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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.894.3440
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Ranked #8 of 647 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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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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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 NEW

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

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Sitting here right now. First we had to wait for them to set the table with restaurant half empty. Didn't have the wine we wanted. Didn't have the drink I wanted. Food was okay. Crab cake was good. Bison carpaccio was awesome. Summer squash was bitter and fries needed new oil. No one asked how everything was. Being from New... More

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

Hi, Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm sorry to read about your disappointment with your recent meal at Brabo. We pride ourselves on delivering a terrific experience to all of our guests, and I'm sorry we fell short with you. Your meal does not sound like it met your, or our, expectations. Should you find yourself back in... More

Morrisville PA
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

While staying Lorian Hotel we managed to eat at BRABO for breakfast twice, lunch and dinner twice. This is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in long time. Chef Weidmair is a genius in the kitchen and I wish I lived closer to the area. Service was perfect with nice bar area as well. Generally when my... More

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

Michael, Considering the other great restaurants in Old Town, I'm not sure I can think of a better compliment than the one you gave us by dining so frequently at our restaurants during your stay at The Lorien. We know there are a lot of other options out there, and it makes me happy to see that you enjoyed Brabo,... More

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Our last night in town before heading home and we decided to dine at Brabo. Straight to the point, the meal was exquisite. She had the rockfish and I had the scallops both of which which perfectly prepared. Service was top-notch. Nothing else to be said other than if you do not try it; you are missing a fine dining... More

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

RobertF, Thank you so much for the wonderful review of your recent experience at Brabo! I'm so happy you enjoyed the scallops and rockfish, as well as the service. I look forward to passing along your kind words to our entire team. We look forward to seeing you the next time your travels bring you to Old Town... Cheers, Matty More

Williamsburg, Virginia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Found this restaurant via Tripadvisor! Made reservations for Saturday night. Upon entering we were immediately seated and it looked very nice. Waiter was a bit difficult to understand, but we ordered two specials for that night. The halibut and the rabbit. It was the second best halibut dinner I've had in my life and it was 5 star quality. Absolutely... More

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

Hi, I remember your table from last Saturday night...I'm sorry the Trio of Rabbit arrived cold the first time, but I'm so glad your wife enjoyed the complimentary taste of the Chilled Watercress Soup that we served to tide her over until she could fully enjoy the Rabbit course. Of course, I'm happy you enjoyed the halibut, as well. Obviously,... More

Great Falls, Virginia
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was my third time to Brabo and it remains solid but not great. They offer a 3 and 5 course tasting menu that is a solid value for the quality of food. I tried the foie gras with cherries and then had the wonderful mussels. Try the mussels, you will love them. We had a nice drink and solid... More

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

Hi, Thanks so much for your kind review of your recent dinner at Brabo! You're right...we don't have the most extensive menu around, but our Chefs prefer to focus on a smaller menu and to get every detail right. I'm sorry you found the rockfish a little bland...that has been an incredibly popular dish and it's one of our favorites...sounds... More

Alexandria, VA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner at Brabo's. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. It's a lovely venue and even though it seemed to fill up it was never noisy.

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

Hi, Thanks so much for your great review of Brabo! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your meal so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty More

Reno, Nevada
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

Probably one of the best meals I've had! We sampled the oysters on the half shell- sweet and briny, the rock fish, rib eye and wreck fish. All prepared to perfection. Paired perfectly with sides and wines. The server, however, was insufferably snobby. Although well versed in wines and the meal prep he took away from a perfect ($350.00) meal.

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

PatandBill93, Thank you so much for your very honest feedback regarding your recent meal at Brabo. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the meal, but I'm disappointed that you found the service to be "snobby." We pride ourselves on knowledgeable, professional hospitality, and I'm sorry your particular server put a damper on your meal. That is definitely not what we... More

Alexandria
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Fantastic meal, great service, nice wine selection and overall wonderful experience! Brabo had a very nice menu selection and had no issue putting together something special for my wife who decided to order off menu. Everything was top notch!

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

Dan, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your meal at Brabo. Our chefs are always happy to accommodate all sorts of special requests, and I'm glad we could take care of your wife's "off the menu" dish. Please come back and see us again sometime soon! Cheers, Matty More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Service was good.. Food was great.. The bar staff was very knowledgable ... It's understated but very good

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

Ditjr, Thanks for the kind words regarding your recent visit to Brabo! I'm glad you enjoyed the food and our knowledgeable service. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty More

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