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“Nice, but not memorable...except on the wallet” 4 of 5 stars
Review of BRABO Restaurant

BRABO Restaurant
Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.894.3440
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Ranked #7 of 641 Restaurants in Alexandria
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
Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice, but not memorable...except on the wallet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We'd been eyeing Brabo for a while, but because we knew it wasn't a family-friendly restaurant, we needed a good reason to go as a couple. We chose our anniversary. Reservations were highly recommended, and reconfirmed by phone the morning of, which surprised us, as the restaurant was half empty (being a Monday evening). We knew it wasn't going to be a cheap dinner. Nonetheless we were in for a bit of sticker-shock. It's hard to order a bottle of Spanish wine for $64 when we can buy the same bottle at Total Wine for under $15. Seems a bit too high a mark-up. That discovery persuaded us to go with the 7-course Tasting Menu ($65) with Wine Pairing ($45) as some quick math showed that ordering from the a la carte menu with a bottle of wine would have come to about the same. In the beginning we seemed quite rushed, as the first three courses came out almost on top of each other, hardly allowing us to finish our dish & wine pairing before another set would arrive. At one point, my husband had three wine glasses in front of him! Overall, however, the food was nice, and the pairings were ok. Our waiter rattled off the facts about each dish & pairing genuinely well. Some of the dishes were a bit too salty for our taste (but that is a personal preference), and for the price, the portion size of the tastings could have been a bit larger. We did both enjoy the ricotta cheesecake very much. I was surprised that neither an aperitif nor cup of coffee were included in the Tasting Menu. Is Brabo a first class restaurant? Yes, it certainly strives to be. Is there room for improvement? Most definitely.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lebanon, NJ
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“Very good food/overpriced Easter brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We enjoyed our brunch on Easter Sunday. There was a buffet with two carving stations and lots of nice breakfast items as well as lunch entrees, plus a big dessert table. The prix fixe was just a lot for someone like me who doesn't really like to PIG out at a buffet! But for my college age son who does enjoy going back for seconds and thirds, it was good.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Number #1 Rated for a Reason”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Was visiting Washington D.C. for a conference and wanted to see what the #1 rated restaurant on King's Street was all about. The reputation and high ranking on Trip Advisor is well earned and I greatly enjoyed my fine dining experience. I went with the Chef's Sampler platter which provided smaller portion servings of several different courses. The fresh, high quality food was excellent and perfectly prepared. If you are looking for fine dining and can afford the prices, would highly recommend BRABO.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kabul
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Lacking Southern hospitality or charm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

been to Brabo a number of times as we live locally. Sometimes we really enjoy it. Others not so much. Understand it is very expensive. half decent glass of wine is $16.00. S be prepared. Food is generally pretty good. Last I've we we there sitting at the bar the dishwasher was being fixed ... 3rd time this has happened on a Friday night. Dishwashers smell. Tis one smelt bad.

So imagine trying to enjoy a 16 dollar glass of wine with your mussels iwith the stench,the plumber is hammering away and in an animated conversation with the uninterested bar staff. In this case you don't get what you pay for. Used ago be much better.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Westerville, Ohio
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“Quality in Old Town Va”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Second time and food was again excellent! Great location for business or pleasure. Had fish first time and ribeye this last trip. Service excellent and solid wine list. Great people watching location. Only drawback was the bar area very small and crowded -difficult to get through. Plan to go again-especially when boss pays the bill!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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