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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 195
    Excellent
  • 174
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
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 service

I went past a day ago to simply use their wi-fi and they were very friendly and accommodating even though they knew they would probably not get more than a cup of coffee as turnover. As it worked out I never had a chance to use it but I appreciated their kind and friendly interaction. I returned... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
Looking4gr8ness
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I went past a day ago to simply use their wi-fi and they were very friendly and accommodating even though they knew they would probably not get more than a cup of coffee as turnover. As it worked out I never had a chance to use it but I appreciated their kind and friendly interaction. I returned tonight with the... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

This place is packed all the time - every day - and rightly so. Tiny but with big windows overlooking Knysna Quays lagoon, you never feel cramped. The food is totally Italian, and top class. Service was friendly and quick. We will be back.

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Middelbeers, The Netherlands
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We had here one off the best pizzas we ever ate. The restaurant is situated in the harbour of Knysna.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Not good service - we asked if we could order french toast with syrup since it isn't on the menu. The waitress confirmed and then brought us french toast with honey. Which according to her is the same. They actually didn't have syrup. Not really the same thing to is. Not good cappuccino Wish we went to Ill de pain... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had lunch here and the service was great, the light lunch was fresh and tasty, while the location on the canal was unbeatable. Prices were more than reasonable.

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Mold, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had to wait a little while for a table, but it was worth the wait. The pizza here is divine. The chicken livers succulent and delicious. Would definitely recommend

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were on holiday and was stroling at the waterfront looking for a nice place to have coffee in the morning. Received good service and was not too pricey. Decided to have dinner the evening as well at Cafe Mario as we would be in vicinity. On enquiry we heard we had to make a reservation for the evening as... More 

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Kempton Park, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Going on a search for coffee in Knysna, we stumbled upon this Cafe at the Harbour. And what a treasure we discovered! Friendly staff, great service, and amazing food, we went back to Caffe Mario 4 times during our two week stay in Knysna! Why only enjoy a stunning place like this, once? Good value for money, and you don't... More 

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Gauteng, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were here 5 years ago for our honeymoon and simply could not forget their food! Visited again this easter, the food is still the best in town!

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Waimate, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

During our recent visit to Knysna we ate at this restaurant on two occasions. Pizza, calamari, salad - all good. Nice atmosphere and location and reasonably priced too.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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