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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!
Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
King Street Metro is two blocks away. There is also a free trolley that runs from the Metro every 15 minutes.
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.
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
The food was amazing, which helped but could not entirely make up for the bad service. It took over an hour for us to get our food after we ordered. We asked a couple of times for an update and kept being told “it is right behind me” but then waited another 10+ minutes until we asked again. It took over 20 minutes to get our drinks and when we asked questions about the menu, the waitress told us she didn’t know what was on the menu and would need to ask someone. We never got the answers to our questions. As much as I enjoyed the brunch food itself, I don’t think we’ll go back. There’s plenty of other restaurants with great food and much better service in the area.
Had not been here for a bit. It did not disappoint. The food was incredible. For appetizers we had crudités and tomatoe soup. For entres we had scallops and haddock. All were excellent. The flavors were a delight. Our waiter Nigel was attentive and entertaining. Let us taste 2 wines before deciding on a bottle. The experience was perfect. We will definitely be back soon!
A group of dined on Valentine's Day together and had the special. The food was decent although the portion was small. The service, however, was downright awful. Our waiter, a middle-aged individual, was rude, curt and inconsiderate. He rushed through our orders and was brusque each time he interacted with us. At one point he carried a glass of wine to one in our party with his thumb stuck inside the wine glass. This is a sure way to ruin the reputation of an otherwise decent restaurant.
Food was innovative and special, and very tasty - but the real standout was the cocktail program. The menu was extensive, both unique and classic drinks, including a whole page of egg-white drinks, which are my favorite. The bartender was very talented; the Vieux Carre was better than in New Orleans! I will be back on my next trip to the DC area.
The ambience is great for a date, a special occasion or a business meal. The prices are not cheap for the meals offered., especially considering many do not come with a side. The steak frites was wonderful and the fries equally as good. The baby chicken was a bit bland. I felt the menu could have benefited from some salad options for starters and perhaps another fish like salmon. Our waiter was not very attentive and we felt was rude at times and bordered on condescending. All in all I would give it another visit, especially considering there isn’t an abundance of solid restaurants in the Old Town neighborhood/ on King St.
I decided to bring my date here to celebrate her birthday. I was a bit apprehensive at first after reading a few yelp reviews however, this place really exceeded my expectations. The food was AMAZING! The staff was exceptional and attenteded to our every need. Everyone really made this night special. I will definitely be making another visit in the near future.
Good food. Not great value. Beef bourgongon was unexpectedly smoky although nicely cooked and a little fatty. Service was excellent. When I learned there was a shrimp mousse with the dish I initially ordered, the server promptly substituted the order before we received our entrees. (I am allergic to shrimp.) Overall, pleasant, but overpriced. Better value at other restaurants in Old Town.
Great service and wonderful restaurant week menu. Wonderful wine list with a knowledgeable and helpful staff. We will definitely be back for the Chef’s tasting menu. Atmosphere was a bit Louder than expected but as we were seated towards the back it wasn’t so loud that we couldn’t hear each other.
The food was excellent. Our waiter, Cosmo, was excellent too! We never felt rushed...it ended up being a 3 hr. meal/birthday celebration. I had not dined there for a few years...I think the new chef is wonderful. The charcuterie/cheese plate was delicious and the cassoulet was a nice combination of duck, sausage and beans.
We went with the Restaurant Week menu tonight, which was excellent: tomato soup w/smoked paprika (appetizer), beet salad (appetizer), beef bourguignon, and cheesecake. We also got the wine pairings, which were excellent. The only downside of the evening was the waiter, Gregory. He was a bit of a jerk and totally disinterested in explaining the dishes and the wines. It felt like we were putting him out to have him wait on us. Such a shame, because we’ve always liked this restaurant. Robert Wiedmaier is no longer affiliated with the restaurant. Even so, the food was still delicious. The service was off.
Service was extremely slow. Soup was cold. Mother's meal was bland and tasteless. Mine was good. Both of our desserts were inedible so we left them after one bit. Regular Price would have been very high for what we got had it not been for Restaurant Week special. Would not return.
Our party of four checked in to BRABO for our 6:45PM reservation. We were told the table would soon be cleared and ready for us. As we were waiting, another party of four came in and said they had a reservation for 7:00PM. They were sat before us. ANOTHER party of four came in, again, checked in for their 7:00PM reservation, and again, were sat before us. We did not understand their order system but it felt rude and did not start out experience out well. We were there for restaurant week and the food wasn't bad, but honestly, it wasn't great. I chose the beet salad for my starter and could only taste the mustard dressing. For my entree, I chose the chicken leg and it was a lollipop size of a chicken bite with a bone! The almond pound cake was a bad choice- wish I had gone with the cheesecake. There was also a really long lag time between rounds. Overall, I don't think the experience was worth the check.
Restaurant Week 2018. I've wanted to try Brabo for several years and now I can check that box. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't anywhere NEAR what I expected -- especially at its price point. We had a lovely window table and our server -- I can't remember his name -- was engaging and pleasant. The beet salad was pretty basic -- nothing extraordinary. The "deconstructed" shrimp cocktail was good -- decent sized shrimp. The tomato sauce was good but there wasn't enough of it; unlike the bed of lettuce it was served on -- too much. The best thing about the dish was the horseradish panna cotta -- delicious and really lit up the shrimp. A little more of that tomato sauce would have made it even sparkier. Beef bourguignon was just okay -- there was not much sauce, it was VERY SKIMPY on the vegetables and was not served over noodles or anything, The meat itself was tender and moist, but there wasn't much taste to it. It was a far cry from traditional "beef burgundy." The salmon in puff pastry was just as disappointing -- the fish itself had no flavor at all. Whatever vegetables were layered between it and the pastry were stronger than the salmon, but not strong enough that I could tell what they were. It may have been leeks? Just a totally underwhelming entree. As for desserts, the orange almond pound cake was divine! But the espresso panna cotta was meh, at best. And the weird, green spongy garnish -- I think it was supposed to be pistaschio -- totally looked like mold or fungus; and pretty much tasted like that, as well. Finally, the hot buttered rum was also a disappointment. None of the allspice, nutmeg or butter listed in the description came through. It tasted like merely a glass of hot booze. I was disappointed in Brabo -- perhaps it's gone downhill from past years. If I could dine out at that price point regularly, I'd choose another place every time. Sigh.
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.
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.
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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