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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.894.3440
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Ranked #5 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
Alexandria, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food at Brabo is superb, the ambiance is elegant, the service is impeccable. The chef sources local, fresh and organic foods - always in season, so the menu changes regularly. Follow your server's advice for wine pairings. This is not a meal you want to rush through - it's an experience that you should invest in and enjoy. It... More

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

Kathleen, Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad we were able to help you enjoy such a special evening! We're very proud of our Chef, Harper McClure, and our whole staff...I look forward to sharing your review with our team! Cheers, Matty More

Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Clearly a restaurant that takes it's self seriously and indeed it was excellent. Quite a deal of serious explanation of the menu and relatively slow pace of the meal. Make sure you have the time to be indulged as it is clearly a place that expects to be taken seriously. Wonderful food.

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Brabo! We're lucky to have such a talented Chef as Harper McClure who imagines and creates such wonderful dishes. I look forward to sharing your feedback with our whole team, and we look forward to your return! Best regards, Umer More

Vacaville, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Brabo is both a restaurant and next door, a tasting room of the same name. I patronized both on the same night. First stop was the tasting room, which is small, cozy and has a tasty but pricey menu. There are nightly specials and if you are on a budget, I would suggest sticking to them. I had a glass... More

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Nancy, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Please know that we take all feedback from our guests very seriously. After reading your feedback, I made sure to share it with our Chef, managers and the rest of team. It seems that you did not have a WOW experience, while I can... More

dallas, texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This expensive restaurant has very good food and I really enjoyed it. We had a nice bottle of wine, an excellent green salad, and the Amish chicken dish was wonderful - the best chicken I've ever tasted. The desserts, although beautifully plated, were just fair. Overall, it was a nice leisurely dinner, and I hope to return someday.

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Maverick4, So glad you loved your dinner. Brabo Restaurant is lucky to have chef Harper in the kitchen grilling, frying, mixing, chopping and all of the other brilliant things he does. I agree with you that our Amish chicken dish is the best Chicken I have ever tasted. We definitely look forward to having you back soon. Thank you... More

Stevensville, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Service and food were excellence and it was so nice to just walk into the restaurant without having to brave the chill.

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rhea, Thank so much for your kinds remarks. We will definitely share them with our staff. We look forward to seeing you soon. Best Regards, Umer N. More

alexandria, virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The brunch choices are all excellent. The Bloody Mary bar is a favorite! Everything we ordered was excellent. For a special outing you will be pleased. Dinner is also good but this is our favorite for brunch! The service is also excellent.

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We love to hear our guests say that Brabo is their favorite spot for Brunch. We’re glad you got that feeling. Next time for brunch try our Unlimited Mimosas. Look forward to seeing you soon. Regards, Umer N. More

Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

We chose to spend New Year's Eve with friends at the bar at Brabo. The bar is elegant and understated as well as comfortable and provided excellent ambiance for smart cocktails and superior food. Needless to say, this is not your typical restaurant bar. It is more like a 5 star dining and cocktail experience. The bar menu has a... More

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. We’re really proud of the warm, intimate atmosphere we created and love that you noticed. We will make sure to share your remarks with not Kelly but with the rest of the team as well. We look forward to seeing you soon. Regards, Umer N. More

Haymarket, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This was our third year of participating in Brabo's New Year's Eve wine pairing dinner. It was a seven course meal that started with "happy hour" at 7:00 PM. Our group of six was promptly seated at 8:00. The waiter really new his stuff as he described the wine as it was paired with the respective course. Each person had... More

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Mark; We are happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed New Year's Dinner. I love that Brabo is now part of your New Year Eve's Tradition and we look forward to seeing you definitely at this NYE but I am sure before that as well. Thank you and Best regards, Umer N. More

Danbury, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This review is very long overdue but I'll make it relatively brief because [in short] this is my favorite date spot in Alexandria. In fact, Brabo's by Robert Wiedmaier is really 'THE Spot' on King Street. I started dining here about two years ago when I met another chef from DC by way of the Four Seasons who invited me... More

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest; We’re thrilled you chose Brabo Restaurant and had a great time. Sending happy, shiny thoughts right back at you! We look forward to your visit in 2014, hopefully soon, and love to say hello in person. Best Regards, Umer N. More

Jumpin' all over the world
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I went to Brabo to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was pretty good, the service was pretty good, but overall it just felt average. I think maybe we had overly lofty expectations, due to previous reviews. The biggest downfall was that it was very loud inside -- it was hard to talk with each other. I... More

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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for your feedback. I am glad that overall you did enjoy your experience but we were not able to WOW you. We continously work to improve our service and food and feedback from guests not only helps us but motivates us to do better. We hope that you will give us another chance and... More

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