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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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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
GREAT FOOD AND VALUE

Cafe Mario is a great little Italian restaurant in the heart of Knysna waterfront. Good food and prices. Thoroughly recommended. Great lunch venue, mid afternoon snack or evening meals are also great. Right on the edge of a canal type waterway. All that is lacking is the scenic views which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Went for dinner to Mario's last night after not having been there for a while (only due to it always being full). Had such a friendly, fantastic waiter and the food was outstanding. Highly recommend this great Italian restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Was a good idea. Good food. Good atmosphere and relaxed mode. Wait a bit long time for the pizza but is was worth waiting

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My husband and I went to this place as he knew the owner from about 20 years ago in Johannesburg. What an amazing find! Both hubby and I don't normally eat pasta in restaurants as he cooks the best (being Italian). We both ordered pasta, I had olive oil, chili and garlic and hubby the arrabiatta. Both dishes were excellent.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Cafe Mario is a great little Italian restaurant in the heart of Knysna waterfront. Good food and prices. Thoroughly recommended. Great lunch venue, mid afternoon snack or evening meals are also great. Right on the edge of a canal type waterway. All that is lacking is the scenic views which several other local restaurants have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Classic Italian food done 100% right! What a pleasure and a relief to experience "underpromise and overdeliver for a change"...

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It's quite rare to find a good Italian in South Africa but Cafe Mario is just that. On both our visits the restaurant was full and vibey despite it being mid week and low season and many of the other bigger restaurants being almost empty. Basic Italian food was very tasty - particularly the bruschetta and pasta. The owner was... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

good food, great host, Mario's is a local restaurant to make the traveler feel like a local.Nice location

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I found Cafe Mario as my life-saver in Knysna. I don't enjoy sea-food. So I was looking for Italian restaurant & here I found - Cafe Mario. Staff was extremely polite. I enjoyed Pizza, Salad, Pasta over 2 days.

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Swellendam, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Atmosphere and the hustle of people enjoying themselves. the service was excellent and the food even more so. when in Knysna we always head for Mario's.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Nice little homely Italian place with friendly waiters. Good values for money. The pizzas were excellent and the pastas were good. Worth a visit while in Knysna

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Address: The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
Phone Number: 44 382 7250
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

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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, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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