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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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Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dessert, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 214
    Excellent
  • 89
    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
Hapax legomenon

While a review should be primarily about food, service and ambience, sometimes other factors extrude. In this case it was the woman who bore the title of hostess. She was a termagant. I had made a booking with her, in person as I was staying in the hotel where Brabo is situated, and her manner was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Mike H
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

While a review should be primarily about food, service and ambience, sometimes other factors extrude. In this case it was the woman who bore the title of hostess. She was a termagant. I had made a booking with her, in person as I was staying in the hotel where Brabo is situated, and her manner was less than friendly. Interrogative... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal and service. I have shared your feedback with our staff to ensure you, and all of our guests, receive a warm welcome and great service throughout their dinner with us. Please say hello next time you join us. Cheers, Sean More 

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Excellent food and fine dining experience. Wait staff very attentive. Definitely a bit pricey for the average travel budget

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

Thank you for your great feedback. It's wonderful to hear that you had good service and enjoyed your meal. Please make sure to say hello next time you dine with us. Cheers! Sean More 

Crisfield, Maryland
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Do you ever go somewhere and you enjoy the experience, but something is missing? This is how we felt at Brabo. Perhaps the decor was too sterile. Or the atmosphere was not welcoming. Our food was excellent and even though the portions were small, it was adequate for us. The wine recommended by our server was a perfect compliment to... More 

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

I'm so glad to hear you had an excellent meal and enjoyed the wine recommendation. I hope we're able to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for you in the future. Please let me know when you'd like to dine with us again. Cheers, Sean More 

Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

You can tell a good restaurant by its bread and brabos bread was great. This was good as portions were not plentiful. Atmosphere was very good as was the service. Some of the dishes were great a few good and an occasional ok. Desserts were in the ok range. Our server was great and helpful. Tuna was superb as were... More 

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

Thank you for comments. It sounds like you had a mixed experience. I'm so glad you enjoyed the service and would love to have you back in to ensure you have a great meal from start to finish. Please let us know when you would like to join us again. Cheers, Sean More 

London, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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

Thank you for the great feedback. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. I will make sure to pass along your praise to our staff. Please say hello next time you dine with us. Cheers! Sean More 

Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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

I'm sorry to hear you didn't have the experience you were expecting. It's disappointing to hear that the staff did not appear happy and I have relayed your comments to our staff. Please reach out to me directly the next time you plan on coming in and we will make sure you have an amazing experience. You can reach me... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
240 reviews 240 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal. We hope you're able to join us again next time you're in town! Cheers! Sean More 

Newport Beach, California
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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

Thank you for your response. I'm sorry we didn't meet your expectations. It's a rare evening that we sell out of mussels at the Tasting Room, because of the weather all area restaurants are having trouble sourcing mussels. Hopefully, this problem will be resolved shortly. Please let me know when you'd like to come in and we will treat you... More 

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

We're so glad you had a great time dining with us. Thank you for the lovely response. We have some new menus rolling out soon; I hope you'll be able to join us soon to try them. Please say hello next time you're here. Cheers! Sean More 

Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 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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Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for providing some feedback on your recent brunch experience. I'm sorry to hear we didn't live up to your expectations. I've shared your feedback with the team, and I'm happy to report that chef will be adding a couple of vegetarian options to his new menu. I'd like to invite you back in to try one of these... 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, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?