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Cafe Mario

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The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice waterside location offering pretty standard Italian fare - mostly pizza and pasta. Service was OK if a little dozy. Nothing special about it really.

Thank PaulofPleshey
Landskrona, Sweden
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited this cafe twice! We had lovely pizza the first time and the second time we had toasted sandwiches and desserts! Coffee was good!

Thank Meg S
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to find something for everyone's taste, this is a safe bet. Friendly staff, good Prices and tasty Food. Park at the waterfront parking lot where your car will be perfectly safe.

Thank KerstinGloeckner1912
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super friendly staff, nice Italian food. Lovely setting by the marina. Excellent value. Recommend if you want a nice fresh lunch by the waterfront.

Thank Catherina M
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68 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Cafe Mario on our previous trip to Knysna in 2014. We arrived this time without a booking and were fortunate that they managed to squeeze us in. The food was really good a good choice and variety of Italian foods. This resturant as many of the ones visited in Knysna was popular with the locals (always a good... More 

Thank Alison C
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ran in to Mario's after a long day's adventure in Knysna, and we're served perfect pizza and tricolor salad. Great wait staff, delicious simple Italian food. Our hosts couldn't recommend it highly enough! Fair prices, delicious food, great experience.

Thank Meggy S
Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in Knysna and the hotel recommended Cafe Mario. We drove downtown for some shopping and found Cafe Mario in the Waterfront area. It is a small restaurant but the food is great. The calamari was so good that for dinner we ordered take out since the place was all booked up. Very nice atmosphere, food and service.... More 

Thank Remi B
Copenhagen, Denmark
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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were warned, that we probably had to wait, but we ware seated at a table on the side of the bar, a table that seemed to have been squeezed in to get more seats. We should have waited! The pizzas were ok, but not too exiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Mario is an excellent bet for a casual meal always offering something tasty, anything from a pizza to veal or a steak. A busy spot which tells a story.

Thank MichaelKnysna
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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sometimes you need straight up good food with no fuss. That is exactly what we got very tasty home made fresh Italian food with no frills. Staff very attentive and a good vibe in the restaurant which you need to book as its very popular.

Thank Ronan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
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, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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?