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Cafe Mario

The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (124 reviews)
“tiramisu” (13 reviews)
“focaccia” (10 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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201 - 210 of 857 reviews

Reviewed 17 January 2017

Had yet another fabulous pizza at this consistently good restaurant overlooking the water. They were packed to capacity, I had phoned to book earlier in the day and they somehow managed to fit us in. Despite being run off his feet the waiter continued to...More

Thank Angie M
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Nice setting and when it became a little colder we were moved inside. Good menu and good food. Salmon and avocado starter was good we both had very good veal. Would we go back? Yes.

Reviewed 15 January 2017

Really awesome. Grennaro (Mario's dad) managed to squeeze us in at the very last minute after a really bad experience upstairs at O Pescador. His attention to every table made it feel like we were at his house for dinner. The staff were super knowledgeable...More

Thank JustinAsher
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is a very popular restaurant, you have to make a booking. The pizzas and paste are Excellent. Cafe Mario also cater for Gluten free pasta. Service are excellent and is family run. Worth a visit.

Thank MaggieaMaritza
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Very popular. Reliable, tasty Italian eatery. Recommended by the local population. At peak times you have to reserve.

Thank Lambay
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I love this restaurant and the fact that Mario looks after the locals as best he can. It's small and busy and the Italian menu delivers what it promises.

Thank Ruth C
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We got pizza take aways, and it was delicious! We were tired from a day in the sun and was not in the mood to go out, so we got pizza! Nothing like being in your pj's, good view, glass of wine and a good...More

Thank MarleseWallis
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Very busy Italian restaurant on the Waterquays at Knysna. We had to wait to get a table at 8 pm as the cafe was packed. Super pizza and pleasant staff made this a very enjoyable visit.

Thank Andy N
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful ambiance and great menu.Great options for vegetarians.Portions are huge and the food is flavorful.Sunset view while enjoying a good meal doesn't get any better.Its the best restaurant in the area.

Thank Gitesh7
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We had a focaccia with salad before a great Fillet! The waiter Fabrizio was professional and made us laugth

Thank renata4622017
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Questions & Answers
29 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Anurag66 | Reviewed this property |
No need to book now. Sometimes the place gets crowded so maybe you could book a day in advance.
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
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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