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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” (133 reviews)
“tiramisu” (14 reviews)
“focaccia” (10 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 904 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have been visiting Café Mario for 20 years and we have never been disappointed. This is one restaurant which has consistently good staff and wonderful Italian cuisine. The owner and his family are still hands-on. Very reasonably priced with a buzzing, friendly atmosphere. Be...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Amanda D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service. Superb pizza. First visit but treated as a valued customer. Owner loves football so have a chat with him about the problems at Chelsea.😀😀😀. Proper Italian atmosphere.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Grandefishing
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pizza is excellent. Pasta was tasty but nothing special. Highly recommend the pizza, was one of the best I have tasted for a long time. Crust was thin and had a nice wood fired taste, and great topping.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jeffreystanley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried Cafe Mario (our tour guide had informed them, so we got special treatment too) for lunch. They have a nice outlet at the waterfront in Knysna. The food was quite tasty and affordable. We really liked the pizzas.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank AyushiChandra
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped off here for lunch prior to our Lagoon trip, we chose two pizzas, a Siciliana and Al Prosciutto with a couple of beers. Where ever we are in the world we always have to have a Pizza fix and this was the second...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cjkj3246
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a chance in Knysna Quay and we were very glad. Service was swift and friendly, the location as scenic as one would expect and the food of a high standard. Four of us with different menu choices for both mains and desserts were all...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CoJonesUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a table for a busy Saturday night and had excellent food at moderate prices, served by confident, friendly waiting staff. From the outside it looks a biy ordinary, but if you fancy Italian fare, theis is the best choice.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SouthCerney
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in a pleasant waterside location this was a relaxing and enjoyable Dining experience. The staff are knowledgeable, attentive and lively. There was a wide choice of Italian food on the menu. The meals were well cooked, subtle flavours,nicely presented and quite delicious.Ambience and atmosphere...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank halcyonbp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a very busy restaurant for dinner, you must call to reserve a table in advance, I couldn’t have table but we did order Our food take away. It was very delicious. We had also cake and cuppacino , it was one of the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 159lailaa
Reviewed 4 November 2018

We had an early supper at Cafe Mario and enjoyed it. This is a busy, long established restaurant and the service was good. My husband loved his calamari but would have preferred chopped cooked vegetables rather than mashed vegetables. Our other dishes were all very...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Michelle_RQ
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29 December 2017|
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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, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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