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BRABO Restaurant
1600 King Street
Alexandria , VA 22314
Phone: 703.894.3440
Fax: 703.894.3441
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BRABO News & Restaurant Reviews

Dinners, Concerts and Parties: Where to Celebrate and Dine on New Year’s Eve in Northern Virginia

12-18-2013  |  Northern Virginia Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine recommends BRABO for New Year’s Eve dining. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Dining in DC

12-10-2013  |  Zagat

Zagat recommends BRABO for Christmas Eve dining. 

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Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner in Washington, DC

11-25-2013  |  

BRABO's Thanksgiving included in The Daily Meal's Thanksgiving recommendations.

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50 Best Restaurants 2013: BRABO

11-25-2013  |  Northern Virginia Magazine
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Best Thanksgiving Assists

11-21-2013  |  Food and Wine

Robert Wiedmaier's Butcher Block tops the list from Food & Wine of some of the best Thanksgiving packages for those looking for a helper this holiday.

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4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

11-21-2013  |  

Butcher’s Block Thanksgiving to-go menu is featured in Capitol File Magazine.

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Holiday desserts offer twists on the classics

11-4-2013  |  

BRABO’s pastry chef Erin Reed featured in National Restaurant News holiday dessert trends feature. 

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Fashionistas and Foodies Fundraise

10-12-2013  |  

Capital Cooking Show highlights Brabo’s involvement in Heart of America Foundation’s Charity in Chocolate event. 

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BRABO Hosts Wine Dinner with Margerum Wine Co. Founder

9-18-2013  |  

Feature on BRABO’s exclusive wine dinner with Margerum Wine Co. founder, Doug Margerum.

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Going Out Gurus Got Plans?

9-4-2013  |  Washington Post

The Washington Post includes Butcher’s Block in its Got Plans? chat.

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Four More Cocktails for Your 5 O'Clocks

7-17-2013  |  Northern Virginia Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine highlights the Negroni as part of Brabo’s Summer of Gin. 

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Celebrate Alexandria's Birthday…

7-11-2013  |  

Brabo's rooftop was mentioned as a prime destination to enjoy Alexandria’s birthday fireworks with punch, cheese and charcuterie.

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Chef Changes at Brabo in Alexandria

6-11-2013  |  Washington Post

Tom Sietsema discusses new BRABO Chef de Cuisine Harper McClure’s background and connections to Chef Robert Wiedmaier.

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Must Try Picnics-To-Go Around DC

5-14-2013  |  Zagat

Zagat lists The Butcher’s Block as a top spot for takeaway meals thanks to its “housemade sausages and pâtés, cheeses, freshly baked baguettes and, of course, Belgian and local beers.”

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2013 OpenTable Diner's Choice Award

4-7-2013  |  

As a tribute to the excellent experience BRABO provides, diners voted us onto the 2013 OpenTable Diners' Choice lists.

Matt Carroll's Tattoos Symbolize Music, Wine and More

3-4-2013  |  

Eater DC talks to Brabo sommelier, Matt Carroll, to get the story behind all that ink.

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Wine & Spirits: Presidential Potables

1-16-2013  |  

Washington Magazine explores bars and restaurants, including Brabo, that serve up drinks inspired by the re-swearing-in of Number 44.

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Carpenter’s Shelter nets big bucks during weekend-long fundraising effort

5-2-2012  |  Alexandria Times


The Alexandria Times wrote about the Carpenter’s Shelter charity event, at which BRABO won the best dessert award.

The Spice and Tea Exchange: Taste and Learn Chef Series

5-1-2012  |  Old Town Crier


The Old Town Crier wrote about BRABO chef Chris Watson’s cooking demo at the Spice & Tea Exchange.

15 More Mother's Day Brunches For Your Consideration

4-26-2012  |  Washingtonian

BRABO’s mother’s day brunch and the Butcher’s Block sparkling wine tasting were featured on

Common Threads Gala, Ducati at Bar Pilar, and an Equinox Pop-Up: The Week in Food Events

4-25-2012  |  Washingtonian

BRABO’s Valdicava wine dinner was featured on

To Do

4-25-2012  |  The Washington Post, First Bite Column

BRABO’s Valdicava wine dinner was featured in the Washington Post’s food calendar:

Randall Lineback Available At The Butcher's Block

2-11-2012  |  Washington Post

Take a look at the Washington Post article featuring Randall Lineback Veal - available at The Butcher's Block!

Call ahead to place your special order! We only get one calf per month and it goes fast!

Tasting Room is one of Washington's 100 Very Best!

2-11-2012  |  The Washingtonian

Pick up the January 2012 edition of the Washingtonian! Brabo Tasting Room is named one of the "100 Very Best"! 

But we all ready knew that!

From Texas Field To DC Table by The Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmmer

11-18-2011  |  The Travel Channel

In a recent hunting trip, The Travel Channel's, Andrew Zimmer shot a deer that is now featured at Brabo in some amazing venison dishes created by Chef Chris Watson!  Read more at:



Which Sandwich Shop Is Tops? The Going Out Guide

11-9-2011  |  Washington Post

Vote for The Butcher's Block as best sandwich in the DC area!  We are featured among a great list of competitors in the Going Out Guide at

Forgo The Cooking And Dine Out This Thanksgiving

11-9-2011  |  Dining In DC Food and Restaurant Blog

Find out this bloggers choices for where to go and what to do for a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner!  Brabo is featured as THE place to be for your holiday dining out experience. Meanwhile, The Butcher's Block rates as the takes the stress of dinner at home away!  Click the link to read the full article!

Lunch Break: What to Eat after Visual Feast?

3-23-2011  |  The Washington Post, First Bite Column

The Washington Post suggests The Butcher’s Block as a great place to get picnic baskets during cherry blossom season:

2011 Restaurant Guide

1-1-2011  |  Washingtonian

In the January, 2011 issue, Washingtonian Magazine awards BRABO a place on “The Area’s 100 Very Best Places to Eat” list raving, “An enameled cast-iron pan of mussels in creamy white-wine sauce and a side of Belgian fries are expertly prepared. Braised pork shank is glazed in a wonderful Asian-accented barbecue sauce. And a peanut-butter/chocolate bar with caramel sauce is a great way to finish.”

Brabo Tasting Room

12-21-2010  |  Imperfectly Delicious Blog

Check out the gorgeous pictures and kind words from the blogger at Imperfectly Delicious! Tasting Room

Top Listed in Zagat Survey 2011 Washington, DC

12-3-2010  |  Zagat

Food 24 | Decor 21 | Service 23

Robert Wiedmaier (Marcel's, Brasserie Beck) wins "gustavory bravos" for this "sparkling addition to Old Town," a "sophisticated" Belgian-French hotel restaurant (Brabo) proffering "intriguing" fare and a "deep wine list" in "spacious" digs; naturally, a "swanky clientele" has put it on the "power rotation," while more "relaxed" types who dis its "minimalist" decor and dectect a "stuffy" vibe head next door to the "ultracasual" Tasting Room, replete with "mussels with muscle," "excellent" service and "moderate prices."

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50 Best Restaurants

11-15-2010  |  Northern Virginia Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine’s Warren Rojas gives BRABO a shining spot on his list of the 50 best restaurants. Rojas raves, “Seared beef sizzles beneath a sheen of shallot-spiked wine (vegetable sweetness and fruity spice boiled down to a gorgeous gravy). Tender gnocchi and wild mushrooms buoy black pepper-crusted Chesapeake rockfish.”

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The Needle

10-15-2010  |  Washingtonian

Washingtonian has this to say about a recent visit to BRABO, “[BRABO] has settled into a groove with well-seasoned dishes in hearty portions. A perfect meal might start with a pan of mussels in a creamy white-wine sauce and an order of Belgian fries, [not sure if it’s ‘is’ or ‘be’ but didn’t read right] be followed by a braised, glazed pork shank, and end with a peanut butter bar…”  

Hip Meets History

10-15-2010  |  Newsday - Travel Section

This New York daily tells readers to “make reservations early to dine at the coolly elegant BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier. Seasonal produce drives the Belgian-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist…. and then head next door to the less-pricey but equally chic, BRABO’s Tasting Room.”

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Western Whites, The Butcher's Block specializes in Summer Refreshment

7-15-2010  |  Tasting Table DC

Tasting Table DC suggests the Butcher’s Block as a place to buy Oregon’s White Wines: “At the Butcher’s Block market and wine store in Alexandria, wine director Lead Dedmon loves the state’s lighter wines for pairing with summer foods or sipping outside. She favors lesser-known (and more affordable) Oregon producers, and stocks bottles at The Butcher’s Block as well as on the lists at the shop’s adjacent sister restaurants, BRABO and Tasting Room.”

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The Green Scene: 5 Patios We Love

7-15-2010  |  DC Modern Luxury

DC Magazine recommends “The best seat in Old Town…is under the setting sun in BRABO’s stylish, enclosed courtyard.”

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Meats Matter

7-15-2010  |  Washington Post Express

Washington Post Express goes to the Butcher’s Block as a spot to buy local meat. The article advises, “If you buy local meat that’s well-raised…you don’t have to do much to make it as flavorful.”

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To Mom With Love

5-10-2010  |  Washingtonian

In a May 2010 article, Washingtonian magazine recommends BRABO Tasting Room as a prime spot to take mom on Mother’s Day recommending that mom should “Sip wine and share a charcuterie/cheese platter in the Tasting Room at the Belgian restaurant BRABO.”  We are also “fond of the mushroom-bacon and walnut tart and a hefty sandwich of slow-roasted beef with Chimay cheese and caramelized onions.”

Entertaining Lookout

4-23-2010  |  Washington Post Express

Washington Post Express suggests the Butcher’s Block for lawn-perfect nibbles suitable for the outdoor performance venue, Wolf Trap. “Wolf Trap does not allow grills on the grounds, so fill your basket with gourmet salads and sandwiches from the Butcher’s Block.

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Beer: Quaffing On the High End

3-15-2010  |  Washington Post

Greg Kitsock from the Washington Post’s ‘All We Can Eat” provides an entertaining review on Beverage and Wine Director Leah Dedmon’s ‘Beer vs. Wine Dinner’ with her fiancé Thor Cheston, Beer Director at Brasserie Beck.

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Alexandria In the Bag: Gourmet Goods

3-15-2010  |  Washington Post Express

Washington Post Express suggests the Butcher’s Block for lawn-perfect nibbles suitable for the outdoor performance venue, Wolf Trap. “Wolf Trap does not allow grills on the grounds, so fill your basket with gourmet salads and sandwiches from the Butcher’s Block.

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Best Bets: Sandwich Shops

3-15-2010  |  Washington Post Magazine

Washington Post Magazine names the Butcher’s Block a ‘Best Bets: Sandwich Shops.’

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The Carnivore's Dilemma

12-15-2009  |  Food and Wine

The Carnivores Dilemma. December 2009: Check out Chef Wiedmaier’s Pan-Roasted Veal Chops with Cabernet Sauce recipe in the December 2009 issue of Food & Wine Magazine.

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