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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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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, 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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    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent meal and lovely experience

While Alexandria has many wonderful restaurants, Brabo is in a different class. It deserves to be compared with top restaurants in DC or NYC. The food, service, and ambiance are all wonderful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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New York
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

While Alexandria has many wonderful restaurants, Brabo is in a different class. It deserves to be compared with top restaurants in DC or NYC. The food, service, and ambiance are all wonderful.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went here during restaurant week. Had an excellent dirty martini, filet, and chocolate moose dessert. We will go back.

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

It's great to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant week menu. We look forward to having you back; please say hello when you next dine with us. Cheers! Sean More 

New Cumberland, West Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were able to get a last minute table for four at Brabo this past Friday and we all loved every part of the meal! Brabo is part of the Lorien Hotel, a Kimpton group property. Stayed and eaten at most of their restaurants in Alexandria, but this restaurant is the best we've eaten at thus far. My wife started... More 

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

I'm so happy to hear you loved your meal at Brabo on Friday; thank you for your great feedback! We always do our best to accommodate allergies; I'm glad we were able to provide a menu to your liking (I love the Bison as well) and find wine pairings to match. I hope you're able to join us again soon;... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The food at BRABO was absolutely delicious (recommend the Belgian frites), cooked perfectly, served in the most beautiful manner, but does what many boutique restaurants unfortunately do: tiny portions. Don't get me wrong, the size isn't everything, but when the food is so delicious, having just a little bit more is a great thing. If you're okay with spending a... More 

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

Jonathon, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner at Brabo. I've shared your feedback with our Chef regarding portion size. I hope you're able to join us again soon to try some of our appetizers (they are fantastic!) and some of our other dishes. We do change our menu seasonally so there is always something new to try. Please... More 

Westchester County, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The ambiance of the restaurant was nice, and the service was impeccable. The menu had an interesting selection of items, which were very good. I tried the lobster crepes, the Belgian frites, and a dessert waffle topped with sweet corn ice cream. I would recommend trying them all.

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

Nicole, We strive to always have impeccable service so it is wonderful to hear that feedback from you. The lobster crepes are one of my favorite dishes; I'm glad you were able to try them. We change our menu seasonally and I hope you'll be able to join us again in the fall when the new menu is presented. Please... More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very upscale food. Good Service, a bit pricey but good food. Clean, very chic atmosphere. Cuban sandwiches were awesome, food was good but definitely not country cooking. For and adult evening out -- not bad.

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your Cuban Sandwich at the Brabo Tasting Room. Thank you for sharing your notes with us. I hope you'll be able to join us again soon at either the Tasting Room or Brabo. Please say hello when you're in next. Cheers! Sean More 

Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Overall I had read the good reviews on this restaurant prior to our trip and we were excited to have a romantic evening there as it was located directly in the hotel which we were staying. However, my husband and I were disappointed when it came to the quality of the food and especially disappointed in the service. For the... More 

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

Amanda, It sounds like you didn't have the best experience with us. I'm sorry you did not feel you received the service we strive to provide during your meal. I would like to speak to you directly to hear more of your feedback so we can ensure this doesn't happen again. I would also like to invite you back so... More 

Istanbul
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have recently gone to happy hour at Brabo a few times. The food is interesting, tastes great, and service is wonderful. They treat you like you are a full paying customer in the restaurant. We really enjoyed the hamburger with Gorgonzola and caramelized onions. The olives are a great nibble food. They also have lamb sausage which is delicious.... More 

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

It's wonderful to hear that you feel welcome and comfortable at the Brabo Bar. Thank you for sharing your feedback and letting us know how much you enjoyed the food and service (I love the hamburger, too!) We look forward to seeing you again soon. Please make sure to say hello when you join us next. Cheers, Sean More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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218 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

OK...whether staying at the neighboring LORIEN hotel and spa (which i love), or one of the other Kimpton hotels in the neighborhood (like to spread the love), I ALWAYS stop by the Lorien for my mussels. I walk in and sit at the bar each and every time, order the Mussels and wait for heaven to arrive. Love this place.... More 

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

It's awesome to hear that you find the Brabo mussels to be heavenly! I'm glad to hear that you always dine with us when you're in town. Please make sure to say hello next time you're at the bar. Cheers, Sean More 

Bellaire, Texas, United States
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We visited Brabo in the Lorien hotel as part of a family visit. It opens to King street, the center of attention of the tourist activity. The dining area is large, spacious and light. The décor is fairly basic, certainly not luxurious. Service is prompt, friendly and efficient. They serve their own filtered water. Our appetizers included Tempura Battered Soft... More 

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

Gabriel, The review you wrote was very thorough; thank you for your great feedback. It sounds like you had a good sampling of our Summer menu. The foie gras is one of my current favorites as well as our desserts. Larry Queen is our fantastic pastry chef! I hope you're able to join us again when you're next in town.... 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: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?