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Bistro Aracosia

5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
+1 202-363-0400
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“lamb chops” (6 reviews)
“turnovers” (4 reviews)
“aushak” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owner characterizes their menu as pre-Soviet occupation/pre-Taliban period cuisine. I thought that Helmand in Baltimore set the standard for Afghan food in this area, but Bistro Aracosia is as good or even better. The evening we were there, they were recommending their combination appetizer...More

Thank MartyZ3318
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A family-run restaurant of such excellence is a thing of beauty. We had a dining experience here that I would rate as the best one we've had this entire year. We got there early when few diners have arrived and were able to look around...More

2  Thank margaretc007
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We are fortunate that this restaurant is in our neighborhood so we can go often. The food is superbe! Lots of variety to choose from. We love the meat dumplings, kebabs and the delicious vegetable dishes. The deserts are also very good. The owners and...More

Thank Ceci T
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful dinner with friends. Excellent service. Our waiter helped us understand the menu, recommended certain dishes, and was very attentive even though the restaurant was busy. The food was amazing! So many layers of flavor with combinations I had never tasted. I look forward to...More

Thank MarylandSpartan
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This quaint restaurant in a fashionable Washington DC suburb was overflowing with customers. We had to wait for half an hour even though we had booked in advance. The wait was made easier by a glass of Malbec Familia red wine on the house. The...More

Thank Ismailbandook
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

We book this restaurant as we would love to try Afghan food We delayed half hour to get our table the manger and the staff were so polite and apologetic the room was full with pictures of Sufi and Rumi poet and the food was...More

Thank Ferdos A
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

We usually eat international food, but it was our first time at an afghani restaurant. Everything was outstanding about it: from the welcome, quick seating, the music (live cythar), the atmosphere, the decoration, the great service, the menu (lot’s of choices for lamb lovers like...More

Thank Philippe_DC
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Ate here with friends on a recent trip to DC. What a great find! The restaurant is family run; our server Talia is the daughter of the owner. She was fantastic and answered any questions we had about this new-to -us cuisine! We started with...More

Thank Louvrelover
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Great addition to a neighborhood that needs a good get. I don't know much about South Asia food, but everybody knows good and Aracosia is a lot better better than good. A smorgasbord of spices spritzed with attentive service. Might be the best lentil soup...More

Thank G. Murphy D
Reviewed August 31, 2018

Wonderful family run restaurant. Varied and interesting menu. Friendly and helpful staff. A bit noisy but worth the visit.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5100 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3316
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-363-0400
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