Briscola Italian

4.5
57 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Briscola has established itself on the Canberra food scene by offering an 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.

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
What 57 people are saying
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TraceyC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A delicious meal and a great improvement on what was served to me on my last visit. I have had my faith restored and we will be back. Thanks

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KathleenH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful lunch- glad we chose to book a table outside however as inside was a little bit noisy :)

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is great & the service is excellent, we will be back.

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were dining before going to the theatre. Service was excellent - food arrived briskly. Wait staff were veryy attentive and efficient.

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Krispy
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Canberra with my wife for her birthday weekend she enjoyed her pizza, I had Pollo Mostarda which was delicious. Will definitely go back when next in town.

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GusS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Too much pressure to order and get out. I have never had to give my credit card details while booking a table

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JanA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, good service, nice atmosphere, thank you

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KarlB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Christmas lunch and we had a fantastic time, food was great, portion size was perfect and we were really satisfied.

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GaikK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a friendly unpretentious cafe with a cosy ambience and excellent food

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JustinB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very slow. We were unable to have dessert.

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NikkiE
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our meals. We are all vegan so we were very happy to get a choice of pizza and pastas. The mushroom pizza with vegan cheese was a standout but all the food was lovely.

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PAMC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. And the place is so convenient to the tram stop and to where I was seeing a show ( Smith's Book shop)>

It was a tad noisy for me, but I'm hard of hearing.

Would be good to have a quieter area forthe older hard of hearing people!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We dined here on a Saturday night and whilst busy it was a great and friendly experience. Pizza and pasta were tasty.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The head waiter was lovely . Service was prompt . Only negative was when I tried to adjust numbers via open table this was not available

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SamH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is fantastic and authentic. Cocktails are great too. Everything tasted fresh and hot! Staff could have been a little more attentive but overall they were lovely.

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MichelleT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Was really nice just a bit noisy. Food was lovely

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SamJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was great, the service was a bit inexperienced, for example we were served the sides before the entre came out
the food was very nice, the prices were fair to high for a "no tablecloth" restaurant

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RhodaC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Extremely tasty. Didn't have to wait long either. Highly recommended.

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been to Briscola many times over the years and have always thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However, yesterday out table of four was left disappointed. My pizza base was so tough I actually couldn’t slice through the outside crust and left it uneaten, and the potato filling was undercooked. The fig glaze was sparing.
Service was not up to standard. Although the wait staff were polite we felt hurried at every turn. My husband was still eating his main course when we were asked if we wanted dessert and menus were brought. I had to ask if the lunch sitting was time constrained. It wasn’t. On three occasions we had to ask for our ordered glasses of wine.
I would like to think yesterday was an aberration as this little place has always been a firm favourite.

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Irina
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were outstanding. Each time I visit the standard is the same. Highly recommend.

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magnusl
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clean and simple! Friendly staff. Had todays fish and it was very well cocked but did lack a bit of sauce..!! Def recommended

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ElizabethA
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great family dinner. Great service and great food. The place has a lovely buzz of activity with a bit of everything. You have families as well as couples and groups of friend enjoying time together. We were visiting from Sydney and would come again.

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NoelleC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy dinner at 5:30pm on a Friday night. Sat outside and booked online an hour before. Great food. Service was professional. We’ve eaten here before and happy to go back again.

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JaimeS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi Gorgonzola is to die for! The rest of the food is pretty damn good too! Had a great time.

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TJPA
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy, busy, friendly, energetic- love eating at Briscola. Delicious, authentic Italian food.

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MilesF
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Two of us enjoyed the $22 pecial lunch of food and wine. Delicious food and good local wines. Great service. A very friendly place and convenient to Canberra Theatre for our matinee.

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Private
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and great service, I’m coeliac and they were great!

Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food I’ve had in a very long time!

Great service and friendly staff. The meals came out very quickly and the staff were attentive, asking if we needed anything at all or if we wanted more drinks during our dinner.

We will definitely be back.

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MeiL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good service and good but not the best place for catching up as it was noisy.

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Chrissy
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to return to our favourite place for lunch after locakdwon!

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DesleyO
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved the food and great service.
First time visit but won't be my last

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MoniqueR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Great service and friendly staff. Can’t wait to come back again.

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LilItalyinCanberra
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have enjoyed the last few years living in Canberra and have certainly enjoyed our many nights out at this fantastic slice of Italy. Gianni and his entire staff are nothing but welcoming, professional and friendly, making all their clients feel as if they are special. The food is outstanding and you can select from anywhere on the menu and it will be consistent time and time again. The Briscola Team supported us all through the lockdown as well with an efficient and delicious take-away menu and easy pickup routes. Go for lunch or dinner and you will not be disappointed and they will deliver you the best meals time and time again. Gianni/Briscola thanks for being there and we will miss you, stay safe. Joe & Megan

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NatML
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Briscola, it’s the best Italian restaurant in Canberra and I would even say in all Australia. The ravioli is from another planet 🤤🤤🤤💕

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MonicaW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian place in town and that says a lot . The service was top notch, they want you to have a good tome, they are proud of what they do. I haven’t been anywhere else that matches the service level and the quality of the food. Well done Briscola!

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CamillaS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food is good, service excellent and is our go to for a family dinner at a proper restaurant where they welcome children.

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Opal
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy eating here and like the friendly staff.

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MerrynF
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great. Loved the food, cocktails yum. Definitely worth a visit.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The only issue was after about 20 minutes of sitting there I had to ask for the menu as it wasn’t provided once we arrived. It wasn’t busy at the time either. Other than that we really enjoyed it! Will return again.

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KellieJ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience, relaxed atmosphere, yet still fast and attentive service. Really well priced. Definitely returning.

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 57 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.