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
236 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (141)fit for foodies (138)notable wine list (99)romantic (98)neighborhood gem (66)good for groups (31)vibrant bar scene (27)hot spot (14)great for brunch (13)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fine Dining in Old Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brunch at Brabo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service - Food Hit or Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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).
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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!
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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!
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    fit for foodies
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    • 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.
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Es1084VIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • das1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    People were permitted to dress in shorts and flip-flops, kinda disappointing
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.