Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.2
2880 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.

Tasting Room
Casual fayre served with French Flair!
Next door to Brabo 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
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner and Bar
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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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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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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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Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 2880 People Are Saying
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MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there on my birthday and had the tasting menu paired with various wines. The meal was outstanding! Rabbit ravioli, foie gras, and mahi mahi were all well worth the price and I can definitely recommend Brabo to anyone. Very happy to have a wonderful meal and celebrate the day!

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New England
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant! Came with a group of colleagues for dinner last night. Our server Maria was wonderful, attentive and gave great recommendations. The food came out fast was delicious. The duck and sea bass were excellent and the home made gnocchi to die for. The restaurant was lively and the manager even came by our table to check in multiple times. Also tried specialty cocktails, the mojito sour was spectacular. Ended the night with the baked Alaska and opera cake, wonderful! Will definitely be back soon.

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FF
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went with friends to celebrate our anniversary. Great conversation, great service, wonderful food.

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J
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brabo is 1 of our 3 favorites on King Street. The food and service is always first class. The staff meets any reasonable request quickly and professionally. My wife and I love the Belgian menu. On our most recent visit, we finally tried the Le Grand Duck Flambe. It was simply perfect!! The duck was moist, perfectly prepared and well worth the effort of contacting Brabo 24 hours prior to order it. We started with mussels, had the duck with creamy spinach, cheese for dessert and two bottles of red.

If you live in Old Town or are a frequent visitor, find the time to get to Brabo you won't be disappointed.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Average. Average food. Slow service

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AG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Brabo was one of my favorite restaurants, but u was disappointed on my most recent visit. Maybe the new chef? Not sure. Food was mediocre; service was excellent as usual.

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MS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here! They take gluten allergies very seriously and ensure separate cooking surfaces if you tell them you have a gluten allergy. Almost all of their entree can be made gluten free and they always have at least one gluten free dessert. The wait staff and the food are amazing which has this place as our go to nice night out spot.

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EB
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Service was a bit spotty but earnest and friendly. The food was terrific. The bar scene is where it's at. I've only moved to the area recently and the few times I've been here, the bar has always been packed. Dining room is very quiet, if not feeling a little abandoned. I won't hesitate to return, with high expectations for the food and moderate expectations for service.

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OT
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My girlfriend and I very much enjoyed our meal and drinks. Our appetizers and main course were delicious and the fish was correctly cooked. Drinks are appropriately priced for the area and a nice wine list is available if you are looking to enjoy a great red. We will repeat.

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OB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We used to visit Brabo on all our special occasions, loved the food and ambience till this past weekend. Last Saturday was. Not sure if the chef has been changed or what happened but the food was mediocre at best, portions were really small but not the prices for them and since we sat by the entrance to the kitchen we smelled burned food few times. Octopus appetizer this time was not great setting - too acidic and plain. I asked for fish dish that was on a tasting menu. I didn't want to order 4 course meal - 3 of which were fish so I asked if I can just order the halibut from that. I was told by our waiter that chef didn't agree because he doesn't have enough fish for the tasting menu so he cannot do just halibut for me. (?) The waiter was rude as well when he told that I cannot be accommodated instead of suggesting something else on the menu, he just walked away. There were only 2 other fish entrees - 1) Sea Bass from Chesapeake Bay - a big No for me and 2) Atlantic monkfish. I ended up ordering monkfish. The plate was so small - few potatoes, few greens, few mushrooms in a sick brown disgusting sauce. But most importantly not even a fillet of fish but 5 sliced medallions that were spread through my plate for $28. My 2 companions had ordered fillet mignon steaks ($45) but their fillets were so small somewhere between 4 oz and 6 oz. Not even an 8 oz fillet for $45 with gristle that had to be cut out! Plenty of French fries though. Steaks were just OK, nothing special. So we were all wondering if the kitchen was short on my monkfish and fillets that they had to cut the portions. Very disappointing meal that cost us well over $300 for 3 people with deserts being removed from our bill due to inconvenience with halibut. By the way, I ended up with gas pains afterwards and my stomach hurt all night. It is very disappointing to loose this place from our favorites list but it is definitely time to move on. Not a high caliber restaurant with boring plain menu.

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MO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Our server answered all our questions about the menu, and provided a great wine recommendation based on what each person at our table had ordered. I felt very well taken care of, without feeling like waitstaff was hovering. I would definitely come here again for a date or special occasion.

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GE
Charlotte
44 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was excellent. Every plate was full of flavor and well-balanced. The duo of pork was delicious with a crispy piece of pork belly. Appetizers and dessert also did not disappoint.

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R
Omaha
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

A very clean and presentable environment. Restaurant was about 70% full, which seemed to be too much for the staff available. This also contributed to the noise level making it hard for the waiter to hear us and vice-versa.
Went there based on the sections of the menu listed on their web site, but the menu in the restaurant is different.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The waiter was dismissive and rude. We waited an hour and a half for the entrees which arrived cold and over salted. We will never go back. What a disappointing experience.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely superior customer service. We were celebrating our anniversary, and the hostess originally placed us in a small, cramped spot in a main walkway and next to a large family/kids. Without asking, she changed her mind and moved us to a table next to the main window....much quieter and off the beaten path. The table was meant to seat four, but she gave it to us anyhow. Very, very nice and greatly appreciated. They even brought out two glasses of sparkling wine, on the house, to celebrate our occasion. Service was excellent....continually coming by to check on us, but not so often as to be intrusive.

As for the food? Well, its a French food place, so I think the food would be excellent for someone who likes French food. I’m a steak and potatoes guy, and they ran out of steaks the evening we went. True. But we tried something different and still enjoyed the meal.

Overall, very happy with the experience and we look forward to going again in the future.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Came here for our anniversary with our friends. Place was lively and the menu looked good. We ordered a bottle of wine and it took 30+ mins to deliver it. A few of us tried to order the filet but the server said they were out. He tried to explain that the Bavette cut was essentially the same when we all knew it was a skirt/flank, which, while tasty is much tougher and chewier. Regardless, we pressed on with three bavettes and a squid ink risotto.

After we ordered it took about another hour for our food to arrive and when it did, all was cold or Barry warm at best. We all think it was under the heat lamp or something. The steaks tasted good and the risotto was tasty though the portion was smaller than expected.

Overall we thought everything was OK at best. If the service was a better and the food was actually hot and the wine came faster than 30 minutes, I think we would have a different impression.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had called 4 days prior to request 6 filets for our special occasion dinner- upon arrival (6:30 on a Friday) our party was informed only “2 filets available”-
Very disappointed- feel as though we were not treated properly- given the fact the restaurant had plenty of time to inform us of this so we could have made alternate arrangements and we chose to dine early to insure we could enjoy our meal request before the later weekend rush-

The food was very good, but we will choose to dine elsewhere for a special occasion

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N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Bass on the reviews, I was disappointed in the food and the presentation.

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good restaurant. It’s a pricey for what you get. Would not say it’s a good value for the money. My husband ordered a cocktail, and he said it was ok, but wouldn’t ordered another one. The service was a little slow. It took a while before our order was taken. The location of the restaurant is really good- right by the metro stop. Overall a good restaurant, but be prepared to spend a lot of money.

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Brett and the Bar Team took wonderful care of my girlfriend and I on a special night. We had the Tasting Menu as well as a few items off the menu, everything we had was spot on. Highly recommended, the Chefs really put a lot of care into the experience, making for a team proud of each component. Well done, can't wait to be back!! A must see.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant has become much more casual over the past year. It is fine for travelers, but really not what it was for a special date night. Service was Ok, I felt like I had to work to get decent service. Not a relaxing experience!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Always enjoy the food. This night we had fish, both types offered. Great Meal. That’s the upside. The downside is the decorum doesn’t match the prices in the menu; especially the wine list which is very high. The tables and hard flooring gives one the feel of a Hampton Inn dining area. This also adds to noise. The waiters are very nice and respectful but also seem like they’re still learning the trade. But the food is always delicious here. Lots of potential.... also - great bar/ bar tenders.

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BA
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service. We hadn’t been here in a while and thought we would try it out again. We were among the first to arrive for a weekend dinner, so the place was near empty. We both had Braised Beef Bourguignon. It was excellent; beef was tender and tasty; the sauce was very flavorful, wished they been a little more generous in the serving size. Cocktails were OK, not great. We split a Tropical Napoleon Millefeuille―it was good, I prefer the more traditional version.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Would have been good if we hadn’t been there before when Chef Weidermeyer was still involved. Really disappointing compared to what it used to be. They are trading on the Brabo name, don’t be fooled! Service, food and value all suffered.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasting menu was superb and the service was gracious. We had a terrific meal. The noise level is unfortunately high in the dining room next to the bar.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had been here before and had a good experience. This past one was not a good. Our water glasses were empty the majority of the time, I had to flag someone down for a second cocktail but the worst part was that they brought my husband the wrong meal, I had to sit and let my good get cold waiting 15 minutes for him to get his and then when we got the bill both the incorrect and correct meals were on the bill. Our server was really nice, but he was not particularly attentive or aware of us. It felt like we were the outliers in his section because we barely saw him. Very odd experience.

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SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

When we arrived the hostess recommended we not sit in the dining room (per our Open Table selection) because there were a bunch of kids in a party seated there. She then moved us to the front room. Good start!

The craft cocktails were both quite tasty. The appetizers (salad and vichyssoise) were both good.

My wife had the beef bourguignon and I had the hanger steak with truffle butter. Both came with fries that were perfect; no grease, and crispy. We both left empty plates, so we would highly recommend these dishes.

We shared a side of creamed spinach; my wife enjoyed it, I thought it was just "ok".

We each had a glass of red wine; decent selection, though prices were kind of high.

For dessert I had a mango napoleon, which was different, but next time I would order the single-serving Baked Alaska.

The service was attentive and friendly.

Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but everything throughout was on the expensive side.

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EM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. Friendly without being overbearing, and informative. And the willingness to pour half-glasses for our second glass was very helpful when preparing to drive home!

The menu had just shifted for the season, but everything we tasted seemed as it if had been prepared many times.

Also, the chairs were incredibly comfortable, and the volume was pleasant (low, but not silent).

I will definitely return.

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c
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decide beforehand whether you want to go to the more casual Brabo Brasserie or to the more formal dining rooms (2). The primarily French menu is the same but the atmosphere is quite different. The Brasserie is smaller and the tables close to the bar. The two dining rooms are more open, even though the first one has a bar. Since the restaurant is attached to the Lorien Hotel and Spa, you walk through the dining rooms to the hotel to get to the restrooms. Both are located on the street, 1600 for the restaurant and 1602 for the Brasserie.

The tasting menu is $85 but the night we were there, the only main course options were both fish and we decided to go a la carte which probably cost more but offered more choice for the 4 of us. The cheese plate with triple cream goat cheese was small but good. The small appetizer of Mariniere Mussels wasn't all that small, and the sauce was way down the bottom given the size of the bowl, so I had to eat most of the Mussels before I could get to it with bread. They were ok, but not out of this world. The Apricot Plum and Goat cheese salad was a nice appetizer to start. As for entrees, the Sea Bass and Rack of Lamb were excellent. Our shared Cote de Boeuf came cooked just as we like it--rare--though I thought it could have had more seasoning.

The drink menu is fun to read, though it helps a bit to know French to get the jokes. The wine list is extensive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was extremely satisfied with service and the food. Our server Dave was knowledgeable and attentive. Would definitely go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service. Didn't love the wine we selected (Bordeaux Blend), but overall excellent.

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SQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, and the hostess was so sweet and wonderful. My issue was with our server George. Super rude, abrupt, and twice walked away from us as we were asking him questions. Being pregnant (but not visibly showing), I declined the alcohol menu, and that seemed to bother him as he then said “so it’ll just be water for you then”— not as a question, but as a statement. Afterwhich my friend and I waited for our breadbasket... and waited... and waited. We watched as he delivered bread baskets to thee other tables and walked around us. We finally asked the hostess, who came to check on us, if we could get one. When asking him about the menu choices he pointedly stared at us as if we were asking dumb questions (for example, “what type of fish is the branzino?”); I asked if he recommended one dish over the other and he scoffed “they’re different dishes”— as if I didn’t know the diff bw fish and poultry. Overall, food was good, hostess was wonderful, buspeople were gracious, our server was a jerk.

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NB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Service was superb, food was exceptional. Very creative diahes, wonderful taste, nice portions. Room was a bit hot from the lights, a little dimmer would be nice. But otherwise, highly recommended!!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The executive chef, bar tenders, and key management changed over the last few years and it hasn’t been the same since.
Not a bad place just not what it used to be...

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m
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and i had the roast duck, which was outstanding. Desserts, opera cake and Pavlova, were disappointing. Noise level was much higher than we had expected. We had to talk with raised voices.

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OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is very good. We were a fussy group," dressing on the side, hold this, hold that , we have to make a show" The waiter could not handle us. We got the wrong salads. The management stepped right up and dealt well with the situation. The timing of the meal was very off - but I would go back. The sea bass was excellent. We made it to the show with just five minutes to spare.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had the steak frites. Steak was fine but I was expecting the thick fries usually served at a French restaurant. This order came with shoestring fries - definitely disappointing. My guest ordered his steak medium and it came unacceptably well done. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant and the replacement took forever.

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B
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So-so restaurant week experience. Branzino was great, everything else was just okay. Tried the radish board before the meal and it was seriously lacking.

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CG
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Really quite disappointed in Brabo. We had just gone to Siren, a new downtown location , and loved the dinner there...more choices, each on delightful. Quiet, and just a lovely evening.

There weren't many choices at Brabo for their restaurant week, and the entire menu seems to have gone more Bistro since we were last there. Very, very noisy.

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BB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week menu was terrific! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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