About eightysix

Share food to a hip hop soundtrack.

Elouera St & Lonsdale St
Braddon, AU-ACT 2612
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Australian

Hours of operation:
Mon-Thu:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sat-Sun:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(02) 6161 8686

Website:
http://www.eightysix.com.au/

Parking Details:
Street and Parking Lot.

Executive Chef:
Michael Rees

Private Party Facilities:
Cocktail function capacity 70.
Private sit down capacity 50.

Private Party Contact:
Eightysix: (02) 6161 8686

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Wheelchair Access, Wine

eightysix Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (89)
Fit for Foodies (83)
Special Occasions (76)
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Creative Cuisine (75)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Fun (49)
Tasting Menu (47)
Romance (45)
Group Bookings (44)
Hot Spot (41)
Bar Seating (38)
Notable Wine List (35)
Casual (32)
Tapas (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Neighbourhood Gem (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Authentic (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Cosy (22)
Business Meals (21)
People Watching (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Healthy (16)
Lunch (13)
Outdoor Eating (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Seasonal (11)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Spicy (5)
Great Beer (5)
Child Friendly (4)
Organic (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Brunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Vegan (2)
High Tea (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 4 days ago

This place never disappoints! Being a Friday night it was very busy, but the service or food was not compromised. The kitchen was able to get food out quickly and the floor staff made sure our every need was met.
A little on the pricey side, but worth the money as every dish is delicious. I swear they have an Italian Nona hiding out the back making their pasta dishes.
I can’t wait for another excuse to dine out here. 😍🍴🍹

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined 4 days ago

The food, service and atmosphere was absolutely fantastic

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 28 November 2017

Once again not disappointed by this Canberra institution. The food was second to none. The staff are very knowledgeable and have a great taste for matching wines with food. And who can forget that Popcorn Sundae =D Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Spicy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 27 November 2017

Consistently good food and service! We are lucky enough to live in Braddon and have an abundance of great places to eat on our doorstep. Eighty Six is a treat. There are some really exceptional dishes on the menu and I always try to leave room for dessert too.
I also love that it still has a fairly casual vibe so it’s eady to go out when you’re feeling low fuss.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 24 November 2017

This was our second visit and won’t be our last. Highly recommended to all family and friends. Thank you to all staff for a great night.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 23 November 2017

We've been to eightysix on many occasions and have enjoyed the food, ambience and conviviality each time. My only criticism of previous visits has been the level of noise - difficult to manage, however, given hard floors and surfaces. This occasion was to catch up with friends not seen for a while and it was terrific. Because it was a warm(ish) night, we opted to sit outside. This was great as we had all the "normal" enjoyment, without the noise. We were incredibly well looked after and I couldn't fault the night! Thanks!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 23 November 2017

I recently dined here with a friend - we came for the food having heard great things and we were not disappointed. The dishes are served as small share plates and we opted for the $86 all you can eat offering. We did end up ordering one too many dishes but still squeezed in dessert! The stand outs were the cured kangaroo and the duck bun with hoisin, but all the dishes we chose were great. Only ones that failed, but only slightly, were the buttermilk coleslaw (very wet and unappealing although the taste was OK) and the caramel popcorn sundae (the caramel was quite hard and thick and hard to eat). The frozen margarita was a perfect cleansing end to the meal. Everything was beautifully presented and served on different serving dishes. The staff were courteous and attentive. It is a small restaurant with not much decor and it is noisy - I was glad we were next to the window. But you come here for the food not the ambiance!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 21 November 2017

Amazing service and pretty good food, some things weren't worth their price, but the chicken kewpie with sriracha was the best chicken I've ever eaten!!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 16 November 2017

Need to do the all you can eat. Really is quality over quantity. We hadn't done a date night for a years and I was glad they we broke the drought here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 15 November 2017

Where to begin... we booked a table tonight at our new favourite Canberra haunt 86. We had been before and were blown away by not only only the food but the service. Tonight was something else. With the marriage equality vote being returned, the streets were flooded with people, this restaurant was packed to capacity, absolutely every table was filled, we sat at the bar - this, was definitely the place to be! The casual observer could not help notice the immense pressure the entire staff were under, dealing with the amount of customers you would expect on 3 busy Friday nights, let alone a Wednesday. As the list of tickets grew longer the staff energised and delivered a transcendent experience, it was truly wonderful to behold. The orders kept stacking as a jovial sous chef chirped “service please” every few minutes and the orders were whisked away by the attentive waitstaff. What an undertaking, having an open kitchen for all your diners to see and hear, meanwhile, what was the head chef doing? Preparing multiple orders while engaging in friendly banter with his diners. Having grown up in this industry I could not help but be filled with an overwhelming sense of pride for what this team achieved. Pure autonomy! Waitstaff and chefs alike getting the job done, all the while with a smile on their face, knowing full well they will all be back tomorrow for a gruelling mise en place, given the fact that they will almost certainly run out of food tonight. I would go into detail about the perfectly balanced beetroot and chèvre risotto or the obscenely generous lamb shoulder helping, I might even mention the delicious Pinot noir paired with our meal tonight, but the food speaks for itself. What was truly beautiful to behold tonight was good old fashioned customer service under immense pressure. An absolute first class dining experience. All the staff should be incredibly proud. Can’t wait to return

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

Sensational dining experience and atmosphere from staff and other diners

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

Amazing food and great service. Frida chicken was amazing as were the deserts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

Fantastic meal so was surprised at how filling the food was and therefore kept prices reasonable!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 3 November 2017

Great food, great atmosphere - just felt a little rushed by the staff - swooping down to take away plates and wine glasses the second they thought we were finished. Otherwise very nice - barramundi was particularly fabulous.

Tags: Tapas
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 19 October 2017

Fabulous!
Always is .
Food, service, ambiance.
Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 18 October 2017

It was good, but the food is quite pricey and one of the dishes was quite different to how it was described on the menu. Wine by the glass list very average.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on 17 October 2017

At late notice, (as the restaurant hadn't received my booking), the fabulous Dash managed to get us a table.
The food and service at 86 is always exceptional, but the food tonight was off the scale amazing! The barramundi was a standout.
There was a wait for our desserts, and without us even really noticing it, 2 staff members apologised and then they took them off the bill. A very generous thing to do.
This place never disappoints.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic
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Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on 16 October 2017

My group of six were very excited to dine at 86, and to experience the $86 all you can eat option, however we had several uncomfortable interactions with our server that spoilt the night.

During our initial order our server claimed we were ‘over ordering', which made us feel very uncomfortable. We also noticed that some items were removed from our order without that being checked with us.

I would like to confirm that all entrée’s and mains were consumed with minimal leftovers.

When it came time for dessert our server had 'lost' our order. When we reiterated our order the server criticised one of my group's requests for multiple desserts by saying 'It's not all you can't eat, it's all you can eat' and resisted including the items on the order. This left my companion feeling very embarrassed.

Then, during dessert, two of our ice cream glasses broke. My companions were mortified. We were informed by our server this 'happens all the time'. There was no offer to replace the half eaten desserts.

We spent $670, and while the food we were able/allowed to eat was delicious, the experience was slightly soured by the service.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 15 October 2017

Wonderful. 10/10 experience. I don't say that often.
Service wonderful and wonderful menu selection. $86 all you can eat is heavenly.
Will be going back again for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 14 October 2017

We loved the whole experience at eightySix. We were there for four hours and did not feel pressured to leave.

Tags: Good for a Date
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Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on 14 October 2017

Food was generally good but expensive, one dish was drowned in oil. Portion size was small but acceptable.
Staff were intrusive, bumped me with their bottoms frequently without even acknowledgement, and service was slow.
Atmosphere was quite noisey, felt like I was sometimes yelling across the table, but otherwise nice - very comfortable modern feel

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 14 October 2017

I’ve been here 4-5 times now and every time the service is great. Dash and her team are fantastic at keeping on top of everything and are super friendly. Great food great service with great friends what more could you want!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 13 October 2017

Had friends down from Brisbane. They raved about 86 and said better than anything they'd had at home and they eat at some pretty funky places

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 7 October 2017

Fantastic food. Friendly staff. Generally good service (delay in the middle of our mains but it was quite busy). A little bit more expensive than I am used to but worth it.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Great Food and a great atmosphere. Service was also excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Food was delicious and service very attentive. Sadly we had a very loud table beside us but the staff were great making sure we were OK with the situation! Buzzy place anyway, but great fun and would definitely go back.

Tags: Tapas, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 30 September 2017

Great staff, amazing food, great wine selection!! Went there for the guest chef dinner with Christine Manfield. It was amazing and so filling!! Desserts to die for! Would recommend +++

Tags: Organic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 26 September 2017

Best fried chicken in Canberra. Food is always delicious & service is excellent. My favourite place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 24 September 2017

We found the atmosphere to be funky and had an urban edge whilst being extremely comfortable. The food was simply yummy!!! We will definitely return. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 23 September 2017

Excellent food and very friendly waitstaff. Points off for lack of suitable place to wait for the table. Also when the dining room is crowded, it is quite noisy and hard to hear the conversation at your table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 22 September 2017

Fantastic as always!

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Food3
Ambience1
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 20 September 2017

One waitress offered exceptional service, the other begrudging. The menu was limited for my friend who has a seafood allergy. The place was noisy. The wine by the glass wasn't poured from the bottle - except after I asked. The fried chicken was not exceptional. Dessert was excellent.

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Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on 18 September 2017

Great tasting and unusual food so compliments to the chef!

But not good value, very expensive. Staff were too quick to take away plates and glasses - including those still in use! - but slow to attend to any further needs.

Glad I went to try but not in a hurry to go back...

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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Delicious food, great service, would definitely be back when again in Canberra.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 9 September 2017

Freaking delicious! Can't fault a thing. Service was mad!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 8 September 2017

Food was mind blowing! Pity it took 40 minutes to be seated even though we had a booking.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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Food1
Ambience2
Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on 29 August 2017

There was no record of our booking made through OpenTable, which was a slightly stressful way to start our 'special occasion' (my birthday), but luckily we'd arrived early (6pm) so they had a spare table. The first entrée that arrived was so small it required a magnifying glass to see it. Unfortunately we didn't bring a magnifying glass with us, so we just went through the motions of eating what was mostly likely just thin air. The mains were slightly more substantial and could be seen with the naked eye, but my stomach refused to believe that anything was actually ingested. The chefs at eightysix are clearly talented illusionists, skilled in the use of smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of fancy food. After entrées and mains were finished, I felt like I'd had nothing more than water all evening. Good for my waist line, but not for celebrating special occasions. Conclusion: eightysix is a joke, unless you're fasting, have deep pockets and enjoy illusions of fancy food, in which case, it's amazing and highly recommended.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 27 August 2017

really awesome food and atmosphere, highly recommend doing the 86 deal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Fantastic !!!

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 26 August 2017

The best food I have ever eaten! Absolutely amazing, would recommend to everyone I know.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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