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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-894-3440
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“mussels” (59 reviews)
“arctic char” (7 reviews)
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American, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

I'm shocked to read reviews about the bouillabaisse which was frankly weirdly spiced. The Serrano was fine but too little bread. Service was slow and inattentive.More

Thank Z K
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hello, It sounds like you had a mixed experience with us. Thank you for the feedback; I will make sure to pass this along to the team. I hope we have the opportunity to see you in the restaurant again so we can show you...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

The food is great, prices are reasonable, and the establishment is very lovely, plenty of seating and warm service with a smile.

Thank Terri S
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Thank you, Terri! We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

Reviewed 8 May 2017

The steak was excellent, cooked to perfection and one of the best I have ever had. Limited selection of appetizers and the side options with entree's were simply not very good. The service, while knowledgeable, was not friendly. Great wine selection. Overall, just a bit...More

Thank Joe R
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Hello Joe, It seems that you had a mixed experience with us. I am glad that you enjoyed your steak; be sure to check out our Brasserie where we feature many small plate and sharable items, if you would like to have some extra variety....More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

This restaurant is right outside the Old Town Hampton so it was not only a wonderful restaurant it was very convenient after a long day of sightseeing.

Thank 6Miles01
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Thank you for saying so! Please come by for more mussels next time you are in the area.

Reviewed 28 April 2017

My wife and I tried to have a nice dinner one evening and were told that it was a 30-45 minute wait, even though we saw several smaller tables available. I guess we weren't wearing the "right" clothingMore

Thank scubadillo99
Management response:Responded 5 May 2017

Hello, I am sorry that you were not able to join us for dinner. While we do our best to accommodate walk-in business, we do much of our business by reservation; on a busier evening, we may have all of our tables already committed to...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017

Visited this restaurant during our vacation in Alexandria. The slow-roasted veal tenderloin was delicious and the staff is friendly. When the weather is warm, outdoor dining is wonderful. The indoor dining room ambience is great too.

Thank Stephannie_11
Management response:Responded 5 May 2017

Hi Stephannie, So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back to see us next time you are in Alexandria! Cheers, Philip

Reviewed 14 April 2017

We were staying at the Kimpton and stopped in here for breakfast. It was good, fast and friendly. The vegan in our group found an option.

Thank bfam123
Management response:Responded 21 April 2017

Thank you for the kind review. Chef is always happy good, exciting vegetarian and vegan foods. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Stopped here with my 2 sons on a weekend evening and popped a good bottle of wine. Our server was very knowledgeable pertaining to their wines. He recommended a dry red and it was nice. We also had some light fare. They have great mussels...More

Thank Daniel B
Management response:Responded 21 April 2017

Thanks, Daniel! Come see us again soon -- we have started seating our patio, and feature Happy Hour there (and the bar) from 3:30p to 6:30p every day! Cheers, Philip

Reviewed 11 April 2017

I took my adult niece out to dinner here last week. We were able to sit outside in the courtyard for dinner. The tables were far enough apart that I didn't feel on top of the next table. We started with the Artisanal Cheese Plate...More

Thank Toni H
Management response:Responded 21 April 2017

Hi Toni, We can't wait to have you back for some of our awesome mussels. Chef just added a Harissa mussels preparation to the list, which has a little heat and spice -- perfect for someone who enjoys chili flakes! We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 23 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank bmi1197
Management response:Responded 26 March 2017

Hello, Great to see that you had such a wonderful time with us! Come back in again for dinner soon, or join us at the bar for Happy Hour every day from 5:00p to 6:30p! Cheers, Philip

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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!
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