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Tom Sietsema of The Washinton Post has acknowledged Afghan Bistro as “The area's best Afghan Restaurant”.
Yelp's top 100 restaurants in The US awarded Afghan Bistro the honor of 3rd best in the country.
Bistro Aracosia has been acknowledged by Forbes magazine as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians, and awarded The Washingtonian's "100 best restaurants".
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins.
Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade cuts of meat and the freshest produce. Food at Aracosia is prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSGs or preservatives are used, nor do we cook anything with nuclear such as microwaves and pre-made stations.
Full Bar, extensive Wine and Beer menu.
Come and experience authentic afghan cuisine.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
What a wonderful experience dining at Aracosia McLean! The staff, cuisine, decor, ambiance and careful attention to serving safely during a pandemic were exemplary! I can't wait to return.
Every dish, from appetizer to dessert, was a winner. Not the cheapest restaurant meal around, but one of the best.
Food and service is very good
Noted large windows which when have been to restaurant before at night.... now in daytime, were not clean and definitely took away from restaurant appeal. Plastic (maybe for Covid protection ) table coverings unappealing.
A great choice for Afghan food in a quiet setting with delicious food and a nice wine list and great service.
Sampler platter has lots to fill you up and is delicious.
This restaurant is larger and has more ambience than its sister restaurant on Macarthur Blvd in DC. The food is also delicious and tastefully presented. We enjoyed the lamb rib chops (Chopan) kebabs with saffron rice and potatoes. The outdoor patio with canopy is also a blessing in these COVID times.
Great food, great service, and a wonderful lunchtime experience.
What an amazing find! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. I made a reservation to sit outside for a lunch meeting, and both my guest and I ordered the Spicy Risotto with Eggplant and Butternut Squash. The presentation was beautiful, the flavors were unique and delicious, and the portion size was perfect.
Second time in 3 weeks, wonderful as usual.
My go to spot for business lunches and dinners and never fails to wow everyone.
Aracosia was absolutely delicious! We loved the ambiance, our server was super sweet and helpful, and once we ordered the food was out within 10 minutes! It was delicious, flavorful, and huge, we will be coming back to Aracosia frequently!
As always- excellent food and wonderful outdoor ambience with nice heaters and a protected outdoor space. It always feels like an escape to an exotic place when I eat here!
The food was delicious and lots of choices on the menu. We have three kids under 10. Even the kids menu was good with salmon that the 10 yr old loved. Great staff easy location and the restaurant was quiet Will definitely go back
This was our first visit and definitely a new staple to our dining out repertoire. Excellent all the way around!
After hearing about Aracosia from a number of friends we had dinner there on a weekday evening. Although the indoor dining area was busy, distancing was great and from a Covid perspective, everything felt safe.
The star of the evening was the food. I rarely, if ever, say I want to become a regular at any restaurant. Aracosia is most definitely an exception. The appetizer of potato and leek dumplings was light and crisp. Not a hint of oil. We shared two stews, one a yogurt base, the other a tomato base. Both were well seasoned and delicious. Being new to Afghani cuisine, our choices were guided by our waiter who made us feel welcome as soon as we were seated.
Service was attentive, but not intrusive.
Definitely going to become a regular here!
It was an Iftar dinner that went fantastic, as usual.
Ate on the patio. Tables were widely spaced. Service was attentive. Food was outstanding. I had the chicken, my friend had the salmon. Highly recommend.
This was my first visit to Aracosia, but it won't be my last. The food was delicious.....fresh and innovative. Not to be missed are the Sabzi Turnovers and the Spicy Beef dumplings. Also had a wonderful chicken stew. Can't wait to try other items on the menu. The service was very good. We sat outdoors in a very comfortable "courtyard." It was a lovely lunch.
I have been hearing about this new restaurant from several people and I am so glad they told me about it! The food is excellent and the service, ambience, everything is wonderful. I met an old friend there for lunch and we were really, really bowled over by the quality and taste of the food. Since we are both retired diplomats, we have eaten food from all over the world - this was definitely top-tier! I hope the restaurant can keep up their standards. If so, they will be around for a long time.
Excellent service, perfectly timed. Spectaculor food. Chicken with eggplant, lamb shank...everything we’ve tried has been great.
We have been doing carryout since the pandemic and loved it and now that we are vaccinated have returned to dining at the restaurant. So far, just outdoors, but it was wonderful. Plenty of heaters. Service was perfect, food was wonderful. Great cocktail selection and wine list. Plenty to choose from in the menu, and all delicious. Definitely need a reservation, at least on weekends. Best we have in McLean.
Four of us used Aracosia's outdoor seating to celebrate our being "fully vaccinated" (two weeks+ after our last Covid shot). As usual, the food was fabulous (I highly recommend the Hot Mazza Assortment appetizer), the service was exemplary, and the ambiance suffered a bit (until they realized the heater closest to us had run out of fuel and corrected it).
Aracosia is now my favorite restaurant in McLean. The staff is friendly and professional, the decor is interesting and innovative and the food is amazing.
We love the Aracosia both in McLean and DC. Always delicious food and excellent service!
Great food, great service, great staff, and herculean efforts to create a wonderful dining experience notwithstanding the coronavirus situation. Aracosia McLean even had blankets for diners who were chilly while eating in Aracosia's otherwise comfortable outdoor space (it was windy and a bit cold that evening.) We'll be back soon!
Very nice and safe place during the pandemic with a nice passage way to sit outdoor but in a covered area. Heaters were available. Food was very good.
Can't go wrong with any of the selections on the menu. Make sure to try the aromatic tea and desserts,
So enjoyed our dinner at Aracosia with friends this past weekend! The food was so tasty, the service was exceptional and the atmosphere fabulous. My husband and I will most definitely bring the rest of our family to Aracosia to enjoy this experience as well!
Great restaurant! Good food, good wine, great service!
Food and service were excellent. A little pricey for the dinner we had but otherwise was great. Very warm outside with many heaters.
Have been to all of the Aracosia restaurants many times and they never disappoint. Food is delicious and service is always attentive. Now if I could just stop ordering the same thing everytime (hot mazza, I love the sampler!). Maybe next time.
We sat outdoors, which was comfortably heated. Food, as always, very good.
The food and service was amazing
Eaten at the Springfield one many times and now been to the Mclean one twice
1) The food is amazing at all locations. The lamb platter can rival most steak houses in term of meat that has a good sear and not overdone. We have introduced 6 people and they have raved over the lamb. The oxtail dumplings and the chicken in the yogurt type sauce is no less outstanding.
2) Service is amazing; we love the waitress we have had twice. dont know her name but try to get the black girl; she knows the food, is fun/friendly, and attentive.
3) We have only eaten outside bc of the pandemic but they have it set up well with heaters and it is so charming. You dont feel like you are "stuck' outside bc of the pandemic the way they have decorated.
Awesome meal. Outstanding food and service. Tried the dumplings, tenderloin kabob, and mixed vegetable stews. Just like the great Afghan Restaurant that used to be in Crystal City but also really nice ambiance and a good drinks menu.
Food was fantastic. The lamb literally melted off of the bone - real Afghan style. Can't wait to go back! Restaurant food is * (5 stars). Super service as well. Thanks!
Nice quaint spot with delicious Afghan food. The bread and sauces/ chutneys are delectable. Be sure not to fill up on it before the main course comes. The chutneys are flavorful and we had fun mixing them and dipping the bread and meat in them. The lamb chomps and beef tenderloin was amazingly succulent, and the basmati rice was delicious too. If you want something different, you have to try this place!
This is my fifth visit to Aracosia, twice for lunch and three times for dinner. This was a lunch visit and the same high quality of food and service was served. If you want a taste of Afghan cuisine, go here. Side note, they do not spare the alcohol in their drinks. Good food and drink for the price. Highly recommended.
Our first time but not the last! Our food, service and ambiance were top notch. Our server Justina made our birthday celebration special and gave us some great recommendations. She was attentive and very nice.
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 340 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.