Bistro Aracosia

4.8
1440 reviews
$30 and under
Afghan

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Good Vegetarian Options
Bistro Aracosia is a critically acclaimed authentic Afghan gourmet and Chop House located in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Aracosia has been acknowledged as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians on Forbes Magazine, written up and reviewed by top food critics from the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine and numerous other publications. Bistro Aracosia has been awarded 100 Best restaurants for 2 years in a row in the Washingtonian.
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins. Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade quality cuts of meat and the freshest produce in the market. All foods prepared at Aracosia are prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSG& 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 and classical Afghan Gourmet and hospitality at its finest.

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
What 1440 People Are Saying
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RobertH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The cafe has good Afghan or modified Afghan food that is well prepared and very nicely presented. Mantu, bolanee, sabzi chalou; several types of korma and lamb shanks on pilau are just some of the dishes. You can get a good broad array of food by ordering he appetizers which double in larger portions as entrees. The service is good and the ambience is as good as can be expected at this time. We ate outside on the covered and heated veranda along the road so wind and road noise enter, of course. But now that the Mayor's restaurant restrictions have lifted, you can eat inside.

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PriscillaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

My meal was terrific. I enjoyed every bite.
I commented you for delivering great service and fantastic food under the circumstances
You are experiencing now.
Thank you thank you.

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vipLisaS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal ever!!!

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vipEvelynS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They made my friends birthday really special. We realized how much we missed dining out even if it was a little chilly. They kept us warm with extra heaters and brought us cake and bubbly to celebrate.

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vipSaleya
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You cant get much better than this, especially during Covid times. The food is great, outdoor seating can be cool but it is safe and as warm as possible with outdoor heaters. The service is always friendly and informed. The vegetarian options are also good even though you would not associate an Afghani restaurant with vegetarian fare.

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vipVanla004
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Despite the pandemic disrupting our lives, Bistro Aracosia did not disappoint us. Widely spaced indoor seating available, as well as covered outdoor seating with heaters.

Food was delicious, again, with phenomenal appetizers and entrees. Wait staff was both receptive and vary helpful. Some dishes are purposely not spicy, so you like it hot, let them know when you order.

We were.very appreciative that Bistro has remained open during the pandemic. TY

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Chris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Definitely worth trying.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Great grilled meats and fragrant stews served with a range of sauces. Ask the server to bring you a tasting plate of the appetizers. Atmosphere is great for a social dinner with friends, not too stuffy or too casual. Has become one of our favorite places. Give it a try!

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davidL
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such tastes. Such grace. We keep coming back for special occasions. Great kid menu as well!

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NathanG
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was DELICIOUS! They are very accommodating to food allergies and dietary restrictions.

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vipLive4foodnmusic
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and very attentive service, even though our table was out on the sidewalk.

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DouglasC
Naples
29 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We regularly travel to Washington and have been doing so for quite a few year, and had never found my favorite restaurant.

I just did!

I loved the food, the flavors were excellent and had a uniqueness to them.

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vipDcdiner
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a wonderful experience. The food is outstanding. The service is always warm, friendly and excellent. And the outdoor dining, a la COVID, is perfectly done

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viptsm1
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were flawless. Their outside seating area was very comfortable. It made dining out stress free again

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MeredithD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant!! Not only is the good delicious but everyone is so nice! I highly recommend Bistro Aracosia

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is just a lovely restaurant with amazing food. The servers are wonderful as well. If you’ve never tried Afghan food, please come here. It’s just amazing.

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vipAndrewC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only the best Afghan restaurant in DC, but one of the best restaurants, period. Delicious food, especially vegetables (so rare.) Friendly, efficient staff.

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arpegio
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Second time at this restaurant. The food is very good and lots of choices.
Sat at a table for two right next 3 feet from another separated by plexiglass.
Service was gracious and helpful.
I had the lentil soup and an appetizer size mixed grill. Both enjoyable. There was good selection of wine by the glass although on the expensive side.

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AnitaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the first time I had Afghani food and I was absolutely delighted. Bistro Aracosia is a real gem. The food is delicious, the service exceptional.

I will give them 6 stars if I could.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Spent my birthday here. Food is AMAZING, especially vegetarian options! My fave restaurant in DC area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent choice for date night or just a quaint place to get away and eat some great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best lamb ever!

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healdkw
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food and good variety. Recommend one of the stews and the lamb js great too

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CF16
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We celebrated my wife’s birthday dinner here with our 5 yr old. Definitely kid friendly. From the amazing food to the attentive staff, we highly recommend this place especially for a special occasion. We had a great time. Thank you Bistro Aracosia for making our evening special.

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StefanieZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outstanding food and cocktails and they have a pretty extensive wine by the bottle list. I’d definitely return. Outside dining can be a little loud bc you’re right on the sidewalk on MacArthur Blvd. can’t wait to go back and try more of their Kormas!

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NinaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat in a covered front 'patio'. The food was delish & it was all so much fun for lunch after going to the nearby little Kreeger Museum on Foxhall Rd.

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JudyG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unexpected elegance and deliciousness. I had the vegetarian risotto and my friend had the vegetarian sampler. Both dishes way exceeded my expectations and were composed of exquisite tastes and textures that I wouldn’t be able to achieve at home. Plus the care with safe outdoor dining was outstanding. I can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for a weeknight birthday dinner! Food and service was great!

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MarieL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is a gem in NW DC. Food is excellent, people superb and we will be regulars!’nn

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fairly long wait between courses but the food is fabulous. Going back next week!

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vipJanice
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff, food and ambiance was absolutely wonderful!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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etruman
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Because we are now outside, with street noise, the piped music may be a bit too much for conversation.

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vipAllison
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Aracosia always delivers! I had a wonderful al fresco birthday dinner.

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vipfoodieambo
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Splendid attentive service and authentic beautifully prepared food. A delightful experience as always.

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vipcathy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and great service. The vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings are simply wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love this food! They do a fabulous job, and the price is amazingly low given the quality. The restaurant has transformed the front porch into a charming dining area. I hope they have heaters for cooler weather!

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KRMcH1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing; Wine Selection is great. Owner, Managers and Wait staff are all LOVELY... I highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience on my daughters birthday!

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vipProf
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They’ve done a great job with outdoor, distanced, dining. Hope they’ll have heaters for cooler weather!

FAQs

Bistro Aracosia offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 363-0400.

Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.8 stars by 1440 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.