Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

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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, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 8 guests on Friday and Saturday. We will be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!

Our sister restaurant Tasting Room is just next door. Reservations neither taken or required.

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Brabo Brasserie Family Style! No choices, three courses served for the table.

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

What 3070 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Brabo when in the area. 4 of us had a lovely night. Food is always excellent. Service is attentive and helpful. Cocktails are delicious. The only reason I rated it moderately loud is because as it gets later, there are more people in the space. But even with that, it’s not like some places where you can’t hear. It’s just vibrant. Not a problem. Highly, highly recommend.

p
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect dinner with a girl friend as we celebrated my birthday. The service was impeccable!!

LP
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I came for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Food was delicious and well presented. The smaller portion of cheese and charcuterie was generous and well chosen. I had the Mussels Marinierre and it was wonderful. Our waiter surprised us with the baked Alaska dessert for my birthday!! All in all it was a wonderful evening.

a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch spot in Old Town, the steak frites and crepes and amazing, also the crab omelet.

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cocktail list. Appetizers, small pates and meals are all good, but considering the price expected a bit more.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. Enjoyed some outstanding specialty cocktails with the octopus starter and charcuterie plate. Perfect entrees finished off with Baked Alaska. Highly recommend for an elegant experience!

LP
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brasserie is a nice classy space. The classic food selection was great and our dishes came out promptly. Our waiter Matthew was very courteous and attentive. We had a lovely brunch.

OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant and food was good as always.
I had made the reservation for 9/21/2019 at 6:15 pm (1000 point bonus).
I was late by 5 minutes due to traffic and I had called the restaurant to let them know ahead of time.
The restaurant changed my reservation time to 6:30 pm (100 points).
WHY?

E
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a gift card which they would not honor. They told us to call the corporate office.

MM
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Old Town, Brabo serves traditional French and American favorites with a twist - a bit of extra flavor and lovely presentation. Dinners of sea bass and steak, preceded with a shared arugula, pear and goat cheese salad, were just perfect for an evening meal. The cocktail and wine selection is well chosen. Being able to have an adult conversation in a charming space is definitely a plus. Service was prompt but not overbearing. A birthday surprise of baked alaska was definitely thoughtful and appreciated. Perfect for eating at the bar if you prefer.

DJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal

OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and drink were very good except for old, stale dessert. Ambiance ruined by seating mother and active baby at next table even though there were many other vacant tables elsewhere.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was average at best, and certainly not aligned with the alleged Michelin-star rating of the chef or the price. We had an appetizer of grilled octopus that was over-charred and over-cooked. My entree was good, but not exceptional. But the desert was terrible. It was an eclair for two that was supposed to be caramelized white chocolate. The filling was not good, the crust was doughy, and overall it was so sweet it could have killed a diabetic.

Our server was very nice and attentive.

BR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was Alexandria restaurant week and my son wanted a restaurant we had not tried. We enjoyed the entire dinner and would recommend folks check it. The special cocktails were terrific

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience as usual. We have made Brabo a tradition for special occasions and are never disappointed. The service is exceptional and we feel like we are being taken care of. Highly recommend.

h
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurants all do restaurant week differently. The best ones permit diners to choose from the main menu. Most offer a limited menu that is somewhere between mediocre to edible. Our meals fell in that range. The barramundi lacked flavor, the sauce for the short ribs was unintegrated and far too salty, and the strawberry tart was standard fare. The panna cotta was quite nice. As someone who has eaten at Brabo many times, this was a disappointing experience.

AV
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. They remembered to leave space for a stroller and to celebrate my husband’s birthday!

BZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brabo continues to offer an elegant dining experience with high quality food and service. This visit was part of Alexandria Restaurant Week and everything was first rate, from the greeting when we entered to the dining experience itself to the thank you from the staff as we were leaving.

We appreciated the specially priced wines that were offered and the Restaurant Week dinner selections were very good. We are enthusiastically looking forward to our next visit.

r
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very interesting presentation. Fresh foods including seafood locally obtained.
Restaurant Week made it quite noisy and busy. But upholstered arm chairs at table
made for a very relaxing seating arrangement for comfort and conversation.

Pretty reasonable on price. Upscale but not over the top. Expense worth it.

Service was very much excellent and attentive. A top choice in OLD TOWN Alexandria

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. My beef che

BB
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food!

OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Generally a good experience, and the food was delicious. We really appreciated the complimentary birthday dessert!

But the team service did not work as well as a single server. For example two minor examples: I ordered salad with dressing on the side, which had to be sent back to kitchen because it had a lot of dressing on it. It took a while to get coffee after we had ordered as well as to request refills. The server who took our order did not listen too closely. The other team servers were alert and cheerful.

RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!

K
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice restaurant, good food and service. Really loud! Need some acoustical buffering. You cannot hear your seatmate. Makes for an anxious meal instead of relaxing. Otherwise, solid meal.

MA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time checking out this restaurant for the first time during Alexandria's Restaurant week. Great service from the moment you walk into the moment you walk out! Looking forward to referring it to other friends and going back.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We waited for mire than an hour to get our food and the service was terrible.

FN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first experience of Brabo was mostly good. Host was kind and friendly. Our waitress, Billie, was personable and also friendly. The food was wonderful albeit pricier than anticipated. The one great drawback was the wait between appetizer and entree. It was easily 40 minutes. Billie was kind enough to offer us glasses of sparkling wine, but we suspected it was also to compensate for the protracted wait. The food was delicious when it did come out, but the preparation of and quantity did not align with the wait timeframe.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every so often we try to do the restaurant week. This was the best restaurant week experience we've ever had. The menu was fantastic. Often on restaurant week the restaurant will put forward the "B list" of grilled chicken or salmon, but Brabo had a fantastic menu and everything was incredible. We'll definitely be coming back for a "regular meal".

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Brabo for restaurant week and they had a delicious menu. The service was excellent and we enjoyed a quiet spot by the window.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good (mussels and bacon-wrapped monkfish). Service was excellent. Ambiance leaves much to be desired. Old Fashioned was well composed and worth the $16, however the same $16 for a glass of house Cab was a bit stupid.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited for restaurant week! Not a bad menu, duck salad, fish entree and dessert were all very good. My Dad's dessert had nice plating. Server was friendly and nice. Complimentary valet was a plus, it's hard to park in the area. Will keep on the list for future.

KR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Great place if staying at the Kimpton.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Out meal was very good and the service was good. However, the dessert was not good and the beer selection was basic.

BP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have an outstanding server, Billie. She was wonderful. Your restaurant and the food were just as great as we anticipated. We were placed at a table that was in the quiet area. Unfortunately, the obviously unmarried couple at the next table worked overtime to prove how much fun they were having together. They must have been exhausted at the end of the night. We really enjoyed our time at Brabo, far more than the pretenders at the next table. See you again. Carol and I hope you folks are enormously successful.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and high quality food and preparation!

S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The sea bass was dry as leather and the steak ordered rare was just as bad. A real disappointment.

K
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner! Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding!

JQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

This place has really gone down hill- we used to come here every few months and always enjoyed it. We had not been for about 1.5-2yrs and will not be returning. Start with the good- the service was good! Our waiter was attentive without being overly attentive but he should have been since there was basically no one else there on a Friday night. The menu is greatly reduced from it used to be and has limited choices. The food was very average, not horrendous but not excellent in anyway. Even the great was just ok. The vibe has changed too - it is more “casual” which is fine but over all it now has a hotel restaurant feel not a unique quality restaurant that happens to be attached to a hotel. The dessert menu is so lacking we didn’t even order and we always split a dessert on date night. I found out after we left that it had been sold and is no longer owned by Robert W and I could tell - that is not necessarily a bad thing to change hands but this change does not work for me and my husband and judging by the emptiness, not many others either

RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time at Brabo. It was a lovely night so many of their customers were dining in the outside area. So the inside where we were was very quiet. Conversing with our guests was easy. And the service was perfect....just the right amount of time to enjoy our first glass of wine and the appetizers before the main entrees were served. I will surely return soon.

W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service, excellent mussels and any interesting menu that changes periodically. Love the ambiance. My spouse and I have come to Brabo for our anniversary several times and for other meals. A gem in Old Town Alexandria.

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