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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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Selkirk, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely meal here. Great food and wine. Well presented and cooked. Lovely atmosphere, always seems to be busy so we booked a table.

Thank storm76
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Started off very well, I made the mistake of ordering the fish of the day, the pan fried Kingklip, apart form I meal coming out at least 10 min after everyone else's, the food was cold and the fish was overcooked that it had become tough.

Thank Lesavw
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went in last Monday evening, did not think to make a booking, and they were very busy, in fact they had no tables available. The owner asked us to wait a moment, don't know what he did but next minute we had a table. We always visit this restaurant when in Knysna and have never been disappointed and were not... More 

Thank Wayne L
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been visiting Cafe Mario for more than 10years now. Over the years the service and food has never disappointed! We are a very large family (10) the service is prompt and friendly- something we don't often find. The restaurant is always busy, for a large family like ours we ALWAYS book in advance, even for coffee-simply because Cafe... More 

Thank christol2015
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best restaurant in Knysna for the last 15 years we have been coming! Amazing service and excellent food! Pizza is the best ever!

Thank CJ L
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome location at Knysna Quays with a wide variety of breakfast options with reasonalbe prices ranging in the R50's. The croissants are definately a good option! Delicious coffee and excellent service by Leoni!

Thank avidav2016
Kenton on Sea, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely little restaurant on the Knysna small boat Barbour. A firm favorite with locals and regular visitors alike. It is our favorite for a good, tasty and wholesome breakfast. Try their freshly squeezed orange juice before u indulge in your breakfast! Staff are friendly and efficient, venue and atmosphere wonderful.

Thank Judy S
Watford, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was brought here on my first day in Knysna. It is a really lovely place to have lunch. We had a lovely table looking out to the quay and the boats. The food was very well made and tasted fantastic, all fresh and plenty on the plate. The waitress & waiter were so friendly and smily which made my... More 

Thank iamandycook
Fleet, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mario,s is well known in Kynsna. It's on the quays and always busy. Italian food at its best. All the usuals but really well done. Can't beat this place for atmosphere.

Thank Pat l
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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170 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just had a little time, but what a lovely setting and super friendly service. I will definitely come back!

Thank Wim_traveler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
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?