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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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Today
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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  • 213
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Anniversary Dinner

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Rich311_2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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353 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 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 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 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 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Top Contributor
363 reviews 363 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 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 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I had a great meal here and enjoyed my dinner and drinks, but I thought the drinks were a little pricey for what they were. It is on the higher end of restaurants in the area, and I was expecting a price jump, just not quite that much. All in all, everything was tasty and good, even the bread!

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

Thank you for your lovely comments; I'm glad you enjoyed your meal! Please make sure to say hello next time you dine with us. Cheers! Sean More 

Alexandria VA
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We were fortunate to experience a taste of Brabo at our Carpenters' Shelter Cookoff the previous weekend, so we thought it would be a good time to try a little more of what was offered. Early on Thursday it is not as difficult to get a reservation, but the restaurant was filling up as we were leaving around 7:45 pm.... More 

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

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed meeting us at the Carprenter's Shelter Cookoff and decided to join us for dinner. Thank you for your great feedback! Our menu changes seasonally and I hope you'll be back in to dine with us again soon. Please say hello when you do! Cheers! Sean More 

Scio, Oregon
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had the fixed price menu here. The choices were great and every single one of the sauces was outstanding. Normally I'm a low carb person but I kept eating bread so I could mop up the sauces! Attentive service. Normal nice restaurant atmosphere.

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed the tasting menu. Chef Harper McClure updates the fixed price tasting menu seasonally; please join us again so you can try it in it's next incarnation. We look forward to seeing you, please say hello when you dine with us next! Cheers, Sean More 

Kennesaw, Georgia
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The menu is seasonal and changes often. This night was heavy on the seafood, especially fish. All the women ordered fish and all were different and delicious. Both men ordered the steak - they enjoyed it too.

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed your dinner with Brabo. We look forward to having you back; please say hello when you're in next! Cheers, Sean More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

While a review should be primarily about food, service and ambience, sometimes other factors extrude. In this case it was the woman who bore the title of hostess. She was a termagant. I had made a booking with her, in person as I was staying in the hotel where Brabo is situated, and her manner was less than friendly. Interrogative... More 

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

Thank you for your response. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal and service. I have shared your feedback with our staff to ensure you, and all of our guests, receive a warm welcome and great service throughout their dinner with us. Please say hello next time you join us. Cheers, Sean More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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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