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Aracosia McLean, Mc Lean, VA
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Aracosia McLean

4.8
4.8
1020 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan

  • Phone number

    (703) 269-3820

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Catering

    Please contact us at 703-269-3820

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Cross street

    1381 Beverly Rd, Elm Street

  • Parking details

    Public garage, we are located on the second floor.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,020 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

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  1. RM

    RobinM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I love eating here, the food is so delicious! It’s a great place for date night.
  2. g

    gtdine6

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was the perfect place to go on a cold night. The food was exactly what we were looking for.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 2 days agoThank you!

  3. j

    jacks

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sunday lunch. The assorted tastings for $22 each was great for lunch. All delicious. Not so much for the risotto (heavy), but Lamb was exceptional.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us!

  4. J

    Jimous

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you! We are glad that you enjoyed!

  5. GD

    GlobalDiner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Aracosia a number of times and it has always been a great experiennce. Although Afghan food is often not well known, it is an intriguing blend of Mediterranean and South Asian cuisines that often combines the best of both worlds. The pumpkin mantu are fantastic, and it offers a nice combination of very flavorful and spicey dishes as well as milder options that appealed to others in our party. The service as always was prompt, friendly and helpful without being overbearing. The Afghan decor also creates a sense of the region where these wonderful dishes originated. I very highly recommend it.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you for taking the time to write us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience to the fullest!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    everything was good except we were seated 50 mins late although we had a reservation
  7. LF

    LaFrog

    Richmond

    38 reviews

    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Serious issues with service. Our reservation was for 7:15 p.m. It was past 10:30 p.m when we paid the check. The place was packed and very noisy. It took my husband four requests to get his cocktail, which finally showed up after appetizers and wine was brought to our table. Thoroughly incompetent and excruciatingly slow service ruined the whole evening as we were celebrating a friend’s 70th birthday. Even the great food could not make up for it. We will not go back to this restaurant on a weekend night, if ever…
  8. DK

    DavidK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. We got the full tasting menu for 2. Everything on it was outstanding and there was enough food for 4 people. Great ambience and quiet so we could speak to each other. We’ll be back.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you, David! We are glad that you enjoyed our Taste of Aracosia!

  9. R

    Ricka

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious starters, salads, and entrees. Our server was courteous and attentive and was helpful with the menu and specials. The cocktails were also very good.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you for your kind words and feedback!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was wonderful. Highly recommend.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you for your kind words!

  11. J

    Jude

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 4 of us in our group for lunch at Aracosia. Each ordered a different dish and all of us were very happy with our choices. Service was attentive without being intrusive and very friendly. This was our first time there but we will definitely be back.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded 3 days agoThank you for joining us for lunch! We are glad that you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

  12. CC

    ChrisC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Best Afghan in the area, and I would say one of the best restaurants in the area in general. Service is so accommodating as well and a beautifully designed restaurant. Love it and we are so fortunate to have it in Mclean!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you very much for your kind words and support!

  13. G

    Groucho1313

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always spectacular

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you!

  14. s

    slly

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dumplings are the best sooooo good

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you!

  15. M

    Mclean

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was good, although a little uneven. A bit slow to respond once we were seated, but once we placed our order the food came in rapid succession (a little better spacing would have been appreciated), and then slow again to clear plates. We look forward to coming again and hope some of these little kinks may be worked out.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for your feedback and support!

  16. AB

    AmyB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aracosia is one of the best restaurants in the DC area. The food is amazing and the service is consistently first rate.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you, Amy! We appreciate your kind words!

  17. SS

    SaraS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was delicious. But on this Saturday night, the restaurant was very busy and the service slow. The waiter did bring us two complimentary desserts which was most kind. I really like this restaurant and will continue to come and recommend it.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for your support and feedback. We appreciate your patience!

  18. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding atmosphere, welcoming staff, and delicious food. Went with family for a weekend lunch. The outdoor porch seating was cheerfully decorated and the indoor area was spacious and upscale. Staff were top notch (attentive and genuinely friendly) and the food fresh and incredibly homemade from scratch tasting (bread, pumpkin dumplings, kabobs, and rice pudding for dessert were what we ordered)…we were all blown away (and that’s rare we all agree). While eating was already thinking of both next visit as well as carry out. Already has become one of my favorite restaurants.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you! We are happy to hear that you will be joining us again and that you all enjoyed it!

  19. DT

    DonT

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice location. Great food. Server made excelllent recommendation for a first time afghan cuisine.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you, Don! We are glad you enjoyed our restaurant!

  20. JM

    JudyM

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening. The wait person was polite and offered to answer questions. The food was delicious.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you, Judy! We are glad that you enjoyed!

  21. P

    Penn701

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food & services was great as always. The date was unusual busy, therefore our waiting time was a bit longer. But overall, it was a great experience.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 23, 2022Thank you for your support! We appreciate your patience and kind words!

  22. JS

    JulieS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and excellent service. The outdoor area behind the main dining room is a great choice on a nice evening. The staff was attentive - even asking about the timing of firing the main course to ensure my meal was paced the way I wanted it. The lamb and beef tenderloin kabob was so incredibly tender and flavorful, and the roasted eggplant was a great side. The leek and scallion dumplings with spicy minced beef were amazing - a wonderful combination of flavors and very light dumpling skins. The sauces with the bread were fun, and I enjoyed them with the lamb and beef as well.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed dining with us!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you!

  24. RT

    RameshT

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall a very pleasant family dinner. Somewhat disappointed at the rib chop orders , half of which very very fatty and quite inedible.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you for your feedback. We will be looking into the quality of the meat for a better experience next time.

  25. S

    Svanvan

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a frequent diner there, all I can say is that last night’s dinner and service were top-notch. My guests (from Kansas City) refuse to go anywhere else when they are in the area! I didn’t get the server’s name but he was great!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for being our loyal guests! We are so glad that you enjoyed a meal with your friends at our restaurant.

  26. t

    theatrepatron

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the “taste of Aracosia” which provided an assortment of many different dishes - everything was wonderful.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 19, 2022We are so glad that you enjoyed our Taste of Aracosia. Thank you for joining us!

  27. AH

    AdrienneH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Aracosia is my favorite restaurant. The food, service and ambience are exquisite. You will not find many places like it.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you, Adrienne! We are so happy to be your favorite restaurant!

  28. A

    Andie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always love our experience with food and service. The staff are cordial and helpful. Didn’t receive our bread and dips with our drinks but by the time we could get someone’s attention our food was getting served. There are worse things but I did want to let the restaurant know.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for your support and feedback. We appreciate you!

  29. DU

    DianeU

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Be sure to order the dumpling assortment. Wow, especially the pumpkin! Also, anything with lamb is very good.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you, Diane! We are so glad that you enjoyed dining with us!

  30. D

    Dave

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Definitely a popular place on Saturday night. Great food!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you, Dave!

  31. JG

    JGB1

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant is lovely, and the service was fine but not particularly helpful when faced with questions about the dishes. For those of us who are not familiar with Afghan food, a description of the dish would be helpful. Although the chicken in the dish I ordered was tasty, there was very little of it perched in the center of a huge plateful of rice. My husband said his mushroom dish was bland.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 26, 2022We are sorry to hear that your experience was not up to our standards. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you give us another try!

  32. S

    Sigi

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and attentive service. This is a great restaurnt in McLean

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 16, 2022Thank you for your kind words!

  33. PB

    PeterB

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and distinctiveness of Afghan cuisine, never having enjoyed it before. Aracosia is a delightful and interesting restaurant that I will return to.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our cuisine.

  34. L

    Larry

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great flavors and quality. Excellent grilled and roasted beef and lamb and terrific flavorful eggplant and other vegetables. One of the best outdoor options around too on a covered deck. Only issue: too few servers so we had to go in and ask for carryout containers and again to ask for our check.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you for your feedback, Larry. We apologize for delays in service. We appreciate your kind words and support!

  35. S

    Svanvan

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    You cannot go wrong but I love the lamb chops and the chicken thighs.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 13, 2022Thank you!

  36. P

    Passionata

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambiance!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you!

  37. G

    Gourmand

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a birthday event for a small group. Though there was some delay in seating us, the staff made great efforts to make up for it. Staff was attentive, very good in their suggestions and not intrusive, letting us enjoy the food and the occasion without attempting to hustle us out. Each dish was unique and well prepared. In sum it was a great evening. We’d had their food before as take out; dining in was an even better experience.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you for your kind word and support! We are glad that you enjoyed celebrating with us!

  38. c

    ccc1978

    Washington DC

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always! Delightful, creative menu, excellent service and wonderful food!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you for your kind words and support!

  39. SB

    SarahB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outdoors and the ambience was very nice. We had the Complete tasting menu and it was a great way to try a bit of everything. I enjoyed most of the dishes. The spicy dishes were not very spicy, which was great for me (I’m a mild spice person). The service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back again.

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you, Sarah! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Complete Taste of Aracosia! We look forward to your next visit.

  40. SQ

    SuziQReview

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious & fresh at Aracosia. Our server, Hussein, went above and beyond to be certain that we had a great dining experience. I give him & Aracosia an “A” plus!

    Aracosia McLeanResponded on September 9, 2022Thank you! We are so glad to hear that Hussein took excellent care of you during your visit! We appreciate your kind words and support!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Aracosia McLean does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Aracosia McLean also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 269-3820.

Aracosia McLean is rated 4.8 stars by 1020 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Aracosia McLean

1381 Beverly Rd, Mc Lean, VA 22101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1381 Beverly Rd, Elm Street

  • Neighborhood

    McLean

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public garage, we are located on the second floor.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sofia Masroor

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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