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Cafe Mario

The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
+27 44 382 7250
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (120 reviews)
“tiramisu” (11 reviews)
“focaccia” (11 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 812 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

I ordered their salami and avocado pizza for 72R. It was literally a sheet of salami with a slice of avocado per slice. I wasn't particularly impressed by that. My server was fantastic. It's a decent restaurant.

Thank Chieka C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the few restaurants we will go to in knysna always a winner! Delicious and our waiter Pattizio is amazing thank you Genaro and team!!

Thank Fjooste1878
Reviewed 1 week ago

Vibey, bustling, friendly service and delicious Italian food - Mario's is well worth a visit when you're in Knysna. If in peak season, make sure to phone ahead and book a table as this spot is popular. I always have pasta, as they are all...More

Thank SmithCT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because this restaurant is in a prime position on the waterfront it is constantly busy and the location makes up for the food ! The carpaccio was dry as was the parmesan cheese served with it, I had veal lemon for my main and it...More

Thank Mistymoo14
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice relaxed place for pizza and coffee. Amazing service. Good location. Reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely breakfast in this brasserie-style restaurant. The waitress was very friendly, funny and efficient. The best service we’ve had in SA this trip. The breakfast was everything we hoped for. The only improvement that could be made: the fresh orange juice should...More

Thank frank v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pizza is to die for!! Unfortunately due to peak times, we were unable to get a table spontaneously, hence we took take out... BOOKING is essential ❤️❤️❤️!!!

Thank asma o
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food and wine were brilliant. Service was outstanding and the waitrons suggestions were relative and correct. Setting was romantic and relaxing.

Thank Rikus V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a breakfast, fresh fruit with yogart and Mario's breakfast, an excellent choice. Food was well prepared, coffee purely brewed. Staff friendly and the service quick. I will always recommend this restaurant, variety of breakfasts, price wise, really affordable.

Thank deon0708
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yesterday I ate at Caffe Mario, and ordered a smaller version of the antipasti platter. Not only was it the most boring and tasteless platter I ever had, they charged the full amount (299 ZAR) for the half-size portion that I ordered.

Thank AnnaPills
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Questions & Answers
29 December 2017|
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Response from Anurag66 | Reviewed this property |
No need to book now. Sometimes the place gets crowded so maybe you could book a day in advance.
John P
18 January 2016|
Response from SmileySussex22 |
British bank cards can be used in most places in South Africa. I used mine last month in at least 6 places around Knysna....including .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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