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BRABO Restaurant

Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-894-3440
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussels” (62 reviews)
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Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A true dining experience! A cut above the rest and we recomend it for those who know what "fine" in fine dining truly means.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here with my 5 friends after the Women's March on Washington and we were ready to be pampered, fed and soothed after a long day walking in the cold. I couldn't have been happier with the results. Our table was ready immediately and...More

Thank circusgurl
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

We are glad to hear that you had such a nice time with us! Come back soon to see Chef's Summer menu and Restaurant Week specials!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This updates an earlier (negative) review. This long-time old town restaurant has regained its sea legs. It's not the old white table cloth (overly stiff and formal) restaurant of its early days, but the food is tasty and well prepared and the menu is broad...More

Thank LarRay
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing! Chef's Summer menu is incredible, and we are glad you enjoyed the Brasserie area. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stroll across the historic old town before heading to Brabo. Great food, healthy, fresh and beautifully presented. European Mediterranean cuisine; stylish Benelux interior. Long and varied cocktail list. Room for improvement: bread & butter coming straight away together with water.

1  Thank Yekatya
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words and feedback. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

Reviewed 19 July 2017

Some of the finest French/Belgian cooking imaginable has come to Brabo in the person of Chef Sebastian Rondier. A traditional French chef with an amazing way of making old dishes new again. I'd describe the menu but the Summer menu debuts today (07/18) and so...More

Thank seymourblatz
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the recommendation! You will have to come back in soon to try the new menu items -- they are fantastic! We will look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 18 July 2017

Stopped in for drinks and wound up eating at the bar. What a sublime experience. We visited on a Monday, so it was not crowded and we had a chance to try a good cross section of the food. And so we went to town:...More

1  Thank tony c
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Hi Tony, Thanks so much for sharing! We love to feature dinner at the bar, and are always happy to see guest doing so. Come in soon to try Chef's new Summer menu! Philip

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Brabo has revamped and it's a little early to determine the result - but so far it's positive - a new chef with two innovative menus, one for formal dining, one "brasserie/bistro, but many items on both- we worked off the latter, altho my wife...More

Thank thecommissioner41
Management response:Responded 14 July 2017

Thank you for the feedback! We are happy that you had such a positive experience with us! Chef is about to launch a new Summer menu, so we hope you come in to try all of the new items. Cheers

Reviewed 11 July 2017

You must have the upside down pineapple cake! The menu is unconventional in some ways with interesting entrees to tempt you.

Thank PepsiPrincess
Management response:Responded 14 July 2017

Thank you for saying so! We are glad you had a good time with us, and can't wait for you to try Chef's Summer menu, launching soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2017

The new Chef has revamped the menu. Now featuring local and seasonal items, the food is excellent. The front of the restaurant is a brasserie featuring several preparations of mussels. They are delicious. The back of the restaurant is a more formal dining area with...More

Thank D C
Management response:Responded 14 July 2017

Thank you so much for the kind words! Come back to see us again soon -- Chef's Summer menu is almost here!

Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I planned a trip to Old Town to visit the book store on King Street. Unfortunately, it was closed and would reopen in 30 minutes. So, I stopped at Brabo Tasting room to get a cup of coffee and was warmly greeted and served. The...More

Thank philipdtasho
Management response:Responded 23 June 2017

Hi Philip, I am happy to hear that you had such a good time with us in The Tasting Room! We would love to have you back anytime. If you are looking for a coursed-meal, you should try dinner in Brabo's formal dining space, as...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (Harvard St)
  • Public Transportation: Metro one block, free trolley
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-894-3440
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Named for a statue in of Antwerp, Belgium, BRABO Restaurant is as legendary and longstanding as its namesake hero.

The award-winning talents of Chef Sebastien Rondier create unforgettable dining at BRABO Restaurant. The comfortable dining room's stylish details like a custom hammered copper bar reflect our historic Old Town location, topped off with an oversized antique map above the bar. The Brasserie up front features a lively atmosphere and hearty portions accompanied by a comprehensive cocktail list. Tucked away in the Formal Dining Room guests enjoy a leisurely paced meal of several courses in a Tasting Menu format.

BRABO is dedicated to relationships with local farms and passionate artisans and is proud to feature local and regional products. Check in with one of our teammates for great recommendations of what to see and do around town- they love to share!
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