Knysna Restaurants

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    Knysna Oyster Company Tavern: Good View with Oysters

    by TRimer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Joe tries out the oysters

    Basically the restaurant/tavern consists of a bunch of picnic tables out on the water (the heads). Great for sunsets- but a little chilly the day we visited. The other feature is a shop selling t-shirts.

    Favorite Dish: Serving every type of oyster (wild and cultivated) imaginable. Too bad I don't like seafood. Other big attraction is Mitchell’s & Castle draught on tap.

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    Lush Restaurant: De-Lush-ious

    by TRimer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After looking at all the run-of-the-mill tourist spots on Kynsna Quay, we were so excited to come across Lush on Thesen Island. We had to wait until 8pm for a reservation but it was well worth the wait. The decor of the place sets the tone for the meal. Little tables clustered together - some with candleabras- with velvet covered high back chairs. The walls have ruby hues and velvet textures- decorated with baroque accessories, including mirrors and mosaics. There are many crystal chandeliers some with pink feathers. They start the meal with a complementary signature Lush cocktail served in a mini martini glass. The staff was very attentive. The manager stopped by and when we told her that we were headed to wine country she had the wine sommelier put together a list of recommended wineries to visit.

    Favorite Dish: As we had appetizers while waiting at the sister restaurant, Sirocco, we stuck to main dishes and dessert. I had the Fillet of Sparta beef served with a bearnaise sauce along side a pomme/apple puree and baby vegetables. I almost had the risotto which looked very yummy. Joe had the Springbok served with gnochi. We shared the creme brulee (lemongrass and vanilla) and the white chocolate semi-freddo. We had a great wine too- the Meinert Synchronicity.

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  • Limani Blue Greek Tavern: Lovely greek food, great service!

    by kjones99 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A lovely restaurant with outside seating overlooking the quays. What made this visit special was our wonderful waiter, Benjamin, who told us about his past as a street child and his work setting up a soup kitchen for other street children in the area.

    Favorite Dish: Mousaka was fab, and the starter dishes (a tapas sort of affair!) were lovely!

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    Limani Blue: A little bit of Greece

    by glennkasner Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This place is in the Knysna Waterfront ( strange how suddenly every little town has a waterfront). Service was great and the food absolutely wonderful!

    Favorite Dish: Kleftico ( Stolen Lamb) Just try it - you'll see why!!!

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    The Drydock Food Co: Drydock - Knysna Quays

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This lagoonside restauarnt in the Knysna Quays is the perfect place to sip a leisurely cocktail & watch the sunset. Our meal here was sensational with a variety of flavours bursting on the palate.

    The menu was varied & reasonably priced, giving something for everyone
    We were lucky enough to get a table outside in the covered area overlooking the lagoon
    Service was very good & the food was a a good portion
    The knysna quays has a thriving nightlife & there are lots of places to eat.
    The house wine was very reasonably priced at R35 $6 a bottle

    Favorite Dish: I ordered a chicken dish which was presented in a sauce of chasew nuts, citrus, chilli, lavender with a selction of vegetables (pictured)
    My friend ordered a chicken salad which she enjoyed (pictured)
    So our meal is based on 2 main courses + bottle of wine & coffees

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    Crabs Creek Tavern: Crabs Creek Tavern

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Your standard pub grub with a nice outside are overlooking Knysna lagoon
    Typical food is spare ribs, burgers, steak egg & chips.
    Plenty of booze specials like a bucket of beer
    The staff are young & full of energy

    Favorite Dish: We enjoyed a cocktail & a BIG burger & chips

    At the entrance the sign says Tapa's which can be misleading as this is not a spanish style eaterie perhaps they mean a place to relax.

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    Oyster Catcher: Sundowners at the Oystercatcher

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can enjoy Oysters in various styles here fresh or cooked.
    There is a tapas menu as well as salads on offer
    The best thing about this bustling venue is being backdropped by busy boats coming & going its the perfect spot for sundowners drinks

    Favorite Dish: We only had drinks

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    The Dry Dock: elegant romantic dining

    by hebaemam Updated Sep 17, 2010

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    i loved the view most, which is the most important thing for a couple dinning out.
    food was so delecious, and price was around the average for elegant restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: those i choosed,,, watch the pics
    but notice if you are used to the american sized food, then this restaurant is somthing between the french and american size.

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    The Anchorage: A very good little seafood restaurant

    by mikelisaanna Written Aug 28, 2009

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    The Anchorage is a small seafood restaurant in Knysna, where we had dinner during our recent South African vacation. It has about 10 tables, and seems to cater mainly to locals. We were the only tourists the night we ate dinner there. The Anchorage was recommended to us by the owners of the inn where we were staying, and it did not disappoint.

    For our entrees, we had the catch of the day, which was kingclip (a white fish) in lemon butter sauce, which was excellent. Anna ordered off their childrens menu and also enjoyed her meal. The owners of the restaurant serve as the chef and hostess, respectively, and we had a pleasant conversation with them after our meal.

    We definelty enjoyed our meal, and recommend the Anchorage to others.

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  • Dish at the Rex Hotel, Knysna: Oasis in Dining Desert

    by CharlesHenry Written Jul 20, 2009
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    My fiancé and I had been enjoying Cape Town for the first week of our safari through South Africa, when we started up the coastline towards the Garden Route. We weren’t prepared for the long distances and ended up staying over in several small towns. Although the landscape was beautiful, the food and hospitality was a bit too ‘rural’ for our likes. Then we reached Knysna.
    So it was like arriving at an oasis in the desert when we booked in to The Rex Hotel in Knysna and dined at Dish restaurant!
    The décor is contemporary and stylish, yet comfy. The smile even returned to my fiancé’s face when her oysters arrived. The waiter informed us that DISH had even won the prize for being the top restaurant in the 2009 Knysna Oyster Cooking Competition.
    I’m not a particular fan of oysters though, and started with the Pâté Masson, and went on to the Crusted Lamb Rack. It was superb with the Chocolate Block. Good wines to complement good food. What a winner.
    If you’re in the Garden Route area, The Rex Hotel and DISH Restaurant is definitely the spot to be. It saved our trip.

    Favorite Dish: The Crusted Lamb Rack was full-bodied in flavour and beautifully complemented by the red wine jus. It was a hearty meal and thoroughly enjoyed.

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    34 Degrees South: Tourist Destination

    by TRimer Written Aug 19, 2007

    Named after the fact that Knysna is 34 degrees south of the equator.

    While we did not eat at this restaurant, I did look at the menu and walk around the place as it is more of a store then a restaurant. Think of dining in a large market.

    Favorite Dish: According to their website- Traditional Greek, Spanish and Portuguese themes run through an eclectic menu that highlights Mediterranean flavours - with chicken, ostrich and vegetarian options for diners averse to seafood.

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    Sirocco Restaurant: Place to Watch a Sunset

    by TRimer Updated Aug 19, 2007

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    Joe and I on the deck at Sirocco

    We spent a few hours at Sirocco while we waited for our reservation at its sister restaurant, Lush. At first we sat outside at the deck overlooking the water. There are even fire pits on the deck for when it gets chilly. We then moved indoors. The restaurant decor is quite modern- lots of green hues and metals. Also, floor to ceiling windows.

    One of the unique features of this restaurant is the unisex bathroom. It is a large tiled room downstairs across from the entrance. The sink is a large basin. There are several private bathrooms in this area but as my husband discovered it can be strange to be washing ones hands with members of the opposite sex.

    Favorite Dish: The comprehensive menu features a large selection of shellfish. One of the signature dishes is executive chef Michael Hebel’s Knysna Bouillabaisse. His inspired version of this famous French fish soup comes optional with half a crayfish.

    We stayed with some appetizers and a salad as we had dinner plans later at Lush.

    We did hear alot about their fruit sushi, another of the restaurant’s signature creations, which is served with a trio of dips (strawberry, chocolate and nougat) and a sip of green tea.

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    The Dry Dock Food Company: Can't help returning over and over!

    by Doempie Written Jul 17, 2007

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    The good stuff: Wild oysters at Dry Dock

    During the summer or even a warm winters day, it is wonderful to sit outside, maybe enjoy some oysters with sparkling wine (from the extensive wine menu). The inside of the restaurant is very warm and inviting on a colder evening with real character.

    I've been here a couple of times (every time I go to Knysna!) and have never been disappointed, the food is great and the staff is very professional and friendly.

    Favorite Dish: I love chocolate: It's a baked chocolate pudding and is the dream of every chocolate lover!

    I would also recommend everything off the seafood menu! The chef's speciality is always a good choice if you enjoy fish.

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    The Phantom Forest: Dine in the middle of the forest with lagoon view

    by laughing_lioness Updated Apr 27, 2007

    A lovely location not only for dinner. It's a hotel as well and I bet it's great to stay there as a hotel guest.

    We only went there for dinner and I was most impressed by the location. The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is built in the middle of a hill hidden in the forest. You can hardly see that there are buildings from down at the foot of the hill.
    You park your car down at the gate house and the staff will pick you up to drive you up to the hotel and restaurant. It would be far too steep to drive yourself plus the road is really, really small.
    There are different houses (lodges) belonging to Phantom Forest all connected by wooden stairs and gangways through the forest. A really cool experience.

    Favorite Dish: Anything really ... .it was just absolutely fabulous.

    Do enjoy a cocktail before going to dinner! You can sit outside overviewing the lagoon.

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    De Oude Fabriek:: De Oude Fabriek:

    by mvtouring Written Sep 12, 2006

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    De Oude Fabriek Restaurant is trying to offer genuine South African cooking to tourists, holiday makers and anyone with an interest in local cuisine. Biltong-topped salads, ostrich, venison and even crocodile. Some dishes were pricy but all seemed to be good value.

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