About eightysix

Elouera St & Lonsdale St
Braddon, AU-ACT 2612
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Share food to a hip hop soundtrack.

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

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

eightysix Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for a Date (45)
Notable Wine List (43)
Open Kitchen (40)
Romance (38)
Vibrant Bar Scene (32)
Fun (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Hot Spot (25)
Bar Seating (25)
Tasting Menu (25)
Neighbourhood Gem (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Business Meals (24)
Casual (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Late-night Find (20)
Tapas (20)
Modern Decor (20)
Lunch (19)
Worth the Drive (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Authentic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Outstanding Value (14)
People Watching (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Healthy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Brunch (10)
Molecular Gastronomy (9)
Outdoor Eating (8)
Cosy (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Child Friendly (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Spicy (5)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Family Style (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Private Room (2)
Wood Oven (1)
High Tea (1)
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 (Canberra)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food :) on the expensive end, but worth it for a treat

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Canberra)·Dined 7 days ago

AMAZING!!!!

If you have the opportunity, go!

It is one of the main reasons we are excited about returning to Canberra! Will shine even against Sydney's best.

Start to finish - outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 17 February 2017

Food was delish! Great atmosphere. We will be back because we need to try everything else on the menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 11 February 2017

Awesome as always. Such good food, vibrant place. Can be a bit loud on Friday and Saturday for those who find a noisier vibe distracting, but we love it. Never disappointed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Open Kitchen, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, Molecular Gastronomy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 5 February 2017

Delicious food served by very friendly staff. It is little expensive for the portion sizes but the quality is very good. The place is a little noisy but it matches the atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Open Kitchen
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 4 February 2017

Amazing venue.

We were in town for a the weekend and went here on recommendation from a friend, needless to say it did not disappoint.

Great atmosphere, amazing food and top service.

We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Modern Decor, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 3 February 2017

Love the food at 86. Excellent selection great for sharing & flavours are amazing. Simple fresh & absolutely delicious. Food lovers heaven

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 2 February 2017

Fabulous as usual! We've never walked out of 86 disappointed. Didn't think the 'fish buns' would be be as good as the pork or duck buns, and whilst it was not my favourite, was still bloody good!

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Open Kitchen, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 27 January 2017

Food was great, wine & Cocktails were wide and varied in choice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 24 January 2017

Brought some out-of-towners for dinner and they were blown away by the food. The starters were delicious and light, the mains were substantial and delivered and the desserts were all promptly scoffed!

Service was consistent, prompt and friendly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 23 January 2017

Outstanding meal. Creative food ideas perfectly executed. Great wine list. Noisy inside. Perfect outside on a warm Canberra night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Open Kitchen, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Modern Decor
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 22 January 2017

Great food and service. Will definitely revisit and recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 21 January 2017

Great service (thx Jessie), fantastic original menu choices.

Seamed expensive, but the food was so good and we were so full, we could only waddle out.

We sat outside because the music inside was so loud, we wouldn't have been able to hear each other.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Tapas, Fun, People Watching, Casual
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 18 January 2017

This is the second time my wife and I have been here and 86 know how to put on an amazing spread of such variety that you will always be wanting more. With bellies full and grins on our face the staff topped our night off with a few laughs and just enforced our already pleasant experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Casual, Organic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Open Kitchen, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 14 January 2017

Food was delicious but some of it overpriced...for example the duck buns at $9 a piece with only a smear of duck, and the steak for $45 for 8 small, thin slices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 12 January 2017

We had a great night. The meal was outstanding and the service from Dash was great!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 12 January 2017

The food is outrageously expensive - $18 for 4 pieces of asparagus! How pretentious. I don't mind paying $18, but expected more than 4 pieces.

We ordered 1 plate of the tortellini as a share plate and were served 4 tortellini each, and charged for 4 $22 serves.

My 14 year old daughter had to do a drive thru meal after a $50 a head dinner (one glass of wine and a bottle of mineral water between the 4 of us).

The food was good, just too expensive and sparse for what it was.

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 (London)·Dined on 10 January 2017

Very nice food and good service in a nice (though loud) room. Would definitely come again.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 9 January 2017

We tried the all you can eat for $86 and it was well worth the money spent! The food was amazing and it just kept coming. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 9 January 2017

The all you can eat menu was great for us. First time at 86 and gave us a good overview of all the dishes.

Tags: Modern Decor, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 9 January 2017

Great variety of food and a lovely atmosphere make 86 a very positive dining experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on 9 January 2017

This is a venue for the gastronomically interested rather than the selfishly gluttonous! The menu comprises multiple choices of relatively small plates designed for mixing and sharing rather than the conventional sequential course approach. Our choices turned out to be highly complementary in flavours and textures - and the flavours were subtle and complex in well prepared dishes with fresh ingredients treated with respect in a visible kitchen that seemed well organised and efficient (although I am not sure that a backward baseball cap really improve a chef's skills..) The service was about as good as it gets for those who despise the too-common extremes of waitstaff condescension and obsequiousness mixed with ignorance. Friendly, knowledgeable, energetic, attentive without being intrusive (and despite being busy), and informal - we get the impression that any waitstaff who turn up with insufficiently ripped jeans may be sent home to change... The visible interplay between the waitstaff and the kitchen was effective, low key, and all towards the customer's needs. Of course, if you choose to dine at the heart of hipster "vibrant" contemporary Braddon (where it is clearly an exciting time for innovative dining) you must expect the hard surfaces that see the noise levels rising as the venue fills until the music is blocked out and ordinary conversation across the table becomes too hard -leaving more attention to focus on the superb food. The prices are competitive, especially for this quality. We shall be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Open Kitchen
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 7 January 2017

Fantastic! as always the service was amazing and the food outstanding.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 4 January 2017

Great food, dessert and drinks. Noisy but not in a way that bothered me. We had a great time and the staff were very friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 31 December 2016

We had a great New Year's Eve dinner at Eighty Six! We could not have asked for better service! Great waiting staff who, despite being really, really busy, looked after us so well - and we were a wee bit talkative!

The food was great! The cocktails were lovely and the wine list is excellent!

Totally recommend 86! We had a terrific news years - thanks guys!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 31 December 2016

Eighty Six should be on everyone's bucket-list. I've been here multiple times and have never been disappointed. Leaving very full, and more than a little tipsy😎

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Molecular Gastronomy, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Open Kitchen
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 31 December 2016

We booked ahead for 6 on NYE which became the 2 of us after Christmas got the better of family. Dinner for the two of us at the bar, was like our own Chef's Table. Head Chef Michael is friendly, entertaining, warm and courteous. The overall mood in the kitchen was that of support, friendship and encouragement. Seeing the food being prepared with all of the care and attention made it so much better. We will be returning this Friday for a light dinner - the food and atmosphere is just too good.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Molecular Gastronomy, Tapas, Modern Decor, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Late-night Find, Family Style, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Open Kitchen, Private Room, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 31 December 2016

My husband and I loved it! Best restaurant in Canberra.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 29 December 2016

Friendly service, plates came out at perfect intervals.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 28 December 2016

Finally got in to 86 after a few attempts and were very impressed. The food was excellent. Even the dishes that sounded simple had amazing flavour. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Private Room, Family Style, Modern Decor, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 28 December 2016

Not your typical restaurant - has a shared plate concept, tiny portions, and exorbitant prices. All of which combined to make a massively underwhelming dining experience. The food was forgettable, and service leaves much to be desired. We will never return to EightySix again.

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 (Canberra)·Dined on 24 December 2016

As always, 86 delivers. Fabulous food and the best service - friendly, fun and knowledgeable staff. The open kitchen is brilliant to watch and the chefs are happy to chat when they have time. We're never disappointed by this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Modern Decor, Bar Seating, Open Kitchen, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 22 December 2016

We love the food at 86! The mains are all different and interesting and the serves are generous.

You should always leave room for dessert! These are delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Open Kitchen, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Outstanding Value, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 21 December 2016

Another great night at eightysix. I miss the gnocchi but there are still plenty of dishes that we had to go back for seconds. Love this place.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 10 December 2016

Had dinner with friends and it was fantastic, the service was exceptional and the food was magnificent. Instead of ordering off the menu individually they did us a tasting type meal and it worked beautifully. They also catered for a vegan in our group and she loved her meals. Would highly recommend eating here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Modern Decor, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 7 December 2016

Delicious as always! Staff are always very friendly. Only negative was they ran out of the Banoffee pie by the time and be ordered dessert, so we now know to order it early to avoid missing out as it is the best dessert in the world!! A must have.

Tags: Open Kitchen, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 3 December 2016

We attended 86 for the Christine Manfield pop up - we will DEFINITELY return. So delicious and a great night, but be warned, it is quite a loud venue due to the open design and hard surfaces.

Tags: Molecular Gastronomy, Notable Wine List
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 30 November 2016

Ticked all of the boxes and more! What a surprise to find guest chef Christine Manfield cooking up a storm from her delicious South American menu. Every dish was to perfection.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 30 November 2016

Eighty Six is a favourite and we went on Wednesday night to experience the South American cuisine created by guest chef, Christine Manfield. We were not disappointed!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 29 November 2016

Awesome service. Excellent food. Nice atmosphere especially the special menu.

Tags: Open Kitchen, Casual, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu, Fun
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