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Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.3
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3154 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
BRABO Brasserie.
Cocktails, Conversation and Classic French Cuisine
Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3154 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipalicia
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always very good food and service, very clean restaurant, with smaller menu but well executed

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Alicia. We're glad you enjoyed yourself, and hope to see you back soon!

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BaltoHoff
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brabo Brasserie is outstanding in every way. We want to give a special thank you to our server, Emmanuel. He's an expert mixologist -- the cocktails he made us were excellent. We're already planning our return visit.

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words! We agree that Emmanuel is such an excellent part of our team and are glad you enjoyed his presence as much as we enjoyed having you in! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Even though Covid rules have forced changes, Brabo is a shadow of its formerly elegant dining experience. Food (quiche and salad) was good but much smaller potions than pre-Covid.

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vipalicia
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to the chef foe accomodating our evening, memorable experience perfect to forget the pandemic, thanks Brabo

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
Responded on July 13, 2020

Alicia, thank you for coming out to join us on day 2 of re-opening! I'm glad you had a good evening, we were certainly glad to be back to serving you. Don't be a stranger! Kindly, Meghan Sigurdson, Manager

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JillN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu, attentive staff, perfect portions combine for a lovely dinner! Thank you!

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vipLordLyman
Washington DC
264 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The soups have been varied and excellent for 3 visits. The duck confit and steaks are exceptional. The eclairs were delicious and unique -- keep them on the dessert menu.

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vipCalvinnPiper
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive -- but very good -- service was terrific and the food was outstanding --

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ElizabethS66
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mussels and scallops were delicious!! Wait staff were friendly!

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KarenG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We didn't like our table. When I asked for a quiet table in the back they said they were all reserved. But no one came to those tables while we were there and we were there for 2 hours. So we were bunched up between two loud tables. Not nice.

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ShawnaF
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu. Great location. Really fantastic cheese selection.

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bigredone
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for that special night out.

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Friday
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambience and the service were good, but we had brunch and the coffee was pretty bad. Also, frankly, for the price, the American Breakfast was poor. The eggs were done by someone who doesn't know how to fry eggs, though the potato pancake was tasty enough. Additionally, we had to pay extra for bread. Certainly the prices were high enough to throw that in!

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TeneilaW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I enjoyed my dinner at Brabo. I've dined there three times and the food was always on point. I was not pleased with the service because I was there for almost an hour before I received my food. I ordered the Sea Bass and my friend ordered soup and the crab salad, so there was no justification for the delay in receiving our meal.

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FlowJo
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, excellent food and service. Would definitely go again! Very nice cheese selection, great seafood.

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ArtM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Very much average across all aspects and very noisy

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vipSueF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!!!

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vipElphaba
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The duck and scallops were delicious and cooked to perfection. The Pear salad is the best. We will definitely return.

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ggg1228
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We had the cheese plate, octopus, duck confit, lamb shank, halibut, and short ribs. Everyone was happy. Flaming baked Alaska was fun and tasty. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended up eating here for our 2 nights in Alexandria. Great food, lovely atmosphere and excellent service. We enjoyed both nights equally and I definitely recommend for a nice dinner.

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MISK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice date night spot! Only wish the noise was a little less in your face but still overall a nice place to have a great meal and great service.

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vipBEAU
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brabo was very good, however, I had the mussels and I was quite disappointed. They were cooked is white wine with a "touch" of cream. It looked and tasted like milk - my husband had a steak which was very good - so it just depends on what you order. The wait staff was excellent.

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vipElphaba
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The filet and lobster for two was amazing. The steak was cooked as requested as well as the tender lobster. Will definitely return.

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Luvsnow
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The server was not very attentive and the restaurant was really not that full. There was music playing above us and it was a bit too loud and we felt like we were in a discotheque. We asked the server to have the music turned down but not sure he did anything since he didn’t mention it again. The drinks are a rip off since we all agreed that they were light pours. $20 for a bourbon old fashioned is steep!.

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Madds
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Drinks were overpriced and not particularly good, food was expensive but not outstanding quality (had to send mine back and order something else due to the whole meal being super over cooked and mushy), but the ambiance was nice and the cheese platter and mussels were fantastic.

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vipBrianD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great and the staff was very attentive. I would say that the only downside for the entire evening was that it felt almost factory like in the efficiency of moving people through the meal and out the door. It was Valentine's Day, so I understand their desire to make as many couples feel welcome and well served as possible...but it was a little too rushed, in my opinion. In fact, I heard the wait staff mention more than once that they had forgotten to give people their "gift box" of macarons. The food was wonderful, as usual, and the staff was super friendly and attentive. It all just felt a little rushed.

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KayH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

My husband and I have eaten at Brabo's many times, but the food and table seating was not very good for our special Valentine's dinner which I had booked on OpenTable 2 weeks prior. I'm not sure we will return.

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RussellG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

My wife and I had dinner at Brabo on Feb. 13. Service was very slow and generally inattentive, including a 15-minute wait for a glass of wine. We waited well over an hour to be served our main courses, despite ordering shortly after we arrived. There may have been a problem in the kitchen, but our server never advised us of the delay; someone from the front of the house finally came to our table after we had been waiting about 65 minutes to say that our food would be out shortly. It took about 10 minutes after that until we were served. And when I received the bill I noticed that I had been overcharged for my main course.

To Brabo's credit, the food was very good, as usual. We have eaten at Brabo on a number of occasions and enjoy it. This was a very disappointing evening that could have been prevented by more care from the service staff and management.

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marywilhelm61
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a lovely restaurant. Great vibe and amazing service. The food is above average. Our server Billy was just perfect

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MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The dining experience was disappointing. Brabo, in its original formulation, was an elegant and sophisticated addition to the Alexandria, Virginia restaurant scene. The current embodiment is loud, cheap, and tasteless. We were expecting a typical higher-end French brassiere experience. The scene that spread out before us, on Saturday evening, reminded us of a pizza parlor. Conversation was, difficult, at best. Service was inattentive. Food quality was poor. Appointments and comfort level were all second-rate. There's little value in the experience.

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CalvinH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Alexandria spot for a nice dinner. Great food and stellar service!

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RichardH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delightful evening with a quiet table, excellent staff and great food/drinks!

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Sealtest
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We have been here prior to this past weekend and the food seemed much better the last time. The mussels were overcooked and came out in a different method which left them, small, dry and no flavor.
Two of our party had the lamb and it seemed it had been so stewed that any flavor the meat had was gone.

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vipRachou
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything is always wonderful at Brabo and this night was no exception. The wine, food, and service were excellent. I had the scallops which were the best I've had in a long time. The apple crumble for dessert was just ok, but all else - fantastic.

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vipBruceZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate dinner at Brabo during Alexandria Restaurant Week 2020 and it was delicious. Food, service, and ambiance were first rate, just as its been in all our previous visits. Restaurant Week dinner is a very good value and the menu choices were really good. We will be returning.

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Fun2dine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and overall experience, highly recommend Brabo!

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KatieC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was warm and welcoming. The bar offered up some unique libations and the Food was outstanding and creative. Service was attentive and friendly. We were there for restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Noise level was quiet but escalated rapidly when a large jovial party arrived as we were leaving. This restaurant is the upscale sister to the equally excellent Brabo Tasting Room next door. We look forward to returning.

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vipdancer
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. Our server acknowledged my food allergies, and made sure I was accommodated. ( that does not happen in many establishments).
The timing of our courses was great--did not feel rushed, or waiting extremely long for the next one.

Te staff did check on us , refilled beverage glasses without needing to flag them down. The staff was attentive without being intrusive or annoying.

The food was delicious, creative and good size portions.

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Ronnie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, great service but very very expensive.

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Sarah
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wonderful Bartender, drinks and food.
Service is very consistent and good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. We loved the experience of dinkng at Brabo.

FAQs

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 894-3440.

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa is rated 4.3 stars by 3154 OpenTable diners.

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