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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
703.894.3440
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Today
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 am
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 207
    Excellent
  • 82
    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
Most recent review
Excellent tasting menu

We dined here while staying the Lorien and had a lovely evening. The place was quite full on a Friday evening and had a buzzy atmosphere. We opted for the tasting menu which was excellent and good value for the quality of food on offer. Service was excellent with our server being extremely friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Acjd_london
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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340 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We dined here while staying the Lorien and had a lovely evening. The place was quite full on a Friday evening and had a buzzy atmosphere. We opted for the tasting menu which was excellent and good value for the quality of food on offer. Service was excellent with our server being extremely friendly and efficient. Overall a fun way... More 

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I dined at 8:00 pm on a Tuesday evening. You would think they would be in top form. Instead I had a very disappointing and over-priced dinner. The hostess was curt and not very helpful. My first waiter seemed unhappy to be at work. In fact, none of the staff ever looked happy. My "green" salad was awful. It was... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We discovered this place on Open Table and it was conveniently located near our hotel in Old Town. I didn't realize they had such amazing mussels but I ended up having this as my meal along with a side salad. The mussels were meaty and large and rested in an amazing broth. My dining companion had fluke and was pleased... More 

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Newport Beach, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We went mainly to try their popular mussels so were disappointed they were sold out. The mushroom flatbread was pretty good and the crust was crisp. The cheese platter was also good but 2 cheese dishes was too much cheese. So then we ordered a salad with salmon as an extra. Again it was pretty good. However I am surprised... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I would go back to that place on heartbeat. Great food, they change menu every month so it's always smth great to try. The best yet: chestnut foie gras soup!

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Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

There are many places with more interesting options and better food than brunch at Brabo. For a vegetarian, the menu is particularly limited. The restaurant is attractive but more austere than welcoming. Likewise, the staff is adept but act like they would rather be elsewhere. Our food was well-prepared, just not exciting. Portions were adequate but certainly not bountiful. Female... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Special was very good, flatbread with prosciutto. French onion soup was delicious. Service is very good and atmosphere is small, but electic.

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

Sounds like you discovered our Tasting Room. I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Come back in the spring when we launch the courtyard patio. It's going to be a lot of fun! Cheers, Sean More 

Springfield, Virginia
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We had the four course meal with wine pairings. Our first courses included tuna tartare which my wife loved; my speciality oysters were good, the white sauce that they had been baked with or had been added after baking had little flavor and added almost nothing to the oysters. The second course was a scallops for me, lobster for my... More 

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal at Brabo. We're always working to improve, and your feedback will certainly help us do that. Please reach out the next time you are coming in so I can say hi. Cheers, Sean Sean.Alves@braborestaurant.com More 

Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited the restaurant for Valentines day, the decor and the atmosphere was nice and the staff was friendly. We tried the four course menu that was available for the evening, between the two of us we tried all eight dishes from the menu. The food was ok, nothing too special, they did however presented their food very nicely. For... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience on Valentine's Day. Would you please reach out to me directly? My email is sean.alves@braborestaurant.com . I'd like to hear more about the night and hopefully find a way to make it up to you. Thank you, Sean More 

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

One of our fav spots in Old Town to eat. The decor could use a little update but the food and service is always exceptional. We always share the mussels to start, they are always wonderful. The cocktails are great and the wine selection has never disappointed. They do a great job with venison and heartier dishes. Definitely recommend a... More 

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

Thanks for you kind words. Reviews like yours make the work we do even more worthwhile. Please say hello next time you're in. 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: 703.894.3440

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:30 am
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?