We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Mario

Certificate of Excellence
$
+ Add cuisine
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
44 382 7250
Add hours for Cafe Mario and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 406 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 185
    Excellent
  • 164
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Remember to book - a very busy little restaurant!

We had a late meal (three starters, focaccia, wine) on Saturday 28 February 2015 as we hadn't booked and could only get a table around 9pm. Lovely atmosphere, our waiter was great, including the owner. Will definitely visit when next in Knysna! Lovely food and atmosphere! I'd suggest booking a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
SueChapman2014
,
Cape Town, South Africa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

406 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We had a late meal (three starters, focaccia, wine) on Saturday 28 February 2015 as we hadn't booked and could only get a table around 9pm. Lovely atmosphere, our waiter was great, including the owner. Will definitely visit when next in Knysna! Lovely food and atmosphere! I'd suggest booking a table outside on a summers evening, inside in winter. Enjoy!

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fantastic pasta and atmosphere. Were welcomed like we were long time customers, after our fantastic evening we definately intend on becoming regulars when we visit Knysna in the future. Bravo!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Africa
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great food, good prices, good personal service, great location. Big variety of food. We ate there a few times while in Knysna, and was never disappointed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leicester
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Nice Italian with outside tables in the waterfront development. Well marshalled staff with good sense of humour. Nice pizzas and good value.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Really buzzy vibe in Marios restaurant. Our guesthouse recommended the carbonara which was so delicious and so were our starters! We had such a lovely evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knysna, South Africa
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I must say that Café Mario has the best pizza in Knysna in my opinion, we often have their pizza as a take out. Also their lunches are awesome, the food is presented very well and the taste and flavour compliments the food. Real good experience

Was this review helpful? Yes
Switzerland
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice atmosphere, great italian focaccia and beer and wine, we could not go away and had a cosy lunch. Remember to book at all times.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knysna, South Africa
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very busy Italian restaurant, and booking is essential for the evening. It's one disadvantage is that people walk through the outside eating area on their way to 34' South. The pasta is good but the veal dishes, (to me), are covered in too much sauce, so you are not sure what you are eating in the evening gloom outside! Atmosphere... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We've been here twice during our stay. Pasta, Pizza and steak all excellent. Have to book if you want an outside table on the waterfront as it gets really busy. Waiters are good, helpful and efficient unlike some of the other restaurants around here, which is a positive discriminator!!! Good ambience and feel about the place... We really enjoyed our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ticehurst, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It is always a pleasure to eat at Mario's something we do three or four times a holiday. Well managed and good service. The best Veal de la Casa I know.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cafe Mario also viewed

Knysna, Western Cape
Knysna, Western Cape
 
Knysna, Western Cape
 

Been to Cafe Mario? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Mario staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?