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Aracosia McLean

4.8
401 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 401 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLarry
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent dishes, richly flavored, including lamb in various forms and intriguing dumplings you won't find elsewhere. Friendly service and, for those of us still wary of indoor dining, there's a nicely covered-but-open-to-the-air outdoor area. (Plus free parking on-site and where do you get that anymore?)

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vipGSmith
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. Would highly recommend to others. Will be coming back.

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ElisabethG
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitor. Can’t say enough good things. Food was absolutely amazing and the drink were equally amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and quite the comedian too. Will absolutely return!

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vipohhdines
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, beyond my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was good. Will definitely return!

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vipEnglishNYer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing new location in McLean. We had 3 qorma dishes and all were delicious. There is a great atmosphere inside as well as extensive outdoor seating with character. Wine selection is also fantastic, will definitely go again.

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BrigidH
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is delicious and the service lovely.

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ScottF
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Afghan food. For a moment I was back in Bagram-

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vipFrequentEater
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great! Had a wonderful COVID relief dinner out. So nice to finely be able to catch up with friends

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AnthonyH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband felt the portion for the filet mignon menu was a tad small; however very taasteful.
Loved the bread with the spicy sauces and the pumpkin dumplings with the butternut squash. YUM!

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PaulA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and a service in this restaurant is fantastic. Highly recommend for all occasions.

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CamilleS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Aracosia. Thank you!

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TatianaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Iman was amazing! The food is excellent and was brought to our table quickly. Would definitely recommend. As a vegetarian, I also appreciated the extensive options. Usually restaurants might have an item or 2 but they had a ton of excellent options.

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vipBrad
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. What else can you ask for?

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vipSamW
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Unfortunately, the outside eating area was very noisy - diners had little consideration for other guests.

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Lynda
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Decided to try bistro-aracosia in McLean after having had an outstanding meal at the one in DC a couple years ago. I found the food to be fair. The service and the outdoor dining experience were nice.

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Kate9
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely lunch & our server was most patient with us while we reminisced after not seeing each other for more than a year snd a half.

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vip10sace
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to. Great service and ambiance. Love eatingat Aracosia.

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BarbaraY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in a restaurant since we can now eat out!

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JordanT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding restaurant with a wonderful outside section that has the most comfortable chairs!

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SharonE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Aracosia! The six of us ordered a variety of entrees, and we all absolutely loved our meals! I had the saffron chicken, and it was delectable. We had the pumpkin dumplings as an appetizer, and those were fantastic as well. We will absolutely be back!

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MichaelA
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service
I will recommend for lunch or dinner

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RoyG
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful meal at Aracosia in McLean. We ate outdoors in the walkway outside the restaurant, which was very nice. Three of the four of us are vegetarian, and we had lots of good choices, though the meat-eater with us loved his meal as well. Our server was very helpful. together a very special evening.

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Steve
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Well done but service a little slow. Peeps are very nice and food was delicious. We will go back soon!

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JoanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, delicious food, and very helpful staff!~

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JamesO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience, great wait staff and indoor and outdoor seating.

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TheQueen
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The consistent quality of the food and the variety of dishes makes this one of my favorite restaurants.

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vipJett
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was super accommodating in getting us an outdoor table. The COVID/health precautions were top notch, and the food and service were superb.

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Herbert
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and delicious food as always, and courteous and friendly service.

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vipKevinS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOOOOO good. Iman is the best server ever. Amazing food. Good value. Nice atmosphere. Nothing bad to say. Been there 3 weeks in a row!

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BetsyP
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time in a restaurant with friends, and first time in this location, was a real treat at Aracosia. Same fabulous food as the DC location, convenient parking, excellent service and attention to detail.

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RachaelB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
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 on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jody
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
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 on 15 May 2021
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 on 15 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service that is consistent.

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vipOftenOut
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Dining out - yea!

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Susan
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dumplings are great. Recommend Ryehaan veal quormas.

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vipMoniqueT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
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 on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would highly recommend with friends.

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 4.8 stars by 401 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.