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“Very Good”
Review of The Island Cafe

The Island Cafe
Ranked #54 of 163 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Description: This 90 seat restaurant at The Turbine Hotel creates a totally unique environment for all meals. Tables overlook the canal, pool deck or are nestled between the original refurbished turbines. Warm open fireplaces and majestic sliding glass doors allow us to maximize and match the ambiance and weather conditions. The Island Café has won the prestigious 2011/12 Diners Club Platinum Awards.Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very Good”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

A good selection of wines to compliment lovely food. The Menu is somewhat limited but I liked this as everything on the menu is well prepared, well presented and very tasty. A few pleasant changes from the regular South African restaurant menu choices! I enjoyed the "crab claw" starter which was very tasty. Having tried a few of the mains they were all very good. Service was good and the wait staff friendly.

In a busy Knysna over holiday season the restaurant maintained its standards and was one of the few places where you could get a booking. I would definitely recommend this establishment to others and will be back when I am next in Knysna.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Shamwari7
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
“Great setting and superb food, but reservations”
Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely meal at a very good price in a beautiful setting but the restaurant only had 8 other diners and the service was mediocre. The mussels to start were very good but we were not given a spoon to eat them or a dish for the shells despite the restaurant being nearly empty we had to go and find a waitress to request these. Would highly recommend the food, but although service was friendly it was not always efficient.

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Thank Warks
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Knysna, South Africa
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wow Setting!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Tables are situated around the old Timber Mill pumps - makes for a unique setting. Next door to that they've got a sun room, windows in the sky with sun shining on tables next to works of art. A third seating option is on the patio, next to the pool, with a view of the canal running between Thesen Island houses.

Some items on the menu were a touch pricey but to be expected with this being part of a 5 Star Boutique Hotel. Specials made up for it.

The lady with me adored the cheese cake, said it was the best she'd ever had. Quality meat in my burger.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Unique setting”
Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Set in an old turbine house the interior is unique. The menu offered a range of options. The presentation and quality of food was excellent with a decent wine list. i will definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Thank BushFreak
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Excellent excellent excellent”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Wow, what an experience!
The Island Cafe is situated in The Turbine Hotel on Thesen Island. This used to be an old power station that has been converted into a boutique hotel and restaurant.
We were greeted by friendly staff and towering industrial turbines/pipes that have been integrated into the hotel.

The restaurant was just as amazing. The staff were all exceptionally friendly and efficient. The food was sublime - high quality ingredients and beautifully presented. It was reasonably priced considering the high quality.

They were also extremely accommodating to our 6 month old baby, bringing him freshly peeled and sliced carrot for him to bite on. :)

Generally, the entire experience was unique. I will definitely be back here for dinner, and also stay here in the future!

Visited July 2012
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