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

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

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (114)
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Creative Cuisine (57)
Good for a Date (56)
Open Kitchen (49)
Notable Wine List (48)
Romance (42)
Fun (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (32)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Hot Spot (30)
Bar Seating (28)
Tasting Menu (28)
Casual (27)
Business Meals (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Neighbourhood Gem (25)
Tapas (24)
Modern Decor (24)
Late-night Find (21)
Lunch (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Outstanding Value (14)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Healthy (13)
Molecular Gastronomy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Outdoor Eating (11)
Brunch (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Cosy (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Spicy (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Child Friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
Family Style (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Private Room (2)
Wood Oven (1)
High Tea (1)
Fireplace (1)
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 (Canberra)·Dined 7 days ago

One of the best meals I've eaten in Canberra
Couldn't believe they served mini hotdogs. Best I've had. Couldn't fault the food.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 18 April 2017

Love eightysix, we have become regulars. We always prefer sitting at the bar when possible at a restaurant. The food here is beautifully delicious and the service staff are professional and very fun to be around. The kitchen staff are amazing and we love watching them work, even up for a chat when they have a moment. Decor is cosy, and would love nothing more than to sit at the bar with a giant red wine, parfait, and lamb shoulder while it's pouring rain outside.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Modern Decor, Bar Seating, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Open Kitchen, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasions
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·Dined on 13 April 2017

Terrific food and very professional staff. Only flaw was no Pinot glassware and fairly limited wine list in several areas. Would come back for clever creative cooking and top class staff

Tags: Hot Spot, Modern Decor, Open Kitchen
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 10 April 2017

Outstanding! Look forward to the next time. A warm, friendly atmosphere and superb food experience!

Tags: Special Occasions, Spicy, Cosy, Modern Decor, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romance, Notable Wine List, Fireplace, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 9 April 2017

If you're looking for a great night out in Canberra...or Australia... or THE WORLD, eightysix is the spot. The food is fantastic, particular favourite was the life changing oxtail gnocchi and the munchies dessert. The staff were awesome, super chatty and lovely. The wine is fantastic, great selection for any budget. One of the best meals, I've had in a long time. Inclusion of a hip hop soundtrack really sealed the deal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 8 April 2017

An amazing dining experience that pushed the boundaries. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Molecular Gastronomy, Special Occasions
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 8 April 2017

We have been to 86 a number of times before since it first opened and found it extremely expensive last week. I'm not sure why but it was way way over priced.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 4 April 2017

Outstanding service of great food with a wine list that is quite unique. Highly recommended

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 1 April 2017

Great Food and service, I would defiantly return to try some other dishes as the menu was great.
The service was also excellent especially from our waitress, she had great knowledge about the wine list and the food.
The food tasted great, especially the duck buns and friend chicken.

Tags: Romance, Fun, Open Kitchen, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 30 March 2017

We started off with the baby organic hotdogs, with pico de gallo. It was the perfect combination with the sweet white bread, the hint of spice and the delectable hotdog!
We then had the ceviche- one of my favourite dishes as it has at concentration of spice, which is counterbalanced by the cool avocado.

For main we opted for the black chicken, with coleslaw and the ghetto beef- two really sensational dishes.

Dessert we split three desserts- the famous caramel popcorn sundae (a must for those who love salted caramel), midnight munchies (think maltesers, brownie etc) and banoffee pie.

Definitely a Canberra favourite!

Tags: Molecular Gastronomy, Sunday Lunch, Lunch, Open Kitchen
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 26 March 2017

Absolutely adore 86! One of my favorite places to eat!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 11 March 2017

My husband & I really enjoyed our dinner on Saturday night. The waiter was very caring due to food allergy.
The menu isn't massive, but makes up for it in taste.
Will definitely revisit on our next trip to Canberra.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 10 March 2017

Great location with a vibrant atmosphere. Food and service was amazing. We will be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasions, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 3 March 2017

The kingfish ceviche was outstanding- the rye toast was a unique addition. The hotdogs are absolutely delicious- next time I won't be willing to share.
For main we had the ghetto beef and my favourite, the blackened chicken. Incredibly moist, and the blackened skin has a wonderful sweet tang. The coleslaw with this is outstanding.

Dessert we shared the midnight munchies (think chocolate overload) and the caramel popcorn sundae- wonderful salted caramel sauce.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Outdoor Eating, Notable Wine List, Lunch, Special Occasions, Business Meals, Open Kitchen, Fun, Group Bookings, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighbourhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romance
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 1 March 2017

The decirambience and service of the restaurant were very good. It was a first time visit for dinner with a friend. Menu was interesting and food generally well presented. My friend's main was undercooked which was disappointing but feedback was passed back to the chef. Wine we selected was very good. Overall a very enjoyable night.

Tags: Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasions, Sunday Lunch, Lunch
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 28 February 2017

Hi 86,

We loved your food and most of the service. Our main waiter was fabulous but we were a bit disappointed with one of the waitress who rolled her eyes just because we asked for bread for one of the dishes we ordered as my husband is not GF but I am. Other than that everything was fabulous!

Thank you!!

Tags: Fun, Open Kitchen, Good for a Date, Cosy, Healthy, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasions, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romance, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 28 February 2017

Had a fantastic night here. Sat outside and enjoyed the level of service which wasn't as overbearing as other restaurants. Staff left us to our own conversation but checked on us enough that we knew they hadn't forgotten.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighbourhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Outdoor Eating
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 (New England)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Booking for 8.30 didn't get seated until 9.10pm, staff couldn't care less and told us that we weren't the only ones who got delayed. Not sure how that helps the situation.

everyone was starving, food was slow and of course as it was so late they were running out of things we wanted.

Food was great as it always is, I can't fault them for that. But I'm getting tired of the zero care factor and the attitude of the manager put us off.
They did comp a bottle of wine but it's just too much hassle and attitude.

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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

The food was delicious but unfortunately the portions were ridiculously small!! It was definitely not worth the price!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 23 February 2017

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

Tags: Group Bookings, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 20 February 2017

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 Occasions, 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 Occasions, 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, Neighbourhood 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, Neighbourhood Gem, Special Occasions, 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, 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, Neighbourhood 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, Group Bookings, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighbourhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions, 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, Romance, 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: Group Bookings, 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, Child Friendly, Notable Wine List, Casual, Organic, People Watching, Special Occasions, Authentic, Group Bookings, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Open Kitchen, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romance, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Outdoor Eating, Cosy, 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, Romance
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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, Group Bookings
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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 Occasions, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romance, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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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, Group Bookings, Notable Wine List, Special Occasions
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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, Group Bookings, Creative Cuisine, Open Kitchen
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