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All reviews lamb shank dumplings stews sabzi aushak turnovers kabobs pistachio cake rice eggplant chicken thighs bread kebab wraps salad afghan food fell off the bone
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Reviewed 26 August 2021 via mobile

Afghan cuisine is one of my favorites, and Bistro Aracosia did not disappoint. Great food, friendly staff, and quiet enough to have a conversation! The chicken sabzi lawaan was amaaaaazing. My husband had a dumpling stew that was tasty—made with a squash so fairly sweet....We didn’t have room for dessert, but I totally am pining for the ricotta pistachio cake listed on their dessert menu. I’m certain it is killer.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 August 2021 via mobile

Try Hot Mazza Assortment to get a taste of everything. The salmon in Mix Grill Mazza was sooo buttery! Chicken Kabob, Kachaloo Chalou, eggplant with mushrooms and Lamb shank were great too. Good portion and great service. Highly recommended to try it out.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 17 July 2021 via mobile

Outstanding dining experience all around! Upscale neighbourhood restaurant with excellent food, pumpkin dumplings, veg sampler and lamb shank were to die for! Very knowledgeable and attentive waiter (Will) who made perfect recommendations for our first dining experience at Bistro Aracosia. Will definitely go back…many times!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 June 2021

/we were excited to go here after reading all the 5 star ratings. Unfortunately, we were met with disappointment. We were sat by the kitchen and ask to be moved. We moved over, but our menus did not follow. So we had to ask for...those. We were greeted by a waitress how seemed friendly enough but the only thing she could say about the food was that's a popular dish. We ordered wine and she knew nothing about the 2 options to give us a recommendation, The appetizers were not appetizing. The potato turnover was so bland I swear it came from a bag. The pumpkin dumplings were a big meh. The wine came out warm after the appetizers were served, I think it came from their grocery store. I ordered salmon that I could not eat. It was covered in a saffron sauce and the salmon tasted fishy. There must of been 2 cups of rice on my plate with those pitiful salmon medallions. My husband ordered the mixed grill and the quality of the meet left something to be desired. I noticed that the lady next to be ordered the salmon as well and barely touched it. The best thing we had to eat was the dipping sauces for the bread. Those were good. Maybe last night was a fluke? Not sure, but we won't go back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 June 2021 via mobile

Trying to figure out where to meet for our first post-Covid get-together, we both discovered that Bistro Aracosia is one of mutual favorites, so, naturally, we reserved an outdoor table and settled in for what turned into a wonderful lunch. My wife and I shared...an Aisha and a chicken stew entree, both incredible. My wife’s cousin and cousin’s husband got pumpkin dumplings and a Baadenjaan Moghuli. We washed everything down with sour cherry & rose limeades (tasty and refreshing). One of the best meals we’ve had in months!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 29 May 2021

My wife and I ate here last night and have been raving about it ever since. The restaurant itself is cozy and inviting. The noise level was low to moderate, and conversation was not a problem at all. The wait staff and hostess were very...friendly, and explained the dishes well. The food... impeccable. Everything from the chutneys and appetizers, to the main course, and even dessert was perfect. We both ordered lamb dishes which can be a bit heavy, but the impressivly fluffy basmati rice helped to cut some of the richness. The dessert was so light, which was a great finish to the heaviness of the lamb. We cannot wait to come back to D.C. and have dinner here again. One more note: we love the fact that this is a family business, and we had a great conversation with the owner's daughter. Enjoy your summer, and good luck with your graduation next fall!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 19 May 2021

From sitting down to finishing our meal everything was awesome here. Food is amazing, staff was kind, and we even got a free cocktail to finish everything up! Will visit again soon!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 25 April 2021

We've always had good experiences here, but hadn't visited since the start of the pandemic and had forgotten just how good the mix of ambience in the food and in the place itself actually is. Once again, the mazza (their spelling of what is in...the Middle East generally termed mezza) is. We ordered two out of three of the house mixes, one of which featured standout pumpkin dumplings and the other which featured standout mixed grille in which everything stood out. The seasonings are complex and subtle. The condiments served with the bread are piquant and I really didn't need to get to the entrees to be entirely satisfied. But then there are the stews . . . We had out of town guests who are foodies from Chicago who spent time in LA, NY, and New Orleans - they said they'd never had anything like this. Yes, this is a rave. It's at least as good as ever.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 16 April 2021 via mobile

The only reason I get over to this side of town is for medical appointments, so the silver lining of having a couple of recent health issues has been the opportunity to stop off at Bistro Aracosia. They have all the usual Afghan menu items,...but their versions are consistently several standard deviations better than anywhere else I've been, including the Heilman chain, formerly our favorite. I'm an especial fan of the Aushak: truly outstanding.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2021 via mobile

Bistro Aracosia doesn’t sound inherently Afghani to my ears, but they sure know how to make delectable Afghan dishes! It’s about 5 miles too far for us to go there on a last-minute basis, but I had to be in the area for a late...afternoon appointment. Glad I did. The vegetarian combo was sensational, and all the other dishes — even the chicken kabob,which I normally don’t enjoy — were moist and nicely spiced.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Bistro Aracosia is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5