Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.5
3222 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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Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Join us for happy hour from 5-7 PM daily! $2 off all featured cocktails $2 off select beers House red/white/sparkling - $5/glass Or $20/bottle

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3222 people are saying
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vipChowskip
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent but not cheap. The service was good although the staff did not dress the part of a top notch restaurant. Like most restaurants today, they were short staffed. They had one person taking orders and another delivering food. It would be better to have each person be able to do both tasks. A simple task of getting mustard took two people to be involved.

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SamanthaD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some small lapses with service (forgetting to replace cutlery) otherwise service was amazing snd seriously impeccable food!! Had fillet Mignon and was absolutely melt on your mouth tender! Will be back for sure!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very quiet at brunch.
Food was lovely.
Staff polite.

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SCompton
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great experience, food, service with Restaurant Week. The music in the bar was really loud, thumping, and distracting for the dining area, which had the guests talking really loud/yelling.

Minor recommendation on the Escargot, killing the Gnocchi and heavy white sauce and go with a more traditional flare Escargot and curated herb sauce. The heavy sauce over-powered and drowned the Escargot and was overly filling for an appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!

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vipdancer
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seasonally changing cuisine reasons to return.

Fresh, and delicious. Not the usual from other restaurants.
Service was excellent-- attentive without being intrusive or overbearing .

A must return .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful server and staff...terrific food

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ParryY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the service. Bartender and waitress were great! Thanks

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DorothyC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service yikes! Good unless you have an issue with the environment and ask for something to be changed. When you ask a second time—politely—the waitress will tell you what her job is. As in, “I’m a waitress and that job falls to….someone else.”
In fine restaurants the answer is, “I’ll get that resolved for you.” Period, end of story, no matter whose job it is ultimately.
But this is a problem of good personnel training. It’s too bad because the food was EXCELLENT! Note to the chef: find a better restaurant that can match your skill as a chef with GOOD service.

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vipPossum
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us had dinner Christmas Day and it was fabulous. We got the octopus and salmon as an appetizer and they were exceptional. The octopus was especially. I could eat that every day. We had two bottles of savignon blanc and it was one of the nicest wines I’ve ever had. Our entrees were good. My daughter got duck, husband and son in law got the Scottish salmon with lentils. My husband said it was a nice complement to the salmon. I had the filet and it was cooked perfectly. This was the first time we’d ever been out to dinner on Christmas Day and it did not disappoint. Next time we are in Alexandria, we will eat there.

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NiKole
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The service was impeccable and the food was out of this world! Our experience truly made for a special Christmas dinner!

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KristinN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hideaway in the JC area of Alexandria. Were able to accommodate gluten and dairy free, the grilled calamari excellent. Service was outstanding, tables spaced and very clean.

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Yvonne
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, quiet evening with outstanding service by Hugo & excellent cuisine.

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Marissa
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance! We all had the steak and mussels which were both cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back again!

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SueB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a civilized restaurant. Comfortable, not noisy, with tables not crowded together. Excellent friendly service. I was there for brunch which was very good.

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lmcgib
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a great spot! Whether you’re out for date night or having dinner with friends this place needs to be your choice!

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Jdearden85
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience overall. Service was on point, Chef Ethan’s food was very very good. Top favorites where the octopus, duck breast and short rib. Our kids enjoyed there pasta and cheeseburger. Cocktails where also delicious. Will definitely be back!

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LeslieZ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Good wine. Good service. Busy evening.

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PatrickB
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. The Moules Frites are a must appetizer. The only downside is with hard floors and little on the walls, it can get pretty loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was my wife’s birthday.

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Bostonjenn7
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice dinner and very nice atmosphere. The food was very good and the service was good. The only complaint I would have is that we would have liked our water filled a little more frequently and have serving spoons in the family style meal provided for Thanksgiving.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving fixed price/menu meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spending Thanksgiving on our own, we wanted somewhere where we knew the service would be good, the food great and a decent atmosphere. Brabo didn’t disappoint. We have a lovely evening, our server was great and all the food tasted wonderful - especially the spicy pumpkin soup and the braised beef.

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JeffE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving at Brabo was amazing. Easy parking, friendly helpful attentive staff, and food that was just amazing. We really liked the family style service and being able to try everything on the menu.

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jray
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. Excellent menu with variations on traditional menu plus some extras. Quality of preparation was beyond expectations given mass produced pre-fix menu. Not too crowded and service was excellent. Overall experience was very good.

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ADPeay
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would have given five stars across board, but there were a few times where I had to ask for utensils.

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CourtneyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took friends/clients out for Thanksgiving at Brabo's. It was perfect. An abundance of food/courses that were delicious & presented beautifully but it was the Service that put it over the top. The wait staff anticipated every need before we even knew we needed it (but also weren't hovering). I can't recommend it enough.

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Jeff
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at Brabo for Thanksgiving and it was fantastic! They had a fixed price menu for Thanksgiving, served family style. Every item on the two course meal (plus dessert) was cooked to perfection. The standouts were the turkey, which was very flavorful, and the butternut squash soup, simply amazing! I will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pricey Thanksgiving meal. Not much other dining options on Thanksgiving. I guess lucky they were open

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ToniA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, friendly staff and nice setting.

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Brooke
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night!! Amazing food and cocktails. Servers and bartender were both amazing!!

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KathleenT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Will definitely go back in the future.

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stanc
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are back on their game. First time back since the COVID shutdown. OUTSTANDING duck with barley risotto, cooked perfectly medium rare and with the risotto and other accompaniments providing the perfect complement to the duck. Grilled octopus app was perfection, too. Wish we'd had ordered two or tried the rillette. (Next time!) Great Malbec wine and sparkling wine. Only quibble was that the martini might have been made with sweet vermouth, but uh...that ain't gonna prevent a return visit! Oh, and the creme brulee had a really nice char and ample, fresh fruit. Wonderful meal for sure. Great service, but I can't recall the woman's name.

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vipthepassionatereader
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal here--it exceeded our expectations. The cocktails were truly special and everything we had was yummy. Our server was a delight. Highly recommended.

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vipElizabethS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We sat in the dining area near the bar. It was VERY VERY noisy. Even after bar cleared out, the noise in the dining area was very loud. Restaurant needs something to muffle noise. Otherwise delicious food and good service!

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vipGregS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always delivers great food and great service. The venison dish is absolutely amazing, I hope it never goes away. This place holds a top spot in Alexandria dining for us

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JMCAN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Cocktail portions were microscopic.

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JacobW
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Customer service was great, easy check-in/out. The room was fantastic, clean and ready. The tub spigot was small and slow, it took more than 15 minutes to fill the tub, surprisingly the water remained hot. We did not use the spa, so no feedback.
The Brabo restaurant was nice, good atmosphere, food (entree) tasted good, and the figgy pudding was amazing.

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vipnasm
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was flawless. The food is exceptional. The cocktails are creative and delicious. It was a wonderful dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Matt (our bartender/waiter) was absolutely phenomenal

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 4.5 stars by 3222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.