Shanik
Shanik

Shanik

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://shanikrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2064866884
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Meeru Dhalwala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Republican Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are plenty of parking on the street in the area as well as underground parking.
A word from Shanik
Shanik is a modern Indian restaurant that serves our personal Indian cuisine which is creative and daring, yet comforting. We invite our customers into a version of India that is not intimidating, cliché, or a rehashing of what is traditionally marketed as Indian. Our restaurant is the same version of Indian that Meeru is: North American in lifestyle and attitude, while rooted in Indian heritage and cuisine. We take pride in making our own yogurt, paneer and ghee, as well as; sifting, grinding, and roasting our spices in-house. Our open kitchen is designed specifically so our diners can experience the warmth of our cooks, and signifies a sharing of heats.
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Shanik reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (79)good for groups (46)neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (33)romantic (26)great for lunch (25)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Upscale and Unique
    mwolf
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is not your standard Indian fare. They have the usual things, basmati and naan, but paired with much more elegant mains. Try the lamb popsicles. Wonderfully tender and well seasoned.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pointbobpatrons
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great food and spices are amazing. Lamb popsicles are as good as Vij's in Vancouver. Louder than needed lounge music being played did not fit at all with vibe at restaurant. Location is in a bit of a dead area.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian food
    NandNVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great Indian restaurant-maybe the best in Seattle. Make a reservation, especially in the evening, as this place is very popular. It will not disappoint. Service great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Allison
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was very good and the service was very good one they waited on us. It took them about 15 minutes just to take our drink order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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  • Outstanding cuisine
    cfamom
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Shanik is one of the best restaurants in Seattle, certainly the best in Indian food. I'd refer to it as a destination for gourmets who appreciate fine cooking and excellent seasoning. Each meal can be as spicy or as mild as you choose. The atmosphere and ambiance are upscale and sophisticated, but since it's Seattle, there's no dress code required.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right on!
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was our first time back to Shanik in a year and we were THRILLED that they now offer reservations!! (Probably would not have gone otherwise) Our vegan son was visiting and we thought this would offer easy and delicicious options for us all. Starting off with hot chai, (offering a vegan version to son), warmed us up to share several appetizers. Our son's Grilled Vegetables on some kind of smoky tomato sauce, was the table favorite, followed closely by son-in-law's excellent Venison entree. The service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Food was excellent. There was a good crowd and lively atmosphere. And now with reservations, we'll be back more often!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a hot spot!
    belltownbuzz
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We used an Amazon Local deal to dine at Shanik. Since we are not really familiar with Indian cuisine this was a great opportunity to sample something new. The restaurant was very busy on a tuesday evening. There were a couple of large groups as well as the usual couples and foursomes. The service was a little slow and I'm sure the big groups ordering all at once had something to do with this. But our waiter and a nice young woman offering water stopped by several times so we didn't feel too neglected. Now on to the food. There are lots of interesting choices, lots of vegetarian options, then chicken, fish, lamb and short ribs. Everything we had was pretty highly spiced, so the water was welcome. The desserts were my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and perfect portion
    Dips
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were a party of 6 and ordered 10 dishes, we had no left overs. Their food was great as well the portions were perfect. Loved their goat, lamb and paneer dishes.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacks identity
    anon
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food at the restaurant lacked character, taste and was a pure disaster.
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  • Unique menu, professional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. We had five people in our party and one had special dietary needs which were dealt with in a smooth, accommodating way (we used Open Table to provide that info a few days in advance). Shanik's ambiance is not particularly innovative, but the menu is and that's what we were looking for. Service was top-notch. When one server didn't know the answer to a question, another immediately came by and answered it. A high-end experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good experience
    theVainFoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Shanik is an Indian fusion restaurant. Comfortably situated in the South Lake Union area, this restaurant has nice decor, a very friendly wait team (they are not called staff) and simple menu to grok. The food was fair, and basically lacked the creativity I would expect in a Indian fusion food, since fusion is all about creativity. I got the Spicy eggplant and black garbanzo peas. The eggplant tasted fine, nothing too memorable or spicy as a matter of fact. The garbanzo peas was essentially cooked in tomato sauce and lacked any flavor, It reminded me of my try at 'kala channa masala' from a recipe book. Here is my 2cents: Go for the ambiance, go for the drinks, don't go there expecting memorable food
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    MaryG
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were with a small group and ordered plates to share. Everying was so delicious, cooked perfectly and with amazing sauces. This is not your typical Indian restaurant,definitely a cut above!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meeting Meeru at Shaniks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A fine luncheon experience, food, service, ambience and interesting locale. Meeru, made us welcome and gave us information about the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, imaginative food
    DancingDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A friend and I ate at Shanik on a recent vacation in Seattle. We were impressed with the food, which was flavorful and abundant, and with the cocktails. The decor was interesting and tasteful and the service was friendly. I would definitely recommend it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • a sharing restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is not plated for completeness per individual order. We loved, loved, loved our pork main. We also liked our mango chutney on type of starter. Our grilled veggies in spicy sauce, with brown basmati and ?lentils? - it was our other main - was good, not sensational but the pork was so sensational that the measuring stick was impossibly "tall." Service is team driven. Which is good except, in our case, the server who took our order took the grilled veggie dish down wrong & the server who delivered our entrees had the role of smoothing life over. I was a titch uncomfortable accepting an apology from someone who had zero to do with the input error (the input is via a device which looked like a smart phone. Def not paper & pencil.
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    fit for foodies
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  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    my second time- this time for a birthday celebration. Great food again, knowledgeable staff. terrific bottle of wine. The cardamom soaked cakes for dessert were *****
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Seattle dining
    tampa4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A much needed contemporary Indian restaurant. Innovative menu with some original dishes including rare green jackfruit/kale/cauliflower curry. The Grilled Salmon curry was awesome. The Papri Chaat could have used more seasoning and acidity. The tanginess of chaat was missing. The Indian inspired cocktails were flat. Overall I felt the chef and bartender can be more brave in pushing bolder Indian flavors, like Vij in Vancouver or Vermillion in Chicago, instead of playing it safe with toned down spices and seasonings. I am certain the average American diner in larger cities like Seattle has a palate evolved enough to appreciate rich ethnic flavors. No need to play safe anymore, just let your rich spices shine!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Service not great
    JennaSophiaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Staff wasn't very on the ball and when I asked for a refill on chai, the young woman seemed as if she was put out to provide us the service one should receive at a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were a group of 4 and the food was good but not outstanding. We had 3 appetizers and 4 entrees so we experienced a range of dishes. It wasn't notably better than our neighborhood indian restaurant and it was quite a bit more expensive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Good and possibly great
    airmilesguyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had a lovely meal here, the food is excellent, the service is good. Nothing bad, but seems like it just needs a little lift in some way. Overall though, as long as they turn their menu over often, it is good. I will be back for sure.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too spicy
    artistandeater
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our group of 5 ordered a variety of things; best by far was the beef spare-rib. It was delicious. But the vegetarian dishes had a ubiquitous, harsh spiciness that was tiresome to the palate. (We love Indian food generally!) The ambiance is OK but not special. Waiters were nice. Because I really love Indian food, I will stick to the more traditional, excellent choices in Seattle (Taste of India, Saffron, Bengal Tiger). For less traditional, more trendy/fancy Indian food, I prefer Poppy on Capitol Hill.
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  • tasty but overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    tasty but not worth the price or expense. the lamb popsicles and gulab jamun were really nice, though samosas and kofta nothing to write home about.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food but portion size is ughh
    CoryVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was very good but I would've like a little larger portions. $75 and I left hungry.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Doesn't measure up to Vij's
    MarkT1970VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have been looking forward to trying this out having enjoyed Vij's in Vancouver. Been reluctant to go when it didn't take reservations. Got in with a Rez no problem and now we see why. While the starters were very good, the service was haphazard and inattentive, and the mains were almost flavorless. Had the salmon and the cauliflower veg Dishes for main courses and they were surprisingly flavorless. This place has good DNA and potential, but it won't make it with the local foodies unless it steps up its game. Waitstaff needs to be better trained, kitchen needs to learn to manage output and flavoring and the wine list needs a little better pairing by the glass withe the promised Indian flavors.
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  • Indian Food Heaven
    FireballRoberts
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The Indian food at Shanik is out of this world. The flavor palate is exceptional and you leave craving more. We had a fairly large group of "Food lovers" and tried just about everything on the menu. There was not one single dish that was not amazing. All of the sauces are simply amazing. If you love Indian food or just really good fresh and organically sourced food, this is a must try restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • great meal with out of town guests
    luvs2eat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A very unique take on Indian food. Not your traditional. Probably the best Indian restaurant in the city of Seattle.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    High prices, although food is good and portions are fine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food
    WallasweetVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our food was delicious, creative and fun to share. We will definitely go back.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and service
    Stewart
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you are a fan of Indian Cuisine you must try Shanik! A little different twist on some of the dishes but tremendously delicious!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Indian
    Jhube
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Delicious Indian food in an upscale setting. Attentive service and tasty options led to a wonderful work lunch.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Fabulousness!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Creative and flavorful food. Clean simple atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Loved the flexibility of half portions!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat night, parked right in front
    Fuzzyone
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nicely appointed, well prepared food tho on the bland side. Sampled 7 entrees, all good (not a hint of mutton in the lamb,) generous portions except for the beef short ribs (90% gravy, not nearly enough to share.) I'm a serious carnivore, but liked the vegetarian entree best. Oh, and prepare to cup your ears and read lips because conversation and wait staff explanations are EXCEEDINGLY hard to hear due to ambient noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cricket
    eufw
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had to try it. the ground crickets were very tasty as was everything else. We were a group of 6 and was nice to be able to hold a conversation even though the restaurant was full. Tables are spaced apart so very comfortable. wonderful service and wonderful food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not a great find
    NotBland
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Still waiting for a Vij of our own. The place is of a piece with the growing number of new restaurants in the South Lake Union area - trendy, bright, upscale, pricey. I was there for lunch with two friends, so we had the opportunity of a fair sample of the fairly limited lunch menu. The menu is surprisingly inventive, and very fusion-ish, non-"Indian" in food combinations and presentation. The food is good, bright flavors, almost very good in not being the usual mush of flavor that is so much the common experience of Indian restaurants here. But it is not memorably good-tasting. Service was very good, responsive to questions and modifications, sufficiently attentive as the lunch crowd grew.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway Amazing
    ATwines
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our first steps through the door were greeted with a friendly smile & welcome. Lovely table for two, chai tea to warm the senses. A unique menu (only addition I would make is a few more finger friendly appy's) and wonderful wine selection. Then came the food, so delicious, the layering of flavors built in your mouth and then a sip of wine to start the whole process again. We truly loved our experience at Shanik. Being a devoted Vij's patron for so many years, very happy Meeru & Vikram decided to expand. We will be back. cheers, Ariel
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    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Excellent food
    kk58
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent food, especially the sauces. Lamb lollipops not to be missed. Indian food on a whole different level than what you usually get. The custard dessert was different and delicious and just right for the meal. Pleasant, professional service. The only thing we didn't like was the seating in the bar. They really should just replace the pretty but very uncomfortable stools and chairs.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Variety of interesting dishes
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Not just a regular Indian restaurant, lots of interesting foods, well prepared and presented.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was great! Server was awful! Luckily, there were other servers to pick up the slack. While it is nice that you can grab any of the servers walking by, the customer should never have to constantly ask for food/drink throughout the evening. It was not a busy evening, other than one large table.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food!
    John
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My wife loves indian food and this is her favorite restaurant. Indian food often upsets my stomach but Shanik's fare doesn't, I'm a foodie from way back and Shanik turns out excellent food. My wife and sister are both Gluten free and Shanik was able to accommodate this with numerous Gluten free options and even substituted corn chapati for the usual naan. We eat there whenever we are in Seattle.
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A friend had recommended this restaurant on our recent visit to Seattle and our expectations were exceed by 1000+ times. Almost immediately upon being seated the chef/owner came to our table to provide personal recommendations for our seven year old boys. She us provided recommendations to myself and husband. The food was absolutely amazing - best we had during our Seattle trip (and we tend to be harsh critics when it comes to food). Great feeling in the place as well - party going on in back part of restaurant, outdoor dining available and amazing/courteous wait staff.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.