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“HUGE Disappointment”
Review of BRABO Restaurant

BRABO Restaurant
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Ranked #22 of 759 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Harvard St
Transit: Metro one block, free trolley
Description: Named for a statue in of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant is as legendary and longstanding as its namesake hero. The award-winning talents of Chef Sebastien Rondier create unforgettable dining at BRABO Restaurant. The comfortable dining room's stylish details like a custom hammered copper bar reflect our historic Old Town location, topped off with an oversized antique map above the bar. The Brasserie up front features a lively atmosphere and hearty portions accompanied by a comprehensive cocktail list. Tucked away in the Formal Dining Room guests enjoy a leisurely paced meal of several courses in a Tasting Menu format. BRABO is dedicated to relationships with local farms and passionate artisans and is proud to feature local and regional products. Check in with one of our teammates for great recommendations of what to see and do around town- they love to share!
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“HUGE Disappointment”
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
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2 Thank GeorgiaPear16
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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,

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English first
Stuart, Florida, United States
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Over the top!”
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
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Thank Don H
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Lynchburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent food and atmosphere”
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
Thank lozshuz
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Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Post Wedding (AMAZING) Dinner”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The service and food offered at Brabo Restaurant are spectacular! Being the night after our wedding, the server even had the chef customize our dessert plate to say "congratulations". They helped to create a great post wedding memory!

Visited October 2012
Thank StefaniW706
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Brabo Tasting Room is also GREAT”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We usually take our out of town visitors to the Brabo Tasting Room so that we can share a variety of "small plates. Most of my fiends love the mussels in season. I just love to graze!

Visited August 2012
Thank PeggyWashBangkok
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