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Cafe Mario

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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
44 382 7250
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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East London, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place, had some beers and my girlfriend had some wine whilst chatting about our half marathon race the day before ( we should have stayed for supper ! Our mistake !) it was a warm winters day and can imagine this place in summer ! All around us patrons were enjoying good food and was very varied with... More 

Thank DeanoVen
Calitzdorp, South Africa
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great selection of wine by the glass. I had the veal pizzaiola and they made delicious vegetables to replace the pasta side. Great attentive service. Gauteng (Kempton Park) lost a professional when Mario relocated here. He was there minding the front and hustling the back. A great guy.

Thank Sue G
George, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Gennaro always delivers , the king of consistency. One of my all time favourite places to have a meal out. Mille grazie bello !

Thank DeanH008
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff were very accommodating as it was very busy when we arrived and we had to wait for a table. Food and service excellent.

Thank Elmos_mum314
Pringle Bay, South Africa
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So glad we made a booking here for our last night in Knysna - what a treat to end off our weekend! The ambience was cosy and comfortable, the staff were friendly and the pizza was delicious! Thanks to Barbie for the great service! The owner is a sweety and extremely friendly. Cant wait to come visit again!

Thank Carla C
Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn't get in for dinner the night before so we went for lunch and were not disappointed. Such friendly hosts and the food was really great. Highly recommend it.

Thank cathymP4326RO
Strand, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a quick lunch or bite to eat, grab a cup of coffee and panini style sandwiches - they are delicious and very good value for money.

Thank Mart-Marie
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During a busy oyster festival weekend all the restaurants seemed to be cashing in. To me prices seemed high and quality was very meh. Not Mario's. Very solid very Italian food and hospitality. Every one around us also seemed to really be enjoying their food. Service was friendly and first class without bothering you. It is a very cosy coffee,shop... More 

Thank Capie_Tours
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a wonderful breakfast in this Italian restaurant while enjoying the beautiful view - great food & great value!

Thank TinaBloem
Knysna, South Africa
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167 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great cosy environment with excellent service. This is a piece of Italy right on our doorstep. Genaro is every present and always friendly and welcoming. The real prize is the food. Delicious Italian cooking that will have you like me going back again and again.

Thank Back_Road_Tours

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: 44 382 7250

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?