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BRABO Restaurant

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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Harvard St)
+1 703-894-3440
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Torrance, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We chose Brabo on the recommendation of a friend. Our waiter told us how this was a new 2 day old menu from a new executive chef. Don't worry, the food was excellent. The classic mussels appetizer is full of flavor and the mussels are so tender. Soak up the broth with the bread. The braised and roasted octopus is... More 

Thank bmi1197
Nahant, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was visiting with my son at family in Alexandria so the two of us sought out a fine dine place in Alexandria and came across Brabo...i looked at the menu on line, liked what I saw and we headed to BRABO which turned out to be everything we hoped for. John had the tasting menu, (the Bison was terrific... More 

Thank Harold B
Management response:

Hello Harold, I am so glad that you had a wonderful dinner with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Chef Rondier's Spring menu launches next week, so be sure to come in to try the new items! Cheers, Philip More 

Chevy Chase, Maryland
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy happy hour at the bar--recently expanded and lightened up for a more spacious feel. Friendly bartenders and excellent value at happy hour appetizers, beers and wine by the glass. They include special mixed drinks, too.

Thank pcasey2016
Management response:

We're so glad to see you discovered our awesome Happy Hour at the bar and in the brasserie! Come in again soon! More 

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121 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Given the other reviews, we obviously were SOL when we ate at BRABO. The service was terrible, starting with a butter-covered knife at our table setting followed by disappearing waiters. Our wine bottle disappeared after three glasses. One of our friends got his glass of wine only after he had finished the main course. The food was mediocre: not one... More 

Thank davidinathens
Management response:

Hello David, It sounds like you did not receive the proper Brabo experience. Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss your experience at philip.lucas@braborestaurant.com. Respectfully, Philip More 

Warsaw, Poland
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474 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Stopped by for happy hour and only had cocktails, but excellent mixologists on hand and a very enjoyable evening. Will be coming back soon!

Thank Beata M
Management response:

Hi Beata, I am happy that you enjoyed the cocktails so much -- we have a wonderful bar team! I hope that we get to see you again sometime soon. Consider coming by for Happy Hour in the Bar and Brasserie from 5:00p to 6:30p, every day! Cheers, Philip More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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294 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I had the monk fish in a bean stew that was delicious. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. Not too many diners on a Tuesday night. I'd eat here again.

Thank Jim O
Management response:

Jim, Glad to see you enjoyed dinner. Please come back to see us again sometime soon! Cheers, Philip More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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619 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

It felt good as soon as I walked in. I sat at the bar and even though they were very busy on this Friday night the friendly bartender acknowledged me immediately and as he was shaking a drink for another customer with one hand, he cleaned the bar area in front of me with the other. Great place to chat... More 

Thank Tim O
Management response:

Hi Tim, I am so glad you had such a great time at our bar. Stop by any night for an awesome cocktail! Philip More 

Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Have been here several times for multiple occasions and never had a less than stellar experience. The food is terrific in the restaurant and I've very much enjoyed a charcuterie selection at the bar, as well. The service is always outstanding. I suppose I could complain that the bathrooms are a bit of a schlepp from the main dining room,... More 

Thank therealmrswalsh
Management response:

Thank you so much for the kind words! Consistency is what we strive for, and I am happy to hear you have had so many good experiences with us. We look forward to taking good care of you again soon! More 

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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Head to Brabo's for great pizza, mussels, seafood and wine. Nice friendly atmosphere, easy to find location and really helpful staff.

Thank Doug M
Management response:

Doug, Thank you for the kind words. I am happy to hear how much you enjoy our restaurants! If you enjoy the Happy Hour in The Tasting Room, you should consider coming in to see us in next door in Brabo's brasserie area, adjacent to the bar. We have some amazing food and drink specials there and at the bar,... More 

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213 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Was here Christmas Eve with family and all was perfect. There was a set 3 course dinner with 2 options per course, and among the group we tried it all. Everyone was satisfied. The chef worked with the special dietary needs for one in our party with no delay or hesitation. Service was splendid; presentation was grand and food was... More 

Thank travgal0766
Paige D, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed celebrating Christmas Eve at Brabo. I'm delighted to see that service was splendid and your meal was delicious. I hope you're able to join us again soon! Cheers, Paige More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
American, French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (Harvard St)
  • Public Transportation: Metro one block, free trolley
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-894-3440
Named for a statue in Chef Wiedmaier father's hometown of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant is as legendary and longstanding as its namesake hero.

The award-winning talents of Chef Wiedmaier and designer Vicente Wolf harmonize for unforgettable dining at BRABO Restaurant. The comfortable dining room's stylish details like a custom hammered copper bar reflect our historic Old Town location, while private dining on the hotel's outdoor terraces offers extraordinary Old Town views. For private parties of up to ten, you can also reserve the restaurant's Chef's Table, where the chef and wine director visit the table and tailor food and wine pairings just for you. Or take advantage of the season's warm weather with a table in our outdoor dining area.

BRABO is dedicated to environmental and social responsibility. From developing supportive relationships with local Alexandria farmers and the surrounding Virginia community to recycling kitchen grease for bio-diesel fuel, we are committed to a greener future. BRABO's eco-friendly practices translate directly to the table with delicious results.

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