Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.4
2825 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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BRABO Brasserie unites contemporary American fare with European and French techniques orchestrated by Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier. Enjoy a selection from our award-winning wine list, collection of craft beers, or rotating cocktail list in Old Town Alexandria.

The Tasting Room is next door and open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Pair shared plates from the brick oven with a Belgian beer or one of our 40 wines by the glass in our lively, casual dining space. The Tasting Room does not take reservations.

Brabo Brasserie accept 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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, French American, European
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Daily 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(703) 894-3440
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sebatien Rondier
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harvard St
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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.
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Public transit
King Street Metro is two blocks away. There is also a free trolley that runs from the Metro every 15 minutes.
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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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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

Private Dining

With sophisticated design and time-honored decor, our two dining rooms and private dining room are perfect complements to Chef’s signature French and European-inspired cuisine, resulting in private events, receptions, and meetings that are deliciously memorable.

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

What 2825 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Stumbled upon a great French brasserie in old town Alexandria. Fantastic food and service. New Southern French chef since 2017. Great pedigree and it shows. Previously more of a Belgian restaurant with some influence remaining.
Started with heirloom tomatoes and prosciutto. Wonderful southern French preparation of roasted free range poussin. Presentation was excellent and the experience takes me to Provence. Great BTG wine list with chorey_-les-Breane and Samur-champigny from 2015 showing well

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was good but was quite surprised that the side dish offered for a $48 filet mignon was French fries and salad greens. If I wanted fries with a steak I would have gone to the Ponderosa. Disappointed

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of the best experiences we have had in a long time. Service and Food was perfect.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great restaurant. Both myself and my date thought the quality of the food turned out amazing. Serving was great as well. I inquired about a wine they did not carry and he brought a sample of an alternative brand without me even asking.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is very good. We went for brunch and there were 8 of us. Restaurant was not busy so was quiet. Bartender seemed to spend a lot of time talking to staff instead of making orders, it took 20 mins to get 3 bloody marys. One of our party was pregnant and the server (also pregnant) was very nice about asking if our person needed some fruit or something to eat while we waited for the last 2 ppl to arrive, saying she understood about needing something to eat often. I thought the prices were a little expensive (Charcuterie plate was $29.00, and was small for that price, and needs to come with more than 2 slices of bread). Overall tho, everyone liked their food and I would recommend this to anyone wanting a nice relaxing and tasty brunch.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The restaurant was out of salads! How does that ever happen. We tried an alternate appetizer which was very good (open ravioli). The entries were very good. An odd evening but the food was done nicely and they gave us a free dessert.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I had the worst hamburger that I have ever eaten.
It was so dry I could not swallow it.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Exceptional meal and service. Generous happy hour food and cocktail menu offered everyday. The mussels, seafood, and steak entrees were all fantastic. Faultless attentive service. A wonderful restaurant in Old Town.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Brabo ALWAYS pleases. The food, gracious service, and relaxed yet elegant environment ALWAYS have us coming back, and our most recent visit was really wonderful. Rather than eat in the restaurant itself, we decided to just stay at the bar, and the service was impeccable. The food was outstanding with fresh ingredients and subtle flavors that stimulated the pallet. Brabo has become one of our "have-to-go" places for friends and family, and we are always happy to tag along!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Was able to accamodate gluten allergy. Our waitress was incredible withservice, was attentive and made the experience one that we both felt special.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our waiter was great. The cheese and charcuterie platter was tasty, but the sea bass with mint butter sauce was bland and the piece of fish itself was thin and not very satisfying.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great service and food was good. However the daily special temperature could have been hotter. Seems like it had been under a warming light.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We enjoyed all of our food. WE will be back to try the tasting room too.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Everything was fantastic! The hotel was beautiful, the staff was amazing, Brabo was delicious and I had a great massage at the beautiful spa.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Excellent venue for a business meeting or a date. Other than a crabby, somber waiter, the experience was positive.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Great food, good wine selection, lovely service.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The meal was truly spectacular. We had the chefs tasting menu with wine pairings and each course was a delight and the pairings excellent. If you want something special and don't mind paying for it - I highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent meal, our server Cosmo was warm and attentive. Jose was very knowledgeable and helpful with our wine selection. Also delicious desserts! We had a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious. The service, particularly Cosmo, is excellent. It’s pricey but worth every penny. This time we had the sommelier choose our wine and he did an excellent job selecting a lovely Riesling that wasn’t even on the menu at a price point we were comfortable with. The decor is simple but elegant. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of lower king street. Definitely keeping this in the regular rotation.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Overall excellent, food was outstanding, as well as service etc., will keep this as a favorite

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We sat in the more formal dining room for a grown-up anniversary dinner and had a lovely meal. French fries are fabulous, as is the beef for two. Nice wines by the glass, which is always a pleasant surprise. Looks like a great option for happy hour!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a very nice time, and felt very well taken care of. We ordered the radish board, the open ravioli, the monkfish with ratatouille, and the trio of ice creams, and everything was tasty -- though we weren't bowled over by anything. The dining room was beautiful, comfortable, and romantic. I definitely would go back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Absolutely perfect and wonderful experience. The food was fantastic and the staff went above and beyond for us since we were celebrating a birthday. Best service I’ve had at a restaurant in the DC area by far!!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We have eaten at Brabo in the past and it's always been fantastic, but this night was a cut above. We had the Duck l'Orange, and the chef concocted a masterwork. (The online menu says to order the duck 24 hours in advance. I called the day before and the woman who answered said she'd let them know but that it didn't seem necessary. Trust me, it matters. Read on.)

The chef brought out the finished, whole duck himself, presented with great art on a long, white platter. It was simply beautiful. He told us he had braised the legs and thighs for four hours. (See why you should order in advance?)

Then he returned to the kitchen and sliced it up masterfully, the server returning with a stunningly arranged platter.

The taste? Mercy! (Or "Merci," as it were!) The dark meat melted in one's mouth. The breast sections were somehow cooked medium rare despite a crispy skin that coated a mouth-watering layer of luscious fat.

Anyway, just a spectacular dinner. I am NOT one of those people, but I have to add that I recently spent a week in Paris and ate duck four times. While all four dinners were amazing, none measured up to what Brabo's chef pulled off with his duck l'orange.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food and service were good but there was a particularly loud group of women making so much noise my guest and I could bearly hear each other speaking at a normal conversation level.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were guests of the hotel and decided to try the restaurant for Brunch. I had the Radish Board and the peach and Goat Cheese salad. My husband tried the french toast. We were both very pleased with out choices. Our waitress, Marie, was excellent about keeping my husband's coffee full without just topping it off and checked on us often enough to ensure we wanted for nothing, but not so often as to be intrusive. The manager, Maria, also came by the table to inquire if we were enjoying our meal and stayed for a brief bit of pleasant conversation making it more far more welcoming than the typical "glad-handing" that managers too often do that makes them seem more like politicians than genuinely interested in your feedback on their establishment.
It is a little pricey, but if you want to treat yourself - I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Best dining in Old Town. From cocktails to appetizers to main course- the food was inventive and well prepared without being fussy. Service was great-attentive but unobtrusive and very knowledgeable.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Decent food but our waiter was inattentive, slow and condescending. They put a large and loud party right next to us and when we asked to move it seemed like it was a hassle to them even though the restaurant was only half full. Had been here before and it was much nicer, very disappointing this time.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I have been to Brabo several times over the last 6 months and it is a top notch experience every time. The food is amazing and the service is unparalleled to any other restaurant I’ve been to in the DMV. Highly recommend for a nice meal. And the complimentary valet parking is a huge plus!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was great and the Expresso Martinis were awesome! Service however was very slow and it took awhile for the food to come from the kitchen even though the restaurant only had a few customers.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had a wonderful celebratory dinner for my husband's birthday. The menu at Brabo is limited, but the food is excellent. He started with the octopus appetizer. I had the pear salad and we split the charcuterie plate. All were outstanding. He had the pork chop, I had the hangar steak with frites. The meat was flavorful and perfectly cooked. The restaurant treated us the opera cake for the birthday celebration. It was exquisite. The wine selected by our superb waiter (Cosmo) was perfect in taste and price. This is a great date special, occasion spot away from the hectic riverside in Old Town. The pace of service was just right for a quiet Sunday evening dinner. I highly recommend you try it!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I enjoyed Brabo for brunch with a date. Service and pacing were spot on. My burger was quite good and cooked a perfect medium rare. The fries were good too. My date enjoyed her food. 4 star because the bloody mary was unremarkable and the menu selections are but too limited for brunch.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Saturday evening dinner, restaurant probably 2/3 full at best, extremely protracted wait between first and main course. Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Expensive but worth the price. Food was delicious and service was exceptional. Only (minor) complaint was noise; couldn't hear our server a quarter of the time. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This unusual and perfect little spot in Alexandria is located just as King street loses its commercial streak, but not far from the subway. It is inside the Lorien Hotel, a place I need to remember if I ever want to stay overnight in Alexandria. There is a lovely courtyard just outside, which announces it is open to the public. Starting with the warm bread, the food was exceptional, the original preparations and sauces that accompany every dish outstanding, but I was particularly pleased with the atmosphere: there is that old times feel to the whole place , as one finds in Alexandria in general; there is a bar, but it was very quiet on Sunday late afternoon. One can, however, also sit in a separate area. We decided to take a window table and had a view of the courtyard. The waiter was particularly attentive. And I will ignore the little details, like the fact that one steak had a second try and the salad did come with the dressing, because the final result was so satisfactory, both for the fish and for the steaks.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Brabo never disappoints! All around the best dining in Old Town Alexandria.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent ceviche and the fish was perfectly prepared. Service seemed inhibited by a slow kitchen but was acceptable. Cocktails varied and exceptionally good.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Amazing service! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I made the reservation for an adult birthday dinner. We knew the food would be good, but were totally surprised to see a very creative vegetarian tasting menu offering-- it was superb! Our veggie guest and world traveler said it was the first one she'd ever seen, and loved almost all (the strawberry shortcake was a letdown). Wait staff was attentive but unobtrusive, the secluded table was quiet and made talking across the table easy. Thanks for a great night.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food and drinks were both very good. Service was friendly and welcoming. It was a nice place for a quiet conversation. It was only half full so unsure the volume when the place is packed. One of the better places for cocktails that I've found in Old Town. I'll be back!

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