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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%
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“pasta” (124 reviews)
“tiramisu” (12 reviews)
“focaccia” (11 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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201 - 210 of 826 reviews

Reviewed 1 December 2016

We visited this cafe twice! We had lovely pizza the first time and the second time we had toasted sandwiches and desserts! Coffee was good!

Thank Meg S
Reviewed 27 November 2016

If you want to find something for everyone's taste, this is a safe bet. Friendly staff, good Prices and tasty Food. Park at the waterfront parking lot where your car will be perfectly safe.

Thank KerstinGloeckner1912
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Super friendly staff, nice Italian food. Lovely setting by the marina. Excellent value. Recommend if you want a nice fresh lunch by the waterfront.

Thank Catherina M
Reviewed 25 November 2016

We visited Cafe Mario on our previous trip to Knysna in 2014. We arrived this time without a booking and were fortunate that they managed to squeeze us in. The food was really good a good choice and variety of Italian foods. This resturant as...More

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We ran in to Mario's after a long day's adventure in Knysna, and we're served perfect pizza and tricolor salad. Great wait staff, delicious simple Italian food. Our hosts couldn't recommend it highly enough! Fair prices, delicious food, great experience.

Thank Meggy S
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were staying in Knysna and the hotel recommended Cafe Mario. We drove downtown for some shopping and found Cafe Mario in the Waterfront area. It is a small restaurant but the food is great. The calamari was so good that for dinner we ordered...More

Thank Remi B
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were warned, that we probably had to wait, but we ware seated at a table on the side of the bar, a table that seemed to have been squeezed in to get more seats. We should have waited! The pizzas were ok, but not...More

Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Cafe Mario is an excellent bet for a casual meal always offering something tasty, anything from a pizza to veal or a steak. A busy spot which tells a story.

Thank MichaelKnysna
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Sometimes you need straight up good food with no fuss. That is exactly what we got very tasty home made fresh Italian food with no frills. Staff very attentive and a good vibe in the restaurant which you need to book as its very popular.

Thank Ronan M
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Located in the waterfront area this is a busy little Italian with a great choice of food and wine all at great value for us Brits Shared a starter , two main courses water and a bottle of wine for under £20

Thank gemalf
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Questions & Answers
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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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