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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 14 December 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
Reviewed 28 November 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
Reviewed 15 February 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
Reviewed 31 January 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
Reviewed 19 December 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
Reviewed 22 November 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
Reviewed 20 November 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
Reviewed 10 November 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
Reviewed 9 November 2019

We always eat at Shanika's when we visit family and although we usually have dinner on a really awful day weatherwise we decided to have lunch. As always the service was excellent and the food fantastic. I usually have a couple of entrees and it...can be really hard to decide which ones to have. The arancini, the curried scallops or the meatballs, but then the warm antipasto is a favourite. Decisions, decisions and I haven't even looked at the mains. Maybe next time.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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nadia h
25 June 2015|
Response from Chris G | Reviewed this property |
Hi Nadia You should make contact with the staff at Shanikas and I am sure they will answer your questions or check their website. Hope this helps. CG
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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