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River Deck

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pizza, Pub
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Buffalo Bay Road, Knysna, South Africa
08:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I go to the River Deck when I need to recharge, and usually during the morning. It is quiet, peaceful, and breathtakingly beautiful. I usually settle myself into a comfy chair right next to the river with its soothing sound, with a good book, where I most often enjoy good service and good coffee. I ordered fruit salad this morning,... More 

Thank Johan H
George, South Africa
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The ambience is rusty and relaxed and it certainly fits the location next to the Goukamma river. Prices are exorbitant though, for a small Bobotie with rice almost R100, a roosterkoek (which is basically a bun baked on an open fire) with sausage and sauce at R50. The waitress tried her best, but it seems like the service from the... More 

Thank JB4096
South africa
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Well we arrived and the place was a bit busy, we had to call for a waiter 4 times before getting service. We placed our food and drinks order as to avoid delays. However the passion fruit and lemonade came in the smallest of glasses at R29 each, the small milkshakes at R25 is a complete rip off for the... More 

Thank KnysnaHeron
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived here (10 people) and we sat down at a dirty table, which we could understand as the place was a bit busy. We waited about 15 minutes before we had to go and call waiter to come and help us. We ordered our drinks and food at the same time as we knew we were going to wait... More 

Thank Brandon B
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Haven't been for a while..love all the additions. Great party venue...great pizza...Lots of space...great setting.

Thank suyenneb
South Africa
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Beautiful place to visit in summer and spend a few hours. The service isn't very fast but the food is home cooked and delicious. It is a bit expensive though, but worth it for the view and the kids can rent kayaks and stay busy. Will be back.

Thank Celia_Stan
Edenvale, South Africa
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

From good home cooked meals, great freshly baked cakes to a visit to their small spa. The resturand has a small menue, however what is on offer is all good, from Pizzas to traditional braai and all ther rest in between. The service is good and the setting rustic and relaxing. Go in winter and sit at the fire in... More 

Thank 90dude1
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Bobotie is BRILLIANT! Chicken curry is mediocre. Bean soup is HIDEOUS pureed baby food. Quite tasteless. Chicken pie leaves a lot to be desired. Braai with pap is GOOD. Potjie lunch specials are tasty good value for money - 3 courses for R100

2 Thank Maureen N
Colne, United Kingdom
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232 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

Now the food isn't amazing, it's not by any means fine dining but it's tasty and not expensive. It's the venue, it's fun on the river bank. You can swim or hire a canoe or peddle boat, it's a great safe place for kids, they can run wild. The building is a ramshackle series of huts but it works, it's... More 

1 Thank Jasmin
Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I booked accommodation for at riverdeck for 3 nights and found the service and reception terrible. I had a little altercation with one of the owners who refused to let me swim in the river whilst there were other people swimming. It was evident that this was racial as I swam in that same section before that, and after the... More 

5 Thank Bhiemand

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pizza, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Buffalo Bay Road, Knysna, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: 073-488-6341

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?