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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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic restaurant. Our favourite on the waterfront. Very buzzy and lots to watch going on. The food is always delicious and hot when it comes. You might wait a bit but definitely worth it. The veal is delicious and all the sauces are so tasty

Thank sarah g
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited cafe Mario twice for lunch. We had the salads and they were delicious. Nice place and good service. Very hospitable. Busy restaurant but service is still good.

Thank lukkatraveller
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ordered a gluten free pizza but their dough base was't as good as other places and the toppings weren't great despite ordering the most expensive on the menu... in fact I'm no sure they should have served it to me as I asked for gf but the aubergine came battered (usually gluten flour) on top!

Thank badger1977
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had yet another fabulous pizza at this consistently good restaurant overlooking the water. They were packed to capacity, I had phoned to book earlier in the day and they somehow managed to fit us in. Despite being run off his feet the waiter continued to rush around with a smile on his face and continually banter with all the tables... More 

Thank Angie M
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice setting and when it became a little colder we were moved inside. Good menu and good food. Salmon and avocado starter was good we both had very good veal. Would we go back? Yes.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Really awesome. Grennaro (Mario's dad) managed to squeeze us in at the very last minute after a really bad experience upstairs at O Pescador. His attention to every table made it feel like we were at his house for dinner. The staff were super knowledgeable and so friendly! The food here is so tasty, even if you just opt for... More 

Thank JustinAsher
Benoni, South Africa
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a very popular restaurant, you have to make a booking. The pizzas and paste are Excellent. Cafe Mario also cater for Gluten free pasta. Service are excellent and is family run. Worth a visit.

Thank MaggieaMaritza
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very popular. Reliable, tasty Italian eatery. Recommended by the local population. At peak times you have to reserve.

Thank Lambay
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this restaurant and the fact that Mario looks after the locals as best he can. It's small and busy and the Italian menu delivers what it promises.

Thank Ruth C
Cape Town, South Africa
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We got pizza take aways, and it was delicious! We were tired from a day in the sun and was not in the mood to go out, so we got pizza! Nothing like being in your pj's, good view, glass of wine and a good pizza!

Thank MarleseWallis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, View
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?