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Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The place came highly recommended as the best pizza place and they did not disappoint. Also had the calamari and squidhead pasta, very very nice.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 20 July 2021

We enjoyed a really delicious dinner at Mario's on a chilly Sunday night, with the most friendly, excellent service (thank you, Zoey), and wish we could go back regularly (though we live a bit far away). We shared traditional bruschetta (love all the punchy garlic!)...and a green salad to start, followed by linguini Putanesca for my husband, and penne with chicken, cream sauce, green pepper, mushroom and peppadew for me (OMG)...We loved it all, and since I had to save room for dessert I took some pasta home and enjoyed it for lunch the next day (still excellent). The Tiramisu dessert we shared was creamy and decadent, and also delicious. Thank you, and we will definitely be back next time we're in Knysna. Fantastic Italian food, with the friendliest service ever! :)More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 10 July 2021 via mobile

Went during the lockdown so we couldn’t sit but just got takeaways Great friendly service and excellent food. Going back tonight

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 7 July 2021

This is the second time that we have dined at Mario’s, but this was the first time for lunch, and at their new location. My wife and guests enjoyed their pizzas, but my Fettuccine Alfredo was too al dente for my liking, and had a...strange taste. I’ll have to try a few of the other dishes on the menu when we are next in Knysna.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

Made a booking 1 week in advance and when we arrived we were warmly greeted. The quality of the service and the quality of the food is outstanding. From our mussel and calamari starter to our mains which was pasta and pizza. as always you...will never be disappointedMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 20 May 2021

Judging by the tables this is probably the best pizza place in Knysna. It is easy to see why as the pizzas are very good. The prices and service are also very good.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 9 May 2021 via mobile

Tasteless. A few veg floating in unseasoned water with a hint of tomato and olive oil. No beans, no noodles, no Parmesan and no butter for the stale bread. BEYOND TERRIBLE!! Chef needs to Google an AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MINESTRONE SOUP RECIPE!!!!!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 18 April 2021 via mobile

Pizzerias are decent the pasta is over sauced cafeteria Italian. Management that refuses to wear masks both times we visited in and outside the restaurant greeting you or coming to your table. Like dude why bother sanitize my hands if you don’t give a crap....Making your employees where them says a lot about you. I asked waitress she merely rolled her eyes and said never. I’ll get better Italian and not get sick elsewhere thank you.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 25 March 2021

We have been visiting Cafe Mario for at least 15 years, always on our family holiday. We have been pleasantly surprised by the homey new location. Although the previous location had the water, boats etc, it's always a concern with little children. The new location,...just a block away from the Waterfront feels like coming home for dinner. Pappa greets you at the door and the family serves up amazing food. We especially enjoyed "common sense" covid rules, in a time where most people are paranoid about following "the rules" We had outside seating (for 10 + 2 dogs) and EVERY one felt at home, even the dogs with water supplied. The new atmosphere, the same excellent food and hospitality makes Cafe Mario a MUST visit!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 12 March 2021 via mobile

Cafe Mario never fails to come up with the goods. Always happy to accommodate, service with an Italian accent .......obviously encouraged by management Great pizzas, pasta ....home made and very tasty, ossa buca delicious, veal ..tender BUT Why no fish .....,you do it so well...Thanks Mario and daughter for another wonderful eveningMore

Date of visit: March 2021
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Response from Anurag J | Reviewed this property |
No need to book now. Sometimes the place gets crowded so maybe you could book a day in advance.
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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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Yes, Cafe Mario offers takeaway services.

Cafe Mario is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4