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The Island Cafe

Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 302 5746
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

We were here 8 years ago and I was pleasantly surprised to see the place still in immaculate and prestige condition. It was the start of the Oyster Festival and there was nothing of their oyster offering on the menu nor mentioned by the waitress....More

Thank SueHsieh
Chris T, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Dear Sue, thank you for taking the time to review us. It is very disappointing to learn that one of our staff members were not briefed about the special for Oyster festival. The lemon meringue that was not on standard and the communication around the...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018

We stayed in the Turbine Hotel recently and enjoyed two dinners at the Island Café. The restaurant setting is very pleasant, with big glass windows opening onto the grounds outside. The dishes are well prepared; the grilled yellowtail and chicken dishes were particularly good. Service...More

Thank 21C_Traveller
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous cafe! Has sooo much potential. Beautiful setting. Too bad the service is.... well below average and the food is... just average for the price.... The food is very little for the price being paid and nothing special. No special touches. We arrived and stood...More

Thank Annemarie G
Chris T, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Dear Annemarie I am not 100% sure when you dined with us but Monday the 2 April 2018. We were very busy and unusual amount of guests per group all coming at the same time, not the norm at the Island cafe. In saying this...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018

We just had 2 Lovely milkshakes but the quaint cafe was packed with tourists and locals. Good service.

Thank a3whd
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

One of the best reasons to be back in Knysna is to be able to eat at Nadines Coffee Shop.. our favourite go to place for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Sandy feet, small kids always welcome! Well done for going the extra mile. We shall...More

Thank Nat S
Chris T, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you for the feedback but your review is posted incorrectly. The Island Cafe restaurant is part of the Turbine Hotel and Spa on Thesen Islands in Thesen Harbour Town precinct. Kind Regards, Chris

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by Airbnb host that we had. The restaurant is located in the Turbine hotel, which has a very interesting history and architecture. The menu was somewhat interesting, but the preparation of dishes definitely lacked execution. The wait staff, although very nice,...More

Thank pavel_nyc
Chris T, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Dear Pavel Thank you for your feedback and response. I am really disappointed to learn about your experience at the Island Cafe restaurant. We have shared your feedback with the team and do apologise for the inconvenience caused. Kind regards, Chris

Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

On holiday in the picturesque Intake and wanted to grab a breakfast. Great location, but no service at all. Waited 20 minutes for the host you seat us and then was offered a seat at the top behind a wall next to the generators with...More

Thank Wingnuts123
Chris T, General Manager at The Island Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

Dear Guest Apology for the lack of service and the way we handled your visit to the Island Cafe restaurant, this is not the norm and we failed you in service. There are no good excuses and I am sorry that no manager attended to...More

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Its raining and not much to do .. stopped at Island Cafe in Thesen Island. This is situated at Turbine Hotel which was an old power station ... on a clear day .. this should be the place to be. On a rainy day .....More

Thank Lucy N
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Had both breakfast which was lovely and a dinner we had steak and fish followed by cheese and crackers and fruit we also had a selection of wines and port .well this meal was fantastic tasted absolutely delicious. Staff great very nice and helpful. Only...More

Thank thepatricks_2
Reviewed 10 August 2017

You dine amidst the heavy machinery and industrial equipment left from the past. The food is so so, but the service was friendly. If you like out of the ordinary, this one's for you.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: +27 44 302 5746
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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
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