Aracosia McLean

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135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
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 a
What 135 People Are Saying
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Maria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and foo DC were outstanding.

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occasionaldiner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful Afghan food in the heart of McLean. Everything was very flavorful, generous portions, and cooked to perfection. They are doing a great job of making outdoor dining a great experience in the midst of this pandemic.

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FernandaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia McLean is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently good, even when we have done takeout. This restaurant is beautifully decorated inside and they have a nice outside area for socially distanced dining. The staff is both attentive but respectful of our conversations. The cocktails were creative and yummy too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining. Servers to many precautions. First night out since quarantine and it was safe and great

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vipFabFoodAmbianceService
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service, Lovely Ambiance, Aromatic and Delicious Food.

We went for our 19th Anniversary to Aracosia as a first time customer. I reserved through open table noting our special occasion. Midweek they were more full than I expected given the current public health guidance, however they had a nice setup with tables at least 6 feet apart both inside and on their outside patio.

We are vegetarian and were very pleased with the options provided with pure veg offerings and modified offerings. We started with the leek and scallion dumplings which were melt in your mouth delectable. This was also accompanied by Afghan bread and four varied chutneys to test your pallet from sweet to tart and spicy. For our main course we had the spicy eggplant curry/stew and the mixed greens curry/stew. Both were lovely with some familiarity to Indian food (which we eat regularly) but different with a subtle change up in spices used. We ended with an anniversary cake and tried the rice putting and custard. All three were great way to end the evening.

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vipPrimo
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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martyz3318
New England
38 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in their new (because of the pandemic) outdoor seating area. Anything with lamb in it is outstanding. In fact, I haven't had a disappointing meal there (or the Bistro in D.C.) in a half dozen visits.

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vipJohnC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our lunch. The lunch was so delicious that I don’t think there was a bite left. We ended up hanging out a bit and ordered dinner to go. This is a great place for a date, family dinner or just hanging out with your friends. They have a fun menu of cocktails too.

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KrystalynS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father's Day lunch was impeccable . We had 7 quest, the food came out timely, the bartender made a special martini that blew our minds. Our Server was just delightful and attentive. She was patient with my party and explained the menu and answered all our questions pleasantly. This is my favorite restaurant and we will be back. Thank you for making my daddy's fathers day special.

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vipDennisd
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Very good food, but terrible service - and we were the only people in the restaurant.

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AndrewC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to have such a hospitable and accessible restaurant at any time, but especially during the pandemic. The food is delicious, the service impeccable.

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside- felt very safe eating there. Had a wonderful
Dinner.

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vipHenryS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, service and ambiance. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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SandyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! The lamb kabob was the best I have ever had. The eggplant dish that came with it was sublime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were welcoming and polite. Food was amazing and very good portions. Outdoor seating was much nicer than expected and in the shade. We shared the mixed Hot Mezza appetizer, my wife had Saffron Chicken and I had the Veal Lawaan. We could not finish, but we definitely took the rest home. A new favorite place!

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charless
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very nice meal with varied food choices and multiple self-selected levels of spice temperature. Hot Mazza platter, lamb chops, kabobs and mango mousse cake were delicious and the service was attentive and very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!!

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Groucho1313
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we have ever tasted! The Michelin folks need to eat here. So, so, so delicious.

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summer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance and atmosphere, very attentive service. The food was excellent in flavor and presentation.

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LoriM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and the staff was friendly and attentive. I got the Qabuli Combination Platter, which was delicious. We will definitely go back!

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vipBelliott
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d been to Afghan Bistro many times and were happy to see another branch open for this wonderful restaurant. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Service is impeccable. We hope that all of their locations survive the pandemic and we can celebrate the end of it by dining there regularly when this is all over.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Happy it opened in McLean.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service here was outstanding - and the food was amazing. The portions are large - dinner was more than enough for a second meal!

Can’t wait to return.

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vipRobinM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty entrees, good size portions, the dumplings were outstanding! Service excellent too, such a nice surprise in McLean which has lacked anything exciting for years.

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Donna
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great ambiance. Outstanding service. To die for food. Fun drinks with cardamom. Must try pumpkin dumpling appetizers. Entries --- kabobs, lamb and salmon --- all exquisite. Able to have a wonderful conversation. Celebrated birthday and ended up trying 4 of their cakes - each better than the other.

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vipmarbygirl
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aracosia McLean made our anniversary very special! Thank you ! The food was a-m-a -z-i-n-g!

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vipMichelleL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am thrilled that they opened in McLean and clearly so are many others. The food is outstanding and the service superb. They aim to please - and do so. Reservations are a must. Highly recommended.

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vipBonnie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu is the same as Bistro Aracosia in DC, but the same dishes are not prepared as well. My dumplings came at room temp when they are suppose to be hot ! Also the mixed grill platter was very small for two and the meats were chewy & tough. However the salmon on the platter was very good, but a tiny portion. The kitchen needs to be better staffed to prepare the food well. Work on it Aracosia, because we need a top restaurant in McLean !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very slow lunch service. 45 minutes for lunch to arrive after ordering. Waiter was not attentive.

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vipnancym
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in McLean. We have been several times since they opened and love it. The welcoming service, fabulous food and decor of the restaurant make it a special place.

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vipSpectacular
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic addition to the McLean dining scene!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this place. Saw it was new and was worried about the reviews but it was 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻. Definitely worth giving it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Toothsleuth
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s really fun to have a decent restaurant in McLean. The food was delicious. The service very attentive and courteous. It was a little loud but might have been because of the patrons sitting next to us. We’ll be back.. again and again!

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great array of interesting dishes with good stand-out seasoning, which all in our party enjoyed very much.

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vipVistor
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit. Outstanding all around. We will continue to dine at Aracosia McLean.

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PatB
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic. We were 4 people and shared large appetizer platters, followed by a couple of shared entrees. That gave us a delightful sampling of the menu and plenty of food. If you haven't had Afghani food don't be intimidated - the flavors are rich and satisfying, not spicy. We came early and the servers were very good about letting us order and eat slowly - this was a party of old friends needing to catch up. Noise levels allow easy conversation. We love the Palisades location and are thrilled that McLean is living up to that standard. Please try it out!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great addition to this little shopping mall. Food is every bit as good as the MacArthur Blvd location which is also outstanding!

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vipbbsailor
Jackson Hole
24 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent menu options. Very good food and cocktails.

Restaurant was too warm the night we ate there - and service started great but as the crowd showed up out waitress was too tasked.

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LisaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! So many items on the menu that I am eager to return and try other dishes. Also, the service was very friendly. Loved our dining experience!

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vipGregoryS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. One word: exquisite - menu choice, food preparation and presentation, service, decor, hospitality, everything. Now a favorite.

FAQs

Aracosia McLean offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.

Aracosia McLean is rated 4.8 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.