BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.braborestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7038943440x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm,
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Belgian, French
  • Executive Chef: Robert Wiedmaier
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Lorien Hotel features several private rooms that can accomodate up to 65 guests for a sit down event, or up to 100 for a standing, cocktail style reception. Please contact Kristin Alley for more information! Her email address is kristin.alley@lorienhotelandspa.com.
  • Special Events: Host your own special event with us. For personalized reservations please call 703.894.3440.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harvard St
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro is two blocks away. There is also a free trolley that runs from the Metro every 15 minutes.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet and street parking available.

    The valet area is located in front of the restaurant and the Lorien Hotel. If a valet is parking other cars, inquire in the restaurant and we will see to it that you will be accommodated.
A word from BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa
We offer our guests a relaxed, yet formal dining experience, with a focus on Belgian cuisine with American inspiration. Choose from our Seven Course Tasting menu to fully realize Chef's vision, or enjoy selections from our a la carte menu. You’ll know you’re in a chef’s restaurant as the servers speak confidently about the menu. Many ingredients are sourced from local farmers, highlighting the bounty of the region. We feature an extensive list of small production, approachable wines from around the world.

We accept Opentable reservations for up to 10 guests, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 7 guests on Friday and Saturday. If you would like to book a larger group than we offer on Opentable, please call Matty Fanning at 703.894.3440 to discuss options for up to 14 guests. We'll be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!
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BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
239 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (146)fit for foodies (143)notable wine list (106)romantic (105)neighborhood gem (66)good for groups (32)vibrant bar scene (25)hot spot (15)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (8)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Ok in old town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    A bit pricey for the quality of the food. Would like to see a few bottles of Argentinian or Chilean wine that provide quality under $50.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LP45
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A lovely choice for brunch in Old Town, especially if you'd like to dress up a little and have actual conversation without having to shout across the table. Very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Silverback
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Outstanding restaurant. Impeccable service and an elegant wine list. Limited menu but every entree is unique, delicious and beautifully presented. Classic desserts in the European tradition. Great value as well for such a high end area. I go there every time I am in town on business. Ask for Greg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall - very good
    JKE9VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Other than a bland salmon entree, my husband and I enjoyed our three courses. The service is very good - especially when compared to some other recent experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brabo
    Twotodine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was delicious and the service impeccable. The seating was horrible. The wall seats were higher than the armchairs so my date looked like he was five. I was seated on a corner and almost on top of the couple on the other side. My date and I joked that we should have texted each other during dinner as we couldn't hear one another. Noise level was deafening in the back. It is a shame but we will not be back for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable birthday dinner
    CBCB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We recently had a ladies night to celebrate a birthday. In our party of five, three are gluten-free and one is vegetarian. We had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing which they made gluten-free and even put a vegetarian menu together so our friend could join us in the experience. Everything was flavorful, well-balanced and cooked perfectly. The service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    KaimiVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Brabo - the first two were superb. This time the salad (beet) was excellent, but both mains were mediocre at best (swordfish & salmon).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    chopperVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been to the restaurant many times and have always had a great experience. This time the service left a lot to be desired. The server seemed disinterested in waiting on our table. Also, a member of the party ordered the duck and it came out rare. They did take it back to the kitchen and returned it a couple of minutes later but if was pretty rare. She did eat anyhow but was disappointed. The restaurant did comp her meal as well as her dessert. Overall, it was a disappointing visit and I doubt if I will return to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, ambiance & service
    DCGalArlVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went there for a birthday celebration and we were not disappointed. Our server was attentive, friendly and thorough. And the food was exceptional. We all ordered different main courses (duck, red snapper, and sea bass) and they were all fantastic. Also, don't miss out on the fries, bread and desserts -- all definitely worth the splurge. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great service
    Thetraveller
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were party of 5, everybody chose different food, each one was top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT QUITE UP TO EXPECTATIONS
    ThadVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    On Sun eve, the comp glass of champagne for anniversary was nice touch. Tasting menu is an exc value at $55 but an alternative choice to lamb would be more guest-friendly. In total we had 6 courses...all but one was underseasoned. The salmon crudo was laughingly tiny - I've had amuse bouche that was bigger. The cod, halibut and gnudi were just outstanding. The lamb rack was very small thus hard to eat, - cooked perfectly but it had no flavor. The chocolate creme brulee was superb. The service was professional but the waiters and floor managers looked rumpled. The ambiance is sleek but pretty blah with all the beige tones. The low ceiling felt claustrophobic. Overall, Brabo just doesn't quite reach the mark for this food writer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very inventive use of ingredients - flavors emerge that remain unknown in other places. Details are their specialty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Brabo
    Wilson
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had dinner there Saturday night. We used valet parking for the car. Our table for two was very nice. Our server was excellent and attentive but not overbearing. Both my starter and entree' were excellent and in just the right proportions. Dessert superb. My wife had two starters, one was her entree' and that was perfect... A very excellent dining experience. Wilson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overhyped-overpriced
    asherVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The adjacent tasting room, by the same alleged chef, is more moderately priced and infinitely more palatable. The star ratings do not do justice to the lacking quality of preparation and food in general. The swordfish is rubbery and really doesn't taste like swordfish. Coming from the New England area, fish of this preparation wouldn't make it far. Pricey and simply not a good value!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, almost outstanding!
    CiaoAlexandria
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Brabo's menu offerings are superb; from chef's tasting menu to a la carte. Thoughtful and delicious food is worth the price point at Brabo (every dish was outstanding). Beer and wines (by glass) were priced to the Alexandria market, but I found the wine bottle list limiting for the mid-level wine drinker (me). Upon seating, we waited 10+ minutes before menus and water; disappointing. Service that followed was very good and prompt, so menu/water issue was a blip. I could tell immediately when our server identified that we were a low-ticket ($) table. This did not impact the quality of the functional service, but he essentially disappeared. I will definitely return for more delicious food and very good service! Bravo Brabo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Disappoints
    GaylordVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Out of top name liquors on a Friday night at 8:30PM? Charging $16 for a Gin Martini? I don't think it will happen again. Food service was good ($25 corkage) and the food was very good, not gourmet.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebrtion
    JSVS
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent restaurant, i.e., the quality of food, service, wine list, great to impress your date. The mussels were outstanding. We had the black bass and steak and will try the 4-course meal next time. The atmosphere was conducive to a quiet evening out with a friend.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Es1084
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This place has a spectacular wine list, great dishes, and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occassion Dinner
    Arlington
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We took our pre-teen foodie daughter here for her birthday dinner. The food and service was amazing. There was a good selection of meat and seafood dishes and Hassan, our server, was a delight with our daughter, who has a very sophisticated palate. He took the time to explain the menu. I ordered the Halibut and Risotto, very flavorful, my family ordered the rack of lamb and steak dishes, all very delicious as well. The dessert choices were fun. We had reservations on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was busy with many patrons. The birthday girl and her family were very pleased. I highly recommend Brabo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I find the service and food at Brabo consistently improving. I also think it is a must if you need to be in that area of King St. close to the Metro. I had the black cod which was very good, as was the buffalo carpaccio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner, but...
    Jingle
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    It was a nice dinner, just too bad we wanted to order items off the menu that were part of the taster and have those items as our "main course" - which they said they could do. But when we arrived, they took off 2 items and said they were for "taster menu only". Too bad, disappointing. Food was good but I was disappointed that they don't follow through with what is stated on the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    could not have asked for a better evening. from the moment we sat down, everything was great. we were not rushed, allowed to chat and have cocktails without being forced to order. waiter was knowledgeable and helpful and worked with us to ensure evening was ours. we did the tasting menu w/ wine pairing and though skeptical of some of the wine choices, was quickly disabused of those thoughts upon tasting. black cod was the best i have ever had, and i have eaten it many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had tasting menu, the food was average and a bit pricy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • das1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    People were permitted to dress in shorts and flip-flops, kinda disappointing
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Above average for sure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The for was great, the service was good as well. Liked the ambiance, but it would have been nice to have some specials on the menu. We also thought the specialty drink menu could have been a bit more creative - maybe have a menu for the season?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great attention to detail.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Both the service and the food was extremely well executed. We really enjoyed our meal. Would definitely go back. The special touches, complimentary glass of cava and dark chocolate monogrammed anniversary pics in our dessert, were the simple things that really elevated our meal to a truly memorable anniversary dinner. Thanks so much to Brabo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    LucyfurVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Generally the food is excellent. I had salmon which was very fishy, I told the server, who was pleasant but didn't offer to make it right. Entry thing else was very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We lived in Belgium so this meal was like coming home. Food and wine were both great. We were fortunate to have nice weather and we ate outside. Their patio is away from the street so it is very quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gradfam
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Perfect ambiance---updated yet still cozy-elegant, fabulous food and awesome wait staff---personable, sincere, and always professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed BRABO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Again I took advantage of the DC Restaurant week to come far to a famed venue. It was well worth the time and the effort. The rating is closer to 4.5.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They did it again.
    DrsJVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my second visit during restaurant week. This was as good if not better than my first visit which was exceptional. Probably my new favorite restaurant in Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Doug
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The waiter was excellent and very attentive! Couldn't have been happier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rkempVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Be warned. IF you sit in the blue chairs at most of the tables you will find yourself feeling like a child. I am 6'2" and the blue chair is sooo low that the table is chest high. What were they thinking? The food was always been excellent, we have dine at BRABO an number of times but frankly this is mostly a restaurant (from my observation) where people want to talk and it's simply to loud. Honesty, keep the staff, keep the chefs but completely gut the space and come up with something better. I did recommend special occasion (because of the food) and romantic, but I did that with hesitation since it can be challenging to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went with the Restaurant Week menu. First, an outstanding salad of fresh greens with bacon vinaigrette topped with a poached egg. For mains, I had skate with ratatouille, and partner had hangar steak with 3 sauces. both were very satisfying--nice portion, well prepared. (Nice to see skate on a menu.) For dessert, we both had the Belgian waffle with berries. Great finish to a delicious meal. Service was perfect. Dining room is inviting, with polished wood floors, comfortable chairs, not too loud. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Normal Fare
    Honey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful like most upscale restaurants. The food is also not dissimilar to others in the area. Service is good and the ambiance is nice and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charles
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Waitress very responsive & informed. There was nothing on the fixed priced menu that suited our tastes. Regular menu options selected. Very loud patron @ the next table unfortunately spoilt the evening we chose not to address the issue however a couple on the other side of this patron did leave the restuarant not waiting to be served.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Impressed
    BrianDVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I come here often for special occassions. When we found out that Brabo was participating in Restaurant Week, we were thrilled. We've tried other high end restaurants during RW and have been disappointed. Brabo was AMAZING. The choices available for each course were wonderful, the staff was exceptional, and the meal was an impossible deal for the price. Truly a perfect dining experience. And I must say, the lemon poppy Belgian waffle dessert was hands down the best dessert I've ever had, anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2Eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    BRABO is one of those places to take someone special to. Our in my case, to try out at Restaurant Week! The service was great, the server was attentive and suggested great wine selections. Vichoyssoice with potato chips was velvety with a great crunch. Perfect appetizer! Next was the steak fries that was served with a side salad. The portion was off as it was a full portion not a small one as found in other places for Restaurant Week. However, the meat was cooked perfectly to medium with a light brown sauce, and an abundance of matchstick fries. The dessert was good as well, a milk chocolate creme broiled. Overall, a very good pick!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    BronxYankeeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love this place and the service is unbeatable!!! The somellier is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    iceman2885
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service were fantastic. I highly recommend the mussels, they were some of the best I've ever had. The waitstaff was great and the manager even wound up comping us our appetizer because they thought we waited too long for our dessert to come out. Everything about the restaurant was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate