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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably the best pizza ever. So crispy on the bottom, quality toppings, friendly informed staff, fabulous atmosphere. Book days in advance during busy periods. There's a lot of homes on the island that all know how good this place is.

Thank Simon g
Polokwane, South Africa
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there to eat dinner at around 17:00, but all the tables was booked for 19:00. The restaurant was empty, but all the tables was booked. So one of the waiters gave us a booked table and asked if we can be finished by 19:00, which was not a problem for us. During that time we sat there, so... More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Based in the Knysna Waterfront Cafe Mario is a Quant restaurant with an Italian flair. We stopped by for breakfast and we're quite pleased with the options, prices, service, atmosphere and overall experience. We will be back for more breakfasting.. Thanks for the lovely meal

Thank Kyle R
port elizabeth south africa
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102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very very good service .please reserve a table as cafe Mario always busy . the food be it breakfast ,lunch or dinner always good .the owner is always on hand with a friendly smile and always available to recommend a dish .we have never been .disappointed .what a wonderful restaurant.

Thank billy b
Durban, South Africa
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in at MARIOS for breakfast and had an awesome breakfast. Attention to small detail is what we really appreciated - like providing a butter knife to butter the toast instead of battling to butter toast with a steak knife Food was hot, tasty and portions were a nice size.

Thank Mike F
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Waiting time after order for a simple breakfast had been much too long, with no communication from waiter.

Thank Michiel d
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food with a view. Atmosphere was cosy and relaxed. Sat outside on the deck soaking up the view.

Thank Liezl A
Sedgefield, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With out a doubt the best Pizza and Pasta in town. I find ti difficult to choose which pizza I enjoy the most but I usually end up having either the Seafood one or the one called Mario.

Thank JackRussel59
Durban, South Africa
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199 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful location at the Knysna waterfront but the finer details are lacking to make this a great place. Service is "efficient" in a way but you are left somewhat feeling rushed so that they can turn tables which really takes away the core of what true Italian dining is all about. My biggest gripe especially early in the morning is... More 

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147 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here many times and have found good service and ambience, great position on Waterfront and wonderful food. Lovely pasta and pizza in particular.

Thank Garth J

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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
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, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
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?