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Chaplin's Bistro

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Woodmill Lane Leisure Shopping Centre 100 Main Street | next door to Clicks in the Piazza, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 382 3667
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Knysna, South Africa
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Save yourself the disappointment to go to Chaplin's. This use to be a little gem in the shopping mall but unfortunately it change hands and it seems like the new owners just don't care. On one occasion I went for a cup of coffee on a Sunday,there was only one waitress and the owner sat at a table playing with... More 

Thank diantours
Knysna, South Africa
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Average food, average price, average service set in a shopping mall which offers the talents of the local music artists and artists alike. Food palatable but nothing to write home about .... if you want average meals, for average prices and a break inbetween shopping this is the place to be

Thank Vallerie M
Knysna, South Africa
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24 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

I'm sorry to say this but I day was a low in a lot of things. The first impression of this venue was a good one - friendly atmosphere and clean table cloth. However the service was S-L-O-W (and that apparently with their best waitress. ..). We where four people and only one plate (the salad ) was acceptable. Unless... More 

Thank Stefanie S
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Very pleasant lunch time spot. Good food and friendly service. Reasonably priced, great location for shopping break.

Thank Wilma J
Alberton, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Bistro to me always alludes to casual yet delicious and well thought out dishes, served efficiently with grace and ease. This does not describe Chaplin's unfortunately. The menu is unexceptional and very standard in a town with many great options. Service is slow and I watched a waitress spill a soda and just simply put the wet sticky glass and... More 

Thank AndrissaFerreira
Strand, South Africa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Good personal service with waiter Julie. Good menu with nice food! Only coffee shop in Woodmill Lane for you to go to.

Thank Hitmannequin
Wicklow, Ireland
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Sad to relate my experiences of a number of visits during past two months. Service standards and quality of food has declined somewhat.

Thank Brian O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Having read previous reviews I guess must have been lucky the day we popped in for a coffee as we had attentive service and the coffees were piping hot and creamy. It was a Sunday and no very busy so maybe that is why.

Thank Liketorome
San Diego, California
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I were driving through en route to Cape Town. We had not eaten all morning so we were quite excited for coffee and eggs Benedict. The coffee was good and came quickly, but the breakfast didn't come for 45 minutes. We had to ask twice about the status of our order. Finally our waitress said that the... More 

Thank Hrosso21
Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

My first time at the Bistro and I must say the service was pathetic. We waited 40 min for our coffee and almost an hour for a toasted sandwich. The sandwich was also not great. Not a very good standard. It was a very disappointing visit and i will not return to the Bistro nor will I recommend the Bistro... More 

Thank JaydeeV2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Woodmill Lane Leisure Shopping Centre 100 Main Street | next door to Clicks in the Piazza, Knysna 6571, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: +27 44 382 3667
Set in a lovely outdoor piazza area within a quaint shopping centre,where patrons may relax under the tree or if they prefer,indoors where there is a choice of more formal dining seating. Should you wish to catch up on some business or check emails, we have free Wi-fi available to patrons who are willing to have a meal or a drink. We serve healthy portions at good prices. You are able to enjoy anything from a toasted sandwich to lovely pot pies and sweet treats baked in-house. We are also fully licenced. You can enjoy live music in the piazza most Saturdays and three or four times a week during holiday season.

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