Afghan Bistro

4.8
998 reviews
$30 and under
Afghan
Afghan Bistro, located in Springfield, VA provides guests an authentic Afghan cuisine with a modern flair.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 998 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.8
Value
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MaxineG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here several times. They always prepare a great meal and serve it very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome food and service!!

Afghan Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your kind words!

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Leanne
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Afghan Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much Leanne for you support. We appreciate you and the feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Afghan Bistro
Responded 5 days ago

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.

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Davud
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

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!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 18 October 2021

Thank you Davud, we are glad you enjoyed and that you will be back to join us at our other locations as well!

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Greatdinner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and friendly service.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you!

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DeliD
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was so good. Definitely coming back here again

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you, we're looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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KRYSW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place ❤ 💕 This is one of my favorite restaurants, everything is delicious and it's a nice cozy location.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words, we're grateful to be one of your favorites!

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susan
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

This restaurant is a hidden gem in a shopping center. The staff were so pleasant and the food was delicious!!! Large servings, too

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 13 October 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us Susan! We're glad you enjoyed!

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SandiS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place! Delicious food, attentive staff - a great new find. Perfect place to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!

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Jason
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

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KyraK
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family had such a wonderful time here. The food was amazing as was the service. We will be back!

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JeanneP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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Isabella
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience! We love to bring friends and family from out of town.

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HappyDiner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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vipJEJ500
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, great attention to personal safety. We much appreciate everything about this fine restaurant.

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Twetwe
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome service and I enjoy a meal where I am not rushed. Afgan Bistro delivers on taste and service. Great place

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vipLukeB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely fresh and unique cuisine. Can’t wait to go back!

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VanessaA
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and very nice servers. Would definitely go again!

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PeterP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

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vipchiyobear
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant! Amazing food and great service.

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ScottH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and very nice staff. A very unique experience. Don’t let the location deter you. It is a gem!

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vipBethL
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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JenniferB
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! One of my favorite places in the area. Highly recommend!

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vipsmith
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Appetizers, main courses and desserts were delicious. The staff was very attentive and accommdating.

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AmJ79
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

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.

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DavidW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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MiGi
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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vipCitizenNomad
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great birthday for my fiancé. This is one of her favorite restaurants now.

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AnneM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Jeff
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing food. Second best Afghan food I have ever had outside of Afghanistan.

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Greatdinner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been there many times and always great.

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Steve
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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AlexandriaLlama
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is outstanding for a very reasonable price, especially since this Northern Virginia

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful. The food is always great.

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RALPHL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great informal restaurant with excellent Afghan cuisine!!!

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ChazBS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Donna
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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!

FAQs

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.

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