Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.2
2951 reviews
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BRABO Brasserie.
Cocktails, Conversation and Classic French Cuisine
Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier unites contemporary American fare seasonal, local ingredients and French techniques. Enjoy a selection from our award-winning wine list, collection of craft beers, or rotating cocktail list in Old Town Alexandria.

Tasting Room
Casual fayre served with French Flair!
Next door to Brabo and open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Pair shared plates from the brick oven with a Belgian beer or one of our 40 wines by the glass in our lively, casual dining space. The Tasting Room does not take reservations.

Brabo Brasserie accept reservations for up to 10 guests, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 8 guests on Friday and Saturday. We will be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! The meal was delicious! From the starters, to the main course ending with the desserts, it was superb and utterly delicious! I chose Brabo for wife’s birthday and the staff and the chef’s knocked it out if the park! I wish I could shake everyone’s hand and tell them how impressed I am with every facet of our meal. THANK YOU for making wife’s birthday celebration as special as she is to me. THANK YOU for the most delicious meal we have had in a long time! We will back!!

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OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for our 2 year wedding anniversary. We loved every part about it

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my all time favorite restaurant. Chose it to celebrate my birthday. They gave me and my husband a complementary glass of champagne to start out the night of celebration. Food was absolutely amazing per usual. Cant say enough how much I love this place not only for the food but also the service.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great, service was not. A rotating group of servers continually forgot to bring us things that we had ordered, and do basic things like refill coffee.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

20 minute wait for someone to take drink order, 20 minutes to get drinks. Another 20 minutes before meal order taken. Waiter kept apologizing for the delays but they continued. Not impressed with the main courses, 6 oz. Filet was more like 3 maybe 4 oz. We were asked if we would like dessert, which we did, we were given the dessert menu and told "oh we are out of everything except the sorbet". What's the point of the menu then? This was for an 8 PM reservation on the Saturday after Valentine's day, you would expect them to be better prepared, seeing they were promoting it.

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DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice table, reasonable service. Food the problem. Beef cheeks tough, hard to even chew. Rabbit gnocchi doughy with minuscule rabbit, chicken so over salted pretty inedible.
I never write negative review but this is considered best restaurant in old town va and is far from that. Expensive, crowded and the food is definitely not on the plate.

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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Very creative dishes. Could've been bit more substantial, though.

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RI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fixed menu is difficult to please all. Our steak was over cooked.

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LP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous and the menu changes each season to take advantages of the freshness of various garden vegetables, and more. The service was outstanding very friendly explaining everything, always available if needed. Really added to the whole experience. It was out first time, we will be back soon!

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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food wine good but overpriced; ambiance was nice - not as quiet as I expected. Overall very nice experience.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenominal. The staff were wonderful, courteous and put up with us having a good time. I would definately recommend and will definately return. Just might be my new favorite happy hour spot.

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

very happy with our experience, we came for the duck a lorange and what a delicious dish, we never rally had duck prepared this way so its definitely great to see the French doing it, thanks to Chef sebastien to take the time to explain and flambee and carve the duck for us, what a great moment, thanks brabo you are our favorite brasserie, cannot wait for the lamb dish that chef told us about for the spring menu.

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Charlotte
70 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our server was not as good as we expected in this fine dining restaurant. She was not attentive , mostly attending to the tables around us. And no, they weren’t busy . Food wise, the Caesar salad was fresh , no surprises!
We followed with octopus which was tender and very flavorful. Ended with mussels , lots of them and the broth was
So good we soaked our leftover bread in it.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for restaurant week on a Sunday night. It was very quite with only a few guests in the spacious dining room. Staff was friendly, but service was incredibly fast. We were not there for a full hour and we felt the quick pace. Staff cleared one plate before both guests were finished eating. We paid for restaurant week food, but also received discount service. I expected more and hope this is not the norm for the regular price tag.

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KD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Super disappointed. Made this reservation a month ahead of time for an afternoon brunch with close friends we don’t often see, and got a babysitter, and drove an hour from Annapolis for this lunch. Made our reservation for 2pm, and arrived on time and were seated right away. But coffee served to the table was lukewarm, and brunch portions were small, as was the menu- not many options. When I asked for a refill of my drink I was told the kitchen closed at 2:30pm, so it was “last call for drinks”. If the kitchen closes at 2:30, why take a reservation for lunch at 2pm?!!
Super disappointed. The ambiance was pleasant but the place was dead quiet- just one other couple dining. The restrooms are inside the hotel lobby. All the hype around this restaurant in my opinion is not well deserved- it’s your average and overpriced hotel bar/restaurant. Vermillion was a million times better in all regards, and worth the price. I’m disappointed in Brabo.

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S
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Based on the reviews we booked a table for 8 for a family reunion brunch. First hint that it would not go well was a presence of a very loud table of 11 women near us. Next the waitress came took drink orders and we told her we needed to order quickly because one of us needed to catch a plane. 10 minutes before she came back with cokes and coffees. We ordered 8 entrees and a pastry basket. She brought the pastry and a few minutes later the entree for one who had to leave.
ONE HOUR WENT BY!!! Multiple complaints and entrees came. Three stone cold, the others lukewarm. Nothing exceptional flavor wise. We ate and left quickly almost two hours after our reservation. Their excuse: the pastry was a starter and it’s their policy to space the meal!!!!
Forget eating here!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I made a reservation for 10 people for brunch a month in advance, and yet the service was painstakingly slow. We ended up being there for almost 3 hours. The food might have been ok but was very cold, as if it had been sitting for a while before it came out to us. My dish said it came with bacon and grilled bread, and it came out with neither.
A couple of times, we asked a question from someone who was helping out filling our drinks, and they would respond that we needed to ask our server. Also, our server went back through and asked everyone individually how much they had had to drink so she could ring up the bill. Management needs to do a better job with training the staff.

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SW
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brabo is amazing! The manager. Ian, is great! Always making certain our needs are met. The staff is so kind, efficient, professional, and so friendly! Our normal server, Valerie, is truly amazing, and so knowledgeable in food and wine selections. We look so forward to dining at this amazing restaurant! And the menu is truly spectacular!

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TH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brabo came recommended to me by members of the club I run and being in the business, I'm always a little skeptical of recommendations. Not only did they meet, but they exceeded my expectations. Ian and Alexis are managers that really know how to take care of their guests and our server, Michael, was absolutely delightful. He was professional and knowledgeable of his menu and wine list. I would highly recommend Brabo to my friends, family and colleagues. We will definitely be back!

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P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were not thrilled with the service. Our waitress was not friendly and the service seemed rushed - several times they attempted to retrieve our plates and drinks without asking if we were done. We did the tasting menu for restaurant week, which we found was less than we expected, especially the salad and the desserts.

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CD
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Excellent food. Service so-so. Appetizers served before drinks that were ordered first. Desserts served before after-dinner drinks. Very noisy dining room. No tablecloths. At Restaurant Week prices, it was a decent value but I wouldn't return at full menu prices.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice restaurant with out of the ordinary French cuisine. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was attentive. It is also on a quieter section of King where parking is easier to find.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Staff was friendly and host/ess was able to accommodate a last minute reservation change which was appreciated. Cocktails were decent. Soups and salad were quite good. Entree portions were noticeably small ('a tasting or an entree?' was my thought), though the presentation was lovely. One of our party's entree was quite cool, but he decided to eat anyway. 1/2 way through my dish (which was appropriately hot), I got a bite of cold food and realized the heat lamps must not be working properly. At that point, it felt too late to send it back. Overall, I wanted it to be excellent, but woke up the next morning and realized the experience was just good, but not at all special or great. If I were to go again, I would be sure to ask for a hot entree and to not be too hungry.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for a friend

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LV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

So very disappointing. Food (quiche, salmon salad, crab risotto, fish, chocolate mousse) was ok, but nothing special. Not good enough to tempt me back to Brabo. Service was exceedingly slow. Way beyond leisurely.

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Brabo. The service is excellent and the food is exquisite. It’s perfect for special occasions too. Highly recommend.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is really exceptional. I did go for Restaurant Week and the meal while absolutely delicious was just luke warm. We mentioned it and they were very apologetic and offered to give us a new meal. We declined so they gave us a cheese plate. So they were very attentive to our complaint and did all they could to solve the problem. This is a great restaurant with excellent service and exceptional food. You can't ask any more than that and they take care of problems immediately.

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AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance! Delicious food. Will definitely dine here again.

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We’ve been to Brabo Tasting Room before and have always enjoyed the experience. We always thought Brabo Brasserie was a step above. Boy, were we wrong! Maybe they were not prepared for the Restaurant Week crowd, but the service and timeliness of the food and drinks were very poor. It took us 40 minutes to get our drinks and bread! The portions were very small and cold. Had we had a great experience, we would have come back for their regular menu. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

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CS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We went here for restaurant week. The portions were very small so it was not a good value. The food was OK, but not enticing enough for us to return any time soon.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dave the server was amazing: knowledgeable about the menus, beers and wines, friendly. Good pacing. Generous portions of well prepared, well presented, tasty dishes. The muscles were awesome as was an appetizer not even on the menu yet. Such a good experience that we returned the next day for happy hour. Again, generous portions of such tasty food from the discounted happy hour menu. The charcuterie was so good and plentiful that others at the bar commented on how much food there was on the plate and how good it smelled. Sam, Daniel and Rusty, the bar tenders, were both masters of their trades and smart and friendly as well.

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RK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu and to make matters worse, they were out of hamburgers.

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RS
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone had a great time. The lamb chops, muscles, and cold fashion cocktails were especially good.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

NOWHERE NEAR as good as previous visits. Restaurant quality should not be determined by the day of week (Saturday) and if the day is immediately post-holiday. Service was ok, not great, felt rushed, we were seated next to the kitchen, the private dining room (containing a group of around 20 people) and in the pathway to the restrooms - there was a constant parade of people walking past our table, yet our server went missing several times, glasses were empty, plates to be cleared, etc. Also - I was extremely disappointed the Chef's Tasting menu was not available -- on Saturday 1/5/19. For the nearly $600 I spent on dinner for 4 people, it was a crappy table, mediocre and condescending service and OK food. Thank you for curing me of my insatiable craving to eat a Brabo. Very disappointing, very embarrassing.

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n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was marvelous. The food is always interesting and flavorful. A really good experience.

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TR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was NYE so there was a 30 minute wait even with a reservation. Food was tasty but not worth the price. Service was ok; it was a busy night so I assume this was the primary reason for the delays. I probably would not return during a holiday. Doesn’t appear this restaurant can handle the volume. Would consider returning on a regular weekday. Overall good experience, but expected better.

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PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere right off the main street through Old Town. Great food, fun cocktails, impressive bartenders, and warm staff overall! Will be back

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’ve eaten here 3 years in a row for New Year’s Eve and let me say there won’t be a 4th ! They are horrible now, with an incompetent staff that sells over-priced Outback Steak house level food . Too crowded they obviously overbooked and didn’t know what they were doing , but sure that is my fault and $400 dollars I will never get back . So sad... they were so good... and now ...the worse .

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

NY Eve dinner. Fixed price 6 course meal. Service was poor for the price. Food was good but the poor service degraded the experience. We chose the wine flight; very good wines but no explanation

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M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Brabo's is great on a random evening, especially for birthdays or anniversaries. But for New Year's Eve, they lost the bubble. We never got two of our courses in the prix-fix menu. They reduced my bill considerable, but my wife and had reserved this evening partly because of the lobster course which never made it to our table. So for special events, I'd steer clear of Brabo's.

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