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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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1 - 10 of 507 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was third trip to Brabo and something has happened to this once lovely restaurant. First, it was a Saturday night and there was a large party in the hotel. Regardless, it took around 45 minutes to get our drinks for a table of eight-the...More

Thank luckywashington
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Hello, It seems like you did not receive our best. We appreciate all feedback, and I will be sure to share this with our team. I would like to invite you back for a proper Brabo experience. Please feel free to reach out directly: philip.lucas@braborestaurant.com...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner for 9 at BRABO recently. I was a bit worried that we would be crowded into a corner and hurried along. I needn't have worried. OUr table was perfectly placed along a lovely wall--we weren't crowded in...More

Thank MBiblis
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing the kind feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner in the Brasserie, which is adjacent to the bar. Noise level made conversation all but impossible. Dinner was overpriced and underwhelming. Hanger steak was tough and had an odd, off flavor. Cod was tasty but not particularly memorable. Neither entrée had enough vegetable...More

Thank NJTraveler06
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve, so I will share this with the team. We would love the opportunity to have you back for a true Brabo experience. Please reach out directly if you would like to make a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Brabo's Tasting Room on many occasions, since it is a somewhat less expensive and more informal restaurant than the main dining room. But every once in a while we go to the main dining room as we recently did for Restaurant...More

Thank David S
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words, David! We hope to see you soon -- in either restaurant!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A true dining experience! A cut above the rest and we recomend it for those who know what "fine" in fine dining truly means.

Thank Paul B
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thanks (again) Paul! Can't wait to have you in again!

Reviewed 10 August 2017

I came here with my 5 friends after the Women's March on Washington and we were ready to be pampered, fed and soothed after a long day walking in the cold. I couldn't have been happier with the results. Our table was ready immediately and...More

Thank circusgurl
Management response:Responded 15 August 2017

We are glad to hear that you had such a nice time with us! Come back soon to see Chef's Summer menu and Restaurant Week specials!

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

This updates an earlier (negative) review. This long-time old town restaurant has regained its sea legs. It's not the old white table cloth (overly stiff and formal) restaurant of its early days, but the food is tasty and well prepared and the menu is broad...More

Thank LarRay
Management response:Responded 6 August 2017

Thank you for sharing! Chef's Summer menu is incredible, and we are glad you enjoyed the Brasserie area. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Stroll across the historic old town before heading to Brabo. Great food, healthy, fresh and beautifully presented. European Mediterranean cuisine; stylish Benelux interior. Long and varied cocktail list. Room for improvement: bread & butter coming straight away together with water.

1  Thank Yekatya
Management response:Responded 6 August 2017

Thank you for the kind words and feedback. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

Reviewed 18 July 2017

Some of the finest French/Belgian cooking imaginable has come to Brabo in the person of Chef Sebastian Rondier. A traditional French chef with an amazing way of making old dishes new again. I'd describe the menu but the Summer menu debuts today (07/18) and so...More

Thank seymourblatz
Management response:Responded 24 July 2017

Thank you so much for the recommendation! You will have to come back in soon to try the new menu items -- they are fantastic! We will look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 18 July 2017

Stopped in for drinks and wound up eating at the bar. What a sublime experience. We visited on a Monday, so it was not crowded and we had a chance to try a good cross section of the food. And so we went to town:...More

1  Thank tony c
Management response:Responded 24 July 2017

Hi Tony, Thanks so much for sharing! We love to feature dinner at the bar, and are always happy to see guest doing so. Come in soon to try Chef's new Summer menu! Philip

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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, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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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