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

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier - Lorien Hotel & Spa Details

  • 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, French, Belgian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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, curated by Sommelier Matthew Carroll.

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Perfect ambiance---updated yet still cozy-elegant, fabulous food and awesome wait staff---personable, sincere, and always professional."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The waiter was excellent and very attentive! Couldn't have been happier."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I love this place and the service is unbeatable!!! The somellier is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The four of us enjoyed all three courses of our dinner at Brabo's. The soup was particularly flavorful; the hanger steak was well-prepared and tasty; the lamb was tender and cooked to medium rare as ordered. The server remembered that one of us could not eat refined sugar and offered an ample serving of mixed berries for dessert (very thoughtful). It was a most pleasant evening, reminiscent of our other outings at Weidermaier's restaurants. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Nothing special about quality or flavoring. We were little disappointed.Not going back....very very average food."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Eaten here before, for brunch. Really enjoyed that experience, so we decided to try again for dinner. Did not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Very tasty food beautifully arranged. A pleasure for the palate as well as the eyes. Immaculate, friendly service. A good deal for restaurant week!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Both the food and service were superb. The food presentation was also great."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "lovely room, innovative menu, best onion soup ever. a must go back"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Sensible portions, expertly prepared and carefully served. My favorite place to eat in Alexandria."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Wonderful Service. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The menu change has made Brabo just like several other restaurants in the Old Town area!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
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