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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-894-3440
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Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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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 26 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 25 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 23 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 23 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

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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

Reviewed 18 May 2014

Fantastic meal, great service, nice wine selection and overall wonderful experience! Brabo had a very nice menu selection and had no issue putting together something special for my wife who decided to order off menu. Everything was top notch!More

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

Dan, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your meal at Brabo. Our chefs are always happy to accommodate all sorts of special requests, and I'm glad we could take care of your wife's "off the menu" dish. Please come back and see us again sometime...More

Reviewed 18 May 2014

Service was good.. Food was great.. The bar staff was very knowledgable ... It's understated but very good

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

Ditjr, Thanks for the kind words regarding your recent visit to Brabo! I'm glad you enjoyed the food and our knowledgeable service. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty

Reviewed 13 May 2014

Started really strong with great, attentive service. Then my drink was wrong. And really weird! Then my dad's drink was wrong but the bar fixed it. My wine was underpoured since it was the end of the bottle but then another full glass was poured,...More

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

goodyrachel, We appreciate the detailed and honest feedback regarding your recent visit to Brabo. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal, but it sounds like we let you down a little bit in regards to service. We take our service and hospitality very...More

Reviewed 8 May 2014

This restaurant is close to the Hilton and the food is excellent as well as the service. The booths all face the street with great views of King Street traffic. We had Brabo American Breakfast and House Cured Salmon, both were delicious and fresh. The...More

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

Hi! Thanks so much for the kind and detailed review of your breakfast at Brabo Tasting Room...I'm so glad you found us and that you enjoyed your meal so thoroughly! We look forward to seeing you again the next time your in town. Cheers, Matty

Reviewed 6 May 2014

I don't normally focus on service when I am dining at a restaurant - sorry to all you hardworking servers and busboys out there, but I'm more about the food (quality, quantity, value) and ambiance (decor, cleanliness, noise levels). When the service is exceptionally good...More

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

ZipZipZippy, I'm sorry your experience at Brabo did not live up to your expectations. We pride ourselves on great service, terrific food, and tremendous hospitality. It seems we let you down, and for that I'm very sorry. I hope you'll give us another chance sometime...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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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