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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-894-3440
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Reviewed 30 October 2014

My wife and I were staying at the Lorien Kimpton hotel, so choosing this attached restaurant for dinner was easy. And it was great, with our only little complaints being that the tables were a bit closely spaced, and the prices were a bit high....More

Thank abecedarius
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2014

Hi, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say "Thanks!" for your kind review of your experience at Brabo! We strive to be more than your "typical" hotel restaurant, and I'm glad you enjoyed your meal so much...and you're right- our Happy...More

Reviewed 26 October 2014

Really disappointed. And came to the conclusion that so often this type of status restaurant are all 'mouth and no trousers'. i.e. all style and little substance There were no vegetarian options in the entree menu. The severing's were really small. My lamb was undercooked,...More

Thank Grahame D
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

Grahame, We're very sorry to read about your subpar experience at Brabo. Obviously, many of the components of an experience here, in which we take great pride, failed to meet your expectations. Thank you so much for taking the time to offer your feedback in...More

Reviewed 21 October 2014

Enjoyed a fantastic, fresh breakfast. Hotel prices but the food was great. Ever changing menu to what is in season.More

Thank Lisamlo
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2014

Lisamlo, Thanks for the kind words regarding your recent breakfast at Brabo Tasting Room. Our chefs go out of their way to source the best possible ingredients they can...I'm glad you appreciated it! Come back and visit us again soon! We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 4 October 2014

This, our first visit to Brabo as new residents of Alexandria, came with high expectations. We were disappointed. The high point was the excellent bread but everything else was somewhat underwhelming. Fish that was slightly overcooked and thus dry, somewhat bland broth with the mussels,...More

1  Thank PRR
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2014

PRR, I'm sorry to read about your less than stellar experience at Brabo. We pride ourselves on inventive, delicious food and top-notch service. It sounds like we missed the mark on both accounts. We'd love for you to give us another chance...if you'd like to...More

Reviewed 3 October 2014

I love the casual bar at Brabo. Great small plates and beverage options at the end of long day of business's travel. Kelley the bartender is the perfect host; welcoming, attentive, knowledgable and with a great sense of humor. She makes everyone feel welcome and...More

Thank Ieva G
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2014

Leva, Thank you so much for the kind words regarding your experience at The Bar at Brabo. I'll make sure to pass along your kudos to Kelley...she's been with us a long time, and sure has her share of regulars! We think we have one...More

Reviewed 1 October 2014

Everything I tasted was divine. I had the lamb and a crab cake starter. Very upscale. There was a wedding in the hotel which made dining a little more noisy and slow than usual.

Thank Peyton L
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2014

Peyton, We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the crabcake and lamb so much! Please come back and see us again, soon! Next time you reserve, make note that you'd prefer a quieter table and we'll do our best to accomodate. Cheers, Matty Fanning

Reviewed 29 September 2014

We were celebrating a special occasion, and were not disappointed by our evening at Brabo. We were greeted warmly and shown to a table in the front room. The server was well-informed about the menu, and allowed us to relax and take our time ordering....More

1  Thank love2trave09
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

Hi, Thank you SO much for your wonderfully detailed, and complimentary, review of Brabo! We love being a part of our guests' celebrations, whether big or small. And since we want it to be a "Happy" birthday, we never sing! You ordered very well...some of...More

Reviewed 29 September 2014

The food is good but the regular pricing is a bit high for what you get. On the other hand, going to the Happy Hour is a good deal. The bar staff is good and attentive if somewhat overwhelmed. Pricing and selection are good and...More

Thank MikeD56
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

Mike, Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts on your recent experience at Brabo. You're right- happy hour does tend to fill up very quickly! While we think that our prices are reflective of the quality of ingredients and preparations we offer,...More

Reviewed 29 September 2014

The food was only average but the prices were way too high. Service was fair but we weren't asked how we wanted our meat cooked.More

Thank GilesBury
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

GilesBury, I'm very sorry to hear that your recent meal at Brabo did not meet your expectations. Thank you so much for your feedback- we'll be sure to share it with our Chefs and the rest of our team. As for not being asked for...More

Reviewed 16 September 2014

My wife and I and a friend enjoyed our first dinner at Brabo, and we all agreed the food was world class. We were seated 15 minutes earlier than our reservation, and there was a decent crowd for a Monday night. The noise level was...More

1  Thank Emil P
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2014

Emil, Wow. We're so humbled by such a wonderful review of your dinner at Brabo. We work hard to produce experiences like yours, and it's very gratifying to know you enjoyed everything so much. We'll give David, and the rest of the team, a well...More

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12 November 2017|
Response from Marilyn S | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you contact BRABO. I do not have that answer to your question. I was just a guest. However, their food and service was AMAZING when I was there.
12 November 2017|
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Response from D C | Reviewed this property |
BRABO, 1600 King St., will be open from 12-8 pm. They will be serving a three-course menu for $70, with optional 4th course. BRABO Tasting Room is open for regular breakfast service and then... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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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