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Bistro Aracosia, Washington, DC

Bistro Aracosia

4.8
4.8
2167 reviews
$30 and under
Afghan
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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afghan, Vegetarian / Vegan, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 363-0400

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Catering

    Please call us at 202-363-0400

Experiences

  • Mini Taste of Aracosia

    US$44.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Are you struggling to decide what you want for dinner tonight? You can have it all with this amazing spread of our favorite dishes. We call it "Mini Taste of Aracosia", it includes three of our qormas (stews), two of our marinated meats, two variations of basmati rice and four of our roasted vegetables.

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What 2,167 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Food

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Value

  • District of Columbia

    Best Overall

  • District of Columbia

    Best Food

  • District of Columbia

    Best Service

  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

  • District of Columbia

    Healthy

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  1. MP

    MattyP

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was delicious and had a wonderful variety of dishes. The service that we received was excellent, looking forward to our next visit.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded 4 days agoThank you, we are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  2. LB

    LBinDC

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so happy with our experience. The service was top notch and the noise level was low enough that our table of 4 people, all over 55, could have good conversations and hear each other without straining. The food, from the dumpling appetizers, 4 different dishes, to dessert, was outstanding. We look forward to returning. The only struggle was with parking.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded 5 days agoThank you! We are happy to hear that you and your loved ones enjoyed your experience with us!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Can’t go wrong. We tried the lamb platter and the lamb tenderloins were amazing! Had the lentil soup which was also very good.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Recommend the tasting options with great variety and excellent flavors and preparation. I look forward to returning!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded 6 days agoThank you for your support! We look forward to your next visit!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were 3 friends having lunch. Two of us had eaten there before and like the restaurant very much. Our other friend was new to Aracosia and really enjoyed it. We’ll be back!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 27 January 2023Thank you very much for your support! See you soon!

  6. KG

    KarenG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vegetarian flight was AWESOME. We're not veggie but enjoy it. I tasted our friends' chicken dishes and honestly, ours were better. Pumpkin dumplings also outstanding. Perfect service, lovely ambience, fairly easy street parking a block or two away.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 27 January 2023Thank you, Karen! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our vegetarian flight. We appreciate your kind words and support!

  7. L

    Leslie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every item we ordered was delicious (pumpkin dumplings, lamb, quabuli palau!)

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 24 January 2023Thank you, Leslie! We are glad that you enjoyed!

  8. L

    Lise

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous meal at this neighborhood favorite - it never disappoints!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 23 January 2023Thank you! We are glad that you enjoy dining with us!

  9. DE

    DavidE

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food with a lot of variety. Try the vegetarian flight platter. If you want meat plenty of options. The leek and scallion dumplings are worth trying and the dumpling sample platter. For dessert the cardamom cake. Wine list is good but a bit overpriced.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 23 January 2023Thank you, David! Thank you for your kind words and feedback!

  10. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vegetarian platter at lunch was plentiful and delicious. The service was excellent and very thoughtful.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 23 January 2023Thank you, Susan! We are glad that you enjoyed our vegetarian flight and service!

  11. LD

    LilyDog

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy warm and welcoming. Amazing apps and beautifully grilled meats as well as tasty vegetarian choices. Fun cocktails always make it special.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 17 January 2023Thank you! We are glad that you enjoyed our food and drink as well as the atmosphere.

  12. c

    ccdiner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While we used to eat there before Covid, this was our first time back. They have redone the interior, which has a much warmer and exotic feel. The food was delicious, as always, and the service could not have been better.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 17 January 2023Welcome back! We are glad you were able to join us again and that you appreciated our remodel! Mostly, we are glad that you enjoyed your meal with us and that the service was hospitable.

  13. MW

    MomtazW

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great time as usual. Great food, great service and friendly environment. Thank you

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 17 January 2023Thank you for your kind words and support!

  14. SL

    SusanL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, full of flavor food in a welcoming, beautifully decorated restaurant where many families were having lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Family-owned-and-run. And you can feel that when you are there.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 17 January 2023Thank you, Susan! We are glad that you enjoyed dining with us for lunch on Sunday!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Zack was excellent, he has been our waiter before. The food and drinks were delicious, love the eggplant dip.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 16 January 2023Thank you, we are happy that you enjoyed everything! We appreciate your support.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food; great service and ambiance.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 11 January 2023Thank you for your kind words!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always! Servers were attentive and very knowledgeable

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 10 January 2023Thank you, we are happy to hear you had a great experience!

  18. BS

    BetsyS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Afghan food in the DC area. Great neighborhood restaurant in the Palisades with superb service, memorable food and very interesting decor.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 10 January 2023Thank you for your kind words, Betsy! We appreciate your support!

  19. D

    Date

    Washington DC

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this place. Food is excellent and service was very good. We look forward to our next time there.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 10 January 2023Thank you! We are glad that you enjoy dining with us and we look forward to your next visit as well!

  20. HE

    HELLIE

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I had the pumpkin and mined meat and eggplant appetizers and chocolate mousse cake. They were all terrific. If it weren't for the noise level, I would have given the restaurant five stars.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 10 January 2023Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We are working on finding solutions for the noise!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There’s a reason we regularly dine at Aracosia!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 10 January 2023Thank you for being our loyal guest!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a nice dinner, great vegetarian and meat options, prior to heading to the Kennedy Center for a show.
  23. g

    globetrotter

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our go to restaurant in the neighborhood. The food which was already good, seems to have gotten better, plus the menu - unlike other restaurants- seem to have expanded. Our waiter Zack provided great professional service. I cannot wait to go back. Great value for the quality and the service.
  24. CP

    CliveP

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive menu with lots of delicious vegetarian options. Amazing appetizers. Go with a group and order multiple items to share.
  25. K

    Kevin

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  26. S

    Steph

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely out of this world delicious and such nice waiters.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 9 January 2023Thank you, Steph! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our food and hospitality!

  27. S

    Sandra

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always, both the quality of food and the service provided. The offerings are unique and beautifully served.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 9 January 2023Thank you, Sandra! We appreciate your kind words and support!

  28. SS

    StephanieS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was delicious and service impeccable!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 9 January 2023Thank you, Stephanie! We are glad you enjoyed dining with us!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were excellent, but I would advise against sitting on the patio this time of year. Heaters are just not enough keep it warm with so many openings to the outside.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 9 January 2023Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your support!

  30. JB

    JaimeB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional as was the service. Every dish was amazing. All staff were in contact with were professional, enthusiastic and thoughtful which made the dining experience that much better.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 9 January 2023Thank you, Jaime! We are happy to hear that both our food and hospitality were enjoyed and appreciated.

  31. PS

    PSM1

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wonderful service. Get the bone in lamb and pumpkin dumplings! Can’t wait to go back.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 9 January 2023Thank you for your kind words and support! We look forward to your next visit!

  32. CR

    ChrisR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service done. Neighborhood favorite, but also good for a special occasion.
  33. FM

    FernandoM

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommended. Food, service, decor, prices are all great. I know I will come back often with friends and family. .

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 23 December 2022Thank you! We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

  34. DG

    DonnaG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food with great service. Took a friends recommendation and treated my husband for his birthday. Was not disappointed.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 21 December 2022Thank you, Donna! We are glad that you enjoyed your celebration with us!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic birthday lunch here. The food was interesting, varied, and absolutely delicious and the service was super friendly and helpful. We particularly loved the veggie sampler -- each item was more delicious than the next.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 22 December 2022Thank you for celebrating with us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us!

  36. P

    Phoebe

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice. They did not rush us, friends meeting for an early Christmas celebration.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 22 December 2022Thank you! We are glad that you were able to relax and enjoy your time together!

  37. M

    Medved

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been enjoying Bistro Aracosia since the week they opened. Coronavirus limited our visits in past few years, but we did get there a few times and took advantage of carry-out. Last night we went with close friends to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our friends are Vegan, and they were able to find enough treats on the menu to be quite happy. The aushak and turnover appetizers are as excellent as always. My wife loved her lamb shank, and after eating as much as she could still took home enough for another dinner. My Risotto & Veal (Sholah) was excellent. The wine list includes several superb Spanish options. Our server remembered my having been disappointed with some overdone meat on a previous visit. In addition to a birthday candle in our shared dessert, he brought a glass of sparking wine for everyone at the table. By the end of our meal we had the “back” room to ourselves, allowing us to talk quietly and savor the holiday atmosphere. Aracosia remains a gem, both neighborhood and for the entire DCMV region.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 21 December 2022Thank you for returning to our restaurant and joining us for a celebration! We are so glad to hear that you and your loved ones enjoyed our selection of menu items and that your server helped you enjoy your experience!

  38. RG

    RennieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my wife here for her birthday and we were warmly greeted as soon as we entered. The space was beautiful and comfortable. Our server Shelby came over, introduced herself and really took great care of us the entire evening. We didn't have to wait long after we ordered for the food to come out and it was amazing. Very well prepared and tasty. We had a wonderful time at Bistro Aracosia. The entire staff was very professional and it was obvious that they put a high priority on the customer experience. We are already making plans for a return visit to this gem. We were very pleased and enjoyed a wonderful evening.

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 21 December 2022Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your special day! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to your next visit!

  39. RU

    RekhaU

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love it.. Food is so delicious. Fresh and nutritious. My kids love this place and they dine here once every month…. Will definitely go back again and again.. 👍🏽👍🏽

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 20 December 2022Thank you so much for your kind words and support! We look forward to seeing you and your family again soon!

  40. G

    Gail

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro Aracosia, run by 3 sisters, has a wonderful Afghani menu, with something for everyone. Each time we have been there, the service and food have been great. They are one of the few restaurants with viable heated and protected outdoor seating, which we continue to appreciate greatly. Yes, it's not as warm as indoors, but it's great for those of us who are still not enthusiastic about indoor dining. The bread with the 4 condiments, the leek dumplings, the quroti, the lemon saffron chicken and the spicy beef dumpling stew were all wonderful. We'll be back soon!

    Bistro AracosiaResponded on 20 December 2022Thank you, Gail! We appreciate you taking the time to write this kind review! We are glad that you enjoyed dining with us outdoors and we look forward to seeing you again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

Bistro Aracosia is rated 4.8 stars by 2167 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bistro Aracosia

5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Dana Place

  • Area

    Palisades Northwest

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afghan, Vegetarian / Vegan, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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