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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.894.3440
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Ranked #4 of 648 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 am
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Harvard St
Transit: Metro one block, free trolley
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English first
Arnold, Maryland, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I and a friend enjoyed our first dinner at Brabo, and we all agreed the food was world class. We were seated 15 minutes earlier than our reservation, and there was a decent crowd for a Monday night. The noise level was a bit high at 7:30, but got quieter by 8:15 or so. We went with... More

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northern virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

On a recent Sunday evening, we were greeted in a very friendly manner. The complementary glass of champagne for our anniversary was nice touch. Tasting menu is an excellent value at $55 but an alternative choice to lamb would be more guest-friendly - not everyone eats lamb. In total we had 6 courses...all but one was underseasoned. The salmon crudo... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very disappointed with Brabo. This was the first time we have eaten in the restaurant. We have eaten in the bar several times during happy hour and loved it so we were excited to try out their menu. Their restaurant week menu was very poor, with few choices. The food was adequate but it didn't make me want to go... More

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

Lisa, I'm so disappointed that you didn't enjoy your Restaurant Week dinner at Brabo, especially since you've been so happy with your experiences at the bar. We wanted to do something fun and affordable for Restaurant Week, and we offered a menu based on classic bistro dishes that we love to eat. I'm sorry you were unhappy with the selections... More

Alexandria, VA
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473 reviews 473 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our first time as a family at Brabo for dinner, although we have had drinks at the bar and eaten next door. Restaurant Week was a draw on a Sunday night when cooking was not an option after a full day of activity. A beautiful place with finely honed décor, including white table cloths and a professional wait staff. Not... More

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

Hi, We're so glad you enjoyed your dinner at Brabo during Restaurant Week! We put a lot of hard work into our cuisine and our service, and it's very gratifying to read that it was appreciated. We were inspired by classic French bistro dishes when we set about creating our restaurant week menu, but the next time you visit, you... More

Centreville, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here with a friend at her recommendation. Alexandria is not typically a place to find parking very easily but we were lucky this time. While unremarkable from outside, the restaurant is very appealingly decorated on the inside and has excellent lighting. Acoustics were a little lively but not annoying. We had to wait a... More

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

Hi, We're so glad you enjoyed your dinner at Brabo! Thanks so much for the kind and gracious review. We look forward to seeing you again soon... Cheers, Matty Fanning More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Food was phenomenal!! And the service was even better! We have a special night coming up and we are planning on going to Brabo for the celebration! And one of the really great things is their complementary valet parking - being in Old Town, this is a BIG plus.

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

Kristi, Thanks for the kind words. We love helping people celebrate their special occasions! We look forward to seeing you again soon... Cheers, Matty Fanning More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I discovered Brabo when my husband and I stayed at the Lorien Hotel & Spa. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor and thought it was perfect that it was so convenient. Despite it being an upscale restaurant, they were very polite when we came in wearing shorts after a long day of sightseeing. Our waiter was extremely polite and good... More

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

EquesLady, What a wonderful review of your recent experience at Brabo...Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in town! Cheers, Matty Fanning More

Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

had reservations for 2 for 7:30, running a bit late so stopped by the restaurant to ask hostess if we could push reservation to 8, she was conceited and surly and refused our request, we hurried and made the time and yet there were free tables all night!!, food was excellent I had the suckling pig (excellent!) and my wife... More

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

Hi, Thanks so much for your honest feedback about your experience at Brabo. The negative things are hard to read, but they're important! We are always striving to improve our service at all levels...I'm sorry one of our staff members didn't put their best foot forward, but I'm glad you enjoyed the rest of your experience. We look forward to... More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great daily samplers with an open kitchen right before your eyes. This is a gem and should be visited when in Alexandria. We had a cheese plate, meat filled tart, one of our kids didn't want anything on the menu (6 years old) and they made her the best grilled cheese sandwich!

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

Hi, We're so glad you loved your experience in Brabo Tasting Room! Thanks for the great review...we look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Matty Fanning More

Belen, New Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Every dish we ordered was exceptional. The appetizers were great and the deserts too. (espresso parfait)

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

EB, Thanks so much for your great review of Brabo! We look forward to seeing you again the next time your travels bring you to Old Town! Cheers, Matty Fanning More

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