Afghan Bistro

4.9
1012 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 1012 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Must return soon. My date gave Afghan Bistro five thumbs up. She’s a bit over the top…

Afghan Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much! We are happy to hear that you and your loved one enjoyed your experience with us!

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Haley
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve had recently, would definitely recommend to anyone!

Afghan Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you Haley, we appreciate your support!

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NancyB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was great. 2 guests were here for the 1st time. Vegan choices were delicious and plentiful. The spice level on the dips was hot enough for the heat lover.
We all will be returning.

Afghan Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Nancy for returning and bringing in new guests! We are happy to hear that you all enjoyed your experience! We look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 23 November 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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KickServe
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. We’ve bought their early bird to go specials for years. Service was 1st rate. Remains the restaurant we use most often.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 22 November 2021

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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amg22
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food with vegetarian options. Great service and the manager gave us complimentary saffron tea. Excellent value for your money. We are repeat
Customers and will continue to go back.

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JaniceK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb cuisine and attentive service. A wonderful place for dinner.

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Puffinclub
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The three of us unanimously voted this the best meal we’d had in ages. Their appetizers especially are delicious mouthfuls. The dumplings, both the beef or the leek, are my favorites as the dough is thin and light, packed with filling. I think next time I’m just going to order appetizers for my meal. That said, the Aracosian Lamb Platter that I ordered was outstanding, especially the lamb chops. And the sides of rice, raisins and carrots, as well as the eggplant, we’re just as good. I actually couldn’t finish my plate so ate all the meat and took the sides home. Best left overs ever. We also had the beautiful lamb shank Moghuli which was aromatic, tender, and disappeared too quickly. Our meal ended with saffron tea and desserts. Rice pudding was warm and lovely; the hazelnut chocolate cake was a highlight; the baklava was very good but a little dry and not seeped in syrup (is that the way Afghanies do it?). Because the food made us so happy and relaxed, we had a wonderful time chatting and enjoying ourselves, which was aided by the amazing staff who were courteous and helpful without being perky and annoying…just the right balance. A wonderful casual restaurant with exceptional food and service. The owner should be proud of their staff and cooks.

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vipLukeB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always such a pleasure getting out there. Food is consistent and very delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very rich in taste!

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vipSatisfiedDiner
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First experience eating Afghan cuisine. The food was absolutely delicious with a medley of quality ingredients and savory spices - all expertly prepared. Servers were both attentive and courteous. A most enjoyable dining experience.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 8 November 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We are honored you chose us to experience your first time trying Afghan cuisine!

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JeanneP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is off the beaten path in s nondescript shopping plaza but well worth the visit. The food is amazing! Its small so make a reservation.

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 8 November 2021

Thank you Jeanne! We're happy to hear that you loved the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and great food!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 4 November 2021

Thank you so much!

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AmandaM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! The service is great, the ambiance is lovely and the food is spectacular!! Highly recommend this place!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 1 November 2021

Thank you so much Amanda, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us! We look forward to seeing you again!

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MaxineG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 27 October 2021

Thank you Maxine, we are pleased to hear that you have consistently had a great experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service!!

Afghan Bistro
Responded on 25 October 2021

Thank you for your kind words!

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Leanne
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
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 on 25 October 2021

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 on 21 October 2021

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
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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
5 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!

FAQs

Afghan Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 337-4722.

Afghan Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 1012 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.

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