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Aracosia McLean

4.9
368 reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Our newest restaurant, Aracosia McLean, is the sister restaurant to Bistro Aracosia in DC, and Afghan Bistro in Springfield VA.

Tom Sietsema of The Washinton Post has acknowledged Afghan Bistro as “The area's best Afghan Restaurant”.
Yelp's top 100 restaurants in The US awarded Afghan Bistro the honor of 3rd best in the country.

Bistro Aracosia has been acknowledged by Forbes magazine as 1 of 50 best restaurants in the nation for Vegetarians, and awarded The Washingtonian's "100 best restaurants".
Aracosia accommodates any diet and is proud of taking cooking back to its origins.
Chef Sofia Masroor diligently ensures top grade cuts of meat and the freshest produce. Food at Aracosia is prepared with love. No artificial ingredients MSGs 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 afghan cuisine.

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 368 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachaelB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aracosia in McLean is absolutely fabulous! An Afghan restaurant that is both upscale, fascinating, and top-shelf service, quality, and atmosphere!

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MonicaS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Great food, great service, warm ambience. Can't be beat!

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Jody
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food quality and quantity was excellent. They were generous and went over and above to make our experience outstanding. Service was excellent. An excellent find and love taking friends to experience the wonderful flavors of this restaurant. Highly recommend.

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MLJP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The four of us had a fantastic time; table was waiting and safely distanced from others and our server (Jack) was very attentive. Best part is that the food is super delicious! I highly recommend and will be back soon.

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vipCFroe
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and service that is consistent.

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Susan
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dumplings are great. Recommend Ryehaan veal quormas.

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vipMoniqueT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff is very attentive and service was great. Food was prepared and presented well. Portions on mixed grill plate were small but the food was tasty. Bread and assortment of chutneys was also good. Ambiance was nice inside as well as the outdoor dining area.

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janice
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Would highly recommend with friends.

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PhylD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aracosia is such a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in McLean. The food and service is wonderful. Can’t wait to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We shared appitizers and it was more than enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely evening - very gracious and welcoming manager.

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vipVistor
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always. Our first time back to Aracosia McLean since the pandemic started, although we've enjoyed their carry out several times. The outdoor dining is set up very well. Food and service are excellent. Aracosia has maintained its high level of quality through a difficult time. Highly recommended.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were very accommodating of our family and provided very good service, menu suggestions, and quality tasty food.

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vipGailL
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Mother's Day experience

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vipSallyT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed yet again the excellent food and professional and friendly service! The friends we introduced to the restaurant were amazed!

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Toothsleuth
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside with another couple under the heaters and had a lovely meal. The service was excellent and the food and wine, too. The flavors are amazing and Managerment always does a good job to try and make their customers comfortable.

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DrMyles7
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent. I will be back for another dish.

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hochienminh
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Good food. Pleasant venue. Selections for meat eaters and vegetarians. Convenient free parking. Good baclava. Good coffee. Reasonable prices. Nice selection of wines including by the glass. Good portobello mushrooms. Indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate COVID 19 concerns. Nicely and tastefully laid out and decorated. Not overly friendly.

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vipwamstad
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience and everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great addition to downtown McLean dining scene.

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vipAnyaT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lately, our absolute favorite. Nothing wrong, everything quite perfect. Will go again whenever we can. I like lamb, and they have the best lamb dishes I could find in the area so far. Lots and lots of other options of course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful meal and service!

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GwendolynSarah
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful experience dining at Aracosia McLean! The staff, cuisine, decor, ambiance and careful attention to serving safely during a pandemic were exemplary! I can't wait to return.

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vipChugs
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We took advantage of the outdoor seating. Unfortunately, we were near the elevator & people would stand around as they got off. In general, although the tables were spaced out, there were often people standing or passing close by our table. I appreciate the restaurant is trying, but I did nit feel comfortable with so many people close together.

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vipJulie
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary as well as our first time at a restaurant post-COVID, and could not have picked a better place. Excellent food and ambiance, as always!

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JonathanK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish, from appetizer to dessert, was a winner. Not the cheapest restaurant meal around, but one of the best.

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vipQtime
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious ordered hot maza assortment appetizer which gave us the opportunity to try different items. Beef lentil and chickpea stew with pumpkin dumplings was excellent comfort food. Chicken Sabrina lawman was also very good. Qabuli Palou with lamb was excellent. Husband had baklava , 4 different pieces all excellent. He’s picky about his baklava, Rice pudding is ok, won’t order again though, firni a pudding was ok, son only ate half. Overall meal was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service is very good

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vipEvelyn
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Noted large windows which when have been to restaurant before at night.... now in daytime, were not clean and definitely took away from restaurant appeal. Plastic (maybe for Covid protection ) table coverings unappealing.

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MadDog
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great choice for Afghan food in a quiet setting with delicious food and a nice wine list and great service.

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SusanS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sampler platter has lots to fill you up and is delicious.

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vipjomurray
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was wonderful.

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Herbert
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is larger and has more ambience than its sister restaurant on Macarthur Blvd in DC. The food is also delicious and tastefully presented. We enjoyed the lamb rib chops (Chopan) kebabs with saffron rice and potatoes. The outdoor patio with canopy is also a blessing in these COVID times.

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vipB20817
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, and a wonderful lunchtime experience.

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Songbird
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing find! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. I made a reservation to sit outside for a lunch meeting, and both my guest and I ordered the Spicy Risotto with Eggplant and Butternut Squash. The presentation was beautiful, the flavors were unique and delicious, and the portion size was perfect.

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vipCarenE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is such a great find! I live in Alexandria and Aracosia is not close (in McLean) but it is such a culinary experience that I have traveled to it and have introduced it to others. The food is wonderful as is the service. And, the outside seating is lovely and intimate. I love the Afghan cuisine, but for those less adventurous, there are other wonderful options. Do yourself a favor and visit Aracosia.

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vipVictoriaR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time in 3 weeks, wonderful as usual.

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ChristineM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My go to spot for business lunches and dinners and never fails to wow everyone.

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Hmm1018
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aracosia was absolutely delicious! We loved the ambiance, our server was super sweet and helpful, and once we ordered the food was out within 10 minutes! It was delicious, flavorful, and huge, we will be coming back to Aracosia frequently!

FAQs

Aracosia McLean does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Aracosia McLean also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.

Aracosia McLean is rated 4.9 stars by 368 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 bookings at the moment.