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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 24 November 2017

The Thanksgiving meal is a fixed-price feast, offering not only a great (and abundant) turkey option, but also fish or steak. At $70 per, it had to be awfully good, and it was. The server was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was cheerful but...More

Thank Chuck W
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Chuck thank you for spending your holiday with us! I'm pleased to know you enjoyed yourself, and look forward to welcoming you back in!

Reviewed 8 November 2017

Great happy hour specials. The house wine is good, and the limited happy hour food is excellent despite being limited. The pot of mussels is worth a visit or two.

Thank rxt1949
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Thank you for the review- I'm glad you enjoyed the mussels, and agree that they're worth the visit!

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Excellent first courses but down hill from there. Drinks are measured with a lite pour. Ordered a tenderloin medium, came rare, sent back and returned medium rare, Waiter removed from bill without being asked. Risotto under cooked. Lamb chops were good but small portions. Waiter...More

Thank Artben1
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to provide us with your honest feedback! It seems like we missed the mark with your experience this last time around, I apologize. Rest assured we are addressing all of the concerns you've raised, and we look...More

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Touted by our daughter, we looked forward to a "Spanish" tapas style place. Not really, it's more Belgian than anything else. Not so much like Mannequin Pis in Olney, Brabo plows it's own ground. We started with a cheese and charcouterie plate. Three cheeses, several...More

Thank Original_Shrut
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Hi, thank you for taking the time to review! It sounds like you enjoyed your family time in our Brabo Tasting Room, and we hope to see you back next time you're in town! Our menu changes seasonally, so we're sure to have some fresh...More

Reviewed 24 October 2017

We stopped in for the tail end of happy hour on a Sunday evening with family, while killing time, waiting for our dinner reservation time at another nearby restaurant. The bartender here was very friendly, helpful and attentive. They have a nice menu, especially for...More

Thank J E
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Hello there, J.E. Thank you for the kind words! I'm so happy to hear you were able to enjoy some time with Brett, our new Head Bartender! I must agree that the charcuterie is phenomenal; and if you enjoy a good charcuterie selection- stay tuned...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Very nice Restaurant, great Décor, nice comfortable Bar. Great Martini's. Food delicious, great Octopus, great Steak. Service by "Cosmo" excellent.

Thank T1232XEronaldg
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Aw shucks- we're blushing! But on a serious note, we are so glad to know you've enjoyed your time with us- and Cosmo truly is excellent, isn't he!? :) Thank you for the kind words!

Reviewed 6 October 2017

Went to Brabo and Brabo tasting room this past weekend. Three visits in 3 days. The food was amazing in both places. The servers were wonderful and very helpful. Even went so far as to get something we wanted from the restaurant even though we...More

Thank Toni V
Meghan S, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Hi Toni, thanks for the kind words- I'm really glad you were able to enjoy yourself over the extended weekend, too! Hopefully you're planning a trip back this fall- we're starting a really fun "Judgement of Alexandria" wine flight in our Tasting Room soon- stay...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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 13 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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

Reviewed 5 September 2017

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 7 September 2017

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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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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