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Cafe Mario

The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (111 reviews)
“tiramisu” (11 reviews)
“tramezzini” (8 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 763 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Popular and busy restaurant with nice atmosphere and good food. We had salads as a starter and pizza as main. Staff is friendly and managed to find us a table in last minute reservation.

Thank Els T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little Italian! Buzzing when we got in but they found us a table and there was surprisingly speedy service. Thin fresh pizza and a great range of pasta- yummy and something different from the classic waterfront fish restaurant. Very reasonably priced!

Thank Phillip A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were welcomed by this Italian manager who really helped us with our choices. I wanted a local beer and he suggested forester, a beer made in Knysna. The food was superb. There are lots of choices for vegetarians and that made my day. My...More

Thank Mumbaiyya
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Genaro really knows his stuff. Superb pizzas and pasta and so much more. Make a booking if possible as they are constantly busy with both tourists and locals alike. Prices are very reasonable given they are situated right in the waterfront area.

Thank DavidA_6-22-16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Mario is well worth a visit if you are in Knysna. Pastas are superb as are the meat dishes! Didn't get around to having dessert but have heard the tiramisu is outstanding. Service was friendly & efficient. Will definitely be going back the next...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't often find all my favourite ingredients on one pizza. Here I found it and more...loved the atmosphere, excellent service, amazing prices.

Thank Stelvet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Caffe Mario is the most popular restaurant in Knysna Quays on the waterfront. When we visited them last evening, the restaurant was packed with residents and tourists. Our friendly server got us a table soon. The restaurant is small, but vibrant and lovely. The seating...More

Thank Megsblogged
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busiest restaurant on the waterfront, so we queued. A lovely lady found us a table and we sat there under the governance of a man who was clearly the boss. We later found out Mario or his son were always on duty and you can...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The service is friendly, pizza's have a nice base and good value. Try the milkshakes which are thick and tasty. Atmosphere is authentic Italian.

Thank 820fredk
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Popped into Cafe Mario for a pizza while at the Knysna Ouster Festival. This place comes highly recommended, great food and portion size at reasonable prices. Will definitely be back next time to try a pasta dish from the menu!

Thank jpeg261
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John P
18 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
View, Child-friendly, 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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