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Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant

#284 of 3,059 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Lygon Street
Vegetarian, Vegan
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201-203 Faraday Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
(03) 9347 3848
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6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 56
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  • 9
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  • 8
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Grand Dame

Shakahari has been a vegetarian institution since I was a lad (a long time ago), so it was good to see the Grand Dame of vegetarian cuisine alive and kicking on a Sunday night. Even better, as we were entering the place one of customers just leaving called after us to say that it was the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
honestbob101
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Vegetarian food stodgy, service very poor, noisy ambience, and toilet areas in great need of renovation.

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1 Thank 286dena
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the veg menu.Bit expensive for regular lunch. Food was good, and back yard sitting added a nice ambiance.

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Thank 141vivekp
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Shakahari has been a vegetarian institution since I was a lad (a long time ago), so it was good to see the Grand Dame of vegetarian cuisine alive and kicking on a Sunday night. Even better, as we were entering the place one of customers just leaving called after us to say that it was the best veggie meal she'd... More 

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Thank honestbob101
Adelaide, Australia
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a fussy vegetarian daughter, it was wonderful to come to a restaurant where she had trouble deciding what to eat and was happy with what she got! I really liked that the serves of food were generous and that there were several components on each plate. It was a meal that filled stomach and soul. Even though the restaurant... More 

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1 Thank madryn5
Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We were thrilled to find a vegetarian place that served a pretty diverse range of dishes. Although the overall number of dishes on the menu is limited, you can find pasta and laksa and curry, which was really awesome. We ordered the laksa and the Malaysian nonya curry and both of them were delicious! Portion sizes were also good- the... More 

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1 Thank Blauengel
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I remember it being an innovative vegetarian restaurant before I left for the UK (4 years ago), now it seems they haven't moved with the times and are still stuck offering more curry (as if vegetarians don't get enough of that). I used to love the avocado magic, which is still great, however I remember it being a silky coriander... More 

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Thank Shaulan
Mount Tamborine
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55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

From the moment you enter this restaurant you know you have found a gem. The greeting we received and attention to our needs was fantastic. The menu didn't disappoint and vegetarian/non-vegetarian will both be extremely happy with the choice. I don't normally have dessert but the temptation was too much. The decor and ambience is also relaxing in the hubbub... More 

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1 Thank Rom55
Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

My partner and I ate here twice during our week long stay in Melbourne. The first night we ordered the Hemp Agnolotti which was absolutely crazy good and just the right amount for us to share without filling up too much before our mains. We both ordered the Laksa, which was so good that my partner won't stop trying to... More 

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Thank Seymour B
Canberra, Australia
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We were surprised that we had not discovered Shakahari before, in our trips to Melbourne over the years. What a delight. All the items on the menu were appealing and catered for vegan also. The food was tasty and filling. We had an entree and a main each and could not fit in dessert. We will return to try out... More 

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1 Thank Louise C
Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We visited this restaurant ten years ago and on a return trip to Melbourne made another visit. It was everything we remembered it being and more. Really great selection of unusual and interesting food, well served. Lovely to have options for starters, mains and deserts - a real night out. Being vegan and avoiding wheat and soy was no problem... 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>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighborhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: (03) 9347 3848

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?

Staying in Lygon Street

Neighborhood Profile
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighborhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.