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Cafe Mario

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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
44 382 7250
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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 189
    Excellent
  • 167
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 11
    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
A good local italian restaurant

I really enjoyed the food here. We had bruschetta to start which was very tasty, hint of garlic/herbs and fresh tomatoes. I had pasta again made with fresh tomatoes; my husband liked his pizza. The waiter was very good, speaking in different languages to make us laugh. It is the sort of place you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
susieQ321_12
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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417 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the food here. We had bruschetta to start which was very tasty, hint of garlic/herbs and fresh tomatoes. I had pasta again made with fresh tomatoes; my husband liked his pizza. The waiter was very good, speaking in different languages to make us laugh. It is the sort of place you want near to where you live... More 

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Worcester, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Were recommended to Mario's in 2011 by the Paradise B&B. Good food,especially Pizza's, good value, good service.

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Knysna, South Africa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

As a local of Knysna we have eaten here a few times over the years. However this time was a total disappointment as far as the food was concerned. I ordered a sea food pizza and it was not tasty at all. The seafood was almost non event consisting of 2 muscles and the rest seemed to be artificial crab... More 

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Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Visit Knysna and you have to visit the Knysna Waterfront! It is a small-town waterfront that is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists. Follow the crowd and you will probably end up at Cafe Mario where you will be welcomed by the owner or a member of his family. In the morning you will be treated - in... More 

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Knysna, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Always accommodating and a nice atmosphere, the selection of dishes has something for everyone and its great value, much much better than 34 South

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Port Carling, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We really enjoyed the food and service here. The place is busy and the atmosphere is very nice. We went twice and the second time we enjoyed a pasta dish....very good and we would return again if time permitted.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We had to book three days in advance for our dinner at Mario's. It was worth it, The food is wonderful and the atmosphere real Italian. can't wait to get back next year.

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Alkmaar
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115 reviews 115 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

cappucino is good, lunch also. we had crostini's with garlic and bacon and it was delicious!! nice spot for the boats waiting for the bridge and seeing many people around. no waitingtimes and normal service. no complains.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A delicious dinner where we tucked into 3 courses (little piggies but everything looked and tasted amazing!). Very happy customers!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We just wanted to get some sweets. Ice cream was the worst ice. No cream no choc souce. Just 3 coup. And the taste was like cheapest ice available. Carrott cake had a bad texture. Even though taste was OK according to my wife. Service was quick. Forgettable. Try other options.

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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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