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Cafe Mario

The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (126 reviews)
“tiramisu” (12 reviews)
“focaccia” (11 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00 Hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 837 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

From all different Restaurants visited at the Waterfront was this the best regarding the taste of the food. Calamari with a special sauce, cheese and some chilies on the side was an excellent choice. Going back when again in Knysna.

Thank DMB500
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place delivers good food with cheerful service and good value for money. It does not pretend to be a sophisticated restaurant but it is busy and friendly. Best recommendation I can give is that it is in a prime tourist spot but when we...More

Thank wisborough1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food and service was very good and we had a very good table overlooking the water. I had pizza which was very good and others had pasta which they also enjoyed.

Thank patonga_man
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a family dinner at this restaurant and were definitely NOT disappointed. The food was excellent and the service even better!! Our only regret was we did not have time to go back again. Prices were excellent and while everything was great, the pizza...More

Thank mdpkit
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok food and nice location but the staff are in general miserable and sullenly. You need to book but I often can’t be bothered anymore.

Thank LaserboyKent
Reviewed 1 week ago

We looked a Long Time for a good Restaurant at the waterfront. Found Café Mario and where quite surprised with very good Pizza and Pasta! Good Restaurant indeed!

1  Thank perluetje
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know if it is any different if the outside area is used but we found ourselves (4 people) given a table that was impossible to sit us around comfortably. We asked and were moved to a table near the door which also was...More

Thank PFM16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very busy Italian restaurant in the Knysna waterfront.Pasta and Pizzas are excellent and the Spagetti Bolognese is as good as it gets.Only minor criticism is that the tables are very close together but this sort of adds to the atmosphere.Don’t expect to have a...More

Thank brimsted1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner on Saturday evening. I had the pasta puttanesca and my husband the mesicana pizza. Both were very delicious, we enjoyed them very much. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We visit Knysna yearly and Cafe Mario is one...More

Thank Grace D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is good & the staff are professional but could be a little friendlier & helpful. We wanted a late breakfast and soon discovered that this restaurant was the only place in the Knysna Waterfront that offered breakfast after 11:30am. However, our waitress...More

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Questions & Answers
29 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Anurag66 | Reviewed this property |
No need to book now. Sometimes the place gets crowded so maybe you could book a day in advance.
John P
17 January 2016|
Response from SmileySussex22 |
British bank cards can be used in most places in South Africa. I used mine last month in at least 6 places around Knysna....including .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: +27 44 382 7250
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