Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
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.
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!
Our sister restaurant Tasting Room is just next door. Reservations neither taken or required.
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Awesome food, great service but very very expensive.
Wonderful Bartender, drinks and food.
Service is very consistent and good.
Amazing food. Great service. We loved the experience of dinkng at Brabo.
Restaurant week menu was slim pickings. Food was average. They sat us in line of the front door and every time someone opened it, we were assaulted with a freezing cold gust of wind. There were plenty of tables available elsewhere.
Rockfish entree and pear salad were both outstanding. Excellent service.
My 3rd time visit here and it seems that restaurant week brought more customers in. I always enjoy my dining experience here. Every people that work here is spot on and very attentive to their guest. Kudos to the team and way management run the restaurant. Food menu seems to change but a nice a change, not that old menus was terrible. Food was delicious as usual. Probably one my favorite restaurant in Old Town for French food.
We were really looking forward to a high quality meal at Brabo but found the food to be lacking, with unimaginative, flavorless dishes. The service was excellent but the food let us down.
Restaurant week. Entre’ was good. Appetizer average but dessert was unpalatable. Service was very good.
Service (by Pooki and Joseph) was attentive and helpful. Ambience was pleasant and not loud. We enjoyed our drinks before the meal (my wife said her espresso martini was excellent, and my white wine was very good, too). The menu, however, disappointed my wife because the Saturday "3-course menu de jour" she ordered only identified duck leg confit, and not the sides. She had already ordered a salad, which was too large for her, and when the duck arrived, it came not only with another salad but also a mound of French fries. It was just too much for her so she brought half of it home. The menu should spell out everything that comes with the entree. As for my meal, artichoke soup and monkfish, both were very good. When we ordered dessert, however, the kitchen was out of creme brulee, strange for early evening (7 p.m.).
The choice of food was weak, who offers lox and bagels without bagels (there was croissant rather than bagels); cheesy scrambled eggs were ok (omelette station would have been more appropriate); and the mimosas were not included.
We went for the New Year’s Day brunch, which had been advertised on their website as having pastries and preserves, smoked salmon and accoutrements, breakfast meats, roasted potatoes, a quiche station, Belgian waffles and several toppings, and French toast with berries and syrup. When we arrived, there were no condiments, the pastries seemed to be two days old, there was no quiche or waffles, and everything in the chafing pans was room temp at best. It was not much better than Denny’s for about four times the price. The service was truly horrendous - our server came by initially and asked if we wanted coffee, to which I replied water was fine, and then we didn’t see her again till she provided for us the check. We had to ask the hostess for water, the manager came by at one point to inform us it was $5 less than was indicated on the menu (typed in Arial font), and asked if we wanted more water but never returned with any. Another server cleared our plates and ensured we got a check, and our server threw him under the bus when there was a mischarge of coffee, saying it was his fault because he said we’d had coffee, but as our server, she should have known. We left frustrated, really dissatisfied, and exceptionally thirsty since no one had been interested in giving us water basically the entire meal. We will certainly never return.
Horrible, horrible, horrible experience at New Year's Day brunch. Menu posted online and printed (and handed upon check-in) was far different than what they served. The actual brunch was mediocre at best. We arrived around 10:50am for an 11am reservation. I immediately saw that the buffet didn't include a Quiche Station (as promised) nor the decadent Belgian Waffles (as promised). There was also supposed to be a charcuterie & cheese selection (also missing). The pastries were "Residence Inn" quality at-best. I tried a muffin and it was something you'd find at a low-end hotel (not baked fresh). Even though the buffet had just started, the potatoes (while offering promise of being tasting) were cold. The best thing on the menu was the smoked salmon. Eggs and bacon were good too but not exactly a unique New Year's Day brunch menu item.
Within 10 minutes, there was a "buzz" in the restaurant along the lines of WTF??!!! This is a $35/pp brunch? People started complaining and the poor server was left trying to explain and apologize saying "there was a mix-up." I sought who appeared to be a manager (Pedro). He provided a very lukewarm apology just saying that what was published online was different than what they were serving. I had to ask (versus him proactively offering) what they would do to compensate us and he said "we'll apply a discount." When the bill came, we quickly found out that coffee and orange juice were extra and were exorbitantly priced (something like $8 each). We complained again and they did not charge us extra for coffee & OJ. The brunch ended up being $25 each plus taxes. Way over-priced and embarrassing as we were hosting out of town friends.
We will NOT be back.
We were extremely disappointed in our New Year's Day brunch experience at Brabo. We showed up for our 10:45 reservation and were told that they didn't actually open until 11am because it was a special brunch for New Years. We were handed a menu that included a number of buffet items that were not actually available (waffle bar, quiche bar, etc.) and while the food they had laid out was okay, it was NOT worth the $30 they advertised and there were these tiny plates that were clearly put out because there were no others available. There was one salt and pepper shaker for the entire restaurant. The host and wait staff, while perfectly pleasant, seemed completely unprepared and utterly confused as to what was going on. There was no one to clear plates, so we had piles on our table until one of the waitstaff (there were only two for the whole dining room) finally came around to clear them. After about an hour of people complaining, the manager finally came around to "apologize" to each table, but really he just blamed "corporate" for not changing the menu on the website. (Which was only a small part of the issue.) They ended up knocking the price down to $24, but what we got wasn't even close to being worth it, particularly given that coffee and drinks were not included. I will not be going back to this restaurant.
New Year’s Eve! Love this restaurant! LOVE our waiter, David!! Love the ambiance! This is our third New Year’s Eve to dine here - always fit for foodies until this year. Food quality dropped dramatically. This year only three courses (which is fine) but none of the courses were any good. Ordered the NY Strip. It came pre-sliced (3 slices), very tough. Fancy name for potatoes were just very runny mashed potatoes with chives in top - the kind that are chopped, freeze dried and come in a jar. Self-serve dessert bar offered nothing notable except macaroons which didn’t get replaced after awhile. Did like the hats, horns and tiaras offered with dessert. Fair at best. Chef, you need to shake it up and return to fine dining.
The manager, with a beard and perhaps an Australian accent, greeted us, was gracious and seated us right away. It all went downhill from there. I couldn’t hear our waitress properly because of the noise level. We were brought our complimentary glasses of New Year’s Eve champagne, but not the complimentary appetizer. The tables next to us received that at the same time as the champagne. We received our salads and I had to ask about the appetizer. We ended up with the appetizer during our salad course. There were bread plates and butter knives on our table, but no bread was ever brought to the table or offered. We thought this was odd. Other tables around us received bread AFTER they finished their main courses, which was also odd, but we were not included. My avocado and crab salad had no avocado, but still tasted good. Our main course portions weren’t even. My husband got one piece of sea bass and I got 3 fairly thick slices of steak. They tasted good though. Overall service was a bit lacking. We had ordered a bottle of champagne and our waitress poured twice, but I had to get up to go looking for it when we wanted the rest of the bottle. Even though coffee was not included in the 3 course pre-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner, it could have and should have been offered anyway. Our waitress just brought the check and placed it on the table, after dessert, and never asked if we wanted anything else. We looked for the manager on our way out to let him know we weren’t happy about the bread, avocado, coffee, etc., but couldn’t find him. To summarize, while the food was actually quite good, the service and overall ambience were lacking. The value was too high for what we received and the restaurant was noisy.
New Year’s Eve dinner
New year’s eve dinner. Service was impeccable, food was very fresh and tasty. Both the crab salad and vegetable salad with burratta were very fresh and tasty. We both got the rib eye which was perfectly prepared and tender. Dessert bar was fun and lots of tasty options!
Let me start that this was our 15th wedding anniversary dinner, and I made reservations based on the menu - and that this will be a very critical review, as a local who has been here before.
Service: *** (3)
Atmosphere: ** (2)
First, let me say I was disappointed with the welcome and the seating. I requested in my reservation well in advance, for a quiet table toward the back, and instead waited while a telephone call was attended to - after which we were ushered to a table at the front window - near the very loud bar - and a couple that was nearly yelling about a Star Wars movie storyline. I had to ask my family to repeat what they said in order to hear them correctly. I later walked back to the rear, nearer the hotel, and was surprised to find multiple empty tables available. So much for the hoped for "romantic setting." My advice, if they fail to offer - be unafraid to insist for seating in the back closer to the hotel entrance. I found it much more "intimate".
After being seated, we were told we'd be served by Chris - and ordered drinks. While Chris only came to serve for us once, other service staff were well adept at taking care of us. And I have to give kudos to the chef, but will take away multiple "tasting" points from the total, due to the pastry chef. The quality of the appetizers and the mains were excellent. The bread and dessert, were poor representations of what appeared to be "refrigerated servings".
Food was decent, but wasn’t the Brabo of 5 years ago. Steak was way undercooked and didn’t even really taste seasoned. Needed salt at a minimum. Lobster was good, but wasn’t really anything special. Best thing was the frites and dip, which let’s be honest...not hard.
Do not have several wines listed on wine list. Took 30 minutes to find out that they were out of the first 2 wines we requested. No Chardonnay’s that we wanted to drink. They were charging almost $100 for a $20 Chalk Hill Chardonnay. Seems like they were trying to pass it off as an Estate wine. Unless you know that wine easy to confuse Estate bottle with the lower end version.
We made a reservation at Brabo to have a Christmas celebration with 3 generations of family and the restaurant is very special to us because my husband and I had our first date in the Tasting Room and then he took my mother to the main restaurant to ask for my hand. In January we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. I shared all of this with Brabo when making the reservation, as it is very momentous for us. When everyone arrived and had ordered cocktails and perused the menu, quite a few of us were looking forward to lobster on this special event! Alas, at the time of ordering we were informed that there was no lobster. We took some time to recalibrate and then my mother asked whether the waiter would recommend the duck breast or the sea bass. He told her the duck breast, without a doubt and then turned to my sister and stage whispered, “I say that because I just found out we’re out of the sea bass!” Not a rousing bit of confidence for the duck...Several people ordered the lamb shank and all of our orders were placed. After our first course was served the waiter returned to the table to inform us that they were out of the lamb shank, but said the chef was offering pasta and beef cheeks as a substitute. Not quite the same. They opted for the NY strip. When our first course was cleared, we waited another 30-45 minutes before our entrees arrived and started to worry that they had run out of absolutely everything OR needed to run to Whole Foods to restock. Finally they served us, never apologizing for the delay or the shortages and instead tried to push another bottle of wine on us before the previous one was more than half empty. It was a very disappointing evening and no mention was ever made of our special occasion or anniversary so I’m at a loss as to why they would ask the occasion in the first place. I will say, the food we had was tasty and well prepared, so that is a plus. Kitchen planning/ordering and service, however, leave plenty of room for improvement.
The service was the worst that several of our party had ever experienced, including an interminable wait for food and bizarre behavior by the server (calling several grandparents 'young man' or 'young lady' and a downright creepy pursuit of conversation with an 11-yr-old girl). The adequate food did not come close to making the experience anything more than bad.
Our two main dishes were mediocre at best. For example, the beef bourguignon was overcooked and the lobster gratinee lacked quality lobster meat and the sauce was not great. Our server was more interested in serving us our wine than focusing on the other aspects of the dining experience like taking away used plates etc. We've been here several times but this last experience was not a good one.
We were a party of two, and made reservations ahead of time. The restaurant was busy but not chaotic, and was a great location for continuing a discussion. The food is excellent and the food came remarkably quickly. A pretty classy experience for the price, too.
Ok - but expensive. Food quality hit and miss. Charged for complimentary prosecco which was sent to our table for my wife's birthday. - which took the gloss off the evening.
We’ve come here semi regularly and usually have a great experience. This one was very disappointing. The service was very good and cordial. But despite a quiet night, the food came slowly. Steaks we ordered rare came out well done, and mussels were cold. Drinks didn’t come out as ordered The staff apologized and the restaurant did take care of the entrees, which we appreciated. We want to come back and give the place another try but it was a serious off night.
Really good dinner. Always an enjoyable meal.
We really enjoyed our dinner and the food was excellent as was the wait staff.
It was our first Thanksgiving dinner in the US. And was the best choice for this year. I will return to this place in the future.
Really amazing dinner for Thanksgiving, served family style. Even the leftovers a few days later were yummy! We thought the selection, the ways it was brought to the table, the overall ambience and service, were all spectacular. Loved the steak on the meat section even better than the delicious turkey! Thanks for a memorable Thanksgiving Day!
Thanksgiving family style dinner was delicious and so easy! Soup and salad starters were great, turkey platter with all the fixings was presented beautifully and everything was really tasty. Steak was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Monkfish was good (not great) and the flavor profile really didn’t go with the rest of the meal. Pumpkin mousse was yummy but the slices were too big. Berry cobbler was the better of the two desserts and could have been more generous for three people.
Waited a year to come back here on our anniversary. The oysters on the half shell were awesome large tasty. My husband had the calamari that was just OK. Our waiter operated more like he was in a soup kitchen running back-and-forth not very attentive. I got the $32 halibut. It was lukewarm. My husband’s medium well burger was rare so we had to send both dishes back. my husband’s burger which he ordered medium well came back over well done and my halibut came back warm but dried out. We were very disappointed.
We had a marvelous meal! The sea bass was delicious. We had extra side dishes of roasted beets and roasted pumpkin. Oh my .... they were delicious! We had the white mousse and creme brûlée for dessert. We so enjoyed ever aspect of our dinner. We are going back soon!
Amazing! Everything from food to service was great.
Excellent food and drink. The cheese plate was fabulous and they accommodated gluten intolerance.
We loved it! The exceptional service made us feel like we were in a 5 star restaurant. And the food was excellent. The price was shockingly affordable for the high quality of service and food, especially when starting out with Happy Hour wine and appetizers. For a special occasion meal, we will definitely be back!
It's a great place for a business dinner, and the ambiance/service is great. The food was fair.
Food was good....but expected a more realistic Belgian Brasserie experience. They don’t have any Belgian style beers?!?! Frites were not thin and crispy. Even though I asked them to make the frites extra crispy, they came out the exact same way as the person I was with received them. Muscles and Steaks were very good.
outstanding food, artisan drinks and Sunday brunch wine pairing/tasting on point
Always a good choice.