Brabo - Lorien Hotel & Spa

4.5
3219 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!

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:30 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 3219 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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Bostonjenn7
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice dinner and very nice atmosphere. The food was very good and the service was good. The only complaint I would have is that we would have liked our water filled a little more frequently and have serving spoons in the family style meal provided for Thanksgiving.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Thanksgiving fixed price/menu meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spending Thanksgiving on our own, we wanted somewhere where we knew the service would be good, the food great and a decent atmosphere. Brabo didn’t disappoint. We have a lovely evening, our server was great and all the food tasted wonderful - especially the spicy pumpkin soup and the braised beef.

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JeffE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thanksgiving at Brabo was amazing. Easy parking, friendly helpful attentive staff, and food that was just amazing. We really liked the family style service and being able to try everything on the menu.

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jray
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. Excellent menu with variations on traditional menu plus some extras. Quality of preparation was beyond expectations given mass produced pre-fix menu. Not too crowded and service was excellent. Overall experience was very good.

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ADPeay
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Would have given five stars across board, but there were a few times where I had to ask for utensils.

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CourtneyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took friends/clients out for Thanksgiving at Brabo's. It was perfect. An abundance of food/courses that were delicious & presented beautifully but it was the Service that put it over the top. The wait staff anticipated every need before we even knew we needed it (but also weren't hovering). I can't recommend it enough.

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Jeff
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate at Brabo for Thanksgiving and it was fantastic! They had a fixed price menu for Thanksgiving, served family style. Every item on the two course meal (plus dessert) was cooked to perfection. The standouts were the turkey, which was very flavorful, and the butternut squash soup, simply amazing! I will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Pricey Thanksgiving meal. Not much other dining options on Thanksgiving. I guess lucky they were open

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ToniA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner, friendly staff and nice setting.

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Brooke
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful night!! Amazing food and cocktails. Servers and bartender were both amazing!!

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KathleenT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food. Will definitely go back in the future.

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stanc
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They are back on their game. First time back since the COVID shutdown. OUTSTANDING duck with barley risotto, cooked perfectly medium rare and with the risotto and other accompaniments providing the perfect complement to the duck. Grilled octopus app was perfection, too. Wish we'd had ordered two or tried the rillette. (Next time!) Great Malbec wine and sparkling wine. Only quibble was that the martini might have been made with sweet vermouth, but uh...that ain't gonna prevent a return visit! Oh, and the creme brulee had a really nice char and ample, fresh fruit. Wonderful meal for sure. Great service, but I can't recall the woman's name.

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vipthepassionatereader
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We loved our meal here--it exceeded our expectations. The cocktails were truly special and everything we had was yummy. Our server was a delight. Highly recommended.

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vipElizabethS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

We sat in the dining area near the bar. It was VERY VERY noisy. Even after bar cleared out, the noise in the dining area was very loud. Restaurant needs something to muffle noise. Otherwise delicious food and good service!

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vipGregS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place always delivers great food and great service. The venison dish is absolutely amazing, I hope it never goes away. This place holds a top spot in Alexandria dining for us

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JMCAN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Cocktail portions were microscopic.

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JacobW
Denver
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Customer service was great, easy check-in/out. The room was fantastic, clean and ready. The tub spigot was small and slow, it took more than 15 minutes to fill the tub, surprisingly the water remained hot. We did not use the spa, so no feedback.
The Brabo restaurant was nice, good atmosphere, food (entree) tasted good, and the figgy pudding was amazing.

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vipnasm
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was flawless. The food is exceptional. The cocktails are creative and delicious. It was a wonderful dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Matt (our bartender/waiter) was absolutely phenomenal

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vipScott
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always our go-to for a special meal or when we feel like being pampered!

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vipdancer
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The new fall menu is nice upgrade.

The wines by the glass need a huge overhall-- especially the Pinot Noir-- must be replaced . You took away a delicious Pinot Noir from Williamette Valley Oregon,and the replacements should not be consumed . The decision to replace seems to have been made by a person who does not know or drink wine . Water is a better choice

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SunL
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I visited Brabo a couple years ago and their menu has changed but I highly recommend coming here for their brunch and get the eggs benedict on their gruyere potato cake! So delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Server was not great. Food was decent but not wow.

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BobbiesBytes
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Having been here several times before under different chefs, first time dining with the newest chef, Ethan. After being greeted by a friendly host who immediately seated us, our congenial and very professional server was exceptional. We started off with an excellent hearty French onion soup and a plentiful petit salad with a light but flavorful vinaigrette followed by entrees of scallops and steak frites both cooked perfectly. We ended on a sweet note with the crème brulee and the special French cake, both very satisfying. We were happily surprised by the number of well-priced half bottles of superior wines on the wine list which worked perfectly to accompany a fish and meat entrée. Lovely atmosphere in the L'Orien Hotel. A wonderful choice for hotel guests as well as the locals.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best halibut I ever had, diver scallops melt in your mouth Manhattans made well but a little pricey .,;not a bad thing on the menu !!

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vipDaveH
26 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surprisingly good! After a long day of touring, we didn’t want to leave the hotel so opted to eat at Brabo. We were pleasantly surprised! Food was delicious, service great, ambience and noise level great

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience1

Way too loud. Servings are awfully skimpy and no vegetable . Very pricey for small amount of food

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JeanK
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Our party of three really enjoyed our birthday celebration at Brabo. The food and service were excellent. We had three different appetizers and three different entrees. The only item we had that disappointed was the side of artichoke hearts. I had not been to Brabo for several years because my last time it really was not anything special. This experience was so much better.

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vipAngela
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding meal at Brabo last night!
Husband enjoyed the venison, I had the mushroom fettuccine dish - we both loved our meals. Quality, first-class ingredients. Quality ingredients means a healthy meal!
Hats off to the chef (chefs) and kitchen, they are doing great work!

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vipTravisP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

This was a great place to take a quasi-business dinner and the server/bar tender made the evening all the more special. He was consistently patient with us, gave meaningful, personal views on the drinks and meal selections, and went above and beyond when he heard mention of it being one of our diner's birthdays. All four of us got to experience Brabo for the first time and I can say that we will be going back.

One small note, the front seating area was a bit "cold" and oddly placed seating that didn't fit with the rest of the vibe. If you can, sit in the back and it seems you will have a more intimate experience worthy of the food selections and service.

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FamilyOfFive
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food is overpriced, either too bland, sweet, salty, etc. Way too loud. No valet parking. The waitstaff was unfriendly. We won’t be coming back.

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Catz87
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful experience last night. Cocktails and wine selection was great and the food was fabulous!

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SandraS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server did an excellent job since they were short on staff

Food was delicious. We had Foie Gras and it was awesome

We had a delicious salad. One of us had venison which was done perfectly. The veal tenderloin medallions were also excellent

They have a great wine list. There are glasses of wine and also 1/2 bottles.

We would go back😊

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GregM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

The service was very slow. We believe they forgot about our order. My wife's pasta was more "pasta-watery" than creamy. The mussels were uninspired and the frites were generic.

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Foodlover15
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brabo is one of the best restaurants in old town! The food is some of the best food we have ever ate. You can tell the products are good quality and proper time is taken to prepare the best food possible. The wine selection is huge, they have something for everyone. The service is also amazing! We have never had a bad experience here and love everything about this restaurant.

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CDH911
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great service, ample space between tables, good location near metro, fair pricing, nice portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Server was very nice, but not helpful at all. It was our first time at the restaurant, so we asked for recommendations but Marj said she never ate or tried the plates we asked about it (not her fault, management should allow servers to try all food so they can advise guests, my opinion at least). She did suggest the appetizer, foie Gras and it was delicious. But we were super disappointed with the entrees. So disappointed, I would never eat dinner here (maybe I would return for a drink, I tried the Millionaire something, I forget the exact name, but it was a nice), but that’s it. We ordered the Venison and Chicken for entrees, both lacked seasoning and any flavor. The chicken looked yummy, but tasted like nothing. And the side that it came with, was pointless, and had no flavor.

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RebekahH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was terrific and our server, David, was outstanding, providing terrific service and knowledgeable suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a very nice meal with good service and good food. Definitely worth the visit. Fresh ingredients. Well prepared. Zero complaints.

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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 4.5 stars by 3219 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 reservations at the moment.