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Briscola Italian, Canberra, AU-ACT

Briscola Italian

4.5
4.5
199 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Briscola has established itself on the Canberra food scene by offering and unpretentious yet stylish approach to an authentic Italian dining experience. At the forefront it’s about the food: simple, wholesome and traditional without being old fashioned. The “old fashioned” is evident in the service with Gianni focusing on giving the diner a charming experience. What sets us apart is how we transport you to Italy. Start with an aperitivo to open the palate, enjoy a local or Italian wine varietal and finish with a soothing digestive. Briscola seems to suit anyone… corporate luncheons, young couples, families and group functions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6248 5444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nickolaus Magro Ocaranza

  • Catering

    Stylish yet casual Italian dining. Cosy & unpretentious setting suiting couple, families and group functions. Offering full Italian menu including pasta, pizza, risotto, main meals and catering for most dietary requirements.

  • Private party facilities

    Outdoor gazebo can be booked for up to 22 people (notwithstanding COVID limits). Includes heating, festoon lighting and music. Option to fully enclose.

  • Neighborhood

    Canberra City

  • Cross street

    Best parking at Magistrates Court car park.

  • Parking details

    Magistrates Court car park off London Circuit

  • Public transit

    Two minute walk from the City Light Rail Station (Alinga St)<br />In front of City Bus Station No 1

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 199 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. V

    Viran

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The two main courses didn’t arrive at the same time.nearly 5/8 minutes between the two main courses and had to ask for the second main course.food could have been a bit warmer,and if one use warm plates this would help.
  2. NB

    NicoleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. Wonderful service. Beautiful restaurant. A little too noisy. Would definitely eat here again.
  3. TR

    TrishR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Best ever lamb shanks. Our waitress was really lovely.
  4. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall very good with outstanding service. A credit to the young staff on duty.
  5. B

    Bluey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Food and service very good, extremely noisy, not the place to go if you're looking for a romantic night out.
  6. MM

    MelissaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and service at Briscola was excellent. The waitress was very attentive and made our birthday celebrations a night to remember.
  7. MK

    MeaganK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff were lovely with our kids despite being very busy
  8. LS

    LezanneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic service beautiful yummy food! will definitely recommend!
  9. CC

    CeciliaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best pizza ever and the spagetti marinara was also very very nice!. Service is also very spot on and timely, food was delivered in reasonable time. The choc tart was delicuous! We visit from Sydney every now and then and just love dining at Briscola Italian! See you at our next visit!!👌👌
  10. ES

    ElishaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service was fantastic. Couldn’t fault it. Would definitely recommend!
  11. CL

    CL22

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Seated as per my request. Busy and therefore noisy when we were there, with tables fairly close together. Great fir an upbeat night out.
  12. AD

    AmyD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would recommend Briscola’s to anyone who loves authentic Italian food with great GF options 😀 Family friendly, our fussy 3 yr old ate everything. Service was fast and friendly 😀
  13. W

    Wendy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant with a beautiful ambience. Well heated too!
  14. L

    Lilly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good was fantastic and the staff were really nice and helpful
  15. GL

    GrannyLeg

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    One of the better pizza and pasta venues in Canberra.
  16. JN

    JohnN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Disappointed. Antipasto plate very ordinary and bread stale. House red wine overpriced. Main dishes came out separately. Had to request black pepper and Parmesan cheese for the pasta and the parm cheese appeared and tasted like the processed off-the-shelf variety. On the plus side, the salad was amazing!
  17. D

    Danny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Interesting menu, mostly OK food. Salad came out after the mains were nearly completed - it's clear they forgot to make it. Ordered a jug of sangria and there was a tiny amount of red wine with lots of inedible fruits and a very large price tag - should have ordered a beer. Quite expensive for what you get. We wouldn't go back based on poor value.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice food. Excellent staff. Open Monday’s. Bit noisy
  19. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice Italian food - hard to choose what to have as it all looked good.. Enjoyable evening.
  20. K

    Khin

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful dinner experience with a toddler.
  21. FO

    FriendOfDorothy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I had a birthday dinner there. The staff were really welcoming and polite, and the food was A1.
  22. CW

    ChrisW

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    A busy little Italian in the restaurant precinct, however, although busy, the service was excellent and our table was in back away from the front door and the usual foot traffic. The food, on the whole, was quite good, however, the Linguine di Mare, whilst well presented and the seafood fresh, had too much chilli in it - not a hint of chilli but so much that my wife couldn't eat it. The response to my comment regarding the chilli was to "ask for it mild next time". Were we in a Thai restaurant or an Italian restaurant? Seriously? Having said that, the rest of the meals were very good. I would go back again, but make sure I ask to go light on the chili.
  23. LM

    LindaM

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Absolutely Delicious!! Every meal that came out was well worth the visit. A definite must when you visit Canberra
  24. TB

    TroyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, will be back again. One of the best Italian food
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Had dinner there to catch up with friends. Dishes were lovely and so were the dessert, my friend highly praise the tiramisu, myself loved the king prawn starter. Our experience was great until we walked out, a staff member chased us accusing that we haven't pay for the dinner. She's still in doubt and asked "Have you?" even after the four of us all confirmed that we have definitely paid. We did paid in cash (that's the only excuse I could think of) as they have 1.6% surcharge for card which was made clear during booking.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We have to wait outside in the freezing cold for 20 minutes because our table that was booked in advance was not free. The waitress went to the people in our table and told them we were waiting and they needed to leave. I should say that they have three empty tables. When food arrived was not for the three of us only for two and my husband got his pasta 25 minutes after us by then we were almost done. Two pizzas and a pasta are fast meals and should not be hard to serve together. The experience was not nice and the reviews don’t reflect the poor service in a busy weekend,
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Restaurant was busy and the service was excellent
  28. H

    Hills

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team at Briscola were great! The food was very nice. We booked at short notice for my wife's birthday, but they went out of their way to accommodate us. Fantastic!
  29. J

    Jacqui

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and service, except for needing to be rushed out for the next seating (after just being asked if we wanted dessert by another staff member). They do advertise the 90 minute limit do no issues, though there were other empty tables. But a minor quibble for an otherwise excellent meal.
  30. EB

    EmilyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner
  31. JM

    JMinero

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a really nice place, I spent a beautiful night with my family and the flavors was by far authentic and delicious. All in the restaurant gave me tradicional Italian cuisine.
  32. DG

    DaisyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Poor on value for money.. 2 small pieces of bread for the bruschetta for $14.. really.. ?? Service was excellent though. Unfortunately will not be a return customer..
  33. R

    Rose

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great restaurant for dinner. Delicious Italian food with plenty of options for all courses. Service was super friendly and we’ll be back!
  34. PB

    PaulB

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food the veal was amazing will be back staff were great.
  35. AS

    AussieinSD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was warm and friendly. Highly recommend for a gathering
  36. TH

    TonyH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new menu. We had the Risotto Nicola and Vegan Pasta special - both fantastic - very tasty!
  37. J

    Jonlads

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Truly outstanding, as authentic as you're going to get in Canberra! Gorgeous room and lovely, friendly staff 10/10.
  38. NL

    NatalieL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very tasty some of the items were not very hot for example the meatballs were warm sauce cold
  39. KA

    KeshnaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, staff, drinks and ambience. Had a great night and look forward to visiting again soon!
  40. LW

    LorraineW

    Sunshine Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Delicious food and excellent service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Briscola Italian using the Order Online button. Briscola Italian also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Briscola Italian also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 6248 5444.

Briscola Italian is rated 4.5 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
Google Map for Briscola Italian

60 Alinga St, Canberra, AU-ACT 2601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Best parking at Magistrates Court car park.

  • Neighborhood

    Canberra City

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Magistrates Court car park off London Circuit

  • Public transit

    Two minute walk from the City Light Rail Station (Alinga St)In front of City Bus Station No 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nickolaus Magro Ocaranza

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 6248 5444

  • Catering

    Stylish yet casual Italian dining. Cosy &amp; unpretentious setting suiting couple, families and group functions. Offering full Italian menu including pasta, pizza, risotto, main meals and catering for most dietary requirements.

  • Private party facilities

    Outdoor gazebo can be booked for up to 22 people (notwithstanding COVID limits). Includes heating, festoon lighting and music. Option to fully enclose.

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