I was impressed with Daniela' at Leisure Isle Lodge before we even arrived. We had booked a few days prior but on the afternoon of our booking I received a phone call suggesting that we arrive a little earlier as a table of 7 had booked to arrive the same time as our party of 3 and they were concerned that the party of 7 would have their orders in before us which would cause us to wait. Is that not service!
It is a small restaurant with a lovely outlook. Table settings was everything of the best and I found the two staff serving the restaurant to be well trained and very friendly.
Service was excellent but I did find the wine list to be pricey. Our starters of a Calamari salad was a choice and the calamari was very tender. Our main courses of Karoo lamb shank and a beef fillet were both excellent, the beef fillet was cooked to perfection and the lamb shank also.
A most enjoyable evening was had and my only comment is that it would have been nice to have had interaction with owner / management but let that not detract from the staff that served us as they were excellent.
If you are looking for a slightly more formal fine dining experience in Knysna then you will not do better than eating at Daniela's at Leisure Isle Lodge.
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