About Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

Brabo features fresh and inspired plates accompanied by a thoughtful and energetic cocktail list. The brasserie adjacent to the bar offers an wide ranging cocktail selection accented by light bites to full meals. The more formal dining room features a well-known and extensive wine list to complement the 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:
European, French, Belgian

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

BRABO TASTING ROOM

Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7am-1030am
Saturday & Sunday 8am-11am
Lunch & Dinner: o pens daily at 11:30am
Monday-Thursday closes at 11pm
Friday & Saturday closes at 12 am
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:
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 Tara Justice for more information! Her email address is 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:
Host your own special event with us. For personalized reservations please call 703.894.3440.

Specials

FREE Valet

Special valid Jul 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 all week from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Specials

FREE Valet

Special valid Jul 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 all week from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Complimentary valet parking for dinner and bar guests at the adjacent Lorien Hotel & Spa. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Jul 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 all week from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM.

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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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4.4

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4.5

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4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Tasting Menu (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Business Meals (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Casual (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Seasonal (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

Solid 10/10

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The service was excellent. One meal was outstanding. The other was disappointing. Overall a very good experience.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent; each of us ordered Lamb as our entree. Service was great, pleased with all.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was amazing and the service provided by our server, Hassan, was outstanding. We had the tasting menu with the wine tasting, and again, the food and service were phenomenal!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was date night for my wife and I. We turned to a local favorite Brabo's Restaurant. We are regulars at Brabo's Tasting Room but when we want to take it up a few notches we go to the Restaurant for the complete dining experience. From the hostess to the waiter to the sommelier, the staff was exceptional. Everything we asked for was effortlessly and professionally provided. They split the Foie Gras for us...it was delightful. We had the Lamb from the tasting menu and the Venison. Both were prepared and presented flawlessly. We could not decide which was better. For dessert it was the Key Lime Delice with Tea. A perfect finish to the evening. We always go back and made reservations for Brabo's on Thanksgiving Day a month ago. The food and service is better than the price...a local gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overpriced. Not a good value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was really excellent.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious and relaxed dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The waiter was able to accommodate special requests. The ambience was a little noisy but not so much that you couldn't hear your dining partner. Overall it was pricey, but an excellent choice for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Very smooth evening. Dining room is comfortable with good lighting. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Food was delicious. The restaurant has a nice open bar, a rustic brasserie room and an elegant dining room with enclosed Chef table. The adjacent tasting room was lively. Easy walk from King St. Metro. Best surprise, a glass of Champagne for the birthday girl ! Perfect with the dessert. Bravo.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Came here to celebrate a birthday on a Monday night at 8pm. Our server, Cosmo, was very helpful and friendly - I highly recommend him to any other patron! We opted for the tasting menu and a few a la carte items (bison tartar, black truffle brie, hangar steak and venison). Everything was prepared very well and I would definitely order the bison tartar, Brie (amazing flavor), lamb and venison. These dishes are certainly worth their value. On top of that, although it was not at all busy that night, the servers were very attentive and made the wait between dishes bearable.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner following the Sunday matinee at the Kennedy Center. Excellent service, creative menu - very relaxing way to end the weekend! We shall return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food.
Terrific service.
Very nice ambiance and atmosphere that rivals NYC restaurants.
Overall a very nice experience in fine food, fine service, and a fine ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was a perfect after-theater/romantic birthday dinner with my husband. We tried the chef's tasting menu of 5 items and opted out of the wine pairing, in lieu of the amazing cocktails. I was pretty blown away by the menu and how harmonious the flavors were. It was an extremely well-balanced menu that was complimented with excellent service. This is definitely a place to always have bookmarked if you're looking for a gold star dining experience in Northern Virginia.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We informed the server that my wife was celiac. In spite of this she was served gluten and was sickened

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Lovely setting, excellent food and professional service! We made a reservation in the formal dining room, but the Brassiere looked so nice we can’t wait to go back and try that for a more casual - but classy Friday evening. BTW, the Brassiere menu is available in the dining room if you like that menu more. Our waiter Hassan was fantastic but everyone we encountered was friendly, courteous and professional .

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Incredibly slow service. Out of many things on their menu. Shocking decline of a place that use to be great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Two couples dined at Brabo for dinner on a busy Friday the mussel starter was well enjoyed. As was the foie gras. The mains were poached halibut (a bit bland), venison medallions (quite good) and a clasic hanger steak frites. Excellent specialty cocktails but none of us had desert. We will definitely do Brabo again.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I went to Brabo for our wedding anniversary, which the restaurant kindly marked with complementary glasses of fine sparkling wine. The five-course tasting menu proved quite satisfying, with delicious lamb chops the stand out dish. The wine pairings worked well, and the five pours were generous. A quite tasty evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Brabo this weekend. We had impeccable service from the moment we entered the restaurant. The reviews and presentation online make it look a bit nicer than it was, and I was surprised to enter wearing a suit and find strollers with noisy children and parents in shorts. But-- know I know. Nearly every person we interacted with wished us a happy anniversary, and we had nothing but kind service. We were met with glasses of champagne, and dessert for our celebration. Above and beyond expectation.Thank you for a memorable experience and we'll look forward to seeing you again!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

What a lovely experience! For our anniversary dinner we visited Brabo. After reviewing the menus, we indicated a preference for the Brasserie on our Open Table reservation. The hostess called to confirm our desired seating and that it was an anniversary dinner. The food was excellent - fluke carpaccio, brisket crostini, mussels, and grilled octopus on chickpea purée. Plus some gracious extras as anniversary "gifts" from the restaurant. There are more traditional choices on the menu, but we like interesting food, and the chef did not disappoint. Our server and the other staff we encountered were all personable and professional. There is nothing we would change about the experience. Wonderful!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Superbly prepared food. Great menu. Outstanding presentation.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The wait staff is phenomenal here. The menu is small with outstanding food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I have visited Brabo a few times prior to their remodel, and was always impressed with both service and the quality of the food. Unfortunately, the experience today was nothing like the previous quality. Sunday brunch at 11:15 with only 4 other tables. A 45min wait for waffles and corned beef has. Eggs very over cooked, has was simple and uninteresting. The smoked salmon waffles were the only decent dish. The saving grace was the bartenders Pimm's Cup.

My suggestion is to pass and wait for the restaurant to work out the issues.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was our first time in Brabo since the change in chef (and menu) and we really enjoyed it. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu with accompanying wine pairings. My only reservation is that the pricing seems very much on the high end, although the food was certainly top notch. Overall, though, Brabo still seems like an outstanding restaurant. They offer two seating options — we chose the more formal dining area in the back, which is quieter, but the Brasserie up front was quite noisy (and the noise spilled over into our area). Not a deal-breaker, but if you have a choice and want a quieter night out, you should make a special request to be seated farther in.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were in Alexandria with friends for one night and agreed to eat in this restaurant, which is in the hotel where we stayed. Usually we don't expect a lot from hotel-located restaurants, but Brabo was an outstanding exception. The menu was inventive, the preparation flawless, the service knowledgeable and the staff warm and friendly. We would definitely be regulars if we lived in the area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had our Anniversary Dinner on a Monday night so the place was relatively quiet. The service timing was just ok. We did however have a lot of questions and the server was knowledgeable about each dish being offered. My main issue was the price vs value. The 8oz tenderloin was NOT 8 oz, maybe 6 . The presentation and cooking was just ok .
Spent over $250.00 and walk out thinking , yea no wow factor for that cost. Disappointing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wait staff was exceptional. Was in an area with a loud table-asked to be moved no problem.
Super nice service

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Consistently an excellent choice in fine dining, where you can actually have a conversation at a normal speech range. This is my favorite place to share with family and special friends. They have a great wine selection and can pair for you. Tasting Room is fun for lunch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite special occasion restaurants.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was good to very good but not good for the price. Service was lacking in all aspects. Would not and will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I loved my experience there! Me and my friends enjoyed our time immensely. Cosmo and Alan are awesome. :) Also, the brunch punch was amazing!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, People Watching, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a lovely dinner. The new chef served some exceptional dishes, notably the venison and a cerviche appetizer. Service and sommelier outstanding. Wines marked up beyond belief.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had the Halibut entree and the Pappadelle dish. Delish! Service was excellent as always. Cosmo was wonderful!! We enjoyed our Anniversary dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Fantastically delicious! Friendly and considerate service. Lively but noisy, at least on a Friday evening. We will definitely return.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Casual, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This was a very pleasant culinary experience. We opted for the five course tasting menu with wine pairing and truly loved most of it, especially the first four courses. It is notable that the chef was able to accommodate dietary restrictions without compromising quality and "ideas." The wine pairing was not trivial and interesting. The only "faux pas" was the dessert: The proposed key lime pie was nothing worth remembering, and actually quite bland. Overall, however, a pleasant find.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I dine out a lot. I don't mind spending $600+ for dinner for four. This restaurant is VERY expensive for what you get. The food is average. The service is SLOW. We waited 45 minutes for our main entree. Sad because we live in Old Town and would like to enjoy this restaurant more. Unfortunately, this is not my first experience with this restaurant. I think Brabo Tasting Room is far better than the main dining room.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Wonderful service and food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very enjoyable. Excellent service and food. Nice place to celebrate my wife 's birthday.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Went to celebrate a wedding anniversary which was noted on our open table reservation. The waitress wished us a happy anniversary right off and also gave us a complimentary glass of champagne which was a nice touch. Service was excellent with good teamwork. Managers did not hesitate to grab an empty dish or glass off the table as they walked by. Food was delicious. Servings are modest. Do not expect to take home leftovers unless you order a lot. Great experience. Will definitely try the tasting room as well.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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