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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.894.3440
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Ranked #6 of 643 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Dayton, Ohio
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This restaurant is close to the Hilton and the food is excellent as well as the service. The booths all face the street with great views of King Street traffic. We had Brabo American Breakfast and House Cured Salmon, both were delicious and fresh. The Cruyere Potato Cake was just outstanding and the Salmon beautiful and tasty. The chef cooked... More

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

Hi! Thanks so much for the kind and detailed review of your breakfast at Brabo Tasting Room...I'm so glad you found us and that you enjoyed your meal so thoroughly! We look forward to seeing you again the next time your in town. Cheers, Matty More

Rockville, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I don't normally focus on service when I am dining at a restaurant - sorry to all you hardworking servers and busboys out there, but I'm more about the food (quality, quantity, value) and ambiance (decor, cleanliness, noise levels). When the service is exceptionally good or exceptionally bad, that stands out. In my previous visits, Brabo was good, with interesting... More

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

ZipZipZippy, I'm sorry your experience at Brabo did not live up to your expectations. We pride ourselves on great service, terrific food, and tremendous hospitality. It seems we let you down, and for that I'm very sorry. I hope you'll give us another chance sometime to show you how good we can be. If you'd like to return, please contact... More

New Orleans
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This review is of the bar only - for those of you who like a good cocktail. We stopped in for a nightcap on a trip to see family and friends. The restaurant looked intriguing and we will likely go for dinner on a return trip, even though the lighting is a bit dark as others have mentioned. There is... More

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

B M, We do love our Chartreuse...we were featuring it in a couple cocktails this spring. Sounds like you had a good time, but I'm sorry you felt the bartenders were "disinterested" in you despite their prompt service. We strive for a better presentation than that...I'm sorry we let you down. Give us another try sometime! Cheers, Matty More

Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We did the tasting menu for four with my parentw, who had brought a couple of special bottles of wine which were accommodated for a reasonable corkage fee while I decided to try the chef/sommelier pairing. The bison first course was incredibly flavorful, and the paired sparkling pinot was an interesting choice. The start of a theme for the evening,... More

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

Hi, Thank you so much for the kind and detailed review of your experience at Brabo! It sounds like you enjoyed the food very much. Our very talented Sommelier, Matthew Carroll, often avoids the "obvious" pairing in favor of choosing something a little more unique or off the beaten path. While we strive to find complimentary pairings that "work" in... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

I took my husband here for his birthday and we had a wonderful time. The service was very good -- helpful but not intrusive. I wish I could remember the name of our waiter, who knowledge of the menu helped us make our decisions. Matthew, the sommelier offered great advice and we drank a really fine wine that added much... More

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

Patricia, I'm so glad you and your husband enjoyed his birthday dinner at Brabo! I believe your server this past Saturday evening was Greg. I'll pass along your compliments to both him and to Matthew, our Sommelier. We look forward to helping you celebrate another wonderfully special occasion in a few weeks! Cheers, Matty More

Wilmington, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

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

Peter, Thank you so much for the kind words about your recent visit to Brabo! I love that Halibut dish, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it as well. We look forward to seeing you next time you get back to Alexandria! Cheers, Matty More

Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

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