About Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

BRABO unites contemporary American fare with European and French techniques throughout two unique dining experiences.

The BRABO Brasserie, our freshly expanded front bar area, is perfect for an impromptu bite with friends, after-work cocktails or a casual night out.

The BRABO Dining Room embraces the sophistication and exceptional hospitality of fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Ease your way through Executive Chef Sebastien’s innovative tasting menu, which highlights his extensive culinary expertise in French and Belgian cuisine.

We accept Opentable reservations for up to 10 guests, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 8 guests on Friday and Saturday. We'll be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!

1600 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French, Belgian

Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour Daily (Bar & Brasserie Only) 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Bar/Brasserie: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Bar/Brasserie: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar/Brasserie: Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

BRABO TASTING ROOM
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7am-1030am
Saturday & Sunday 8am-11am
Lunch & Dinner: opens daily at 11:30am
Monday-Thursday closes at 11pm
Friday & Saturday closes at 12am
Sunday closes at 10pm

Patio closes one hour before the end of service.

Cross Street:
Harvard St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 894-3440

Website:
http://www.braborestaurant.com/

Catering:
Brabo and The Kimpton Lorien Hotel feature several private rooms that can accommodate up to 65 guests for a sit down event, or up to 100 for a standing, cocktail style reception. Please contact Tara Justice for more information! Tara.Justice@lorienhotelandspa.com.

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.

Public Transit:
King Street Metro is two blocks away. There is also a free trolley that runs from the Metro every 15 minutes.

Executive Chef:
Sebatien Rondier

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
With its stunning and unique decor, Brabo, is a perfect complement to our signature Belgian-inspired cuisine, resulting in private events, receptions, and meetings that are deliciously memorable. From start to finish, we provide unparalleled service while surrounding you in elegant style. Our Private Dining Room can accommodate groups up to 14, and our main dining room, patio and bar can entertain from 2 to 150 people. To start planning your personalized event, give us a call at 703-894-3440.

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

Capture the essence of Old Town with a mix of posh indoor space and private outdoor terraces. An unforgettable space for elegant receptions and dinners. Our private event spaces can accommodate small intimate business dinners for just 10 people or weddings for up to 100 guests.

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Romantic (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Special Occasion (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Business Meals (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Dinner was good. Actually prefer the OLD Barbo menu over this one. Strange selection of items, nothing seemed to fit together to make complete meal. Either really heavy or really light items. Seemed more like a lunch menu than dinner. Very loud and tables are close together. I asked for a quiet table on my reservation and told them it was my husband's birthday, but no one seemed to be aware. When we got there the bar was VERY loud and the valet parking attendant was no where to be seen.Dinner was good, not exceptional. Wine, service and bread were great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food as always...steak was perfect and truffle mashed potatoes were so tasty

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

We were very disappointed with this restaurant. We found the quality of the food mediocre and the value shameful. From the soup, the chicken entree, the minuscule scallop entree, the minuscule filet of beef entree, all were disappointing and practically invisible. Very disappointing.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Sunday Brunch. Slow, easy pace. Bloody Mary was different, but still good enough to have had two. Omelette could stand being upped to three eggs and some standard fillings.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had a very nice meal to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was excellent and we really enjoyed the food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The scallops were good but the portion was very small--would've been more appropriately listed as an appetizer. Shrimp cocktail was mediocre and overpriced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I have had good meals here in the past, but this occasion was a disappointment. Nearly empty restaurant, yet every course from bread to dessert took very long. My halibut was overcooked and both our portions were very small. For the same price there are plenty of other options nearby.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent service and wonderful gourmet dishes. My husbands birthday was very special. The wine pairings were wonderful. We’ll definitely celebrate at this restaurant in the future.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We loved the chef’s tasting and wine pairing. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Cosmo remembered us from a year ago!!!! Once again, a great time with awesome food!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The brunch food was not very good at all. We had the corn beef hash with poached eggs. The poached eggs were overcooked and not runny at all. The hash was oily and lacked flavor. We also had the French toast which didn’t taste like much. It was very bland and the bourbon molasses was way over powering. The $18 lamb burger was very dry and was nothing special. The only bright side was the pastry tray which tasted great but I’m not sure it was made at the restaurant. I believe it was produced by an outside pastry company who services the hotel and restaurant. Our servicer was not bad but it took a good 20-25 mins before we got served our entrees. Overall it was a very disappointing experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A three and a half hour long, NYE wait and meal...

Our 9:45 reservation didn’t afford us seats until 10:45. We ordered our 5 course meal selection as soon as our waiter arrived, but didn’t even get our second course and wine pairing until after the New Year. The service timing and delivery was so poor, we asked the waiter to delivery our final two courses at the same time, along with our check.

I’ve been here before with my wife, and we both loved it, but last night was so poorly executed (in addition to the missing food elements from our first course and extremely fatty NY strip), that we won’t ever return.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I made a reservation for the new year's Eve and I can say that unfortunately the experience was really disappointing. The 5 tasting special menu was not worth the price as the food did not come as we expected (as example, a soggy risotto, an overcooked halibut and a really plain cheesecake). The wine pairing menu was also disappointing with a poor selection of wines. We really expected more from this restaurant for the price and reviews. We tend to book restaurants when we travel and we really like to experiment different foods and places to eat. Unfortunately I would not recommend this restaurant by the experience we had.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My wife and I dined there on New Year's Eve. First I had to wait for the valet parking attendant to show up for about 10 minutes. Our reservation was for 7:30pm and the restaurant was already busy. We were seated at our two person table which was nicely set. The seats are comfortable. The champagne we ordered was excellent. The menu was a five course tasting menu. After we put our order in we waited a long time....say...30 minutes for the first course to come out. But the server brought the second course, not the first so we had to send that back. After a few more minutes we did get our first course. The other four followed at about 20-25 minute intervals. To me, the kitchen was a bit overloaded. My meal was satisfactory but my wife's steak was too well done in parts and difficult to eat. She mentioned this to our server and the restaurant was concerned, offering various solutions which we declined since my wife was fairly full anyway. Later our server gave us free after dinner wines to help compensate. The wines were excellent. The service was attentive and hospitable even though it appeared there wasn't enough staff, both inside the kitchen and outside, to properly handle all the guests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The dining room was quite loud and a large party was sat next to my wife and I which detracted from our anniversary dinner experience. The restaurant could have easily sat us somewhere more quiet and definitely not next to a large party of 8-10. It was not a great experience for us - not sure if we would return.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

There were 6 of us for dinner, one of whom is a vegetarian. After some discussion, we all decided to have the tasting menu with wine, if they could accommodate the veg. It was all handled perfectly. In fact the lamb substitute was a wonderful mushroom dish - mushrooms are her favorite! All the dishes were excellent, and service was exceptional and not intrusive. I would highly recommend Brabo. It’s close to King St. Metro; they have valet parking; and there is parking close by. We went on Dec. 30th, and they weren’t busy at all. It made the meal so relaxed and private. We’ll definitely be back! Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Incredible meal, start to finish. Never disappoints!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent mussels! Outstanding octopus - don’t miss!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had excellent service - outstanding waiter! The duck a 'orange was superb...actually, the best duck I've ever had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Same excellent, friendly service as in past visits. Top quality menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

great service, great ambiance. We were guests at the Lorien and it was very convenient.
The bar area is very enjoyable for an after dinner drink.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Went to Brabo for our 10th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the staff made us feel very welcome and provided some nice extras for our anniversary celebration. Well done Brabo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful meal- they really tried to please. Food was excellent service was excellent and sommelier was very helpful

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Menu was impressive but not everyone in our party was satisfied with their meal. Small portions and dry meat left half the table unsatisfied. Pair that with the fact that one of our colleagues asked for a glass of scotch that the bartender felt no need to mention costs $75/pour. Seriously? No thanks. Plenty of great spots to eat in Old Town. I was disappointed because we were really looking forward to trying Brabo.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

They have a new look with the same great staff. Our best date night in 2017. Food superb and Valerie provided excellent service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We had a very nice meal at Brabo. Evereything was delicious, but my main dish which was Halibut and it was a little dry, and not very flavorful. Our waiter was excellet!! So pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. He heard us say we were celebrating birthdays, and brought us an after dinner drink to celebrate. I would definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The service was outstanding, presentation was first class, and the food was very good.
It was a bit pricy...D.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very good food in a quiet restaurant. We’ll definitely be back. Very pleased to see Foie Gras as an appetizer. My salt cod was very good and my companions all had the grilled octopus which they said was delicious. Thanks Brabo!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Manager and waiter provided excellent service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Overpriced on food and wine.. but it is a part of the package..great location. We had a great server.. very accommodative and pleasant. Overall, a great experience.. will be back acasionally!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Poor food. Ever wonder who could screw up a beet salad? Brabo. Really? Where was the chef? Obviously on vacation! Tasteless and Service was mediocre and rushed. Honestly not good food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day! Sure a holiday meal in a restaurant can be tricky.
We've dined often at Brabo and always enjoyed the food & service. Our visit on Thursday felt so assembly line. Hadn't finished our cocktail when dinner started with our soup presented. Fast & unspecial I'd say. Waiters, if you're bored with holiday service don't work. As a matter of fact our waiter called it a 'carry out' day!!!😪
Too bad, Brabo, just don't do holidays - a special day- if you can't make it special.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Once again this year (fourth in a row) we celebrated Thanksgiving at Brabo - our tradition! The drinks were creative (Holiday Mule and Winter Old Fashioned); the meal was delicious - great Turkey and trimmings on their prix fixe holiday menu. A particular standout was the Potato Puree. Outstanding service provided by our waiter, Nigel, very attentive and helpful with selections. It was fun to have last year's waiter, Dave, stop by to wish us Happy Thanksgiving. This is a friendly, warm spot for a meal on a special day. Highly recommended!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We visited Brabo twice Thanksgiving week. Our first time was at the bar which opens at 5:00. Great signature cocktails, Carleton our bartender was fantastic and the charcuterie board was a fantastic deal at $8.00 for happy hour. We had a great experience and looked forward to our Thanksgiving 3-course fixed price dinner for $70/person later in the week. It was a huge disappointment! We left the restaurant starving. The scallops were so-so. My New York strip was MAYBE 2 ounces sliced and full of fat with a teaspoon of spinach and 7 dime-sized slices of potato. The worst? Apple Spice Cake dessert. Our table could barely choke it down. It was dry and tasted like cardboard. Our server barely smiled, disappeared forever, didn't wait until I tasted the wine before serving it to everyone else. All this and an $800 check! I'm not giving up 100% on Brabo yet. Our bar experience was so nice, and we will try again, not on a holiday though. Another disappointment though for us here and we Old Town Alexandria residents will not be back!

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving menu was good - more variety would've been appreciated, especially given the price. Our waiter was average, not particularly attentive once the order was placed. The food was delivered more quickly than we would've preferred and the turkey entree was not as warm as it should have been. The scallop starter and the chocolate dessert were delicious! The greeters were enthusiastic and friendly and the restrained and sophisticated decor provides a calm and quiet backdrop to the meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was good, a bit pricey for the limited Thanksgiving menu.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very bland setting. Food is slightly above average but very expensive.noisy and very like a bland chain hotel restaurant. Disappointing.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving restaurant was a first for us. Glad we chose Brabo because it met all of our needs and we had a great time. The chestnut veloute was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always an excellent dinner for special occasions and family gatherings. The day before Thanksgiving was not crowded and the waiter even brought out an unexpected dessert for my mother who was visiting us for the Holidays !

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We always love Brabo, and I really like their recently redone dining areas. I love the 3 different ways you can dine. At the bar, in the more casual dining room just off the bar, and the more formal dining room. Great idea. Food was lovely, and we really liked our server, Dave. Highly recommend the place to all.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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