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Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 302 5746
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very quiet for our visit so the place lacked atmosphere. The staff attentive and helpful and the food was good. The best part is the old turbines etc which are very interesting. Maybe on a busy night and a bit of vibe the place would move up a notch on the scoring, can only comment on the evening we attended.

Thank Nick S
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Actually we wanted to get a lunch. The menu looked very delightful, so we went in. We asked the waitress if we could sit outside for lunch. She agreed. After weve waited 15 minutes and nobody brought us the menu, we left. Such a shame. I really wanted to try the food.

Thank Chrissi R
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing setting, top quality and best value for money you can get. A must go for delicious breakfast and lunch by the pool, or by the scenic harbor or the sophisticated interior, a former factory!!! Amazing

Thank Ifigen
Bathurst, South Africa
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114 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Yes sitting in an old power station which produced the Island's electricity is a very earthy experience. However, the service and food was not at all down to earth. No it was much more elevated. It was, in fact, an event fashioned by the decor and the excellent food served in an interesting venue. It took a few hours but... More 

Thank Prof W
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We've been to Island Cafe before, and we recently had another great experience. Their waiters are efficient and their food is very good. The fact that this restaurant is part of the Turbine Hotel means that the decor is very interesting, with the old sawmill equipment all around. You will not be disappointed!

Thank gerritcar
New York City, New York
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681 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We went to dinner in the cafe overlooking the water and ordered for a starter the Greek salad with halumi cheese followed by their 250 Gr beef steak that came and 250 Gr beef sirloin. They were just delicious. The service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening

Thank Karen S
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We came with our three kids for breakfast. The first thing that appealed to us was the beautiful eclectic decor and spacious seating area, which included ample seating both inside and outside. The menu was relativity small but carefully compiled and adults and children were happy with their meals. The food was fresh and beautifully presented, and the service was... More 

Thank Keren T
Garden Route, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

I had never been to the Turbine Hotel before, even though I live in the area, and went to try it out for lunch. I had no expectations at all, having never heard any reports on the place. I was really pleasantly surprised as the food was excellent, the service great, and a really good wine list. Even some local... More 

Thank m0zchick
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We ended up at this restaurant due to our stay at the Turbine Hotel. Unique setting, and the food was excellent. The meal was tasty and well presented and the waiting staff was fantastic. Lovely cosy atmosphere with the fireplace burning while sipping good wine and enjoying great food. The breakfast in the morning was also very good. We can... More 

Thank _cindyplessis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Amazing food that makes your mouth water. Original dishes to. Amazing dessert and beautiful scenery, next to a little river and you can see the old turbine machinery .

Thank Ella B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
International, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: +27 44 302 5746
This 90 seat restaurant at The Turbine Hotel creates a totally unique environment for all meals. Tables overlook the canal, pool deck or are nestled between the original refurbished turbines. Warm open fireplaces and majestic sliding glass doors allow us to maximize and match the ambiance and weather conditions. The Island Café has won the prestigious 2011/12 Diners Club Platinum Awards.Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?