100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier


Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Brabo


1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Glittery upholstery and copper-framed mirrors lend a luxe vibe
to this restaurant in Old Town’s Lorien Hotel. While not as formal as
Marcel’s—owner Robert Wiedmaier’s flagship in DC’s Foggy Bottom—the
atmosphere befits a special occasion, and with such standouts as
five-spice Pekin duck breast and knockout pastas, the food delivers. For a
more casual experience, head next door to the tiny, no reservations
Tasting Room for oven-fired tarts, pots of mussels, and Belgian

Don’t miss: Grilled octopus with fingerlings and
piquillo peppers; spaghetti with tomatoes, burrata, and basil
oil; Fells Point bistro filet with fries and green-peppercorn sauce; ice
creams and sorbets. In the Tasting Room, five-onion soup;
bacon-and-goat-cheese mussels.

Brabo Open: Daily for
breakfast and dinner. Tasting Room Open: Daily
for lunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.