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“Lovely service..Ok food”
Review of BRABO Restaurant

BRABO Restaurant
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Ranked #21 of 759 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 4 Contributor
42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely service..Ok food”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We went to Brabo for a birthday evening. Second time there, the first was a few years ago, and when I couldn't remember it, well, maybe it should have been a sign. We did the Prix Fixe menu...which sounded good, but in reality was average. For the price...$100...it wasn't a bad value. There just was not one course out of 5 that we really LOVED. They were all ok...just average. Even the dessert. The wine pairings were nice, and generous, and when we really didn't like one of the wines our lovely server Hassan replaced it for us in a gracious way.
I would love to give Brabo 5 stars..but unfortunately I cannot. It was a disappointing food experience. We will not go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Carlyn G
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Florida
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great food and ambience”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

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
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Thank RDCarerra
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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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165 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Nice food pretentious waiter”
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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2 Thank YellowJellyBean
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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
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,

Umer
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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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