Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.2
3177 reviews
$31 to $50
French
BRABO Brasserie.
Cocktails, Conversation and Classic French Cuisine
Executive Chef Ethan McKee 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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Offers

Happy Hour

Starting Oct 15, 2020 · Sun - Sat 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for happy hour from 5-7 PM daily! $2 off all featured cocktails $2 off select beers House red/white/sparkling - $5/glass Or $20/bottle

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3177 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipIDavis
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, and drink.

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vipBrigetteP
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers were great!

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Although the restaurant was clearly short staffed, we were in no hurry and let our server know that up front. It was a leisurely and delicious meal.

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vipmarc
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Totally disappointed. This is our 4th visit over the past 10 years, and we had great expectations. My wife ordered the "steak frites", medium rare. The steak was almost well done, the sauce tasted like A1 steak sauce. I ordered the beef short rib Bourguignon. It was so over done as to be inedible; the sauce was the same as my wife's, and the vegetables were all over done.

Totally disappointing for a place that has always excelled. The service was perfect.

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FelixD
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Very knowledgeable and professional waiter.

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textiledyer
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very clean. They are concerned with your safety. Excellent staff. The food was good and we could eat outside

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MonicaH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was clearly understaffed. But the wait staff did try to do the best that they could. The food was outstanding.

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Justin
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We were sat outside where it was pretty dark, the food was very overpriced for the quality. All in all won’t be returning

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DrewF
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We left after having no service for 25 minutes. Wouldn't return.

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vipFoodlover15
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our wedding dinner after we got married and they made us feel so special on our wedding day. The food was amazing, the ambiance was so intimate, and social distancing was in effect.

JB
vipJohnB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not sure why the high reviews for this place. My experience was not the same. Food was over salted and over priced. Limited wine menu. We stayed at the Lorien Hotel and were looking forward to trying Brabo for the first time. Needless to say we were extremely disappointed.

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vipeatenalot
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very good service. Nice cocktails. My best indoor eating experience this September, anywhere.

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vipsasha
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best food ever, thanks to Chef sebastien's cuisine, will be back soon for the quiche and duck confit, great service as well, highly recommend

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vipsasha
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

chef sebastien's cuisine is the best in old town, there is no way youll see me in those by the water places that dont even respect social distancing, at brabo you have plenty space and food/service is just what I expect. the leek quiche was to die for, bourguignon and duck were also memorable, thanks to Meghan the manager she is amazing with great wine recommendations.

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DarthVader
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience with delicious food, friendly staff, appropriate COVID spacing.
Entry can be difficult to notice.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time here! The food was delicious (the Red Velvet cake is to die for), and the servers were wonderfully kind!

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AlbertC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful evening at Brabo, the food was excellent and the service too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

We went during restaurant week, 35$ for app, entree and dessert. If you added some of the normal prices of each plate, it added up to less than 35$ so you end up paying more for the same food. But the ribs and the duck was great. Appetizers and dessert was good. Pretty basic. But service was great.

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vipsasha
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disapointed with Chef Sebastien’s food, fresh, simple, flavorfull, best French place in old town. Will be back for more short ribs and the chicken for two, wine selection is very good and on the cheaper side with good pourings, highly recommend

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vipBruce
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a challenging time for restaurants but Brabo did a great job spacing tables at a safe distance, having all staff wearing masks, etc. to protect everyone. Both of our Restaurant Week dinners were excellent, the staff did an excellent job serving us, and the wine list had quality selections at a very fair price.

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Timelessgrace
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu and each course was excellent! Plenty of space between tables. Our waiter David was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. A very good Covid era experience! We will be back.

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LeandraP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great food, sat outside with dogs. Service was fair.

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vipsasha
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa
Responded on 30 July 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 17 July 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 30 July 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
51 reviews
Dined on 12 July 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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vipsasha
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 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 13 July 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 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation for my parents’ 30th anniversary. They absolutely loved it! It ended up being at the beginning of COVID, so it wasn’t busy. They felt completely pampered by the staff. They went above and beyond to make them feel safe, comfortable,

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vipLordLyman
Washington DC
263 reviews
Dined on 13 March 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 8 March 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 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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KarenG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 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 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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bigredone
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for that special night out.

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Friday
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 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 29 February 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
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 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 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Very much average across all aspects and very noisy

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vipSueF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect!!!

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vipElphaba
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 28 February 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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You can order delivery directly from Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa using the Order Online button. Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 894-3440.

Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa is rated 4.2 stars by 3177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.