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Indulge in Authentic Moroccan Dishes at this Favorite Arlington Spot


If you’re searching for an exotic culinary experience in Arlington, VA, look no further than the spot referred to as a “hidden gem” by locals: Bistro Menil.

Described as the “Best Moroccan restaurant in Northern Virginia” by Dining Traveler, this small restaurant offers delicious Moroccan dishes that will leave your taste buds wanting more. When you step inside, you’ll be welcomed by an inviting, cozy, and intimate atmosphere. The restaurant’s d├ęcor features patterned textiles, lanterns, and Islamic calligraphy art. The ambiance is as authentic as the food, which will take you on a flavorful journey to Morocco.

The Bistro Menil menu offers a range of authentic Moroccan specialties such as tagines, lamb dishes, and couscous. One of the signature dishes is the Lamb Shank Tagine served with apricots, raisins, and almonds in a rich sauce. The tender lamb falls off the bone and is full of flavorful spices such as cumin, cinnamon, and saffron. Another standout option is the Bistilla, a phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds, and herbs, and topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. It’s a savory and sweet combination that is beyond tasty.

If you’re feeling adventurous and prefer sharing plates, order “La Fantasia” to experience an array of Moroccan dishes. This option includes a choice of appetizers, such as spicy harissa hummus or minty eggplant, as well as your choice of two entrees, and a selection of sides. It’s a perfect way to try different flavors and share with friends.

The restaurant also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, such as the Eggplant Tagine with tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

To complement the dishes, Bistro Menil offers Moroccan tea, a sweetened minty brew served in traditional glass cups, and Moroccan wines perfect for pairing with the spiced dishes. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu and happy to offer suggestions and make recommendations.

Bistro Menil is a perfect escape from the typical dining experience in Arlington. You’ll find an authentic Moroccan meal in a cozy atmosphere that feels like a home away from home. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out or a delicious meal with friends, Bistro Menil has something to offer. Satisfy your taste buds and indulge in the delights of Moroccan cuisine at this favorite spot in town.