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Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna, South Africa
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Ranked #31 of 110 restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $25
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: tel:+27 44 382 4874
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309 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stayed at The Loft for two nights and eat out for all meals. We eat at a number of restaurants during our stay and found the service and customer care here to be second to none. Our waitress, named Honey, was particularly attentive and made us very welcome. The menu was satisfactory and would cater for all. The athmosphere... More

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

After not eating at this restaurant for a couple of years after a bad experience, we decided to give it another try after good reports from friends. What a mistake! The setting is delightful and the staff friendly and helpful but the food is poor. The vegetables were truly awful with the green vegetables tired and overcooked and the carrots... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is certainly one of the better restaurants in Knysna. The menu and wine lists are fairly extensive. We enjoyed a well-above average three-course meal. Stand-outs were the beef Carpaccio starter and the pepper sauce that accompanied the fillet, and there were no complaints about anything else. Service (by Yolanda) was excellent. The bill for three of us, with two... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed on Thesen Island for three nights. The food and service was so food on our first visit we ate there two out of our three nights. On the first evening we sat inside,with its busy and lively atmosphere the second visit outside over looking the lagoon and star gazing. On both occasions the three of us ate sea... More

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Having eaten the previous evening at our hotel, we decided to give 'down town' Knysna a try. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent - we are on holiday and do not wished to be rushed! Staff were all excellent and friendly. Most important of all - the food quality was good. Finally the cost; as Europeans (UK) we thought... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Sushi made from "porridge" rice. No taste whatsoever. Other food so overspiced it kills your tastebuds. Avoid at all costs!!!

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Great view, great atmosphere with friendly staff but the service was very slow. Waited over an hour for our dinner - fillet steak and a pizza. Steak was good but should've included a magnifying glass as it was small and not exactly cheap. The pizza was tasty. Complained to management about the long wait and they comp't our beer and... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had a good recommendation from our hotel to visit this restaurant but had a very disappointing experience. It should have everything going for it - location, menu, atmosphere, etc. - but in reality it is too busy and attention to detail has gone out of the window. We were a party of four and two of us had very... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We had the sushi, it was hugely dissappointing. Looked as if it had been put together by a two-year old. Service was very slow.

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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

On the 14th of February we checked in the Waterfront Lodge in Knysna, not realizing it was Valentine's day. The owner of the Waterfront said that she didn't receive a request form us to book a table in a restauranr and that they were probably all occupied. After 5 calls we found a table in a tapas bar on Thesen... More

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