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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.

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
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Brabo has been a never-miss proposition since they've opened. Good service, excellent menu with often enough updates."
    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."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "The tastings' 4 courses were excellent. The cocktails were perfect. The service impeccable. We'll be back."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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)."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "We were party of 5, everybody chose different food, each one was top."
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "Very inventive use of ingredients - flavors emerge that remain unknown in other places. Details are their specialty."
    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"
    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!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "This place has a spectacular wine list, great dishes, and impeccable service."
    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."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "We had tasting menu, the food was average and a bit pricy."
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "People were permitted to dress in shorts and flip-flops, kinda disappointing"
    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?"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Both the service and the food was extremely well executed. We really enjoyed our meal. Would definitely go back. The special touches, complimentary glass of cava and dark chocolate monogrammed anniversary pics in our dessert, were the simple things that really elevated our meal to a truly memorable anniversary dinner. Thanks so much to Brabo."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Generally the food is excellent. I had salmon which was very fishy, I told the server, who was pleasant but didn't offer to make it right. Entry thing else was very good."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "We lived in Belgium so this meal was like coming home. Food and wine were both great. We were fortunate to have nice weather and we ate outside. Their patio is away from the street so it is very quiet."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Perfect ambiance---updated yet still cozy-elegant, fabulous food and awesome wait staff---personable, sincere, and always professional."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Again I took advantage of the DC Restaurant week to come far to a famed venue. It was well worth the time and the effort. The rating is closer to 4.5."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
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