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“Proper thin pizza: if you'd wanted to eat bread, you'd get a sandwich!”
Review of Chatters Bistro

Chatters Bistro
Ranked #11 of 181 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Chatters is famous for thin-n-crispy, made-to-order pizzas, a great wine list and home-made desserts. Owner-run, with a casual feel and friendly service style. Outside garden area for warm summer evenings and an inside area with a wood-burning stove, or an enclosed patio for the cooler winter evenings. Extensive wine list available (corkage not permitted and no license for take-away alcohol). Please book to avoid disappointment.
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Trying to decide where to eat on a Tuesday evening in Knysna, when we came across Chatters, which looked friendly and busy (unlike other places which looked quiet and almost intimidating!) - this made our minds up.

We sat on the outside deck, which had roller-blinds down, as it had been a cloudy and breezy day. This made for a very nice, cosy atmosphere. The pizza is very thin and very crisp - the way it should be. The service was very professional and efficient and the food was great to eat and good value for money, while the wine-list is quite impressive, plus Knysna's local Mitchell's beers are available.

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2  Thank mike-smashing
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Back to our favourite part of the world, and back to our favourite places to eat out- this time at a different time of year.

What a fabulous atmosphere, hot evenings sitting outside, lights twinkling, the garden area looks fabulous- better than I remembered. Really like the smoking are being separated now too. Some real work has been done since we were here last August- new bathrooms are a great addition.

We found this place a few years back and we loved it then. The food is brilliant - tastiest pizzas I've ever had, and the pasta Diablo dish- wow! The wine list is astounding- as a real wine novice it is great to find people with the time and interest and patience to help me choose something I like.- and Clare the owner really makes sure you're happy with your whole experience, I wish more owners were like her!

There are a lot of great places in knysna that we've found over the last couple of years of visiting it Chatters is still top of our list. Can't recommend it enough.

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1  Thank laura h
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

My wife and I dined here 4 years ago. What a change! So many improvements have been made to the decor and garden that we were quite shocked. It is unusual to see such changes unless a change of management has occurred. It also seems to be appreciated by the locals because the place was clearly packed with them when we ate there. The thin type of pizza must be what they enjoy, rather than the thick dpughy type. At first glance, the food prices seem a lot more than at other establishments but when the meal arrives, one can see why; the toppings are very fresh and generous. The wine list is extensive and, recognising many of the brands, I can say that they are certainly not marked up excessively. You may pay a little more for the food but you will save on the booze! I noted that Chatters received platinum awards in both 2011 and 2012 for lists. Well done! Service was very efficient. Clare, the owner, and her husband Robert were very friendly and we could watch how well the restaurant was being managed, even when busy. When the sun goes down, the atmosphere here is magical.

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2  Thank CaptainSlowEssex
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

A very pleasant restaurant with a lot of outside tables and friendly efficient service. In late November (after a very cool day for the season) it was quite comfortable to sit outside, but since I didn't see any patio heaters this might not be the case in cooler months.

The best thing about this restaurant, and very surprising for a pizza/pasta place, is the very extensive wine list - 11 pages of it..!!

The ambience was good but the food itself was average. After sharing a generous helping of linguine with "gorgonzola", peppadews, etc., we tried their pizza. They offer 3 standards of pizza - normal, speciality, and gourmet. We had a small (24 cm) 'Ultimato" which, since it contained "prosciutto", was the most expensive combination at R92. Those who have travelled widely in Europe should take the gushing "best pizza ever" reviews with a pinch of salt. Much as I love South Africa, and even many SA pizza restaurants (but for their ambience), almost none know how to make a good pizza base which should have luscious puffy edges not the thin bland and crispy (often burnt) crusts typically served up.

Ok, having made my pizza point, I would still recommend this establishment for the location, the ambience, the service, and most of all the wine list..!!!

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1  Thank spesbona
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Pizzas looked good, we all had pasta dishes with varying comments. Bolognaise sauce was plentiful but lacking in flavour, lasagne had only one sheet of pasta over the sauce !
Obviously popular with the locals as it was full all evening

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Thank kitnsimon
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