Afghan Bistro

4.8
500 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Afghan Bistro, located in Springfield, VA provides guests an authentic Afghan cuisine with a modern flair.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Afghan, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 337-4722
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
For more information about catering please give us a call.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Take Away, Wine
What 500 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
Food
4.8
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.7
Value
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OT
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating earning my Virginia license for counseling

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food as always!

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WL
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As always, an outstanding meal with exquisite flavor, mouth-wateringly tender meat and heavenly vegetables. Flat bread is perfect - warm and crunchy yet tender. The four chutnies provided for dipping the bread offer deliciously contrasting flavors, each quite wonderful. We've been here several times, and each is an outstanding culinary experience.

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l
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious lamb and beef combo. Very pleasant and attentive service.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Greatly e joyed the food in a quaint setting. Extremely popular but gracious owner. Omar made us feel feel like a guest in his home.

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W
61 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This was our first time eating here. Seating is tight and the restaurant was packed. Service was very attentive. We ordered a couple of appetizers which were very good. My sister and I had the lamb special which came with a spinach dish and basmati rice, that was fabulous. My husband had the beef tenderloin and was very pleased. My brother had the goat and raved about it. Overall we had a great evening. My only suggestion would be to get a more upscale list of wines by the glass.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Been there multiple times and it is consistently fantastic.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reservations are a must, especially on the weekends. This is our new favorite restaurant. Everything we have ever ordered is absolutely delicious and bursting with flavor.

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l
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is phenomenal.! I have never tasted better Afghani food in my life. The service is excellent as well. They are very well spoken and well-mannered. This place will allow you to enjoy an intimate setting with unbelievably tasty food. I highly recommend this place!

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MK
18 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service is wonderful… Warm and welcoming. The menu is diverse and excellent.

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JD
14 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have dined at the Afghan Bistro several times and never been disappointed. Saturdays meal was superb.

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S
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

2nd visit and was again pleased with how well spiced their meals are. Service was excellent. Will definitely return. Place is small so go early. 1st visit was later in the evening ~8 pm and very crowded but 2nd visit was @ 430 pm and not as crowded.

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service! Reservations recommended. It's an intimate spot with limited seating, and it fills up fast. At 5pm on a Friday, it was almost at capacity. Definitely returning with family!

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NB
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a fabulous meal. We had the lamb shank, beef shank, and lamb tenderloin. The lentil and rice were perfectly flavored to accompany the entrees.

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TL
11 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent meal and experience that seems to get even better with each visit.

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JH
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Without a doubt, this is the best Afgan food in Northern Virginia. They have a 2nd...larger restaurant near McArthur Blvd in DC. Bistro Aracosia.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afghan Bistro never disappoints. Though I continue to be a bit dismayed about how close the tables are and how small the dining area is, the food and service bring us back time and time again. Larger tables with more space in between and a larger dining room would make this place perfect!

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service every time! I recommend this place every chance I get.

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ED
14 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food! Always a great dining experience & the restaurant's popularity confirms it. This is our 5th time there.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have brought many friends here and all agree with me that the food is wonderful.

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S
18 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely perfect meal, as usual! They have the best beef tenderloin kabobs ever!!! And allowed to customize the meal for the Julienne carrots and raisins. Good wine selection.

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OT
17 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolute gem. We found this completely by luck on OpenTable and now we are fans for life. The lamb tenderloin melts in your mouth and the dumplings we had as a starter would bring us back on their own merit. We will be back and we recommend you stop by as well.

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R
23 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great great food. Very flavorful. Wine list works well with the food. Service was timely and helpful. Space is small and crowded so it gets noisy. Very small waiting area. On this Friday evening peak time was 7pm. Be sure to have a reservation before attempting to eat here. We went another time at 2:45pm on. Saturday for lunch and thought we could just walk into a quiet restaurant, but it was busy even then. Families and dates in attendance.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found this place on Yelp and had excellent views so I decided to check it out. The outside is so unassuming but when you go inside it's like an entirely different world. The service is friendly and prompt. But the star is the food and from beginning to end it was all exceptional. I tried their goat special and it was absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone

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CH
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Highly recommend for food quality, service and value. Often need reservations around dinner hour, even on weekdays. If you have to wait, there's no bar and not much in the area for hanging out and waiting.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Lived up to all the excellent ratings.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I reviewed previous comments prior to eating here. Everyone was spot on! Do not judge this book by its cover. It’s located in a very nondescript strip mall, but once you enter you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find! Food was AMAZE-BALLS, ditto for service and drinks! You owe it to yourself to eat here (often)!!!

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M
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal again. Stews and mazza assortment are great.

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A
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal -subtle spices , delicious entrees and excellent service. A gem !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Highly recommend this resturant

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MD
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only thing better then the fantastic food were the people who served it!

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EN
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A great restaurant and a great value. This was our fourth visit, splendid as ever.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was fabulous!

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CC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food! It is a bit cramped, but you do forget you are in a strip mall when you are inside. The waiter told us they cannot expand in the shopping center, but it was the definite star of the strip.

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S
198 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Unusual flavor profiles, and refreshingly different. Small place bu very popular. Get a reservation!

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j
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had been to this restaurant before, and love introducing it to friends. My book club friends had never gone there before and had a blast. One had been to Georgia and Tajikstan and talked about the similarity and differences between their food and Afghani food, which was very interesting.

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EK
13 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Never had a bad meal here. Small, crowded restaurant.....family owners out talking to patrons.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was wonderful. Service was gracious but not pushy

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RC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been eating at Afghan Bistro on a regular basis (perhaps 20 times) since soon after it opened and it never fails to impress us. The long menu makes it fun to order new items with each visit. Using OpenTable assures us of being seated nearly immediately as this place is becoming even more popular. The staff always quickly recognizes us and we see them treating all customers with outstanding service. The wait staff is helpful with menu selections and the kitchen can customize the food to some extent, although the regular preparation is truly hard to beat. Afghan Bistro is the reference standard for a successful small restaurant.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food with home-cooked flavors. Reservations are a must at all times since seating is very limited.

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