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Briscola Italian, Canberra, AU-ACT

Briscola Italian

4.8
4.8
469 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Since 2010, Briscola has firmly established itself on the Canberra food scene and is arguably this town's most popular Italian restaurant. Now with a newly refurbished venue, it offers an unpretentious yet stylish approach to an authentic Italian dining experience.
At the forefront it’s about the food: simple, wholesome and traditional without being old fashioned. The “old fashioned” is evident in the service with Gianni and his incredible staff focusing on giving the diner a charming experience.
What sets it apart is how they transport you to Italy. Start with an aperitivo to open the palate, enjoy a local or Italian wine varietal and finish with a soothing digestive.
Briscola is situated conveniently in the heart of the city near hotels and public transport.
Sit inside or alfresco, Briscola seems to suit anyone… families, young couples, group functions and corporate luncheons. You can walk-in, but please book, it gets busy!

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2 people

11:30 pm


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 6248 5444
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Nickolaus Magro Ocaranza
  • Catering
    Stylish yet casual Italian dining. Cosy & unpretentious setting suiting couple, families and group functions. Offering full Italian menu including pasta, pizza, risotto, main meals and catering for most dietary requirements.
  • Private party facilities
    Outdoor gazebo can be booked for up to 20 people. Includes adjustable blinds, heating, festoon lighting and music. Option to fully enclose.
  • Area
    Canberra City
  • Cross Street
    Best parking at Magistrates Court car park.
  • Parking Details
    Magistrates Court car park off London Circuit
  • Public Transit
    Two minute walk from the City Light Rail Station (Alinga St)<br />In front of City Bus Station No 1
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 469 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Canberra

    Best Overall

  • Canberra

    Best Food

  • Canberra

    Best Service

  • Canberra

    Best Ambience

  • Canberra

    Best Value

  • Canberra

    Good for groups

  • Canberra

    Healthy

  • Canberra

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Canberra

    Good for special occasions

  • Canberra

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Canberra

    Lively

  • Canberra

    Most Booked

  • Inner North

    Most Booked

469 Reviews
  1. JessieP

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is always fabulous! Delicious pasta and so much choice

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wine. Exceptional service and good value for your money.

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  3. ChelseaL

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and outstanding service - my favourite Italian restaurant in Canberra

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  4. Kylie

    Canberra

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food came out very quickly even though it was busy. Staff gave personal recommendations and were very friendly.

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  5. GSReview

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is immaculately clean and has a really nice vibe. The staff are attentive to customers, exceptionally professional and friendly, and the flavours of the food is next level. This restaurant delivers an excellent eating experience and I look forward to trying more of their food range in the future.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of food, and Gorgonzola gnocchi and lamb papadelle were fantastic, great service and good wine recommendation.

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  7. ClaireL

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, quick and friendly service, very enjoyable evening!

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  8. KennethH

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Simple and elegant menu. Enough variety to keep everyone happy. Don't forget the specials board! Absolutely terrific waitstaff!

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  9. NaphaH

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and good value. The staffs are lovely. The pasta was sooo good and generous size. Highly recommend

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  10. Judith

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been going to Briscola since it opened. I have always enjoyed going. The food is great and the ambience is pleasant. The service is consistently good.

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  11. Mickrick

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 2 wait staff and the boss were all great, they gave us informed help with selections when required.

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  12. Anglez

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and wine, staff were amazing especially Ainsley, her attention to reading the customers was amazing, great service professional and personal with a great little banter, her recommendations were exceptional. We chose well when booking this restaurant, a must when in Canberra.

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  13. JonW

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding and the staff were very friendly!

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  14. JohnC

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly and polite staff, definitely a little on the pricey side but the food is well worth it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, Great food, at a good price. Highly recommend.

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  16. GeeA

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on Valentine's Day and their valentines day menu was perfect and had a wide range of different options, but were simple as well for pickier eaters. The food we had was delicious and the service was amazing

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  17. SamuelS

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, the host was fantastic and the food was beautiful. Will come again :)

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  18. RoseS

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food! Excellent service. I will be back!

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  19. KevinR

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, excellent food and wonderful atmosphere.

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  20. AaronD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful good service was great! Food was very quick to come out!

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  21. KathrynR

    Tropical QLD

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service. Love this restaurant! Great value for money too.

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  22. SophieD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The pasta alla Norma was amazing. Will go again

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little restaurant . Food great and service very good . Good value for money . Will definitely re visit

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  24. PaulB

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice food service was quick and pleasant have been a few times and always enjoyed the meals. Would highly recommend.

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  25. TrishB

    Canberra

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I am vegetarian and the menu had a V next to the meal, when I received the food I got a meat dish. I was told after I had taken a bite and eaten a small portion that I needed to look at the board as this dish changes. If it changes there should not be a V next to it. Vegetarians be careful when eaten by at this restaurant as they are not indicated correctly. Lucky it wasn’t a peanut allergy or something serious. Only vegetarians is not an allergy so no one cares.

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  26. KatrinaB

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Very accommodating to all our requests and dietry requirements. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend.

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  27. TomG

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered 3x Pizzas Prosciutto - 9/10 Pepperoni - 10/10 - all 3 of our kids loved it Margherita - 5/10 - kids did not like it. We asked for it with no herbs or oregano.. it still came with some.

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  28. Laura

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, tasty and decently priced. It was absolutely POPPING OFF on a Monday night, so must be the place to go. Gorgeous vibes and great staff who gave perfect recommendations

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  29. JenniferP

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall we had an enjoyable evening. Unfortunately the steak wasn’t to a good standard.

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  30. LibbyE

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiters were lively and fun. The food was good.

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  31. SallyN

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated outside and enjoyed a delicious meal. The staff were attentive and we will definitely return. If we had our time again, we would have booked for another weekend due to the noise from the SummerNats making conversations difficult when seated outside.

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  32. GerrardM

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Family dinner. Kids meals well received by pickey kids. Adult meals good quality, good size serve and hot on the plate. Sat in a quiet corner which was nice. No draughts. A little hard to get the waitresses attention but attentive otherwise. Prices reasonable. Professional operation that knows what the customer wants. Very satisfied. Will be back. Thank you.

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  33. Leanne

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time to your restaurant. We loved the flavoursome food and wine. The service was good and quick too. Thank you.

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  34. JuliaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant deserves all the positive reviews. It was super busy on a Tuesday evening so a really good vibe. The service was friendly and fast and the food was delicious. Highly recommend

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  35. IanN

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived early for our booking but they found us a table even though they were very busy. The food and service were top class. Highly recommended.

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  36. FelicityW

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Party of 6 inclusive of 2 teenagers and a gluten free parent. It was 2nd Jan and needed somewhere we could go with our guests. What a find!!! Great food.. in fact delicious food!!! Service was impeccable given the restaurant was full and busy. The girls kept on top of everything including updating us with the delay on mains. Can't fault them. Great that they also serve wine by the glass which is always a bonus as none of us want to all drink the same wine and with the extensive choices on offer, we were all very happy. We will be back!!

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  37. Nezzam

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the taste was amazing. Care taken for coeliac family member

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  38. NeilB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic service and excellent attention to our needs. Always a joy to dine here. Bound to return often.

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  39. DavidS

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The veal saltimbocca was the best main course I have had anywhere for as long as I can remember.

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  40. AnnieI

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. We ordered a couple of gluten free pastas and they were the best we have ever had. The service is outstanding and we will be going back again.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Briscola Italian using the Order Online button. Briscola Italian also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 6248 5444.

Briscola Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 469 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

11:30 pm


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Briscola Italian

60 Alinga St, Canberra, AU-ACT 2601

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Best parking at Magistrates Court car park.
  • Area
    Canberra City
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Magistrates Court car park off London Circuit
  • Public Transit
    Two minute walk from the City Light Rail Station (Alinga St)In front of City Bus Station No 1
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Nickolaus Magro Ocaranza
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (02) 6248 5444
  • Catering
    Stylish yet casual Italian dining. Cosy &amp; unpretentious setting suiting couple, families and group functions. Offering full Italian menu including pasta, pizza, risotto, main meals and catering for most dietary requirements.
  • Private party facilities
    Outdoor gazebo can be booked for up to 20 people. Includes adjustable blinds, heating, festoon lighting and music. Option to fully enclose.
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