Afghan Bistro

4.8
434 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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Neighbourhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Take Away, Wine
What 434 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.7
Value
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2.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Service was great and owner as well. Two things : the restaurant was very hot. Thermostat by the rest room read 83f. It was not comfortable to eat in there. I did not complain but it definitely took away the pleasure of dining. Also, I ordered chicken and seekh kabob, but they were overly cooked and dry. I also didn’t complain but rather give my opinion here so owner can make changes as necessary.Owner himself was excellent and service was great.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

The food here is so good. Everyone in our party really enjoyed it. It is a very small restaurant so definitely get a reservation. When we arrived, there was a sign that said they were only seating reservations until 8pm, so I was very happy to have booked ahead of time.

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

This was our first visit and it was excellent! We will definitely come back! The service and food were fantastic! From the fresh made hot bread & dips to the a sampler appetizer, and grilled main course selections that some accompanied with their seasoned rice, raisin & carrots were all superb! I can't wait to try other items on the menu! It's a wonderful neighborhood Bistro quaint, relaxed and friendly that we'd highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

This is a hidden gem!!! Don’t be fooled by the location, the ambiance is nice, service outstanding, and food will keep us coming back. The menu was extensive with some fun cocktails that we didn’t see online. I can’t wait to go back and try other things!

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Food was yummy yummy

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Food is fabulous. Highly recommend! Everything is tasty from the bread with sauces, appetizers, entrees, dessert and including the saffron tea. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

I lived in Central Asia for 2 years. This restaurant prepares beautifully seasoned traditional dishes with a modern flair. Absolutely delicious! I highly recommend. It has a dark but very cozy atmosphere with good lighting and ambience.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Been two times. Always great service and food. Nice ambiance and pricey but delicious! Just don't eat too much bread before the food arrives, and I highly recommend their dessert.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Very delicious food provided by very kind and thoughtful people.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Excellent food and service and the prices were very low for the quality of food that you got. Would definitely come back and worth the long drive!

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

I enjoyed the restaurant and will return. I noted the food was spicy, but it is not hot. Flavorful and subtle. The dumplings are outstanding, and there is great variety on the menu. My Iranian friend enjoyed the kabobs.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

This is absolutely one of our favorite places to dine out. It provides an unique blend of modern cuisine with the charm and taste of the old spice route from Afghanistan. The food and service is always outstanding. There lamb dishes or exquisite in cooked to perfection.

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5.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Lived up to my expectations and beyond--I have been reading bits and pieces about Afghan Bistro for some time now--this was finally an opportunity to go and I was so excited to finally eat where I have been reading is a hidden gem. Every morsel was amazing, the drinks are so unique and smooth. We each had different appetizers and meals and there wasn't a complaint to be found. I will absolutely be back again, cannot wait to bring more friends here. Thank you for bringing this beautiful cuisine to Springfield!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Our 5th time to Afghan Bistro and it only gets better. The food is mouth-watering and the service is great. All I could say was "Wow" at the first bite.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

A+ from start to finish. The host/server/owner? was very involved. There’s a reason this place off a strip mall in the middle of no where was so packed on a Thursday night.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Amazing food, great service, and lovely atmosphere. Truly a hidden gem!

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

I will be back...cannot wait to try some other dishes!

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

great place - hidden gem. Located in a strip mall - outside is nothing to look at, food is fantastic

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

What a surprise to find such a gem in a strip mall. The food is amazing and the service outstanding. I definitely recommend reservations there's limited seating.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

We Had guests in from out of town, and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Afghan Bistro. Thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Afghan Bistro was, as always, wonderful. I've dined there four times and it has never disappointed. I'm trying to work my way through the menu; there are so many wonderful choices and everything tastes so good it may take awhile. I don't care for hot spicy food, but I love the way they use spices for flavoring. It's a great place to go with friends and, if you need help with the menu, all the wait-staff is very knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Hidden gem - almost looks closed from the outside, but once inside, we were greeted by the friendly owner and had 4 different staff members attend to our table. Bread and sauces were brought to us right away (fabulous!) and plenty of water. Very casual atmosphere and dress, price point was a bit higher than other Afgan restaurants, but for a good reason. The chicken, beef, and salmon were all very good, but the lamb kabobs were ridiculously delicious. Far too much food for any thought of desert, but we will be back very soon. We went on a Wednesday evening at 5:30, and there seemed to be plenty of tables. By 6:00, the restaurant was completely full! Definitely make a reservation!!!

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4.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Excellent food. Good service. A bit of a tight fit and the music was a little too loud.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Delicious, authentic food; great service; waitstaff is very knowledgeable and attentive. This was my third time at Afghan Bistro and I continue to recommend it to others. My friends had never been there, and they fell in love with the place.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We've eaten here three times and each meal was a culinary delight. Everything is expertly prepared with just the right amount of spices. Meats were delectably moist and tender; the flat bread was perfectly warm and soft yet crispy, served with four amazing dipping sauces; eggplant and spinach dishes were delicious; service was fast, friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

The food is Beyond Excellent. Please be patient as it might take a little while till your meal is served. But believe every extra minute would be worth the wait.
In the mean time you can binge on the awesome bread with unique chutneys.

I have to go these place Again many times to try out other things in the menu

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Amazing. Loved the staff, very informative about the unique cuisines, and other dishes. Will go again for sure

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Fantastic as always

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

We tried this restaurant out because of all of the great reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was fabulous. The location is a little strange and the restaurant is very small but food and service were outstanding and we will be back! You have to make a reservation because the venue is tiny but that was not a problem.

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

There is a reason this restaurant is ranked in top 100 of Washington DC area and third in US by Yelp! Amazing food! First time my daughter and I had Afghan cuisine. Explosion of flavors to the palate. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

I would say this place is kind of a hole in the wall, but such a great find! This was my second time dining here, & the food, as before, is amazing. When you are seated, you are offered bread with four different sauces: mild, spicy, sweet, & savory... I wish I knew the names or could describe them better (rookie foodie over here) but all of them taste delicious. Top recommendations are the Hot Mazza Assortment for an appetizer, the lamb dish for an entree (the exact name isn't listed on the menu available online but on the specials menu when you're in the restaurant. It's described as lamb chops in a tomato based stew with basmati rice), & the Cardamom Cake for dessert. I've had bites of several other dishes (my friends & I like to order different things, so we can taste a little bit of everything), & all of them hit the ball out of the park. Seriously a perfect spot for people who love robust flavor & spicy food, both for meat lovers & vegetarians! Quick & friendly service, but do make a reservation though because the restaurant is pretty small!

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Once again, another great meal and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

My husband and I dined at Afghan Bistro on a Saturday evening for dinner. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. Our waiter was very attentive and not obtrusive. The food was fresh, tasty and delicious. The chutney and warm bread greeted us at the table, that along with a nice glass of wine were sheer heaven!

From the outside, the entrance was unremarkable, but once inside, the environment was cozy and special. The number of tables limited the number of reservations, which enhanced the intimacy of the environment.

Overall, we loved our experience and can not wait until our next return visit. A definite “must go” for those living in Springfield and a worthy short trip for those in the DC metro area.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Visited based on recommendation of Tyler Cowen's food blog (Google it -worth reading) and it did not disappoint. Small, hole-in-the-wall strip mall location shouldn't fool you. The food is wonderful, traditional Afghan food that is tasty and comes in good proportions. Worth a regular re-visit for sure. The staff were friendly and helpful too.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

The food is so flavorful, every bite is interesting! One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been too! The four sauces they bring out with the bread are amazing!

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4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

We’ve been coming here for years & absolutely love the food. This was our first time in a while & first since the opening of their new restaurant in DC, we really missed the wonderful greeting we used to get from the owner & his family. The gentleman that seated us barely spoke, he just pointed at a table which we took to mean that was where we should seat ourselves. The food was fabulous as always, always too much food for the 2 of us even just ordering the Hot Mazza appetizer & 1 main course but the atmosphere wasn’t the same, a bit disappointing

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Fabulous food

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

I've been wanting to try this place for a while because of the awesome reviews. It definitely didn't disappoint. The service was attentive, quick and super friendly. The waitress even fixed our rocky table without us even mentioning it. Best service I've received in a while. The food was outstanding. The bread and dips alone before your food comes out were to die for. I can't wait to come back and try more dishes.

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2018

The kabobs reminded me of the delicious food I ate in Kabul, Afghanistan. Very authentic! The atmosphere on a Tuesday night was very quite which was perfect for catching up with a friend. We got great, friendly service throughout the meal.

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Great food. Great service. A little crowded and tables too close to one another.

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