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The Island Cafe

Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 302 5746
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Open Now
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

Despite it being chilly we elected to eat lunch outside and were served by a charming chap. The food was delivered in a reasonable time frame- we shared a halloumi salad to start, a decent sized portion - then had the hake tempura which my...More

Thank African_Albatross
Chris S, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on the Island cafe restaurant. We appreciate the positive food compliments and the value for money in this unique setting. Kind regards, Chris Schutte

Reviewed 30 April 2017

We arrived late for dessert, with the tables at the front of house closing down at the end of the business day. We sat in the reception lounge area of the hotel, where we received prompt attention and service, and enjoyed a well made pannacotta...More

Thank Angelo G
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great setting, with good coffee. Comfortable, warm environment that gives a feeling of holiday. Beautiful décor and affordable selection of eats. Would have love to try the Butternut Cheesecake though!

Thank _sadesp
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I had a fantastic experience at The Island Cafe, our waitress Vivian was excellent and very attentive. The atmosphere was superb, the ambiance created by the old turbine machinery still on the restaurant floor is one of nostalgia and wonder. The deco is truly fabulous,...More

Thank Superbazzz
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Our waitress was terrible . Got the order wrong and had zero personality. Very disappointing. The floors were also grubby and empty tables hadn't been cleared.More

1  Thank Matthew Z
Chris S, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Dear Matthew I am very disappointed that our waitress was terrible, got your order wrong and had zero personality. This must have been her "off" day. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, this is not the norm. I have addressed the clearing of tables and...More

Reviewed 23 February 2017

Admittedly, we were a large group (10) and hadn't booked but they weren't busy. They clearly attend to hotel guests long before any attention is placed on outside eaters. Took forever for a table - we started moving tables and chairs around ourselves! However, food...More

Thank James D
Chris S, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Dear James Thank you for your feedback. We have no excuse for not attending to you attentively and with helping hands. There is no excuse for the lack of management presence and sense of urgency. I have addressed this with the team and assure you...More

Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

This charming restaurant is close to our accommodation on Thesen Island. We sat outside and enjoyed a decent cup of coffee in front of one of the canals. The service was quick and efficient. My salmon and rocket open omelette was delicious. The breakfast voucher...More

Thank Carla_Harare
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We visited on a late Sunday afternoon, without a booking, when it was very quiet and then sat in the bar area having walked through the restaurant area to the pub end past the old turbines. We hadn't realised it's part of the Turbine hotel...More

Thank Dancingthroughchaos1
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We were seated next to the old steam turbine in this converted power plant. The décor was very interesting and original. The service and food were excellent. Highly recommended!

Thank elvistoo
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Had a brunch here, i have not had such slow and inefficient service in a long time. The do benefit from the captive audience of the hotel. There is one staff member who seems to know what they are doing the rest are just wandering...More

Thank Bryan A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
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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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