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: (703) 894-3440
  • 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
236 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (145)fit for foodies (138)notable wine list (103)romantic (94)neighborhood gem (77)good for groups (39)vibrant bar scene (30)hot spot (17)great for brunch (15)late-night find (8)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Danke13
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We had a fantastic time. Our waiter was wonderful and very lovely to talk to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very Belgian
    Bryan
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I lived in Belgium for 3 years and there's not much "Belgian" about this place. No mussels and the pom frites looked like they came from McDonald's. Not worth the pricey price unfortunately.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My significant other and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We were very impressed with the service and absolutely blown away by dinner from start to finish. So good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star food; service - not so much.
    ggw3
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been fans of Marcels for years, so we were excited to try Brabo. The food did not disappoint. Appetizers (oysters, pork cheeks) were scrumptious and the entrees matched. The seafood dishes in particular were fantastic. The service started out well but really fizzled at the end. A bit surprising given how impeccable the service is at Marcels. However, the food was good enough to compensate and we will give Brabo another chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We have been to Brabo before and enjoyed the meal and service, so decided to take an out of town guest to the restaurant. The service was simply atrocious. We waited an unacceptable amount of time for the first course and even longer for the main course. When the entreee arrived, my wife's dish was cold. We sent it back and it came back without the oysters which were supposed to be in the dish. We were only a party of three and the restauraunt was not extremely busy. The quality of service would not be acceptable regardless of expense/rating, but was particularly aggravating given the high prices on the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place for Special Occasion
    blueflyiVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food was tasty and the ambiance was nice although the service was good, but could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great
    DrsJVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Every time I come here I am impressed by their menu and service. Love it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was very good, but it was not especially special. My wife and I both enjoyed our food, but we expected to be moved by the culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing service
    VAFoodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We went to Brabo for the first time with a party of 5 to celebrate a birthday with guests from London. Beautiful dining room and nice menu (nicely executed as well!). However, the service was sub-par. Server #1 came to ask what type of water we wanted. About 10 minutes later, Server #2 asks the same question. Busboy brings water. Another 10 minutes. Server #2 takes a wine order and tells us Sommelier would bring bottle. Another 10 minutes, Server #2 brings bottle . . . It was like that the whole night, and it was difficult to get the attention of wait staff to ask for something. Given the rating of the restaurant and great service at other restaurants of the same caliber, disappointing choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    momdoc
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Having been to Mussel Bar and Marcel's, we were anticipating great things from Brabo. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Receptionist appeared bewildered, service was slow. Ordered a cocktail which was not as advertised. Mussels were bland, salad unimpressive, my husband's lobster risotto was too lemony. The restaurant could use a facelift. There is apparent wear and tear on woodwork. Maybe they had an off night, we were there on a Wednesday at 6:30 for dinner. Probably won't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything Excellent
    AlwaysABuckeye
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Wasn't sure what to expect, having read many very good reviews and a few bad, but everything was excellent. Each food course was top notch in taste and presentation, for both my wife and me, and the waiters were attentive (and helpful) but not overly so -- in short, service was excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PGHdelight
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I went for brunch on a Sunday at 1pm. The ambiance and service are classy and old-school. The waiters were more than willing to go off-menu when I requested a bloody mary rather than the other brunch cocktails I saw on the menu. My crocque madam was delicious. The only only falter in the experience was dessert. While I've heard fantastic things about dessert after dinner at Brabo, I would not recommend getting your hopes up for dessert after brunch. Good quality, refined, classic options for brunch. Upscale atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not disappointed
    FoodieMamaVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had another wonderful dinner at Brabo. Many of us ordered the mussels, which are a huge portion and come with frittes. They were plump, large and in a terrific sauce. Others tried the gnocchi, or octopus, which they enjoyed. Entrees were mostly fish in our group: swordfish, fluke, and cod, with one meat-eater who loved his dish. Everything was perfectly prepared and nicely presented, and our meal was not rushed. Chocolate napoleon for dessert was a real hit. this is a great place to celebrate an occasion, but it is also a nice place for a regular night out...even though it is not inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 40th Anniversary and the people at Brabo were all very friendly and helpful. They gave us a glass of champane and we had the best meal ever!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent tasting menu
    Linnie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoyed the evening's tasting menu of four dishes expertly paired with the sommelier's wine selections, with one exception of a disappointing dish and a terrible wine choice. The grilled octopus in our first course was stellar and in retrospect was the highlight of the meal, with the main course of highly marbled and ultra-tender beef brisket a close second. There were some inconsistencies in the food and wine, however our overall experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    mbcaribe
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a lovely meal for my husbands birthday. The food was fabulous. Being my husbands birthday, they served us a desert on the house. Service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    John89
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have been dining at brabo for several years but the last two outings have been disappointing. The quality of the food is just not there. The seasoning was off on the chicken and the Belgian frites were notdone well. The wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overrated?................................................................................................
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good time
    Drbry
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went for our anniversary. Very attentive service with some special flourishes which made the evening sparkle. The Sommelier was extremely helpful selecting the right wine. We enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Old Town
    vttodc
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I just moved to the area and have been trying all the resturants and Brabo blew me away. The food was excellent, fresh and seasoned perfectly. Our waiter was knowledgeable and welcoming but not intrusive, and the wine list/pairing was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining in Old Town
    BuckeyeGirl
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Very pleasant fine dining experience convenient to Old Town and the metro. Staff was friendly and attentive and the food was well-prepared, although a bit under seasoned for my personal taste. Nice wine list and a knowledgeable sommelier made wine selection easy. Would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or business dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went to Brabo on a quite Monday night for our 7th anniversary. They weren't very busy, but the food and service was excellent. We had the fall tasting menu which included the follow for courses - octopus, pasta, beef brisket, and pumpkin custard. We loved every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brunch at Brabo
    Annee
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My Family party of 8 had an amazing brunch at Brabo! Food was delicious, service exceptional. Couldn't decide between sweet and savory - so we ordered everything from the eggs en cocotte, Roberts Eggs, Mussels and burgers, and shared crepes and waffles for the table. Niece and Nephew fought over the last of the mussels, and the house-made corn bread (even though there was plenty). All was great, and couldn't help ordering desserts to share with our cappuccinos. Kabocha squash cake - who knew it would be so good? Quiet enough for our conversation, lively enough for a atmosphere. Thank you Brabo - we had a lovely time and a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday brunch
    Dccb
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Perfect for a birthday brunch with family - menu selection has something for everyone, the space is really pretty and the service was outstanding. One of our party wanted hot chocolate, something not on the menu, and they made her a personal pot of hot chocolate to enjoy through the meal. Very good food and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service - Food Hit or Miss
    Inthebiz
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The waitstaff was excellent and the sommelier provided excellent advice on the wine. My app and my wife's dinner was excellent, however my main completely missed the mark on all levels. I ordered the steamed monkfish. The fish was flavorless, in fact it did not even have the taste and texture of monkfish, the puffed rice followed suit and was very bland. The lobster in the puffed rice was overcooked and chewy. There was also a ginger broth but like the rest of the dish it lacked flavor and I had to search hard for even a hint of ginger. Fortunately, the waitstaff took the dish off of the tab. Again the waitstaff was awesome and not to blame at all for this poorly conceptualized dish.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    LilyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary dinner with the tasting menu here and loved it! Great service - valet parking is complimentary and with excellent service, sommelier knowledgable, and waiter attentive without being overbearing. Meal well-paced and request for an additional starter was accomodated, split, and worked into the tasting menu for us, including an extra half glass of wine (we did wine pairing). They will also accomodate combo tasting menu and a la carte menu, and tasting menu items are available a la carte. Mixed review on service at bar before dinner - one waiter very gruff and not helpful when asked for menu. Other waiter happily made great non-alcoholic drink but service kind of slow since bartenders also serve bar tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Brabo has been a never-miss proposition since they've opened. Good service, excellent menu with often enough updates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Worth It
    WineAndDineMe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was great, but the best part was the service. The waiter was nice and attentive and the wine recommendation for our specific tastes and varied dishes was spot on. Beautiful evening, but definitely expensive. I'll only come here for very special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good for a date.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The tables are close together along a bench seat on the wall. So you sit very close to the people next to you. The tables are narrow and long so your date sits farther from you than your neighbor. Definately not a romantic dining experience. I had to talk very loudly and lean over the table to have a conversation. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • perfect for a wedding anniversary.
    SeanMSr
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The tastings' 4 courses were excellent. The cocktails were perfect. The service impeccable. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining... except steak
    John
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My group overall enjoyed the dining experience. The staff was wonderful. Food was great except for the steak. The cut of the meat was underwhelming and under seasoned. I would still come back however. I'd love to try the tasting room but the menu selection isn't that exciting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bravo to Brabo
    YoungDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The restaurant was beautiful and the lighting was romantic. We ordered the chef's tasting menu, which was a very good deal for the amount of food and the amazing quality it was. Although, the fish skin was not as crispy as I would have liked. Our server was great, but he came to is a bit more than we would have liked. But it is better to be a bit over zealous with the service than to be neglectful. All in all it was a wonderful evening we were provided with. 10/10 would dine again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Efficient
    Azay
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I went to the formal dinning room to celebrate my birthday and the experience was exceptional. It's definitely the kind of place that people dress up for - don't be caught off guard there - and in this kind of setting I can see why. The aura and ambiance of the space is truly an escape. The food was delicious and the service very attentive. Put this place on your list if not already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    CTAR
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was our wedding anniversary and we chose Brabos as we have for our past two wedding anniversaries. We arrived at 7:40 and it was after 9:00 by the time our main course came. When the main course arrived, my wife’s lamb loin was raw (ordered medium). I waived to the waiter and he ignored me – finally got the attention of someone else. Her plate was about 1/3 fat and did not come with the side of mushrooms that our waiter stated. When we asked the waiter about it, his response was, “I know I told you that it came with a side of mushrooms – however, I misspoke. There are no mushrooms”. No one asked my wife how her meals – our waiter just asked if she was done. We won't be going back to Brabos anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Faint Praise
    PenneVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    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, an overdressed "green" salad with too many components and good but somewhat under seasoned mushrooms. The menu seemed to have a paucity of vegetable choices that made choosing dishes a bit difficult. No soup was offered. Service may have crossed the fine line into being condescending. The restaurant did not provide good value especially the wine list that we thought to be terribly overpriced. We do not know if we will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Safely outside the comfort zone
    I82much
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I went to Brabo for a special occasion. Having eaten there on a number of prior occasions -- and never having a less than excellent meal -- I took a chance on the tasting menu. I hadn't had any of the 4 courses listed on the tasting menu before and was trying to expand my culinary horizons. I expected to like the red snapper and thought I would find the other three courses interesting ... I left the restaurant having enjoyed each of the non-snapper courses more than the red snapper! And it was great. Can't recommend Brabo, and everything on the menu, more highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not What its Cracked Up to Be
    Jimmer
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This was a big disappointment. Despite the hype, the food was good but not worthy of the the Top 100 billing some have given it. Service was knowledgeable but very slow; though I like to take my time when dining out the time between courses caused me to think the waiter was lost. When our appetizer plates were collected he said the main courses would be out momentarily, by which he apparently meant 20 minutes. The lengthy time might have been reasonable had we not been seated at a round table that was too large for our party. There were five of us but the size of the table made conversation very difficult especially for the two elderly members of our party. At $450 this was not close to being worth a second try.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok in old town
    Slosup
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LP45VIP
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.