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BRABO Restaurant

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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Harvard St)
Metro one block, free trolley
+1 703-894-3440
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Named for a statue in Chef Wiedmaier father's hometown of Antwerp...
Named for a statue in Chef Wiedmaier father's hometown of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant is as legendary and longstanding as its namesake hero. The award-winning talents of Chef Wiedmaier and designer Vicente Wolf harmonize for unforgettable dining at BRABO Restaurant. The comfortable dining room's stylish details like a custom hammered copper bar reflect our historic Old Town location, while private dining on the hotel's outdoor terraces offers extraordinary Old Town views. For private parties of up to ten, you can also reserve the restaurant's Chef's Table, where the chef and wine director visit the table and tailor food and wine pairings just for you. Or take advantage of the season's warm weather with a table in our outdoor dining area. BRABO is dedicated to environmental and social responsibility. From developing supportive relationships with local Alexandria farmers and the surrounding Virginia community to recycling kitchen grease for bio-diesel fuel, we are committed to a greener future. BRABO's eco-friendly practices translate directly to the table with delicious results.
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  • 90
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Expensive but worth it. Seriously.

I'd been wanting to eat at Brabo for a few months now, ever since I saw on their menu that they served Arctic Char. I've only had the char in Spain, but it was amazing. Half salmon and half trout without the fishier taste of steelhead. So this trip it was the first place I went. And the char... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
Weston65
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I'd been wanting to eat at Brabo for a few months now, ever since I saw on their menu that they served Arctic Char. I've only had the char in Spain, but it was amazing. Half salmon and half trout without the fishier taste of steelhead. So this trip it was the first place I went. And the char and... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

It's wonderful to see that you had a great meal at Brabo. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Arctic Char, as well as the pork belly. I hope you're able to dine with us again soon; please make sure to say hello when you're in next. Cheers! Sean More 

New York City, New York
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156 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Half priced bar bites during happy hour as well as $5 wines. Food was delicious, had the grilled shrimp, olives and a burger. Would have been a little pricey so the happy hour discount was well worth it! Fun and upscale spot, great for meeting up with friends.

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed our Happy Hour at Brabo. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Please make sure to say hello when you dine with us next. Cheers, Sean More 

Washington DC
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This place is expensive, but worth it. Really good food - great for event meals like business meetings, anniversaries, birthdays, wedding proposals....or just a really good meal. If you in from out of town and are staying anywhere in Alexandria, Springfield, Crystal city or National Harbor, this place is worth the trip. Really good food, plus great service and atmosphere.... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

It's great to hear that you enjoyed your dinner at Brabo. We love to get guest feedback and I've shared your notes with our staff. For your next visit, please take advantage of our complimentary valet parking. Please make sure to say hello next time you dine with us; we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Sean More 

Washington, Dc
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The food is good but the service is smug. With no reception station, it's not clear who is doing the seating in the tasting room. They won't take a reservation and it can be crowded on a week night. The first time, we got a table and tried several good dishes. The second time, there was no discernible waiting list,... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience at the Tasting Room. That is the not service that we strive to deliver. I'd like to invite you in so we can provide you with a wonderful dining experience. Please reach out to me directly so that we can find a time that will work best for you.... More 

Apex
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We booked a 630 dinner time on Sat night. Good move as it filled up quickly after that. Our waitress, Amanda, was top notch. The sommelier helped us pick a delicious wine that was with the cost. Had a loud guest next to us & mgmt picked up on it right away & took care of it. Mussels, orecchiette, swordfish... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. Thank you for sharing that Amanda did a top notch job serving; we think she's pretty great too! I hope you're able to join us again soon. Please make sure to say hello next time you're here for dinner. Cheers, Sean More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

One of the best dining experiences thus far in Alexandria. Went here for the 2-year anniversary and was well worth the price.

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing that your anniversary dinner at Brabo was one your best dining experiences in Alexandria. I'm so glad you enjoyed celebrating with us! Please say hello when you dine with us next. Cheers! Sean More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Come here mainly to enjoy the mussels and have never been disappointed. Served in a warm broth, they taste great!

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoy our mussels; I do too! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Please say hello next time you're here. Cheers, Sean More 

Washington, DC
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

What is wrong with those people? — my wife asked after our anniversary meal at Brabo. She was referring to people who gave a less than great review to the restaurant. The totality of our experience was no less than the best. In addition to our online reservation we called ahead to indicate that it was an anniversary dinner and... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I was delighted to see you had a great anniversary dinner at Brabo! The foie gras terrine (and the seared foie gras) is one of my favorite dishes as well- I'm glad you and your wife enjoyed it. I hope you're able to join us again soon please make sure to say hello when you dine with us next! Cheers!... More 

Buffalo, New York
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Food was good. Mussels the best. There are actually at least two restaurants with this name basically next door to each other. The first one (from the King St. Metro area) is the tasting and wine bar. The second, the one for this review, is the full, traditional 1st class style and price. I had never had the nerve to... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed the mussels! We offer several different styles of mussels at the Tasting Room, the restaurant next door to Brabo, if you feel like trying something new. I look forward to seeing you again at Brabo and the Tasting Room; please make sure to say hello when you dine with us next. Cheers! Sean More 

Northern Virginia
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365 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Dinner for three of us, including apps, entrees, sides, 2 bottles of sparkling water and a half bottle of pinot noir - $166 plus tip. Really? Dinner this good for $65 pp? I've been in places that were twice as costly and half as good. The pork belly was crisp and delicious. Veal was medium rare and very tasty. Both... More 

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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal at Brabo! Our tasting menu and a la carte menu both change regularly so I hope you'll be back soon to try some of our new dishes. Thank you for sharing your lovely comments about Hassan; we think he's pretty great too! Please make sure to say hello next you dine with us.... More 

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Additional Information about BRABO Restaurant

Address: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: +1 703-894-3440
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 50
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

Named for a statue in Chef Wiedmaier father's hometown of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant is as legendary and longstanding as its namesake hero. The award-winning talents of Chef Wiedmaier and designer Vicente Wolf harmonize for unforgettable dining at BRABO Restaurant. The comfortable dining room's stylish details like a custom hammered copper bar reflect our historic Old Town location, while private dining on the hotel's outdoor terraces offers extraordinary Old Town views. For private parties of up to ten, you can also reserve the restaurant's Chef's Table, where the chef and wine director visit the table and tailor food and wine pairings just for you. Or take advantage of the season's warm weather with a table in our outdoor dining area. BRABO is dedicated to environmental and social responsibility. From developing supportive relationships with local Alexandria farmers and the surrounding Virginia community to recycling kitchen grease for bio-diesel fuel, we are committed to a greener future. BRABO's eco-friendly practices translate directly to the table with delicious results.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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