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“Great food and ambience” 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 #12 of 650 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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great food and ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

Dined here with friends a couple of days ago. Asked for a table on the patio because we were traveling with our dog. Food was very good albeit quite expensive. Service on the patio however was lacking. There were only 3 parties dining outside so the effort to serve patrons was obviously directed to the more crowded indoor diners. Overall a very good, expensive restaurant.

  • Visited September 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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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Dear Roger,

So glad you loved your dinner. We at Brabo are lucky to have chef de cuisine Harper McClure in the kitchen cooking up some amazing dishes. However it looks like we did not provide a superb hospitality to you and your guests. Your feedback is appreciated and we will work to improve our patio service.

Just to let you know Chef McClure just debuted our Fall Dinner Menu some with fun, delicious & whimsical dishes.

I look forward to welcoming you back and touching base in person.

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards,

Umer
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119 reviews 119 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Nice food pretentious waiter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Booked this on the basis of Trip advisor reviews. It was busy but not stacked out. The food was nice but not extraordinary. Husband had pork belly to start which was good I had crab cakes teenager had scallops. Pork loin was OK a bit fatty in places the teenager had duck which again was fine. Desserts were nice not a huge choice but what was on the menu was good. Wine list good and we had an unusual but good gewurztraminer. Only complaint was that the waiter was supercilious and very snooty and quite slow. We did take our time to decide on the menu but after that he seemed to be very bored for the rest of the meal - smiling was an optional extra it was almost like he didn't want to do the job.

Visited August 2013
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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thanks much for your honest feedback! I have shared your feedback with our team and rest assured we are using your feedback as a training tool with our service and kitchen teams.

Our chef de cuisine Harper McClure has just debuted a really awesome Fall Menu and we would love to have come back soon and let us know how we did.

I look forward to meeting you in person at your next visit.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best Regards,

Umer
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Alexandria, Virginia
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“HUGE Disappointment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We live in Old Town and had avoided this restaurant because of negative feedback from the locals. But we liked The Tasting Room next door and decided to reserve at Brabo for my birthday. What a mistake. What I had imagined to be a nice restaurant turned out to be a Hilton Hotel eatery. Patrons in baseball caps, shorts and flip flops. Tourists. Any menu with $36 entrees should at least try and enforce some manner of dress code. Fake candles. A meh menu.
The $18 crab cake was stringy (not a lump in sight) and tasteless. We decided to split the loup de mer. What would have been a single portion the size of a deck of cards was split into the size of matchbooks. The tomato puree underneath tasted straight from a jar of Prego. With limp scallions which didn't serve any purpose.
Total bill: $150. Two glasses of wine and one cocktail.
For hotel guests, there a dozen better restaurants in Old Town. Service was indifferent. Ordered frites with a trio of sauces which didn't show up until we asked.
Couple next to us, the guy was drinking coke out of the bottle. Wearing a t-shirt.
Total rip off. Cannot fathom the positive reviews unless they are being posted by the management.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Umer N, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We take honest comments from our guests f very seriously. It pains us to hear the not-so-good stuff, but it helps us learn and improve! So sorry! The situation you encountered at our restaurant was pretty rare, but that doesn’t make it any more right. We always try to do our best and hope you will let us prove this to you during your next visit.

I would love to connect with you in person to see how we can win you over.

I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards,

Umer
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Stuart, Florida, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Over the top!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had one of our best meals ever at Brabo. The food was very good and well presented. The service was attentive. When we were troubled by the noise from the bar, they unquestionly and graciously moved us to a quiter table.

  • Visited July 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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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

The fish specials are always excellent. Great atmosphere and wine list. Good for a romantic dinner or for the business traveler.

Visited May 2013
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