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River Deck

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Buffalo Bay Road, Knysna, South Africa
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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South Africa
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Beautiful place to visit in summer and spend a few hours. The service isn't very fast but the food is home cooked and delicious. It is a bit expensive though, but worth it for the view and the kids can rent kayaks and stay busy. Will be back.

Thank Celia_Stan
Edenvale, South Africa
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

From good home cooked meals, great freshly baked cakes to a visit to their small spa. The resturand has a small menue, however what is on offer is all good, from Pizzas to traditional braai and all ther rest in between. The service is good and the setting rustic and relaxing. Go in winter and sit at the fire in... More 

Thank 90dude1
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20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Bobotie is BRILLIANT! Chicken curry is mediocre. Bean soup is HIDEOUS pureed baby food. Quite tasteless. Chicken pie leaves a lot to be desired. Braai with pap is GOOD. Potjie lunch specials are tasty good value for money - 3 courses for R100

2 Thank Maureen N
Colne, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

Now the food isn't amazing, it's not by any means fine dining but it's tasty and not expensive. It's the venue, it's fun on the river bank. You can swim or hire a canoe or peddle boat, it's a great safe place for kids, they can run wild. The building is a ramshackle series of huts but it works, it's... More 

1 Thank Jasmin
Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I booked accommodation for at riverdeck for 3 nights and found the service and reception terrible. I had a little altercation with one of the owners who refused to let me swim in the river whilst there were other people swimming. It was evident that this was racial as I swam in that same section before that, and after the... More 

2 Thank Bhiemand
Sandton, South Africa
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157 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

As we arrived we waited to be seated for quite awhile. We checked outside which was a haze of kids and towels and sand and higgly piggly set up. Great for kids, not if you don't have kids. We decided to sit on open deck which had great view of the river. Inside decor rustic and unique. Wine list was... More 

1 Thank Iloveshoesalot
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

We visited River Deck as part of 3 families with kids at 12h30 on 29 December. I appreciate that things are busy in season but it is unacceptable that we had to wait 40 minutes for anyone to take our order. We even approached 2 waiters who assured us that they were going to be with us which never materialised.... More 

1 Thank 99Luftballons
Pretoria, South Africa
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

We did not plan to stop at the Riverdeck Restaurant, but what a surprise! We noticed a lot of cars in front of the restaurant which is always a good sign! We first sat outside as the restaurant was full. They have a small play area for the children, including some canoeing that can be done. The service is very... More 

1 Thank Wscott010
Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

This will be my perfect halfway stop for the Curry Cup season when we have to play the Kings in PE,the tents are super perfect for a boys weekend and stay over.Me my wife and son were there on the weekend of 29/05/2015 for a weekend away in that area,and I was amazed by this place,I t staff and it's... More 

1 Thank Mcrmc2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

Yummy warm chicken salad. Charming waitress. Even the dog was welcome. Everyone loved their meals. Served on enamel plates. Playground for kids and even canoes for hire. One could spend a pleasant afternoon there.

1 Thank TriciaAnnW

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Buffalo Bay Road, Knysna, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?