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

5
4
3
2
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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 (108)
Special Occasions (94)
Good for a Date (67)
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Creative Cuisine (66)
Group Bookings (57)
Open Kitchen (53)
Notable Wine List (47)
Romance (43)
Fun (37)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Casual (37)
Vibrant Bar Scene (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Tasting Menu (35)
Bar Seating (34)
Hot Spot (34)
Modern Decor (29)
Tapas (28)
Neighbourhood Gem (28)
Business Meals (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Authentic (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Lunch (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Late-night Find (16)
People Watching (15)
Healthy (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Seasonal (13)
Cosy (12)
Outstanding Value (12)
Molecular Gastronomy (12)
Outdoor Eating (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Brunch (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Spicy (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Child Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Family Style (4)
Organic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Private Room (2)
Wood Oven (1)
High Tea (1)
Fireplace (1)
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 (Canberra)·Dined 5 days ago

what a fantastic spot. the food was incredible and it was at our table almost within minutes of us ordering our selections.

I found the service slightly off touch a couple of times especially in the beginning I was left wondering when they going to take our drinks order or top up our glasses.

waitress was especially friendly and inviting.

Loved the experiience overalll will be back

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasions, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Great vibe.... great service and great food.. what more could you want. Definitely go the all you can eat option and try everything. Too much is barely enough!!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasions, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Cosy
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 17 June 2017

$86 all you can eat is the best value meal on the planet. Brilliant food and service. It lit ladies and gentlemen 🔥🔥🔥

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Group Bookings, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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food3
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (Canberra)·Dined on 16 June 2017

The food was quite nice, most dishes were too cool by the time we got them. Nice room and friendly staff

Dining Occasion:Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 11 June 2017

I love 86, we have been a few times and it never dissapoints

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Child Friendly, Casual, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 10 June 2017

Great food and drinks and the service was excellent. Only down side was squeezing 5 people on to a table for 4.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Neighbourhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasions, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 9 June 2017

The food at this restaurant never disappoints. I tried the beef cheek as one of our sharing dishes and have always found it wanting at other venues. It was sensational. Well done again, 86.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Authentic
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value3

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 5 June 2017

Staff are always a lot of fun while being attentive and knowledgeable. Great menu for groups or a date. Just bring $$$ and order heaps because dish sizes are very much tasting size..

Still my fave spot in Braddon since it opened a few years ago!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Casual, Neighbourhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Group Bookings
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 3 June 2017

I really enjoyed my experience at Eightysix. The food was modern and exciting and the drinks were great.
I throughly enjoyed my Espresso martini, it was a new take on the drink and it had the right amount of kick.
The meals were full of flavour and I thought the "All you can eat" deal was fantastic.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romance, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighbourhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food3
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (Canberra)·Dined on 1 June 2017

nice but overpriced. habanero steak tartare was a highlight.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Tasting Menu
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Canberra)·Dined on 30 May 2017

One of the best restaurants in CBR.
We've spent the past three anniversaries having dinner here :)

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romance, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 28 May 2017

Brilliant restaurant that we have been too several times. Service and food is excellent and we will continue to use this as a dinner venue :)

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Special Occasions, Quiet Conversation, Group Bookings, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 15 May 2017

Eightysix never disappoints. The dishes we know and love are always sensational. The new dishes on the menu are also delicious. Not cheap, but always enjoyable - which translates as value for money.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Neighbourhood Gem, Modern Decor, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Open Kitchen, Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasions, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience3
service5
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 1 May 2017

The food was great - really imaginative. The service was excellent but it was very noisy. Hopefully Ainslie will be quieter.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Modern Decor, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (Canberra)·Dined on 26 April 2017

Fabulous as always! Was a bit worried the standard might of dropped with the new restaurant opening but it was as good as always.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Modern Decor, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Open Kitchen, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Outdoor Eating, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Romance, Pre/post Theatre, Neighbourhood Gem, Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Group Bookings, Casual, Disabled Access, Lunch
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food3
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service2
value3

 
 (Canberra)·Dined on 24 April 2017

86 was quite disappointing this time around. I have gone multiple times and it has always been fun, irreverent, exciting, and engaging.
My visit on monday night was none of those things. Maybe just irreverent, but that's not good by itself.
It seemed to be a bit of work for us to be served by someone and that ended up meaning we didn't get served our drink until we needed to follow up with our waiter.
The food kept some of the 'hits' from 4 years ago and the age is showing. It no-longer was exciting or engaging. Some new meals that capture that energy would be fantastic.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Modern Decor, Open Kitchen, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 19 April 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food
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food5
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service5
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 8 April 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Molecular Gastronomy, Special Occasions
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food4
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service4
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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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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!

Dining Occasion:Date
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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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!!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighbourhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Outdoor Eating
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ambience2
service2
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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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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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!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasions, Outstanding Value
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 (New England)·Dined on 17 February 2017

Excellent food. Service could definitely improve. Wine selection is great.

Dining Occasion:Date
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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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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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