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Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.2
4.2
3162 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
BRABO Brasserie.
Cocktails, Conversation and Classic French Cuisine
Executive Chef Ethan McKee 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. For reservations larger than 10, visit our private dining section for more information on space options. We will be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, European

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner and Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 894-3440

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Brabo Brasserie and 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 us for more information! ***Restrictions may apply in accordance with current state & local mandates*** privatedining@braborestaurant.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Chef’s signature French and European-inspired cuisine. Private events, receptions, and meetings that are deliciously memorable. Please contact us for more information! privatedining@braborestaurant.com.

  • Private party contact

    Brabo Brasserie: (703) 894-3440

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Harvard St

  • Parking details

    In an abundance of caution, complimentary valet parking has been temporarily suspended. Street parking available.

  • Public transit

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. G

    Grace732

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The entrees all came out at different times - we had to ask twice to get each person’s meal. The first entrees were served 10 minutes before the last. The food was fine, but not great - certainly not good enough to justify the high prices. Brabo Tasting Room was great years ago but is now closed. As for Brabo, there are so many other great places to eat in Old Town - I’d skip it.
  2. TQ

    TonyQ

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did not expect a menu with French Basque country influence. We loved the choices that are offered, I don't think you could make a wrong choice. The chef is outstanding for several reasons beyond the great food. I made the mistake of ordering a dish that had mussels, that I can't eat because of a food allergy. Our server, Kristina and the Chef collaborated to make me a specially designed meal, Côte Basque with iberico chorizo, 'Nduja, piperade reduction. I still can't stop thinking about it, three days after eating there. The next time I am back in town for business I will come back just for that meal. Great service and excellent food.
  3. S

    Snackboy

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were here for brunch. 3 had omelettes and declared them as good as any they have had anywhere. I had the Wagyu burger - amazing. Juicy even cooked well, with subtle smokiness. Nice crisp frites. Only constructive criticism would be there was no cream for the coffee, only milk. Waiter was a little unsure whether dessert was available at brunch, but otherwise service excellent, and we were not rushed. We will come back for dinner.
  4. m

    mrsmoove

    Cancun

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Brabo and I wanted to make sure my date had a good time--definitely did not disappoint all around. I got the scallop risotto and it was exquisite with the perfect portion size. Our waiter was very kind and prompt as well, and the outside seating after dinner was very relaxing. I would recommend this spot for a quaint date night for tasty food and a calm environment.
  5. G

    Georgia

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The bar service was VERY slow but the food came out pretty quickly once we were able to place our order. Our food showed up about the same time as the cocktails arrived.
  6. C

    Christopherh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The restaurant attempts to adopt a French menu while seemingly eschewing any actual French cooking traditions.
  7. MP

    MamaPeach

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Good service, food just okay - some things missing because of supply chain issues… I’ve had better brunches in Alexandria
  8. W

    Walter

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Very nice setting.Slow night and slower service but good food.
  9. PM

    PatrickM

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening, we really enjoyed the food & service!
  10. SK

    StacyK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Atmosphere was typical 'hotel restaurant'. The chairs were awkwardly low to the table for all 4 of us and the bar area was distractedly loud. The food was flavorful and delicious, however the charcuterie board was very disappointing with a few pieces of meat, pate and a few tiny pickles, no cheese, nothing interesting, plating was basic. Bread, sides, and salad were extra charges. Overall, it was fine.
  11. CC

    CCC3

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    We went to Brabo for a Mothers' Day fixed lunch menu. It is an attractive restaurant and some of the food was quite good; lobster bisque and short ribs. The veg polenta was boring and the salmon cake was just not good. The service was poor. We waited 15 minutes for anyone to come to the table at all. It seemed like all the servers had never waited tables before. They brought shared dishes to the table but no serving implements or plates. Huh? They would clear cutlery between courses and not replace it until we asked. They were also fairly sloppily dressed. The food and atmosphere were far more appealing that the servers. I'd give it a 'maybe' for a return visit, only because fixed menus often don't reflect a restaurant's best efforts.
  12. D

    Duss

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere very fitting for Old Town Alexandria and nicely positioned on the quieter/quainter end of King Street. Short menu, but everything is meticulously prepared with great presentation. In general, the atmosphere was also quiet, I just happened to be sitting next to an obnoxiously loud woman who spoke at her companions about herself throughout my visit, but the brunch cocktails helped me get over it rather quickly :) Great staff and will certainly visit again.
  13. r

    recess

    Jackson Hole

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    This has been a consistent, delicious restaurant in the past. Haven't been in a while and it was average. I do not eat seafood, so there are very few choices. I had the hamburger and it was very very rare. I asked for medium well. My husband had tuna and it was also undercooked. Service was fine, not extraordinary. The place was empty so that doesn't make for a nice atmosphere.
  14. ID

    IDavis

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been there several times and always pleased with the food and service. Has become one of our favorites in Old Town Alexandria.
  15. S

    Spartan

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice dinner with friends. Didn’t disappoint as usual. Great/attentive service
  16. AT

    AngelT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    In comparison to past visits this one wasn’t the best. The service was very slow and rather inattentive. My meal in particular was not as ordered and had to be sent back and remade. The drinks ordered when we sat down took a very long time to arrive (and all I ordered was a glass of champagne). The chef and waiter were apologetic and as I said this has not been my past experience at Brabo but I was there for my birthday and specifically chose this restaurant so it ended up being a very disappointing visit. Even more so because there weren’t alot of patrons in the restaurant so it’s isn’t make since that our food took so long and the server was so absent. I would go to Brabo again but I still think They need to be aware.
  17. m

    mileslanding

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thee most succulent duck leg I have ever had! Great bar and beautiful space. Definitely going back!!
  18. FS

    FrenchSoulSista

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    This is a gorgeous restaurant located in Downtown Alexandria with a lovely ambiance for a quiet date night drink, but definitely do not recommend for the food. Our server was very welcoming and attentive as one can be servicing a room of three families and four couples--too many to provide the level of service I would expect at such a high end restaurant. My daughter and I ordered the escargot as an appetizer and much to our dismay there were a total of 4-5 pieces floating in a white wine sauce with chunks of ham in it--would have been good to know in advance as I don't eat pork and I'm half French and this is truly a first--who puts ham in escargot! So disappointing as we were truly looking forward to the garlic, parsley butter sauce it is usually prepared in. I ordered the mussels in wine sauce for my entree--mussels were undercooked, sauce was water thin and not very flavorful with exception of the over use of pepper. My daughter ordered the recommended entree of the day--an undercooked halibut with a carrot/vegetable garnish that was frankly, inedible--just not very good at a whopping $45 for the plate. Upon informing the server, he offered to cook us something else, but it was already late and we could not bear anything else that might come out of that kitchen and decided on dessert instead. The creme brulee was below average-- almost pasty, but the chocolate lava cake was to die for--best thing we ordered the entire night! Where each dish lacked in flavor it was made up in presentation. Everything was nicely plated--beautifully presented with edible flowers and lovely garnishes. Although, the server graciously credited us back for the entree of the day he highly recommended (the undercooked fish dish) I will not come back here again--truly disappointed with the lack of the rich French flavors I'm accustomed to and grew up eating.
  19. SF

    SharonF

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice dinner. Lots of good choices from seafood to steaks and a burger. Fish, mussels and burgers were enjoyed by our party. Good service as well.
  20. RD

    RobertD

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing brunch with unique offerings. We will definitely be back!
  21. a

    anonymous

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service!
  22. SK

    SophiaK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were wonderful! Highly recommend
  23. LH

    LizH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went for dinner on a Tuesday night. Honestly, everything we had was delicious. My husband and myself consider ourselves foodies who love trying new places. Brabo is one of, if not, our best experience so far in Alexandria. We started with the beet salad, which was well balanced and light. My husband had the steak and I had the scallops, as well as a side of the bread/butter. All of the flavors were strong, but not overpowering. We finished with the creme brûlée and my husband said it was the best he's ever had. The one place where I don't think the value is quite worth it are the cocktails. I paid $19 for my gin cocktail, which honestly is one of the most expensive drinks I've ever had. I felt it was missing some nuance, despite having good quality ingredients. My husband loved his Negroni-style cocktail, and the glasses of wine we had were also good. In general, the drinks just feel a little overpriced but it's to be expected with a hotel restaurant. Definitely recommend for a good, rich meal.
  24. H

    Howell

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    When someone tells you gluten free, listen.
  25. C

    Caribbeanfoodie

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Brabo has certainly gone downhill. The service and attitude of the staff - both server and host - was a disappointment. We were ready to leave because the service was so poor. The food was just ok for the price point.
  26. LE

    LERA

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Need to improve the quality of the coffee
  27. R

    Roxycheer1

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, drinks, and ambiance. Fabulous date night destination. We’ll be back for sure!
  28. LC

    LisaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I ordered the Duck confit, and was somewhat disappointed. I was expecting it to be very tender and come off the bone, but instead, it was a little tough. My friend had the Artic Char, and that was excellent, so was the tuna tartar for appetizer. Our waiter was very attentive and nice.
  29. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the ambience of Brabo and the service was exceptional. Kristin was very knowledgeable and provided great suggestions. The cocktails and entrees were delicious and I highly recommend the Crème Brulee!
  30. AM

    AnnaM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The food was cold and not good plus the service needed work.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere . Tables nicely separated for privacy. Very nice waitress. Very good food
  32. KS

    KeithS

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  33. SE

    SydneyE

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing amazing amazing food!
  34. KG

    KingGhadi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I would like for them to marinate the rohan duck breast and not depend on the medium rare aesthetics to sway customers also the octopus could have swept me away if they brush up on cooking procedures for octopus on grill.
  35. CS

    CharlieS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Will not be our last. Ambiance and food were wonderful.
  36. C

    Chubrok

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    During our Weds night business, they were not very busy. The servers and food were really good. We had been there before, but it had been a while. It was worth the trip and will go back again!
  37. LB

    LisetteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time and delicious anniversary dinner at Brabo. Kicked things off with a Moscow mule, followed by the roasted beet and citrus salad and smoked salmon rillettes. For entrees, we opted for Rohan Duck Breast and Diver Scallops. For dessert, we shared a French vanilla crème brûlée. Our server was so pleasant and attentive which made our experience that much more enjoyable.
  38. CK

    ClarenceK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We ordered the scallops and the duck breast. Both were perfectly cooked with excellent accompaniment. We split a crème brûlée for dessert. Perfect custard with caramel. Service was prompt and friendly. Menu was reasonably priced for the quality. Ordered the kome polish raspberry porter. Would recommend all of the above.
  39. CM

    CharlesM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    I am afraid that our most recent visit to Brabo will be our last. Having been many times over the years, we have watched with no degree of sadness the standards erode such that it is a shell of its former self. The service was exceptional, but everything else was simply sad. Eggs benedict with over-poached eggs and barely any hollandaise is just not a good dish. Doughy undercooked waffles served three tiny apple slivers? No thanks. It wasn't even close to being a meal worth eating, little less paying for. Here's hoping things change for the better.
  40. Y

    Yumfood

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    We went for brunch. The food was wonderful, but for the price the portions were very small. If you know that going into it it might be helpful…for example the waffles consisted of 3 small waffles equaling what would be one standard Eggo waffle and maybe a half.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa using the Order Online button. Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 894-3440.

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa is rated 4.2 stars by 3162 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

1600 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harvard St

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner and Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    In an abundance of caution, complimentary valet parking has been temporarily suspended. Street parking available.

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 894-3440

  • Catering

    Brabo Brasserie and 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 us for more information! ***Restrictions may apply in accordance with current state & local mandates*** privatedining@braborestaurant.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Chef’s signature French and European-inspired cuisine. Private events, receptions, and meetings that are deliciously memorable. Please contact us for more information! privatedining@braborestaurant.com.

  • Private party contact

    Brabo Brasserie: (703) 894-3440

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