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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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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

A friend and I had a terrific brunch at Brabo a few weeks ago, and I was curious to try their dinner. So we returned recently, and I was NOT disappointed! I ordered Arctic Char Filet, that came with baby turnip, red quinoa cake, beet greens, and a horseradish-olive oil emulsion--it was just delicious. We ordered the roasted brussels sprouts... More 

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

Betsy, Terrific is always something we love to hear about Brabo! I'm so glad you enjoyed your brunch and dinner here. The passionfruit tart has been one of my favorites, we have a new dessert menu that has some great additions. I hope we see you, and your son, again soon. Please say hello when you next dine with us!... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated my birthday here - we had been to Marcel's and enjoyed it. The food here was good (we had the 5 course tasting). I gave 2 stars solely because my first course had a slug just strolling across my food. Now, our waiter was kind and treated the mishap with urgency and returned apologizing on... More 

1 Thank Tonisha H
Paige D, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

Tonisha, I am sorry to hear that you and your husband were dissatisfied with our team's response. We always strive to give the best service and to make up for any mistakes on our part. It is disappointing to hear that we did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We would like to invite you back so that you... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Staying at the Kimpton Lorien. I was looking forward to a nice meal and a couple of drinks at the bar. First, the bartender wordlessly tossed a food & drinks menu at me; the food menu had a large stain of some sticky substance on it. When I asked for a replacement menu, he snatched it away and curtly asked... More 

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

WD, It sounds like we fell far short of your expectations. I apologize that you did not enjoy your experience at the bar. We pride ourselves on exemplary service and I would appreciate hearing any more detailed feedback so that we may follow up with our staff. We cannot improve without hearing from our guests. Please don't hesitate to reach... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Great night out with the wife to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Food and drinks were great and the service was perfect.

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

Brent, Happy to see that you had perfect service and enjoyed celebrating you anniversary at Brabo; congratulations! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Paige More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The dining room in this old town fave has had a major do over & it turned out well. The ever popular spot in the Lorien Hotel seems to have created more space, making an already room even more comfortable. The kitchen continues to turn out super French flavored fare stressing seasonal produce & locally sourced meat & fish.

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

John, It's wonderful to see that you like the Brabo refresh! We love the new decor and are happy to see that you enjoyed the meal and the space; make sure to check out both the brasserie and th dining room. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Paige More 

Falls Church, Virginia
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

...went to Brabo for a weekday date, all dressed up and nice to celebrate something special. beautiful evening, no traffic, quiet King Street nice to walk evening. came in, a hello greeting from the host. went to the bar before the 7:30 dinner. the bar was busy and enjoyed the entertainment. we had our dinner. the dinner was fabulous. i... More 

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

It's great to see that you enjoyed your dinner at Brabo! We love feedback and couldn't improve without comments from our guests. I've made sure to share your notes with our team so we can continue to improve and deliver exceptional service. We recently remodeled our dining area and will have new wall hangings soon. I hope you're able to... More 

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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Enjoyed a business dinner in the private room. Had exceptional service and the food was outstanding! Highly recommend!

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

Beth, Great to see that you enjoyed your private dinner at Brabo! I hope you're able to join us again soon; please say hello when you're in next. Cheers! Paige More 

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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Brabo has always had a reputation that it never quite lived up to...the DC area has terrific, and diverse restaurant offerings. Even from its best days, Brabo is tired. The Arctic Char was perfectly fine, but the rest of the plate was poorly executed. The so-called quinoa cake was as hard and tasteless as a hockey puck, the turnips undercooked.... More 

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

LarRay, I'm sorry to see that we did not meet your expectations when you last dined at Brabo. We are currently undergoing a refresh and I hope you're able to join us in November when the project is complete so we can provide you with an exceptional experience. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly with any other... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Our relatives in from Spain were craving fine French quisine and le'Hermitage in Occoquon was fully booked. So we wnet with a great choice that is second to none- Brabo, co-located at te boutique Lorien hotel in Old Town Alexandria. Their French/Belgium fare is well prepared and presented and the elegance is understated. The service is exceptional. This restaurant is... More 

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

J S, It's wonderful to see that you enjoyed your dinner at Brabo. We strive to always provide exceptional service and food I'm happy to see that this was your experience. We hope you're able to join us again soon; please say hello when you next dine with us! Cheers, Paige More 

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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you are looking for true fine dining, then you need to go to Brabo. A friend introduced it to us, and we are very glad he did. The menu had a great selection, as well as a great wine list. The cocktail and dinner menu change every so often I understand. While the main dishes were good, I could... More 

Thank tman4lom
Paige D, Manager at BRABO Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad your friend introduced you to Brabo and you enjoyed your dinner with us. We change our menus seasonally and love trying out new dishes and cocktails. 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
USD 5 - USD 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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