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Cafe Mario

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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
08:00 - 22:00
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Throughout our trip to South Africa, one of the most impressive elements has been the food. More specifically the coffee and cake that has been available throughout the garden route has been outstanding. Cafe Mario at the Knysna waterfront was no exception to this. My wife and i enjoyed a sandwich and cake at this venue for lunch and both... More 

Thank simonwilliampizzey
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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76 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

When we came to Cafe Mario for dinner Mario asked "Are we expecting you?". We said "No". "Oh what a welcome surprise". That was the best welcome we ever had. The cafe is very popular, buzzing and the food is lovely. We had a pizza and that was very tasty with a nice thin Italian crust. The staff is very... More 

Thank NandaH74
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Had lunch here whilst staying in Knysna in March 2016. Service was good and food was well cooked and presented. Great for an informal leisurely meal and drink or two. Is popular with locals and tourists. Will call again if we come back to Knysna.

Thank StPolo
kent Englland
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Not normally pissed off about service In restaurants, but the service in this one was diabolical. We waited over an hour for our food, which was only a pizza and salad! We knew it was busy when we got there and it was almost like it was an honour for us to be there, so therefore we should be grateful... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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199 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Stayed for some drinks, coffee etc. We needed some rest from the long walk so stopped there. That's all.

Thank Jivko V
Bromley, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

We went in to this restaurant by mistake, thinking it was the 34 South restaurant, and was very disappointed. Although not the worse food we've eaten, it was just like any other average Italian restaurant you could find at home, or anywhere else in the world. Why go the South Africa and eat Italian...makes no sense! Food was average, and... More 

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Ate here 3 times last week and was always good my wife loved the schnitzel particularly the vegetables which were imaginative and we'll cooked. The staff were very helpful and pleasant hence the venue was always full

Thank Ken M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Always eat at Cafe Mario when in Knysna - always know what I will get - reliable - no surprises - consistent.

Thank KiddoSA
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Sat outside and had very tasty pasta and lovely veal, good service and the bill was very reasonable. Extensive menu pizza and pasta and classical Italian dishes.

Thank CGSFormby
Plettenberg Bay
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Still some of the best pizzas around. Well done guys. You never disappoint !! We will be back and send many people your way!!

Thank GardenRouteFriend

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Cheap Eats, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?