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Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant

#249 of 4,177 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Carlton
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201-203 Faraday Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
(03) 9347 3848
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Today
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 39
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    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Impeccable food and service

I booked a table for 14 on the 14th Feb for my birthday. Despite few misunderstandings at the time of booking we had a great experience. We started with the most annoying behaviour for a restaurateur; we all got there late and at different times due the bad weather and the fact we were all coming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
gentileluca
via mobile
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

I booked a table for 14 on the 14th Feb for my birthday. Despite few misunderstandings at the time of booking we had a great experience. We started with the most annoying behaviour for a restaurateur; we all got there late and at different times due the bad weather and the fact we were all coming from far away and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We asked for the waiters recommendations. He was extremely friendly and very entertaining. The meals came out in record time, were presented beautifully and tasted well, I can't explain it. But I'm not a vegetarian but I'll be going back there time and time again. I can't fault this place, except parking. Park on Lygon street and walk over or... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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144 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We met some vegetarian friends here and as a big meat lover and not a fan of tofu, I was worried I wouldn't find anything I'd like! I started with the polenta triangles, which to be honest were rather bland but not bad. My husband had the avocado which was very tasty, so I would recommend that! For mains I... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I went to Shakahari recently with my partner and was excited about the delicious nutritious food that was described on the website. I had the 'scent of green papaya salad, the 'legendary satay shakahari' and a dark grape juice. The papaya salad was OK but there was too much tamarind sauce, the tomatoes were old and on the turn and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Let me get this straight...I LOVE MEAT!!! However this is one of the most delicious meals I've had in a long time. I had a Laksa - my friends had a Tofu Satay and a Curry...and they were all so full of flavour that I didn't even notice there wasn't meat (did I mention how much I love MEAT)...seriously YUM... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We're experimenting with veganism (well, part-time veganism) to improve our health and have found that the constraints actually open up a lot of great food choices, so we were very excited about trying out Shakahari for the first time. Shakahari is set in a house in Carlton next to La Mama Theatre. The interior is soft, warm orange tones and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Relaxed, colourful and sombre. Gentle chatter coupled with wonderful food. Service welcoming and simple. Uncomplicated menu.

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Penang, Malaysia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

I was introduced to Shakahari by. Melbourne resident. It is a little out of the way, meaning not in the downtown, so will be easily missed by the casual visitor, which is sad, as it is apparently the longest operating vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne, since 1972. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, with excellent menu choices. Medium priced, around $100... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I promised my colleagues a great vegetarian experience in Melbourne, thus, I called to reserve a table. I was a bit puzzled when I was asked if I was Indian...did I sound Indian? I have been told several times that I sound...German. Yet, I am Italian...but I do not have an Indian lilt. So, what was the fuss about? Apparently,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Shakahari is a Vegetarian icon. Having eaten their many times, you will never be disappointed. Try starting with the Avocado rolls in a Coriander sauce and finishing with a main of peanut satay kebabs. If I could, I'd live there. Wine is reasonably priced and staff are efficient, professional, and appropriately 'distant' due to the large number of reservations. To... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201-203 Faraday Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Carlton
  • Neighborhood: Carlton
  • Phone Number: (03) 9347 3848

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?