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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
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17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Brabo is a great resturant -- fantastic food and over the top service. Some of their menu items are unique for old town which makes them a good place to go. They can be a little snobby at times because they know they are that good. My advice is to put up with it because its a great place.

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2 Thank Mark V
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Mark, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback about your experience at Brabo. While I'm so glad you enjoyed the food, I'm disheartened to hear that you felt the service was "snobby." I look forward to sharing your review with our team as a reminder that we need to be "over the top" in a good way! It's... More 

Washington, DC
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

I think this was a 5 course menu and it was appropriately portioned so you were not stuffed. It was all wonderful, the food, the service, the paired wines, and even the atmosphere was not too crowded or too loud for sold out night. We had dined here once before, maybe a couple years ago, and this experience was far... More 

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Thank dianemdb
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review of Brabo! As challenging as "special occasion" nights can be, it's rewarding to hear that you had a great time...we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

I visited Brabo with some coworkers for a friendly lunch. We each ordered different entrees but everyone agreed that the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was wonderful...we we're able to family style and a long table instead of having to break up into two different booths. I ordered the roast beef aus jus sandwich, which came topped with caramelized... More 

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Thank April S
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

April, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed such a lovely lunch in Brabo Tasting Room! That roast beef sandwich has been a big hit since the day we put it on the menu. Thanks so much for the kind words, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

This is a first-class restaurant conveniently located in Old Town Alexandria. Excellent, creative cuisine. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Reasonable noise level. Pricey but definitely worth it.

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1 Thank William U
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

William, Thanks so much for the kind words...I look forward to sharing them with our entire team. We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Matty More 

Arlington
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143 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

We both ordered the tasting menu. The first course, seared raw hamachi on a vanilla cream-filled brioche with a dab of spiced grapefruit was amazing. We sopped yup every bit of the sauce. Then came an equally amazing oyster veloute; it was so rich and buttery that the small portion was appropriate, even though we wanted more. My wife like... More 

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1 Thank Arlingtonfoodie31
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderfully detailed review of Brabo. I'm glad that the food was not just satisfying, but thought provoking, too! Sounds like you and your wife had a spirited discussion about your dinner! I look forward to sharing your kind words with our entire team, and especially, Ryan. I'm so glad to hear that he took... More 

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

I have dined there twice and the food was excellent both times. The atmosphere is very nice, but the servers and Host staff are in need of improvement. Both times the Host was very distracted and seated people who came in after us, and we had a reservation. On the other occasion our server did not pay very much attention... More 

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Thank Jill R
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Jill, While I'm glad to hear that you've enjoyed our food both times you've visited, I'm very disappointed to read your comments regarding service. We put a lot of emphasis on making sure every component of each guest's experience enhances the others. I'm glad you've brought your concerns to our attention, so that we may discuss this with our staff... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Very nice restaurant in a Kimpton Hotel. Also has a section for light fare and a gourmet market called Butcher's Block, lots of good food and wine finds there!

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Thank Joeito
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so glad you discovered us! We look forward to seeing you at Brabo and in The Butcher's Block again soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Avoid this stuffy and overpriced place and go next door to the tasting room. Menu is dull and there's not a lot of atmosphere.

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Thank DC_Whaley
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm quite sorry to hear your disappointment with Brabo, but I am glad that you've discovered the Tasting Room and seem to enjoy that! We look forward to seeing you in the Tasting Room again... Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

We've tried the restaurant and the tasting room, and they are both really great. If you want a really elegant, special dinner, go to Brabo. If you are in a less formal meal, try the Tasting Room - great food in a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Thank Sheila W
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Sheila, It's great to have choices, isn' it? I'm glad you enjoyed both The Tasting Room and Brabo...we think they're special in their own ways, and it's flattering that you agree! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Matty More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

The food at Brabo is superb, the ambiance is elegant, the service is impeccable. The chef sources local, fresh and organic foods - always in season, so the menu changes regularly. Follow your server's advice for wine pairings. This is not a meal you want to rush through - it's an experience that you should invest in and enjoy. It... More 

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1 Thank Kathleen_Dunn
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Kathleen, Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad we were able to help you enjoy such a special evening! We're very proud of our Chef, Harper McClure, and our whole staff...I look forward to sharing your review with our team! Cheers, Matty More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
Cuisine
American, French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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