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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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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was difficult to choose a restaurant between the couples and eventually we decided on Italian - Café Mario was rated the best Italian place in Knysna so we went there. The restaurant was quite full but they made place for us - 1st impressions was not that great as the place is quite unpretentious and I wondered if the... More 

Thank 619jedb
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cafe Mario is a busy restaurant, so it's best to book ahead. It is child friendly, with great food. The pizza was great and the milkshakes were yummy too! Service was a little slow, but overall the experience was good!

Thank HappilyIdle
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We fancied a break from seafood and steak so went for a pizza at Marios after a recommendation from a local resident in the marina village. Excellent pizzas and great ambience in a small, cosy restaurant. We had to ask to be moved from the table by the door after wife got clobbered on the head by a departing guest,... More 

Thank Simon L
Houston, Texas
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106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We squeezed into this quaint seaside café with meager expectations and left very pleased. It's a charming spot with whimsical art on the walls and a fun ambience. The menu is classic Italian, and we ordered pizzas and the "dinner special," a pasta dish featuring fresh seafood. When served efficiently after a reasonable wait, we found the pizza outstanding with... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Mario is very small..... I think it only has about 15 tables so booking for dinner is essential. We ordered the Caprese Tricolore which was served with proper Buffalo Mozzarella and thin based pizza. It is situated right on the Quays and a stones throw from the Protea Hotel. Loved it!

Thank Ethel H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I often come here for the bacon and banana Tramezini, it's a real treat, the sweet and salty works very well and the service is good.

Thank Russell B
Marlow, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the restaurant on the first night of our stay after arriving relatively late, but we were surprised by the delicious pizza and pasta, so much so that we came back the next day to get a takeaway. Definitely worth a visit, although be aware that it is not fast food, with pizzas taking fifteen to twenty minutes to... More 

Thank Dom T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day we decided to try Cafe Mario. As soon as we stepped in we knew we were at a great place. The pizzas are very authentic & service was very efficient even though they were full of dinners. Will definitely be returning here before we leave Knysna.

Thank cdhanak
Windhoek, Namibia
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently had lunch at this quaint little cafe. The service was excellent, with our waiter being particularly accomodating with my little boy. The food was ok. We ordered 2 salads and a sandwhich. The greek salad was more lettuce than anything else. The salmon salad was better. I would return!

Thank thehungrytraveller10
Knysna, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love pasta then this is the place for you. Been there 10 times now and I have never been disapointed

Thank Johann397

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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, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
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?