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Briscola Italian, Canberra, AU-ACT

Briscola Italian

4.5
4.5
179 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Briscola has established itself on the Canberra food scene by offering 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 focusing on giving the diner a charming experience. What sets us apart is how we 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 seems to suit anyone… corporate luncheons, young couples, families and group functions.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 pm


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri 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 22 people (notwithstanding COVID limits). Includes 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 179 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. FO

    FriendOfDorothy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I had a birthday dinner there. The staff were really welcoming and polite, and the food was A1.
  2. CW

    ChrisW

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    A busy little Italian in the restaurant precinct, however, although busy, the service was excellent and our table was in back away from the front door and the usual foot traffic. The food, on the whole, was quite good, however, the Linguine di Mare, whilst well presented and the seafood fresh, had too much chilli in it - not a hint of chilli but so much that my wife couldn't eat it. The response to my comment regarding the chilli was to "ask for it mild next time". Were we in a Thai restaurant or an Italian restaurant? Seriously? Having said that, the rest of the meals were very good. I would go back again, but make sure I ask to go light on the chili.
  3. LM

    LindaM

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Absolutely Delicious!! Every meal that came out was well worth the visit. A definite must when you visit Canberra
  4. TB

    TroyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, will be back again. One of the best Italian food
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Had dinner there to catch up with friends. Dishes were lovely and so were the dessert, my friend highly praise the tiramisu, myself loved the king prawn starter. Our experience was great until we walked out, a staff member chased us accusing that we haven't pay for the dinner. She's still in doubt and asked "Have you?" even after the four of us all confirmed that we have definitely paid. We did paid in cash (that's the only excuse I could think of) as they have 1.6% surcharge for card which was made clear during booking.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We have to wait outside in the freezing cold for 20 minutes because our table that was booked in advance was not free. The waitress went to the people in our table and told them we were waiting and they needed to leave. I should say that they have three empty tables. When food arrived was not for the three of us only for two and my husband got his pasta 25 minutes after us by then we were almost done. Two pizzas and a pasta are fast meals and should not be hard to serve together. The experience was not nice and the reviews don’t reflect the poor service in a busy weekend,
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Restaurant was busy and the service was excellent
  8. H

    Hills

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team at Briscola were great! The food was very nice. We booked at short notice for my wife's birthday, but they went out of their way to accommodate us. Fantastic!
  9. J

    Jacqui

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and service, except for needing to be rushed out for the next seating (after just being asked if we wanted dessert by another staff member). They do advertise the 90 minute limit do no issues, though there were other empty tables. But a minor quibble for an otherwise excellent meal.
  10. EB

    EmilyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner
  11. JM

    JMinero

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a really nice place, I spent a beautiful night with my family and the flavors was by far authentic and delicious. All in the restaurant gave me tradicional Italian cuisine.
  12. DG

    DaisyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Poor on value for money.. 2 small pieces of bread for the bruschetta for $14.. really.. ?? Service was excellent though. Unfortunately will not be a return customer..
  13. R

    Rose

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great restaurant for dinner. Delicious Italian food with plenty of options for all courses. Service was super friendly and we’ll be back!
  14. PB

    PaulB

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food the veal was amazing will be back staff were great.
  15. AS

    AussieinSD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was warm and friendly. Highly recommend for a gathering
  16. TH

    TonyH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new menu. We had the Risotto Nicola and Vegan Pasta special - both fantastic - very tasty!
  17. J

    Jonlads

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Truly outstanding, as authentic as you're going to get in Canberra! Gorgeous room and lovely, friendly staff 10/10.
  18. NL

    NatalieL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very tasty some of the items were not very hot for example the meatballs were warm sauce cold
  19. KA

    KeshnaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, staff, drinks and ambience. Had a great night and look forward to visiting again soon!
  20. LW

    LorraineW

    Sunshine Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Delicious food and excellent service.
  21. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    My daughter was ill last night - the food did not agree with her - my dish was Ok - but hers was clearly not good
  22. J

    Jaytee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and lovely service. Very obliging.
  23. WH

    WilliamH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were very pleased with our lunch at Briscola and will be happy to return.
  24. JE

    JessicaE

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Our order was missed so we waited 50 minutes for our meals after telling them we had a show
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service was wonderful
  26. KG

    KateG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, cocktails were great. Staff were friendly and attentive and it was great balue. Highly recommended
  27. SO

    SteveO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food. Will definitely visit again.
  28. GT

    GregT

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a favourite. Good menu and good service. The owner is very personable and keeps a close eye on his customers. Good for a casual dinner or a special occasion. Can recommend the limoncello affogato. An oldie but a goodie, a sustained performance over a long period
  29. CH

    CHRISSY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was great , staff were very friendly and meals came out pretty quick. Well worth a visit.
  30. R

    Rhino17

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were gathering as a group of eight and we had a great lunch. Staff were excellent, food choice was great, food delivered was timely and tasty, drinks were spot on and we really appreciated being able to each pay as we departed. Some of our group were able to stay on way past lunch time and were able to keep ordering drinks with out the staff being concerned or trying to move us on. All in all, a great experience.
  31. CW

    ChadWellDone

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I’m actual shocked. This would genuinely have to be the worst food I’ve tasted in the last 5-10 years. Positives: Staff were relatively friendly and the restaurant was OK. Negatives: Literally make 1 pasta hand-made. What we ordered: Rissoto / Gnocchi / Bruschetta Ingredients are not fresh, they are frozen and/or come out of a packet. Flavourless, bland food that is NOT authentic nor fresh. I could almost guarantee if I walked out the back, 90% would be coming out of sealed bags. They’ve either lost there passion for cooking or gotten lazy. This is far from authentic Italian and portrays nothing stated on your website. I felt embarrassed taking my partner here for her birthday, and should of stuck to what we know. All the best. Oh and top of it all, they pay for 5 star reviews and have been reported to Google for misconduct. Hence the high rating.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food super value was a little noisy but overall fantastic
  33. SL

    SandyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to Italian when in Canberra. Have been coming foe years & they always deliver on great food, service & friendly atmosy
  34. KK

    KorhanK

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A bit noisy inside. However the food is excellent..
  35. d

    danliveshere

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always spectacular. Amazing service, excellent food. One of the best places in Canberra hands down.
  36. FP

    FelicityP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely service, food and venue overall. A bit noisy in a tightly occupied space, so sometimes hard to hear conversation well.
  37. M

    Marianna

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely scrumptious, heart-warming food, wine and friendly service. Thank you so much for a lovely dining experience.
  38. CB

    CBRFOOD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Nice waitresses, poor food. Wouldn’t recommend.
  39. AN

    AshN

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Unfortunately food quality was not very good. Pizza had too much olive oil and pasta too much cheese
  40. C

    Chlo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love Briscola. Great service, incredible food and such a great atmosphere. Briscola is the best Italian food in Canberra!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Briscola Italian is rated 4.5 stars by 179 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 pm


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
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 Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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, 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 22 people (notwithstanding COVID limits). Includes heating, festoon lighting and music. Option to fully enclose.

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