Bistro Aracosia

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1317 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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 it's 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's 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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J
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have looked for an opportunity to dine here for sometime. We finally got the chance and Bistro Aracosia did not disappoint. With a very diverse, intriguing menu and plenty of options for carnivores and vegetarians alike, there is something for everyone. Our foursome included two who ordered vegetarian dishes, one chicken dish and one veal dish. Each of us was delighted with our choices. Each dish was well prepared and nicely presented. Food was served in a timely fashion and was hot upon arrival. The wait staff was friendly, informative and attentive. The room is very nicely appointed and the decor is attractive. On the night we were there, the room had a low buzz. However, it is easy to imagine that it could get noisy on a busy night. Also, the restaurant has no dedicated parking area. There is parking on the surrounding neighborhood streets, but be prepared to walk a little. Even so, dinner at Bistro Aracosia is worth it...very much so.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The risotto is amazing! Lots of great vegetarian choices. This is always a favorite venue 💛

M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia made the celebration of my daughter’s birthday wonderful! The food was so delicious and the service was just great!! Thanks for making it a perfect evening !!!

C
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We visited our son whom recommended this restaurant because of their outstanding lamb dishes and it did not disappoint! All three of us had a different cut cooked with the same marinade, the rice, carrot and raisins that accompanies this dish was very tasty too. Nice atmosphere too.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is a hidden gem. The food was incredible, the ambiance was delightful, and the service was good. I highly recommend this restaurant.

c
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Aracosia is consistently excellent in food, service and atmosphere. My wife and I discovered this gem only six months ago and since have become regulars for lunch and dinner. They offer a very wide variety of fresh, distinctive dishes, all very flavorful and well presented. The family-owned pride pervades the attentive, friendly but highly professional service from the moment we enter the restaurant until we leave. The warm atmosphere is exotic enough to never lose our interest but provides a very pleasant surrounding for quiet conversation with plenty of space between tables. Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff were incredibly welcoming and provided exceptional service. The restaurant is elegant yet also kid friendly. There are a wide range of food options. We ordered the goats do the lamb stew and our kids have chicken kebab with rice. We preferred the kids meals because they were simpler but everything was lovely.

MD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent place for food! Highly recommended and delicious

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved it! The food was delicious with very fresh ingredients. One could choose the level of spiciness which we liked. The service was punctual and the environment was casual yet up scale.
Thank you.

A
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dinner and a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

F
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was so delicious and the service was outstanding.

l
Washington DC
140 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They have incredible spices in all food. Was all good. Some was fabulous. Great place

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food came out quickly. Absolutely loved the dumpling appetizer.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Separate robust-offering vegan menu. Fabulous service - by the whole team. Couldn’t have been happier.

OT
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attractive Persian restaurant with excellent menu selections. If it is your first time there, best to try the sampler dishes (for two or more) that will give you good introduction.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch was a very pleasant experience. The food, especially the vegetarioan dishes, were special, because of the spices and the manner of cooking.

RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and flavorful. The menu is very large and accommodates many dietary needs. The service was excellent and they were very attentive, especially given that it was my husband's birthday, they prepared a dessert and brought it to our table, they packed our food, and were very gracious. We will definitely be coming back!

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Neema was a great server. Very attentive and helpful with my 2 nieces who were first time diners. Unexpectedly quiet, but it was a plus for me! The grilled meats were awesome!! The veggie dishes were tasty, but too over embellished for my taste. Will definitely be back.

n
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

lots of vegetarian and gluten free options and if you like lamb they have a wide range of excellent choices

OB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bistro Aracosia has excellent gourmet Afghan food and large menu to select from. Very nice service and plenty of vegetarian options that will please even a meat eater.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Veggie and vegan options available and tasty! Appreciated servers explaining the dishes and wine list.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb tenderloin and beef tenderloin were outstanding! As were the chicken stews! Staff made our family and our kids feel like family. Will definitely be going back.

N
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavors. Actual flavors. I'm realizing that for the most part, dining out is akin to eating cardboard. Aracosia is my favorite cure. They indulge all the senses with stunning attention to detail. Five stars are insufficient for their constellation of subtle excellence.

SD
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Loved everything..bread and four curries that are provided all exciting to try..then we had vegetarian combo and a beef and lamb combo so that we could try everything...and the service was very friendly, helpful and just perfect

RJ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this restaurant. The food and service is awesome!

AF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both outstanding, as usual. The vegetarian platter is always recommended.

u
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Server was very nice and brought vegetarian version of one of the appetizers at no extra charge

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in DC!

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BA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was my fourth visit to this gem - love love love it. The use of spices is delicate and masterful, the dishes are all impeccably prepared, the service is warm and friendly. One of my all-time favorite restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

f
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

went there again on NYE. Place was packed and food was wonderful; however they more than doubled the price of the dishes for that night. I understand economics, but still.

j
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and service were both very good. We had the dumplings and the lamb chop signature dish and they were both very tasty.

F
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is excellent. I have enjoyed all dishes I have ordered. The pumpkin dumplings are outstanding. My favorite dish is the chicken kebobs because the seasoning is wonderful.

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu had enough choices to please everyone in our party of 7, including the vegetarian and the hearty meat-eater. The servings were bountiful and the food was delicious.

I
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so friendly and the food is delicious

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, filled with flavor. Every single dish was excellent - the qormas, kabobs and boulanee. The vegetarian risotto was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. Go multiple times and try everything on the menu - best dining experience in DC

KB
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food - highly recommend. All of the meats are well marinated and the menu is unique.

RG
Italy
7 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, vibrant food. Gracious host and attentive waiters. The restaurant is very full, but the service remained excellent. While crowded, the atmosphere was joyful and happy.

N
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining rooms experience. Welcoming greeting amd friendly staff. Our waiter Diego was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food is exquisite Afghan cuisine. By far the best I have tasted.
Highly recommended!