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
241 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (148)fit for foodies (145)romantic (107)notable wine list (107)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
    yumchaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nothing special about quality or flavoring. We were little disappointed.Not going back....very very average food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two for two
    prfctstrm
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Eaten here before, for brunch. Really enjoyed that experience, so we decided to try again for dinner. Did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo Brabo
    luvgdfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    By far one of the best meals of my life. The entire experience was perfect. Priceless, you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicole
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Creme brulee was exceptional! The cold potato soup was not really very good. I wouldn't necessarily go again with the restaurant week menu as it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skate wing outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The skate wing with ratatouille served during restaurant week was fabulous! It is worth paying regular price for it. I asked for wine selections and my waiter had the sommelier pair wines for all courses. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Dinner
    NicoleC
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a great experience as part of the August restaurant week. While we were only given two options per course (as compared to the usual three that most restaurants offer) the food and drinks were excellent. I especially appreciated the variety of cocktails. The staff was attentive and careful to ensure that we were satisfied, without going overboard. I highly recommend this place for a quiet, date-night outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dinner
    Nordlicht
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very tasty food beautifully arranged. A pleasure for the palate as well as the eyes. Immaculate, friendly service. A good deal for restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liked it so much...
    DrsJVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took a friend there for her birthday last Sunday. Enjoyed it so much just made a reservation to take another friend there this coming Sunday. It was that good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at BRABO
    Paul
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to BRABO for Restaurant Week. My friend ordered off the Restaurant Week menu, I had the regular menu. I had greek goddess salad, salmon with tomato water, and parfair for dessert. It was all very good. The salmon dish didn't have a whole lot of flavor but I felt it was healthy choice, the water said it was their take on light summer fare. The parfait was so good I wanted to take another one home. Nice restaurant with space between tables, which I like -- not too crowded dining area. Friendly waiters. So, will go back again, I wasn't disappointed at all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Great
    3WallPaul
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Brabo is a fine restaurant with great attention to detail. Presentation is appetizing without being unnecessarily fru fru and pretentious. Even the greens are fabulous. For those who are more adventurous, I would recommend eating a dish you "think" you might not like. Brabo has a special knack for new interpretations and great flavor profiles. The wine list, however, depresses me by reminding me that I can't afford to drink wines in my own cellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worthy of the Wiedmaier name
    gmiro
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Appetizers were excellent and dessets were very good. Main courses were average. Maybe this restaurant has seen its primetime passed
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything was delicious. I had the royal sea bass filet and my husband ordered the honey roasted duck breast. Both entrees were absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared. My husband's favorite part of dinner was his cocktail. I believe it was called a gazpacho rickey? He said it was tart and refreshing and that he could drink an entire pitcher. The only thing I didn't like was that the tables were so close to one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food & Excellent Service
    WhitneyP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to take advantage of their restaurant week menu and were glad we did. We got the melt-in-your-mouth hangar steak and the red snapper (available as an alternative to the skate option listed on the menu) as our entrees. Service was super attentive and helpful; we had all the right time between courses so that we were never rushed nor were we left waiting for the next dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    KCarter
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was disappointed with our meal at Brabo. We had a reservation at 8pm. The host didn't seat us until 8:15pm. I understand that it was restaurant week and busy. Our waiter literally forgot about us; he came over once between 8:15 pm and 9pm. We tried to flag him down multiple times. We weren't given the opportunity to even order dinner until 9:10pm. Once ordered, the food came out quickly. I was rather disappointed with the sea bass - I received a thin, flat, and large end piece; not what you expect when you order sea bass. I also ordered a side of the mushrooms, which was different than described on the menu. By the time I realized their substitution, it was 9:30 pm and we were just too hungry to reorder. Overall, very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I celebrated a special occasion hoping for a memorable meal. The salad was dry and the salmon was too tough and tasteless. The wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Sharon0719VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Both the food and service were superb. The food presentation was also great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Restaurant Week Fare
    HonestOpinion
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Can't remember the entree name, but it ended up being a piece of steak with french fries. The salad was very good, the dessert was fair. I'd eaten there several times before and really enjoyed the food from the regular menu, but I don't think they put much effort in to the $35 meal for Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • so so experience
    midwestfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Overall it was ok. Asked about wine, but food came before I was given options. So had appetizer but wine pairing came late. First courses were great. Crab cakes and ricotta dinudi. Main course, sea bass great and sword fish dry. Desserts. .. waffle was good, mousse was ordinary. Like sister restaurant Marcel's much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice fish dishes
    QualityFoodReviews
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The fish dishes we ordered were good. We noticed that you really have to love the theme of the ingredients in the fish dishes. The flavors become prominant in the dishes. The food proportions were perfect, except for the dessert. The desert was ridiculously tiny. Not at all a good ending to our celebratory meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant Week dinner
    BrandrBVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We enjoyed an excellent Restaurant Week dinner at Brabo. The service was very attentive and both the quality and quantity of the food we received provided a great value. We'll definitely return! Great upscale French Bistro concept.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food here is amazing. The portions are a good size and the wait staff is very attentive. We will definitely come back here for another meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming & Great Food!
    CB31
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Came here for Restaurant Week and had a wonderful experience! The steak that they had on the menu was to die for! Overall, I had a great dining experience and would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited menu for Restaurant Week
    KNAlexandria
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went to Brabo during Restaurant Week. While the food served was very good, I was disappointed with the selection. The Restaurant Week menu only had two selections for each course - not enough options. For the main course, if you didn't want to try skate, your only choice was hanger steak. If you order off the regular menu, be prepared to spend some money. The wine is very expensive too. Happy hour at the bar is a good deal, but it ends at 6:30.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    awsome
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food. Thanks Hassan for the genuine service . We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Service Great Food
    Cliff
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a lovely time with a large group - food was excellent as always. Service not as great as it has been in the past. Will go again, but pretty expensive; so only special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • done right
    familyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    lovely room, innovative menu, best onion soup ever. a must go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food in Old Town Alexandria
    NilesVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I went to eat at Brabo's after having been to his flagship restaurant Marcel's and to Brasserie Beck. Of course, Marcel's was excellent, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at Brabo's. I had the halibut and thought it was very, very good. The flavor was really surprising. Also had a chocolate dessert that was very good. For me, the only negative is the over-inflated wine prices. Other than that, I could not recommend it more highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brabo-outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Sensible portions, expertly prepared and carefully served. My favorite place to eat in Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had high expectations
    Notahappydiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    But food was very sub par. The restaurant itself is nice and service was good, but it's the food you go for after all and it was pretentious without being able to walk the walk. Dessert was a joke. How can you list something as a coconut custard and then serve two squares of the size of postage stamp? The real chefs must have had the night off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Old Town Dining!
    Wildonva
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Brabo is a hidden gem in Old Town. The food is creative, beautifully presented and delicious. The service was charming - helpful but not intrusive. I've enjoyed every meal I've had here and recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was disappointing.
    Towner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu change has made Brabo just like several other restaurants in the Old Town area!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    RestondinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    With food this good, one can forgive pretty much everything else. There are definitely drawbacks when you go to the "hotel restaurant". White tablecloth, but guests in tank tops and flip flops. Less than efficient valet parking, but thankfully there is valet parking, otherwise good luck searching for the more than 2-hour street parking in Old Town. But then again, we came for food and food we got, it was wonderful, creative and very satisfying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fine food (generally) great service
    NeverTravelEnough
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    other than a surly hostess we had a wonderful meal, I had the suckling pig and my wife had the pork loin, plus a beautifully prepared and presented dessert, excellent wine list,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbara
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food tasted good but very heavy; I could see a pat of butter under my grouper, and the veggies were drowning in a massive amount of oil. While service was okay overall the waiter, who had a serious 'tude, rubbed us the wrong way. I asked for a glass of Pino Grigio and he basically turned his nose up at me, indicating Brabo was way too high end to serve that, and they had none on the menu. Mind you, we stayed at the Lorien which was has the same owner, was 20 feet away from where we dined and had just 10 minutes earlier served me a glass. The attitudinal waiter also suggested fine dining couldn't be done without massive amounts of butter and oil which is just ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok
    RoyMustang
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food was good but not memorable. Service was okay. Expensive food but there's better and more memorable places for less. Location is prime, just wished the food wasn't so bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - Ambiance Lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was wonderful - but the noise from the bar was too loud and the acoustics in the restaurant are awful. I could hear the woman sitting across the room from me better than I could hear my husband from across the table. Unfortunately this really did detract from the ambiance of our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Braboisgreat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food is excellent with very knowledgeable and friendly service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    TheGoodDoctor
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Excellent food and wine! Hassan is the best waiter on the planet! Will go here every time I come home to visit the D.C. area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    DReckVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went on a Sunday evening, spur of the moment, and it was one of our best experiences at Brabo because it wasn't crowded like it usually is at night; we were able to have a conversation without raising our voices -- not always the case at Brabo. The service and food were excellent. They willingly split an appetizer and salad in the kitchen for us which we appreciated. Brabo is one of our favorite restaurants and we will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Larry
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Brabo is hands-down our favorite restaurant in NoVA. The food is always delicious, the preparations interesting, and the presentation excellent. Service is the best around, with knowledgeable, friendly, and (if you want) fun staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.