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Cafe Mario

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Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
44 382 7250
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 45
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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
Robust Italian

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Barrowboy
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Shanghai, China
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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New Delhi
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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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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We managed to secure a table outside the Restaurant - Knysna Waterfront - Hey if you wanna eat @ this restaurant YOU MUST BOOK to avoid the disappointment of not securing a table... The food is what every Italian Mamma would expect - just too delish for words. We both had pasta dishes - mine was the GORGONZOLA (with the... More 

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Knysna, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The pizza continues to be one of the best in a town where pizza is everywhere. Breakfasts are good but the coffee is not great. The owner is oart of the draw always welcoming and remembering every face. There are enough vegetarian selections to please even the pickiest veggie.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

For sheer consistency, quality, good food, good coffee and good staff there is nowhere better than Café Mario in Knysna. You might have to wait a bit when it is really busy but it's worth it. If the weather allows try to get a seat by the canal for a close encounter when the barrier is raised to let boats... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

Atmosphere great, service great, food great,well priced great, Well Done Mario I will back. Authentic Italian pizzeria friendly and inviting

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Additional Information about Cafe Mario

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: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?