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
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.1

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (87)
Fit for Foodies (81)
Creative Cuisine (73)
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Special Occasions (69)
Fun (52)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Bar Seating (44)
Group Bookings (44)
Tasting Menu (43)
Romance (40)
Hot Spot (38)
Casual (36)
Notable Wine List (34)
Tapas (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Authentic (24)
Neighbourhood Gem (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Cosy (21)
People Watching (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Business Meals (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Healthy (17)
Lunch (14)
Seasonal (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Late-night Find (10)
Outdoor Eating (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Outstanding Value (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Great Beer (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Child Friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Brunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
High Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Ambience4
Service4
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·Dined 3 days ago

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
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

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
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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
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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
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Service4
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 (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
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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
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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
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 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 22 September 2017

Fantastic as always!

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Food3
Ambience1
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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
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Value5

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Fantastic !!!

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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·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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 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 20 August 2017

Very good food and the staff is welcoming. We will be back here again!

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Food5
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·Dined on 18 August 2017

Amazing food, drinks and service. Will definitely be going back again!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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Food1
Ambience1
Service4
Value1

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

Very basic seating is cramped, very noisy and quality of food is average. However the staff are very responsive.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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Food5
Ambience2
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

Food was great! Especially the Gnocchi. However, it took 3 hours before we received our last meal.

We were sitting there for 30 minutes before offered to order a drink.
It then took another hour before we could get the attention of the waiter to let him know that we hadn't received our mains. They then came out all at once and several dishes were missing that we ordered - they never show up, which was disappointing. We were offered to order desert before our mains arrived, as it was now late and they needed our table for the next booking (2.5 hours into our sitting).

The meals that we received were delicious, I just wish the whole experience was nicer and that we received the service we were paying for.

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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 11 August 2017

Great dining for catching up with family and friends

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 9 August 2017

Great service ansd as usual, fantastic food and drink. 5*

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 3 August 2017

Loved!! You need to experience! For food - For service - for wine - For joy

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 2 August 2017

Amazing, must go for all foodies. All you can eat option is great for couples looking to sample most of the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 2 August 2017

Food was excellent and novel. We were stuck on a table right near the door with cold winds every few minutes due to frequent ingress and egress. This somewhat spoiled what would have been an excellent night. The staff were lovely

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 2 August 2017

Food was superb; ambience and conviviality also great. It does get loud so if you want an intimate conversation I wouldn't recommend! But it is very much one of "the" places to go. Well done!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual
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Food5
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Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 30 July 2017

The quality of the food was excellent. However, with the emphasis on shared plates, staff should recommend, for groups of 4 or more people, that they order 2 or more of the same selection so that everyone gets a reasonable portion. With 5 guests we ordered 6 different plates but each of us only got a teaspoon of food from each selection as there is not much in a serve. One serve does about 2 people though the more expensive dishes down the menu have more on the plate and could at a pinch serve 3. The gap between serves meant that it was frustrating and not very filling! Would come back but do it differently.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 28 July 2017

The food is always delicious, and the service is always outstanding. Thanks for a great night 86.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 22 July 2017

First time here, the food was amazing - beyond words! Specifically the pumpkin and marscapone agnoletti and the wagyu beef cheek. I will definitely be coming back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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Food4
Ambience1
Service2
Value1

 
·Dined on 21 July 2017

this is a simplistic but very overpriced place that does not worth the excitement some younger people express online. The only deal worth a visit is $86 all you can eat but overall our impression is mixed, starting from a very noise environment and xerox printed 1/2 page menu, and finishing some missing items in the order

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Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on 19 July 2017

Great food, but the waitresses need to work on their service. Portions were also very small relative to the price, so all in all not very good value. A really nice vibe in the restaurant though. It's quite nice but probably won't come back again, especially when there are plenty of great restaurants at a similar price point that would offer much better service and portion sizes.

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