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Reviewed August 14, 2022 via mobile

Amazing experience for my uncles 70th birthday, first time here food was amazing and service was outstanding would highly recommend dining here

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022

We had a 60th birthday celebration at Shanikas last night in the function room upstairs . We were very impressed. We did the premium menu and the food was fabulous. The entrees were shared and everyone chose their own meal and dessert. Very generous servings....The wait staff were excellent and helped make it a very enjoyable night. I must say nothing was too much trouble. Many thanks Shanikas for helping our celebration so good.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022

Very easy lunch, service was prompt and efficient but not overbearing. All of the wait staff that we encountered were very pleasant. meals were great, and each really enjoyed, we will return when in the area.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022

With a fabulous menu of Italian/Mediterranean dishes, Shanikas is an outstanding place to dine for lunch or dinner. The service is great; always friendly and welcoming, and the chefs are just brilliant. This is a great place to have a special meal or (if your...finances are pretty sound) a regular outing. Do yourself a favor and head to Shanikas. You won’t regret it!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 13, 2022

ALWAYS exceptional service. Tonight booked in for wedding anniversary, and the wonderful team who looked after us acknowledged our special day. At the end surprised us with this delightful sweet tray. Your glass is never empty, always attentive to your needs.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 8, 2021

I took my Mum for a belated 93rd birthday lunch today and I cannot say just how much we were both impressed with not only the top notch customer service, but also the food! It was a busy lunch session with a function going on....We had not made a reservation however Nigel placed is in the Wine Room which was very private and quiet... just perfect for someone wearing a hearing aide, and easily accessible for wheelchairs. Our tastebuds were treated to the delicious flavours and textures of our lunch order. The portions were extremely generous to the point, we could not fit dessert in. Mind you, the dessert menu was very tempting... We discovered Nigel is one of the owners; he was very attentive and extremely thoughtful in presenting us with a petite serve of Chocolate Mousse, with a candle in Mum's portion. Thank you Nigel! We will definitely be returning...More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed June 23, 2021

I have been to Shanikas Pakenham many times previously when living in the area years ago, and went there again on June 22. The service and food were just as good as I remember, if not even better! I am gluten intolerant and was pleasantly...surprised that almost all of the menu can be made gluten free. I ordered the delicious Beef Ragu, and would recommend that dish and their gluten free pasta. It was so tasty and such a generous size too.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed December 14, 2020 via mobile

If you're looking for a restaurant with not only top notch service but delicious food, you've got to go to Shanika's at Pakenham. James was THE MAN, so funny, so accommodating and so attentive. All our plates were practically licked clean and they catered for...our requests (even potatoes 3 ways!). It was one of the best nights out we've had. Thanks team, we'll see you again soon.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 28, 2020

Last minute booking to celebrate Husbands. birthday, managed to secure a booking ... “they would make room for us” ....from the initial phone call..absolute professionalism. We arrived and were escorted to Private wine tasting room. Service impeccable, food always sensational..thank you to Rob and his...staff who were attentive, accommodating and ‘on point’ for our night.. Thank You Shanikas...this is why we have been loyal customers for decades....We frequent Berwick and our new go to is Pakenham ...We’ll Done and Thank You,More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020

The restaurant was excellent. Very upscale but not pretentious. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food delicious. We were there past closing and were not hassled one bit.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 31, 2020

Tonight I enjoyed the most delicious meal at Shanikas in Pakenham! Chicken Walnut Salad.... WOW... The combination of flavours was incredible and I enjoyed every mouthful!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 19, 2019

As a frequent visitor to both Berwick and Pakenham, we had a large party at Pakenham. Apart from the fact that the food is outstanding the service is better. As a recent group that had so many variations in ordering Simon and Rob had it...all under contro at Pakenham . A card number system for drinks firstly and then the girls came and asked us all for our meal orders. We had so many different orders including drinks it would have been a pain in the A——E to divide them. No problems here. A fantastic night ended perfectly without any hassle of who had what. They are amazing. Thanks Nino, Rob, Todd and Simon and all at ShanikasMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 22, 2019 via mobile

Have been there a few times with the same friends. They even know what drinks the guys have. They go out of their way to give you what you want, we have even had meals that are not on the menu or make changes to...those that are. Some of the waiters even take the orders without writing them down. Even though it is not cheap to dine there the service makes up for that.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 20, 2019 via mobile

We picked Shanikas because of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Not a local and specifically visiting the area for a show but needed to eat beforehand. We advised staff of our need to eat quickly and nothing was too much trouble. I am gluten...free and fructose intolerant (read pain in the bum right?!) but the food was gorgeous and definitely beyond expectations. Even my fussy 12 year old asked for more which, amazingly, they managed to do for us in extra quick time. Not the cheapest for a regional restaurant but I’m certain you wouldn’t get better. WELL worth the visit. Staff and food 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 10, 2019

A dining experience and while priced accordingly the quality of the food and service standards are bench setting for Pakenham and have been so for quite a few years. The steak is impeccably presented and cooked to your taste. Don't go on a busy night...as you might have to wait a bit but this can be remedied by a glass or two of the house wines.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Shanikas Pakenham is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5