- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser 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
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
flavored with bistro spices, steamed to perfection. Finished off with your choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef, topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
Beef Tenderloin Kabob
chunks of tenderloin marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs charbroiled to perfection served with a seasoned then baked long grain fragrant basmati rice.
Boneless chicken slowly cooked in a yogurt based stew infused with garlic and cilantro, served with long grain saffron basmati rice.
We have been here several times. They always prepare a great meal and serve it very well.
Awesome food and service!!
Thank you for your kind words!
Our dinner was sumptuous and each bite was delectable in every way. This was our first time back since before covid, and we were celebrating a milestone event. For an appetizer, we chose the Sambosa, small turnovers filled with minced beef and lentils. It is nicely spiced and fantastically delicious. Of course, the complimentary bread and dipping condiments are pretty tasty as well. For the entrees, we ordered the Chicken Lawaan and the Veal and Mushroom Lawaan Sabzi. Both well seasoned over a bed of basmati rice.
The service was great. For a tiny neighborhood restaurant, they're always spot on. We are already planning to go again.
Thank you so much Leanne for you support. We appreciate you and the feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The food here is fantastic. I live in NC now and as soon as I found out I was going to be in the area I made the reservation! This is our third time here and each time the food has been superb. I had the Mantu (dumplings), my son had the lamb shank and my wife had a chicken stew dish. Everything was fantastic. Truly one of my favorite restaurants. Period.
Thank you so much for your kind words! We're honored to have a loyal guest regardless of the distance, we hope to see you again soon.
I go back to the days of Kabul Caravan restaurant in Rosslyn, VA, as the gold standard – and Afghan Bistro gives the long-gone place a run for the money. Service – was super-friendly and engaging but a few times quite slow. Food – strong but not over-the-top (e.g., why add peas to Aushak, when peas go mushy and have little flavor?). Ambience – pandemic outside eating was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night but still faced a parking lot rather than small garden (Afghan-style) - can't do much about locating in a mall. Overall, Afghan Bistro is one of the top Afghan cuisine restaurants in the greater Washington DC area. Next on the list? Sister restaurant Aracosia in Washington itself!
Thank you Davud, we are glad you enjoyed and that you will be back to join us at our other locations as well!
Always great food and friendly service.
Food was so good. Definitely coming back here again
Thank you, we're looking forward to seeing you again soon!
I love this place ❤ 💕 This is one of my favorite restaurants, everything is delicious and it's a nice cozy location.
Thank you so much for your kind words, we're grateful to be one of your favorites!
This restaurant is a hidden gem in a shopping center. The staff were so pleasant and the food was delicious!!! Large servings, too
Thank you for celebrating with us Susan! We're glad you enjoyed!
Lovely place! Delicious food, attentive staff - a great new find. Perfect place to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!
Excellent food and service. I recommend the rack of lamb, mantu (Afghan style dumplings), sambosas, and the fantastic butternut squash. The restaurant provides complimentary bread with four dipping sauces - all of which have unique and fantastic flavor.
Note that they now offer outdoor dining!
Our family had such a wonderful time here. The food was amazing as was the service. We will be back!
Its in an off the beaten path, nondescript shopping plaza but the food is AMAZING! Service is very attentive but not obtrusive. Afghan Bistro is must to go to.
Always a great experience! We love to bring friends and family from out of town.
As a former vacation traveller to Afghanistan, I can highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. The food here always make me remember how much we enjoyed each meal. Every meal we've had here has been perfect, for food and service!
Excellent food, excellent service, great attention to personal safety. We much appreciate everything about this fine restaurant.
Awesome service and I enjoy a meal where I am not rushed. Afgan Bistro delivers on taste and service. Great place
Extremely fresh and unique cuisine. Can’t wait to go back!
Amazing food and very nice servers. Would definitely go again!
Sat outside in front. Not the greatest setting but we preferred outdoors. Food was amazing, service attentive despite outside. It’s been too long since we’ve been there but we will be back again soon!
Great neighborhood restaurant! Amazing food and great service.
What a treat.
The staff want to be certain you have a great experience.
The food unique and tasty.
Make reservations as it fills up.
Great food and very nice staff. A very unique experience. Don’t let the location deter you. It is a gem!
Food is incredible and so are the prices. We have never been disappointed eating there. We've gotten takeout, as well, multiple times, and the food travels really well. Highly recommend.
Excellent food and service! One of my favorite places in the area. Highly recommend!
Appetizers, main courses and desserts were delicious. The staff was very attentive and accommdating.
The wait staff were rushed and short-handed, but polite and efficient.
Not good seating/chairs, needs to be replaced.
Had to leave early because it was Too warm to eat a complete meal comfortably, needs better A/C.
Would’ve liked cake for my birthday, but was given baklava to go. It was tasty, but cake is better for a birthday.
After all that, the food was TERRIFIC! I will go again! But... I’ll wait for cooler weather, maybe October.
We met family who had never been to Afghan Bistro for lunch and had wonderful food and a great time. The service is always very good and attentive. We love the food and will be looking forward to meeting other family and friends for meals here.
Have been here several times, tried a variety of dishes and always had great food. We will definitely be back. One of our favorites in the area.
Great birthday for my fiancé. This is one of her favorite restaurants now.
During the last year we were looking for a new type of restaurant to order for take out. We found this place and were impressed by the reviews so we took a chance. Take out was very good so we tried it in person last night. The food was absolutely delicious. The server took his time to answer all our questions and explain the dishes and in some cases give recommendations. All the food was hot (a treat after a year of take out), savory, flavorful and delicious. The dining room is small and cozy but we can't wait to share this gem with more family and friends.
Food, service and ambiance has slipped since they opened 2 more restaurants. Still great value but not a top notch dining experience anymore. Lots of corners cut.
Amazing food. Second best Afghan food I have ever had outside of Afghanistan.
Have been there many times and always great.
A delicious interpretation of classic Afghan dishes. My whole family enjoyed the excellent service and dining at Afghan Bistro. We were early for our reservation but were quickly accomodated. The bread and different dips were very nice, I appreciated the server explaining our appetizer, and all the dishes were excellent. My wife, who often struggles to find something to fit her tastes, found herself grinning as she tried to decide between several mouth-watering entrees. My children each found an entree that they enjoyed. As is common in the U.S., the portions are large, but the very nice boxes allowed us to bring our meals home. We'd go back in a heartbeat.
Food is outstanding for a very reasonable price, especially since this Northern Virginia
Our waitress was wonderful. The food is always great.
Great informal restaurant with excellent Afghan cuisine!!!
Dined at AB several times before pandemic and always found it excellent. So happy it made it through these tough times and is back fully open and putting out the wonderful dishes for which it’s known.
Prior to pandemic we had tried to make reservations unsuccessfully -- word was out. We were worried that the Bistro may have closed but lucky us! We had a wonderful dinner, fabulous service!
Afghan Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 337-4722.
Afghan Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 998 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.