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BRABO Restaurant

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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Harvard St)
+1 703-894-3440
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Sun - Mon 17:00 - 22:00
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New Orleans
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

This review is of the bar only - for those of you who like a good cocktail. We stopped in for a nightcap on a trip to see family and friends. The restaurant looked intriguing and we will likely go for dinner on a return trip, even though the lighting is a bit dark as others have mentioned. There is... More 

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

B M, We do love our Chartreuse...we were featuring it in a couple cocktails this spring. Sounds like you had a good time, but I'm sorry you felt the bartenders were "disinterested" in you despite their prompt service. We strive for a better presentation than that...I'm sorry we let you down. Give us another try sometime! Cheers, Matty More 

Arlington, Virginia
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We did the tasting menu for four with my parentw, who had brought a couple of special bottles of wine which were accommodated for a reasonable corkage fee while I decided to try the chef/sommelier pairing. The bison first course was incredibly flavorful, and the paired sparkling pinot was an interesting choice. The start of a theme for the evening,... More 

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for the kind and detailed review of your experience at Brabo! It sounds like you enjoyed the food very much. Our very talented Sommelier, Matthew Carroll, often avoids the "obvious" pairing in favor of choosing something a little more unique or off the beaten path. While we strive to find complimentary pairings that "work" in... More 

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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

I took my husband here for his birthday and we had a wonderful time. The service was very good -- helpful but not intrusive. I wish I could remember the name of our waiter, who knowledge of the menu helped us make our decisions. Matthew, the sommelier offered great advice and we drank a really fine wine that added much... More 

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Patricia, I'm so glad you and your husband enjoyed his birthday dinner at Brabo! I believe your server this past Saturday evening was Greg. I'll pass along your compliments to both him and to Matthew, our Sommelier. We look forward to helping you celebrate another wonderfully special occasion in a few weeks! Cheers, Matty More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We don't normally eat at hotel restaurants but we were thrilled with Brabo. Wonderful relaxed service and tremendous food. We enjoyed the halibut and the sweetbreads particularly on the new spring menu. And when the wine we ordered from the wine list was out of stock, the waiter not only apologized but helped us find an even better alternative and... More 

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Peter, Thank you so much for the kind words about your recent visit to Brabo! I love that Halibut dish, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it as well. We look forward to seeing you next time you get back to Alexandria! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

If you love mussels - you will not want to miss these! Great cocktails, delicious food and great service. The dinning room is very pretty - and it does not get to loud in there - good place for a conversation.

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Just a quick note to say "Thanks!" for the nice review of Brabo. I'm so glad you enjoyed the mussels and cocktails and were able to have a nice, relaxing conversation. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Brabo is a great resturant -- fantastic food and over the top service. Some of their menu items are unique for old town which makes them a good place to go. They can be a little snobby at times because they know they are that good. My advice is to put up with it because its a great place.

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Mark, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback about your experience at Brabo. While I'm so glad you enjoyed the food, I'm disheartened to hear that you felt the service was "snobby." I look forward to sharing your review with our team as a reminder that we need to be "over the top" in a good way! It's... More 

Washington, DC
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I think this was a 5 course menu and it was appropriately portioned so you were not stuffed. It was all wonderful, the food, the service, the paired wines, and even the atmosphere was not too crowded or too loud for sold out night. We had dined here once before, maybe a couple years ago, and this experience was far... More 

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review of Brabo! As challenging as "special occasion" nights can be, it's rewarding to hear that you had a great time...we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

I visited Brabo with some coworkers for a friendly lunch. We each ordered different entrees but everyone agreed that the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was wonderful...we we're able to family style and a long table instead of having to break up into two different booths. I ordered the roast beef aus jus sandwich, which came topped with caramelized... More 

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Thank April S
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

April, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed such a lovely lunch in Brabo Tasting Room! That roast beef sandwich has been a big hit since the day we put it on the menu. Thanks so much for the kind words, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

This is a first-class restaurant conveniently located in Old Town Alexandria. Excellent, creative cuisine. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Reasonable noise level. Pricey but definitely worth it.

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

William, Thanks so much for the kind words...I look forward to sharing them with our entire team. We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Matty More 

Arlington
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143 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

We both ordered the tasting menu. The first course, seared raw hamachi on a vanilla cream-filled brioche with a dab of spiced grapefruit was amazing. We sopped yup every bit of the sauce. Then came an equally amazing oyster veloute; it was so rich and buttery that the small portion was appropriate, even though we wanted more. My wife like... More 

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Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderfully detailed review of Brabo. I'm glad that the food was not just satisfying, but thought provoking, too! Sounds like you and your wife had a spirited discussion about your dinner! I look forward to sharing your kind words with our entire team, and especially, Ryan. I'm so glad to hear that he took... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 50
Cuisine
American, French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?