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Cafe Mario

The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (124 reviews)
“tiramisu” (13 reviews)
“focaccia” (10 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always have breakfast at Café Mario, love sitting on the outside deck. Very good coffee and lovely breakfasts. Staff are always friendly and only to happy to serve you

Thank cdtoursinfo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go on, spoil yourselves. This place is awesome. We just kept going back.We had a big team in Knysna for 2 months and they had no problem seating us if it was 2 or 12. The setting is fabulous for lunch inside or outside, and...More

Thank Gavin W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate similar meals there a few nights ago. His was a pizza with salmon and avo. Mine was a salmon and avo salad. Both were pronounced delicious and the fillings are generous. I also had a delicious garlic pizza bread with...More

Thank abutilon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommend this restaurant. It was one of the best meals I have had! The pasta is just to die for! Restaurant is located right on the canal, so fun to sit outside by the water. Great experience!

Thank Udkasers
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We stayed in Knysna for 3 nights and had our evening meal in this restaurant each evening. There were many other places to choose from but we found this restaurant was just what we wanted. Comfortable, friendly staff and good service. The food was excellent...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed May 16, 2018

The food at Cafe Mario is fresh and fantastic! There is also a great selection of vegetarian pastas, which can easily be modified for vegan requirements. A great atmosphere at the Knysna Quays is also a big bonus!

Thank _waltpr
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Cafe Mario seemed like a typical waterfront restaurant - lots of turn over and no focus food quality.

Thank knew2222
Reviewed May 9, 2018

Very busy during the Knysna Hill Climb, but managed to get a spot! great food with great friends - not recommended for people on a diet :)

Thank Tillie M
Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere, great food. Will definitely be going back on our next trip. They have a bit of everything, starters, pastas, something for the vegetarians and meat lovers.

Thank Meagan W
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Have been to Cafe Mario so many times and I’m never disappointed. Recently met a colleague for an informal meeting and the service was friendly and coffee great as always! Happy vibe, cosy and intimate setting. Offer a variety of Good quality and delicious meals,...More

Thank BeBarefoot77
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Questions & Answers
December 29, 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Anurag66 | Reviewed this property |
No need to book now. Sometimes the place gets crowded so maybe you could book a day in advance.
John P
January 17, 2016|
Response from SmileySussex22 |
British bank cards can be used in most places in South Africa. I used mine last month in at least 6 places around Knysna....including .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, 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: +27 44 382 7250
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