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East Head Café is Knysna’s favourite meeting place, more than just a café or coffee shop, it is a well-known local landmark where family and friends are always seen having a good time. In the never-ending pursuit of service excellence, great emphasis has been placed on offering superior service by well-trained staff. The food is simple, yet well made with accent on freshness - all dishes are made using the best local produce that we can source. East Head Café supports the naturally-Knysna initiative in sustaining local & responsible suppliers.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Healthy
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been many times over the last 5 years and the experience is always good. The staff are friendly and helpful. The food is delicious, and the location is beautiful. Thank you we shall see you again.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the minute one walks in one is greeted with smiles and efficiency. The view is fantastic and the food sublime. I can never go there enough. Thank you to the wonderful staff

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely spot for lunch. Location is by the water. Was recommend and did not disappoint. Lovely food, service and value for money. A must if in the area

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024

Service was a bit slow. We sat outside but really didn't have a view of the water from where we were. Don't get the prawns. I hate when I get the wrong thing. The hake and calamari looked great as did the vegetarian burrito and...those in our group who got these dishes said they were delicious. Dessert was also a hit. The carrot cake and meringue pie.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Great spot for brunch or lunch. The food was good and the service was great. The views weren't as crazy as I expected, but still good!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

Went there 3 mornings in a row - would have been 4 but they are closed on Mondays. Great staff, very friendly, quick service - worth commenting on and value for money breakfast. Good specials each day. Coffee good. Only disappointment was they had the...same fresh fruit juice every day. Loved their egg and avo dishes. Highly recommended. Note - is very busy on weekends.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024

We found this wonderful spot for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was delicious, a steak for the boyfriend and burger for me, which was one of the nicest yet, absolutely delicious. The strawberry yogurt smoothy was a bit tasteless, but a small observation...in an otherwise great visit. It was a gem of a find and we would definitely go back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 February 2024

What a fantastic spot for a restaurant - what a view on a clear day! Food was fresh and well presented. Staff were very professional and we would say this is a must when in Knysna.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024 via mobile

Absolutely sublime! The best Ceasar Salad and lemon meringue ever. By far our best meal in Knysna and a brilliant view to complete the experience.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

Awesome location, excellent service, delicious food! What else does one need!! Always our favorite peace of heaven at the East Head Cafe! Just wish they would also do dinner so we spend more time in this gem of a place 🙏🏼🥰♥️🎊😃

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024 via mobile

This place is just interested in churning out people. We waited at a back table for ages to move to the front, which is the only place worth sitting here to see the view. After someone got up and left we went to go and...get the front table and the manageress, who was extremely rude told us that there were other people waiting for the table. They could have had ours. If someone has been sitting waiting for a while then they should get first option. We left after the rude service, will never go back!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Such a bad experience! I had the Malay seafood curry - an expensive signature dish of theirs. What a rip-off! I have had it before and it was fantastic. Quite the opposite this time. It was pathetic. We waited 45 minutes for it. When it...arrived it looked problematic. Half a plate of seafood curry and half a plate of rice. I saw exactly 2 mussel shells - not 6 like before. I saw no prawns and just one piece of white fish. I lifted the whole lot with my fork to see what else was in the plate and found the bottom of the plate was just old prawn heads (not edible). only 1 minute bare and bedraggled prawn tail came out! The bulk was just bottom of the pot moosh! This for over R250!! An absolute rip-off. They would have done better to admit they could not deliver the meal I ordered. The management were clearly not checking what was coming out of the kitchen or were aware but were trying to palm this off to an unsuspecting diner. If you want fish and chips or something basic it is OK but there is no quality control going on for the more sophisticated dishes. They then kindly offered another dish or to not charge me for the curry. Bloody cheek. As if they were doing me a favor. Not up to scratch. Beware. Rather go somewhere else where your meal will not be spoiled by a restaurant that has declined somewhat recently.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

Our family enjoyed a lovely breakfast at East Head Cafe. The staff were welcoming and friendly and offered us a choice of seating inside, or outside. We enjoyed a fair weather morning and sat outside, closest to the estuary. There are light blankets at the...outside tables should the weather get cooler, which is a welcome touch. Be sure to ask for their specials for the day, we tried a number of their special meals and thoroughly enjoyed it. All and all an enjoyable experience, thank you!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023 via mobile

Looking for the very best Fish & Chips in this area? Look no further, you found it! Best tartare sauce I ever tasted. Freshly prepared daily. Compliments to the chef.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

We have now lived in this beautiful town for 18 years and during this time East Head Cafe have kept up to an incredible standard; even through the years with Covid. The improvements that have been made to the outside seating area have made the...experience of eating out above the ocean exceptional. This is definitely a place one should visit at least once whilst in the Garden RouteMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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EAST HEAD CAFE, Knysna - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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