. My friend had the lamb shank - fall off the one good - with the rice and spinach purée - cleaned the plate! I had the lamb burger which was seasoned perfectly and juicy! No games taste at all. Dessert and drinks were excellent. Highly recommend if you’re looking to treat yourself to good food and a great experience. This was a perfect end to a rough week for both of us before going to a comedy show. I’d give this place 10 stars if I could.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review! We're so glad that we could be the highlight of your week. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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                                                                                                                                                        Luv2dine

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                                                                                                                                                        vip
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                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Great gluten free options!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for dining with us!

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                                                                                                                                                        HeartyEater

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        They do a wide range of Afghan food (so its not just kebabs and small plates) really well. The stews are outstanding. In an upscale atmosphere in McLean. Recommended!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your kind words!

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                                                                                                                                                        Penn701

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        4 of us visited for a Thursday's lunch. Food was excellent with service too. We all love it.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for dining with us for lunch! We're happy to hear that you all enjoyed it!

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                                                                                                                                                        Tina

                                                                                                                                                        Charleston

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                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        First time i dine there. food is great and many choices for meat and vegetarian. bread is very tasty. For sure I will recommend to others

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you! We appreciate your kind words and support!

                                                                                                                                                      18. M

                                                                                                                                                        Maggiemae

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        The food and service at Aracosia are consistently outstanding. We had pumpkin dumplings as an app and leek dumplings and grilled portabellos as entrees. They were all delectable enough to set one thinking “Can I come back tomorrow for more?”

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you! We're so glad that you loved our food and we hope to see you again soon!

                                                                                                                                                      19. D

                                                                                                                                                        Darnedifino

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        52 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                                        52 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                        Everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed their meal. Veal Lawan was excellent--large chunks of meat in a tasty sauce on basmati rice. Vegetarian risotto dish also very good as were chicken thigh kababs. Main concern was our extremely eager and excited server, Hussein, who, while attentive and helpful, exuded exuberant enthusiasm that was a little over the top and rather intrusive.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your feedback! We're glad that you all enjoyed our food!

                                                                                                                                                      20. l

                                                                                                                                                        luvfinedining

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Wonderful food, service and ambiance!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                      21. SM

                                                                                                                                                        ScottM

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        This place is amazing. I cannot say enough good things about it. Great ambience and the food delicious. The staff is incredibly helpful in offering suggestions as well. I live in Baltimore and was in the area for an event, so while it is not convenient for us on a regular basis, we will make a point to return. Aracosia is a worthy destination in and of itself.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your kind words! We're glad you were in town for a visit and look forward to your next trip!

                                                                                                                                                      22. DR

                                                                                                                                                        DavidR

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                        This restaurant is often overlooked due to it's location. The decor is a bit old world stodgy and the acoustics aren't the best. But the food, the service and the value are outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your review!

                                                                                                                                                      23. H

                                                                                                                                                        Herbert

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        We are regulars at your restaurant and once again the food was delicious and the ambience perfect, and the service excellent.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for being our loyal guests! We appreciate your kind words!

                                                                                                                                                      24. OT

                                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                        I love the food and the wait staff is so personable but not overbearing.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your kind words! We're glad you love our food!

                                                                                                                                                      25. A

                                                                                                                                                        Alex

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        My new favorite restaurant in McLean! The rose saffron tea was so flavorful, as well as the sour cherry rose spritzer(?). (Please make more rose flavored anything, I’m sure it will be delicious!) Our server was so sweet and attentive even though we sat outside. Will definitely be back soon!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        We're honored to be your new favorite! Thank you for kind review, we're glad you enjoyed our mocktail and tea!

                                                                                                                                                      26. OT

                                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        68 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                                        68 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Overall, an excellent restaurant with a very interesting menu that gives diners plenty of opportunities to experience what appears to be authentic Afghan cuisine (I’m no expert). The only downer for us was the dessert - firni - which was pretty much tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your support and thank you for dining with us!

                                                                                                                                                      27. SE

                                                                                                                                                        StephenE

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        We had a most wonderful meal. Lamb chops, lamb tenderloins, basmatie rice with carrots and raisins and egg plant. The lamb was tender and perfectly cooked, the rice was tender seasoned better than anticipated with the carrots and raisins adding a hint of sweetness. One of the best Mediterranean or middle eastern meals we've ever tasted. Highly recommended and we will eat here again the next time we are in the area

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you so much! We're so glad to hear that you loved our food, and that your experience was great!

                                                                                                                                                      28. S

                                                                                                                                                        Shirley

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia is always outstanding. We are so fortunate to have it in McLean. The food is wonderful, the waiters very helpful and accommodating, the ambience lovely and relaxing. When we have visitors, Aracosia is where we take them. When we do not, we look for reasons to go there. Our whole family shares our enthusiasm.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your support and kind words, Shirley! We're happy to hear that you enjoy bringing loved ones to join us for a meal!

                                                                                                                                                      29. CH

                                                                                                                                                        CapHillBusinessOwner

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Fabulous food, nice atmosphere, and a welcoming and gracious staff.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 10, 2022

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

                                                                                                                                                      30. b

                                                                                                                                                        bkerr32

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Very delicious but also expensive. Great place for a special occasion. Very attentive staff. Apps came out fast.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for celebrating with us this holiday weekend. We're glad you enjoyed our food and service!

                                                                                                                                                      31. M

                                                                                                                                                        Mama

                                                                                                                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                                                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLean is consistently wonderful---delicious food, friendly, attentive staff and terrific ambiance.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your kind words and support!

                                                                                                                                                      32. ST

                                                                                                                                                        SandyT

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        excellent food and service amazing

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, Sandy! We're glad you enjoyed the food and service!

                                                                                                                                                      33. MA

                                                                                                                                                        MichaelA

                                                                                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        We went for Mother’s Day. They had an excellent special menu. The lamb was expertly seasoned and grilled. We also enjoyed their rice as well. Very good!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for celebrating with us, we're glad we could make your day special!

                                                                                                                                                      34. OT

                                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Very small portion and expensive!! My wife ordered the lamb dish and was tough.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your meal with us. We hope to see you again for a second try!

                                                                                                                                                      35. C

                                                                                                                                                        dougC

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        This restaurant is comfortable and the staff are friendly, family oriented and attentive. The food is fantastic, everything pops with flavor and the menu is huge with a variety of selections.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Doug, we're glad that you enjoyed your experience dining with us! Thank you for your kind words!

                                                                                                                                                      36. Z

                                                                                                                                                        Zoltan

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Our recent favorite, initially based on weather protected outdoor dining. We love Afghan food, and this is the best we have found locally. As vegans, we appreciate the availability of multiple vegan dishes, in addition to vegetarian and meat dishes. All we have tried have been very tasty, with perfect portion sizes. Staff is attentive but unobtrusive. Had a birthday dinner there this week. Four people celebrating with drinks, wine, entrees, deserts, and coffee. The bill was only half what I expected. We'll be back yet again...

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for celebrating with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon! We're honored to be one of your favorites and we're glad that you appreciate and enjoy our vegan selections!

                                                                                                                                                      37. M

                                                                                                                                                        Madisonm

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        A very pleasant experience. The food was excellent as was the service.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                      38. DM

                                                                                                                                                        DaveM

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                        Always amazing! Food, service ambiance!! Our favorite restaurant!

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, Dave! We appreciate your support and kind words!

                                                                                                                                                      39. P

                                                                                                                                                        Philip73639521

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                        Wonderful, aromatic stews, perfectly grilled meats, and a huge variety of tasty vegetable accompaniments. Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, we're glad you enjoy our food!

                                                                                                                                                      40. SS

                                                                                                                                                        SanketS

                                                                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                        Consistent taste, service and experience. We love going back here.

                                                                                                                                                        Aracosia McLeanResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your kind words!

                                                                                                                                                      Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                                                                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                                                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                                        • 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
                                                                                                                                                        • Contact tracing information collected

                                                                                                                                                      FAQs

                                                                                                                                                      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 4.9 stars by 854 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                                      Google Map for Aracosia McLean

                                                                                                                                                      1381 Beverly Rd Mc Lean, VA 22101

                                                                                                                                                      Additional information

                                                                                                                                                      • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                        1381 Beverly Rd, Elm Street

                                                                                                                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                        McLean

                                                                                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                        Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan

                                                                                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                        Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                      • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                        Business Casual

                                                                                                                                                      • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                        Public garage, we are located on the second floor.

                                                                                                                                                      • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                      • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                        Sofia Masroor

                                                                                                                                                      • Additional

                                                                                                                                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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