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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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“mussels” (63 reviews)
“arctic char” (8 reviews)
“tasting menu” (18 reviews)
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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

I was nervous about going "out" for Thanksgiving, but our experience at Brabo was everything I had hoped. It was elegant but comfortable. The service was warm and attentive and the food was delicious.

Thank avalonbride36
Sean A, General Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2015

So happy to hear you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Dinner at BRABO. That was a whole lot of turkey! hope to see you again soon--Sean

Reviewed 4 November 2014

At the Hotel Lorien on King Street is a cute little wine bar on one side of the entrance and a more formal restaurant across from it. Both named Brabo. We visited the bar and sampled the fairly extensive wines and some unusual beer offerings...More

Thank Kevin D
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2014

Kevin, It sounds like you discovered Brabo Tasting Room, our more casual wine bar here at The Lorien...we're glad to hear you enjoyed the experience! Next time you visit, check out Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier, our more formal dining room, with a great happy hour...More

Reviewed 31 October 2014

We enjoyed a superior meal at Brabo with one notable exception. The setting was quite good with well placed tables that allowed for easy conversation. We had an excellent, but not overly, attentive waiter. Appetizers were wonderful. The foie gras and smoked sturgeon were both...More

Thank patricia0030
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2014

Patricia, I'm sorry to hear that, despite a "superior meal" with great service and wonderful food, you're hesitant to return to Brabo just because you found the quail to be extremely salty. I assure you that is not how Chef prefers to serve that dish....More

Reviewed 30 October 2014

My wife and I were staying at the Lorien Kimpton hotel, so choosing this attached restaurant for dinner was easy. And it was great, with our only little complaints being that the tables were a bit closely spaced, and the prices were a bit high....More

Thank abecedarius
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2014

Hi, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say "Thanks!" for your kind review of your experience at Brabo! We strive to be more than your "typical" hotel restaurant, and I'm glad you enjoyed your meal so much...and you're right- our Happy...More

Reviewed 26 October 2014

Really disappointed. And came to the conclusion that so often this type of status restaurant are all 'mouth and no trousers'. i.e. all style and little substance There were no vegetarian options in the entree menu. The severing's were really small. My lamb was undercooked,...More

Thank Grahame D
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2014

Grahame, We're very sorry to read about your subpar experience at Brabo. Obviously, many of the components of an experience here, in which we take great pride, failed to meet your expectations. Thank you so much for taking the time to offer your feedback in...More

Reviewed 21 October 2014

Enjoyed a fantastic, fresh breakfast. Hotel prices but the food was great. Ever changing menu to what is in season.More

Thank Lisamlo
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Lisamlo, Thanks for the kind words regarding your recent breakfast at Brabo Tasting Room. Our chefs go out of their way to source the best possible ingredients they can...I'm glad you appreciated it! Come back and visit us again soon! We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 4 October 2014

This, our first visit to Brabo as new residents of Alexandria, came with high expectations. We were disappointed. The high point was the excellent bread but everything else was somewhat underwhelming. Fish that was slightly overcooked and thus dry, somewhat bland broth with the mussels,...More

1  Thank PRR
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

PRR, I'm sorry to read about your less than stellar experience at Brabo. We pride ourselves on inventive, delicious food and top-notch service. It sounds like we missed the mark on both accounts. We'd love for you to give us another chance...if you'd like to...More

Reviewed 2 October 2014

I love the casual bar at Brabo. Great small plates and beverage options at the end of long day of business's travel. Kelley the bartender is the perfect host; welcoming, attentive, knowledgable and with a great sense of humor. She makes everyone feel welcome and...More

Thank Ieva G
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Leva, Thank you so much for the kind words regarding your experience at The Bar at Brabo. I'll make sure to pass along your kudos to Kelley...she's been with us a long time, and sure has her share of regulars! We think we have one...More

Reviewed 1 October 2014

Everything I tasted was divine. I had the lamb and a crab cake starter. Very upscale. There was a wedding in the hotel which made dining a little more noisy and slow than usual.

Thank Peyton L
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Peyton, We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the crabcake and lamb so much! Please come back and see us again, soon! Next time you reserve, make note that you'd prefer a quieter table and we'll do our best to accomodate. Cheers, Matty Fanning

Reviewed 29 September 2014

We were celebrating a special occasion, and were not disappointed by our evening at Brabo. We were greeted warmly and shown to a table in the front room. The server was well-informed about the menu, and allowed us to relax and take our time ordering....More

1  Thank love2trave09
Matty F, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

Hi, Thank you SO much for your wonderfully detailed, and complimentary, review of Brabo! We love being a part of our guests' celebrations, whether big or small. And since we want it to be a "Happy" birthday, we never sing! You ordered very well...some of...More

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11 November 2017|
Response from Marilyn S | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you contact BRABO. I do not have that answer to your question. I was just a guest. However, their food and service was AMAZING when I was there.
11 November 2017|
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Response from D C | Reviewed this property |
BRABO, 1600 King St., will be open from 12-8 pm. They will be serving a three-course menu for $70, with optional 4th course. BRABO Tasting Room is open for regular breakfast service and then... More
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
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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