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!

1600 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Harvard St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(703) 894-3440

Website:
http://www.braborestaurant.com/

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.

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Sebatien Rondier

Additional:
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.

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM

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

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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4.3

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4.4

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4.4

value

3.9

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (33)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
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Good for a Date (22)
Romantic (21)
Special Occasion (19)
Notable Wine List (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Business Meals (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Compliments to the Chef! Radish board is excellent and the poached halibut is the best halibut I have ever had. Definitely recommend dining here.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was exceptional, the service was very attentive and courteous, and the atmosphere was quite pleasant. My wife and I were very happy with our decision to spend a belated Valentine's dinner there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great spot. Amazing food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

HASAN was professional and courteous. Great personality. GREAT SERVICE!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Worth the extra expense if you wish to receive an outstanding dining experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Overall, the food was delicious, but the bok choy was very salty so couldn't finish. Also, the quince dessert was not impressive. The quality of the meat was excellent and loved the cocktail menu, very classy and comprehensive.
Service can improve.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very well done! The modern decor is tasteful, yet cozy. The food & drinks met our expectations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always excellent food, wonderful wine list. One of our favorites. Cosmo the server lives up to his name and Jose has enlarged the wine list in an amazing way.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The waiter was very slow and acted very odd. Food was okay not excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We got there and our table was ready and waiting which is always great.

Great Food and Service, definite find.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loud, service started out slow.
Restaurant week menu was okay compared to other restaurants

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent meal. One of the best places to dine in Northern Virginia/DC area. Highly recommend this restaurant, particularly for a special occasion.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Party of four dined to take advantage of the Alexandria Week menu. Service and service was outstanding. Only issues was that the room was very noisy due to no sound attenuation--carpets, drapes, etc., so conversation was difficult.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Came for a girls night during restaurant week and had an amazing experience! The service was wonderful and the meal was just as good! Would highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Restaurant week! Great!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to celebrate my friend’s 65th birthday and retirement. It happens daily to be restaurant week. The service was excellent and the pre-fix dinner was wonderful. Everyone in the party enjoyed every course and the wine pairings. It was perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Absolutely amazing. The staff was incredibly and we also got to meet the chef who was amazing. We will be back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week, pleasant service and good food. A bit stuffy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food as always...steak was perfect and truffle mashed potatoes were so tasty

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

First date. Would have preferred a quieter, private table to talk, but the food and service was great. You can not go wrong with the white wine mussels. The server, Dave, was great too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Sunday Brunch. Slow, easy pace. Bloody Mary was different, but still good enough to have had two. Omelette could stand being upped to three eggs and some standard fillings.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a very nice meal to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was excellent and we really enjoyed the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The scallops were good but the portion was very small--would've been more appropriately listed as an appetizer. Shrimp cocktail was mediocre and overpriced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service and wonderful gourmet dishes. My husbands birthday was very special. The wine pairings were wonderful. We’ll definitely celebrate at this restaurant in the future.

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