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The Island Cafe

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Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 302 5746
07:00 - 21:00
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We've been to Island Cafe before, and we recently had another great experience. Their waiters are efficient and their food is very good. The fact that this restaurant is part of the Turbine Hotel means that the decor is very interesting, with the old sawmill equipment all around. You will not be disappointed!

Thank gerritcar
New York City, New York
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683 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We went to dinner in the cafe overlooking the water and ordered for a starter the Greek salad with halumi cheese followed by their 250 Gr beef steak that came and 250 Gr beef sirloin. They were just delicious. The service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening

Thank Karen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We came with our three kids for breakfast. The first thing that appealed to us was the beautiful eclectic decor and spacious seating area, which included ample seating both inside and outside. The menu was relativity small but carefully compiled and adults and children were happy with their meals. The food was fresh and beautifully presented, and the service was... More 

Thank Keren T
Garden Route, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

I had never been to the Turbine Hotel before, even though I live in the area, and went to try it out for lunch. I had no expectations at all, having never heard any reports on the place. I was really pleasantly surprised as the food was excellent, the service great, and a really good wine list. Even some local... More 

Thank m0zchick
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We ended up at this restaurant due to our stay at the Turbine Hotel. Unique setting, and the food was excellent. The meal was tasty and well presented and the waiting staff was fantastic. Lovely cosy atmosphere with the fireplace burning while sipping good wine and enjoying great food. The breakfast in the morning was also very good. We can... More 

Thank _cindyplessis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Amazing food that makes your mouth water. Original dishes to. Amazing dessert and beautiful scenery, next to a little river and you can see the old turbine machinery .

Thank Ella B
Mossel Bay, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

A quaint setup, amidst turbines! Service is good, adequate breakfast menu, very tasty with good coffee and a lovely atmosphere. Friendly, attentive staff made this experience a pleasure. Will be back

Thank Songbird7900
Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Sitting between the old turbines, being served by friendly and efficient staff while enjoying a great meal with friends lead to an amazing evening. Thank you.

Thank JannemanPot
Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Since we stayed at the Turbine hotel and did not want to leave the island, we decided one night to have dinner at the hotel´s restaurant. While the service was very friendly and fast, the food and wine were just ok. Springbook carpaccio and the soup were nothing special, but ok. The porkbelly and the steak were decent, but also... More 

Thank SFLeonce
Hamburg, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Had dinner at the Island Cafe before and while the food never really convinced the unique setting and friendly service made up for it. This time, however, our dinner was a mess… service was unexperienced and slow (waited nearly half an hour until waitress took our order), wine and bread only arrived after another inquiry, and one of the mains... More 

Thank polartravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
International, European
Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?