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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 627 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
Wilmington, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

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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Alexandria, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

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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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
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I have dined there twice and the food was excellent both times. The atmosphere is very nice, but the servers and Host staff are in need of improvement. Both times the Host was very distracted and seated people who came in after us, and we had a reservation. On the other occasion our server did not pay very much attention... More

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

Jill, While I'm glad to hear that you've enjoyed our food both times you've visited, I'm very disappointed to read your comments regarding service. We put a lot of emphasis on making sure every component of each guest's experience enhances the others. I'm glad you've brought your concerns to our attention, so that we may discuss this with our staff... More

Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very nice restaurant in a Kimpton Hotel. Also has a section for light fare and a gourmet market called Butcher's Block, lots of good food and wine finds there!

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

We're so glad you discovered us! We look forward to seeing you at Brabo and in The Butcher's Block again soon! Cheers, Matty More

Alexandria, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Avoid this stuffy and overpriced place and go next door to the tasting room. Menu is dull and there's not a lot of atmosphere.

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

I'm quite sorry to hear your disappointment with Brabo, but I am glad that you've discovered the Tasting Room and seem to enjoy that! We look forward to seeing you in the Tasting Room again... Cheers, Matty More

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