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Cafe Mario

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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
44 382 7250
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 263
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  • 61
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Buonissimo

when we feel for Italian food we join Cafe Mario. It starts with the Italian hug and I feel at home. Our son - traveling in the whole world - claimed it the best Pizza he ever had!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Isabella B
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really awesome pasta and pizza and great service and staff. Very much Italian vibe and we felt relaxed and comfortable.

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Thank Tracy P
Sussex England
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate here twice during our stay in Knysna. On both occasions the service was friendly and thoughtful. One the second occasion we had booked a table outside, but it began to rain and without fuss our table was moved under shelter. The menu is extensive, which can often be a bad sign, but everything we had was well cooked... More 

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Thank enajeco
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A favourite, particularly during winter months for their veal, it was disturbing to see how dirty the floor was when we stopped for breakfast after our morning walk. Granted, it was earlish, but if this was the state of the public area I shudder to think of the kitchen state. The food quality wasn't what we have come to expect.... More 

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Thank Jandreart
Larkhall, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite booking in advance they didn't seem to be expecting us. Having hung about for a while at the desk listening to the (owner)? barking orders at the staff, the owner (?) eventually put us on a smoking table next to the kitchen door saying 'make yourself at home'. There was no light at the table and we had to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited a few times and twice our bill was wrong. First time we were overcharged nearly R200 for a meal we never ordered. Sadly did not catch it and paid the bill. Second time we caught it on the bill and had it corrected. Makes you wonder how many don't catch it. Food is generally good but service is... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Long wait for food - nearly 30 mins. When we asked if much longer ( as we had to go) staff were very rude. Obviously one is not allowed to question! When we left the waiter clearly made a comment or gesture as the waitress giggled behind us. Pity as other reviews sound good. Maybe an off day - the... More 

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Thank mandihorwood
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Mario never disappoints! I go there often. The staff are friendly and very professional but also fun, the food is fresh and prompt and the coffee is how coffee should be (full of taste, body and effective) Recommended

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Thank matthewperring
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

when we feel for Italian food we join Cafe Mario. It starts with the Italian hug and I feel at home. Our son - traveling in the whole world - claimed it the best Pizza he ever had!

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Thank Isabella B
Durban, South Africa
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great location and venue. always busy. the best pizza. fun to get take out by boat and sit on the water eating.

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Thank dunstan2015
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with some family and family friends. The staff are friendly and efficient even in peak season. I enjoyed my pizza and the atmosphere of the whole restaurant. Warm and welcoming place and I'd definitely come back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: 44 382 7250

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?