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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%
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“pasta” (122 reviews)
“tiramisu” (11 reviews)
“focaccia” (10 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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11 - 20 of 779 reviews

Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The entire Knysna Waterfront needs a major overhaul!! The service at this establishment needs one as well. We stopped here only by chance just to get a quick bite to eat. Ordered a simple omelette with onion & tomato...it was almost inedible. My hubby ordered...More

Thank vishalap2015
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Nice enough pizza and good coffees. Service friendly and quick. Location bit underwhelming even though on The Quays. Overlooks small part of the water and buildings.

Thank fashionagent
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

It was fun watching the canoeists on the water in chilly conditions! Our waiter was friendly and efficient. Food was OK - nothing out of the ordinary. My baked penne Al Forno was lacking in flavour and the bolonaise was average.

Thank kaapie62
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

I was disappointed with the food at this restaurant. The foccacia and pizza was good but the veal limone was terrible. The cleanliness also need to be stepped up. The floors were dirty.

Thank Hctal
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Mario's knows Italian food. His quality is superb and service is great. The Pizza's are amazing and the Pasta's are divine. If in doubt go to Mario's

Thank Manor38
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Had breakfast there this am and was very pleasantly surprised. Apart from the good food, we all had a Mario breakfast, the staff were quick, helpful and efficient. Four of us sat inside at a table designed for four and ordered. The tea/coffees arrived in...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 15 August 2017 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 30 July 2017 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 29 July 2017 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 27 July 2017

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
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John P
17 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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, 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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