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Briscola - Reno

504 reviews
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$30 and under
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The spirit of abbondanza prevails at Briscola, Charlie Palmer's newest restaurant at Grand Sierra Resort. Under the direction of Executive Chef Massimo Riggio, small plate offerings, including Parmigiano rice cakes, and hand-cut fresh pastas accompany main course dishes that take a light approach to classical Italian cooking, from grilled lamb chops with eggplant caponata and creamy polenta to crispy barramundi with fennel and tomato stuffing.

Briscola, a traditional Italian card game, inspired the club-like comfortable décor, and in characteristic Roman-style, the dining room with vaulted ceiling is almost like eating in a wine cave. An over-sized wooden table used as a meat station takes center stage, and the fire-truck red Berkel meat slicer guarantees that salume and prosciutto are hand-cut and arranged to order.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(775) 789-2587
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Holman
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Private party facilities
Briscola can accommodate parties of up to 100 guests with exclusive use of the restaurant space.
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Private party contact
Rebecca Vowels: (775) 789-5324
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Charlie Palmer catering can provide food and beverages for any occasion and party size. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Please call 775-789-5324 for event inquiries.
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Cross street
Jensen Street
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Parking details
Self parking is available in the Grand Sierra Resort parking lot. Valet parking is also available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RandC (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

Nice restaurant. We've been to Briscola many times. Usually pretty quiet and above average food, but don't expect spectacular.

vipcheryl (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Return visit-food excellent, as usual. Great service. Highly recommended.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
1.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Terrible Italian, they don't know the difference between bolognaise sauce and vodka sauce, gnocchi were lumps of dough, shrimp scampi, oily, too much garlic. Not a good dining experience!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Just a poor experience!!! We were ther for a birthday celebration and it turned out to have cold food and poor service. Regardless of them being busy there are no excuses for cold food that should be served hot... Waitress seemed to give us the impression that we were not her primary focus.

vipReno255 (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We were seated in the outer room - the bar area. The space is nice, but less formal and intimate than the back room. Our table for four was a little awkwardly places at right angle to another table.

Our waiter, while friendly, was inexperienced and generally unfamiliar with wines and menu items.

I had the Veal Picatta. It was ok, but not outstanding. Two of the veal slices were tender, but the third was a bit tough and overcooked. I felt the sauce was a bit heavy on the cream and light on the lemon and capers. Sides are a la carte.

The garlic bread was not warm and was a bit dry.

Overall, the meal was not terrible, but nothing special. This was pretty standard generic Italian food. Since we are locals, I would probably not eat here again as there are other choices in town for more innovative Italian food.

PokerPlayer (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food. Large selection. The chicken Parmesan was delicious. Atmosphere quiet and relaxing. Service was professional and attentive.

LeeC (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Enjoyed the food and service, only drawback, we heard our waiter reading specials to other patrons after we ordered. Disappointed we were not given that opportunity to enjoy the specials for the evening.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

The restaurant and menu are very outdated. Food was ok but nothing exciting. Wine by the glass is a small amount. Can not believe this is a Charlie Palmer offering. I will not return.

RitaT (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Husband's chicken piccatta was fine. My chicken marshals was so dry I couldn't swallow it. Sent it back and DoD not get another. My choice. Corkage was $25.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Always an AWESOME experience! I visit Briscola at least once anytime I'm in the Reno / Tahoe area.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Great cocktails.. great food.. great service.. great meal.. prior to a Great concert!.. Meghan our server was very attentive!..

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

We were in Reno, NV, for a convention and did not know what to expect from this Italian restaurant at the hotel. We actually liked it so much that we returned the following night to dine ! This was some of the best homemade pasta and sauce that I have ever had.
I had Spaghetti Marinara and my husband had Vodka Penne. The garlic bread was to die for as was the gelato for dessert. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful.

JeanG (Columbus)
1.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

The service was adequate at best. The food was over-priced and poorly prepared. It was barely edible.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Ate at Briscola prior to seeing the Donny & Marie show at Grand Sierra - food was good & the waitress did a great job.

Bummer (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

Service was great, friendly, and prompt
Served clams that smelled rancid
Worst veal picatta ever
Fire the cooks