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Cafe Mario

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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Italian restaurant on the Waterfront has excellent food just like Mamma used to make. Big portions and very reasonable. For this reason it is very popular so you have to book ahead or hope you are lucky to get a table

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in for lunch,we both had veal and pasta - which was alright wouldn't rave about it. Can't say I'd rush back with other nearby places better.

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Thank Brewersfriend
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice venue by the marina which is part of the Waterfront development. It was a bit rainy but warm enough to sit outside and set up with parasols. Very atmospheric. Mario was about overseeing everything, and the staff were efficient and friendly. The food was excellent and nice wine too. Definitely a place to eat while you're in Knysna.

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Thank Brinylobster
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have travelled up from George and wanted a quick meal. The pizza rusticana was excellent which we share with a Greek salad. The service was good and the busy holiday atmosphere around us made the meal enjoyable.

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Thank Brian161
Durban, South Africa
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

quick and easy. mellenzane and delicious coffee milkshake. very good service. great position. always wort it.

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Thank dunstan2015
Harare, Zimbabwe
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wonderful aroma of freshly ground coffee greets patrons to this cosy waterfront restaurant. The service was good, but we found the restaurant a little cramped. The decor is very European, with a famtastic black and white 1950s photograph of an American girl walking past a crowd of men in Rome dominating the alcove where we sat. I found my... More 

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Thank Sarah T
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here last year and had to return. The food is great and so good for the price. The pizzas are delicious as are salads etc. Service was great and very quick. You need to book or get in as early as 6 pm as they get very busy.

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Thank SueH9
Chepstow, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous pizza and great service. We sat right next to the water and our baby in a pushchair was very welcome. No need to book.

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Budapest, Hungary
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tasty food, nice milieu. Considering the crowd, the speed of the service OK. The waiter, a young guy, is very kind, but had no idea about vines. Anyhow, we found a good wine too.

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Thank Jocoka
Hartenbos, South Africa
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was great as we went this day on the boat ride but first had some breakfast here and the coffee was excellent i had 3 cups will always return

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?