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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-894-3440
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Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
American, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

had reservations for 2 for 7:30, running a bit late so stopped by the restaurant to ask hostess if we could push reservation to 8, she was conceited and surly and refused our request, we hurried and made the time and yet there were free...More

Thank DVE11044
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2014

Hi, Thanks so much for your honest feedback about your experience at Brabo. The negative things are hard to read, but they're important! We are always striving to improve our service at all levels...I'm sorry one of our staff members didn't put their best foot...More

Reviewed 2 August 2014

Great daily samplers with an open kitchen right before your eyes. This is a gem and should be visited when in Alexandria. We had a cheese plate, meat filled tart, one of our kids didn't want anything on the menu (6 years old) and they...More

Thank elkelk89
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2014

Hi, We're so glad you loved your experience in Brabo Tasting Room! Thanks for the great review...we look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Matty Fanning

Reviewed 27 July 2014

Every dish we ordered was exceptional. The appetizers were great and the deserts too. (espresso parfait)

Thank E B
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2014

EB, Thanks so much for your great review of Brabo! We look forward to seeing you again the next time your travels bring you to Old Town! Cheers, Matty Fanning

Reviewed 23 July 2014

Sitting here right now. First we had to wait for them to set the table with restaurant half empty. Didn't have the wine we wanted. Didn't have the drink I wanted. Food was okay. Crab cake was good. Bison carpaccio was awesome. Summer squash was...More

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

Hi, Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm sorry to read about your disappointment with your recent meal at Brabo. We pride ourselves on delivering a terrific experience to all of our guests, and I'm sorry we fell short with you. Your meal does...More

Reviewed 27 June 2014

While staying Lorian Hotel we managed to eat at BRABO for breakfast twice, lunch and dinner twice. This is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in long time. Chef Weidmair is a genius in the kitchen and I wish I lived closer...More

Thank Michael S
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

Michael, Considering the other great restaurants in Old Town, I'm not sure I can think of a better compliment than the one you gave us by dining so frequently at our restaurants during your stay at The Lorien. We know there are a lot of...More

Reviewed 25 June 2014

Our last night in town before heading home and we decided to dine at Brabo. Straight to the point, the meal was exquisite. She had the rockfish and I had the scallops both of which which perfectly prepared. Service was top-notch. Nothing else to be...More

Thank RFriedlieb
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

RobertF, Thank you so much for the wonderful review of your recent experience at Brabo! I'm so happy you enjoyed the scallops and rockfish, as well as the service. I look forward to passing along your kind words to our entire team. We look forward...More

Reviewed 24 June 2014

Found this restaurant via Tripadvisor! Made reservations for Saturday night. Upon entering we were immediately seated and it looked very nice. Waiter was a bit difficult to understand, but we ordered two specials for that night. The halibut and the rabbit. It was the second...More

Thank blackheath2
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

Hi, I remember your table from last Saturday night...I'm sorry the Trio of Rabbit arrived cold the first time, but I'm so glad your wife enjoyed the complimentary taste of the Chilled Watercress Soup that we served to tide her over until she could fully...More

Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

This was my third time to Brabo and it remains solid but not great. They offer a 3 and 5 course tasting menu that is a solid value for the quality of food. I tried the foie gras with cherries and then had the wonderful...More

Thank TheDeacon87
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Hi, Thanks so much for your kind review of your recent dinner at Brabo! You're right...we don't have the most extensive menu around, but our Chefs prefer to focus on a smaller menu and to get every detail right. I'm sorry you found the rockfish...More

Reviewed 28 May 2014

We had a wonderful dinner at Brabo's. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. It's a lovely venue and even though it seemed to fill up it was never noisy.

Thank Hunter.oz@comca... H
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Hi, Thanks so much for your great review of Brabo! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your meal so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty

Reviewed 22 May 2014

Probably one of the best meals I've had! We sampled the oysters on the half shell- sweet and briny, the rock fish, rib eye and wreck fish. All prepared to perfection. Paired perfectly with sides and wines. The server, however, was insufferably snobby. Although well...More

Thank PatandBill93
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

PatandBill93, Thank you so much for your very honest feedback regarding your recent meal at Brabo. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the meal, but I'm disappointed that you found the service to be "snobby." We pride ourselves on knowledgeable, professional hospitality, and I'm sorry...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
Meals
Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (Harvard St)
  • Public Transportation: Metro one block, free trolley
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-894-3440
  • E-mail
Description
Named for a statue in of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant is as legendary and longstanding as its namesake hero.

The award-winning talents of Chef Sebastien Rondier create unforgettable dining at BRABO Restaurant. The comfortable dining room's stylish details like a custom hammered copper bar reflect our historic Old Town location, topped off with an oversized antique map above the bar. The Brasserie up front features a lively atmosphere and hearty portions accompanied by a comprehensive cocktail list. Tucked away in the Formal Dining Room guests enjoy a leisurely paced meal of several courses in a Tasting Menu format.

BRABO is dedicated to relationships with local farms and passionate artisans and is proud to feature local and regional products. Check in with one of our teammates for great recommendations of what to see and do around town- they love to share!
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