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Shawty's Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
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4 Market Place, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
+64 3-435 3155
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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I visited this restaurant on our first night in Twizel and were so glad we did. The food's delicious with a good range of wines, beers etc. We returned for dinner on our next 2 nights. I can't praise this restaurant enough. The food, drinks including lovely coffee and the very friendly staff. The manageress Rachel was... More 

Thank sweeneluk
Silver Spring, Maryland
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172 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the #2 dinner place in Twizel and absolutely worth going. Good drinks delicious food. It can get busy and the staff is a bit overwhelmed so you have to wait a bit for the different courses. Great meal and relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Heike Y
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A stop over for rest and lunch from our long drive. Did not expect much to begin with. The café looks quite inviting, so we gave it a try. Had Thai red curry with rice and since I am a Thai, I did not expect too much it from a western cafe. But I was quite impressed with the taste.... More 

Thank Pattama K
Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A surprise in the middle of a country town . The food was excellent & equal to any city restaurant. Good menu with a wide selection.

Thank trish c
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

A great place to dine is a wonderful little town. The drinks menu is fantastic with an exceptional range of beer.

Thank 780JustMe
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Went out for our anniversary dinner. Sat outside, no service after 15 minutes. Went inside asked the Senior waitress if I should order with her or at the counter. She replied "go take a seat mate." Point 1- I'm not your mate, you shouldn't call your customers mate either! Point 2- we won't be coming back to your cafe, and... More 

Thank Tightlines71
Dunedin, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We went here for dinner, and really enjoyed it. A nice resturant. Great food, excellent waitress, and wine as it should be, thanks to her. I ordered a white, which, in my opinion was too cold. When I mentioned this to the waitress she knew what I was saying and offered to warm it in a water bath, pointing out... More 

Thank 007Winelover
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137 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for lunch enroute to Mt Cook, after seeing reviews on Tripadvisor. We really liked the venison sandwich, quesadilla and smoked chicken pizza. The fish and chips were a little too fishy for my liking. The flat white was the best I've had thus far. The oaty caramel was excellent for dessert as it wasn't cloyingly sweet. 50MB... More 

Thank mufimurphy
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Best coffee and very friendly staff. We had to make a return visit it was so good and great views of the mountains.

Thank Tracy J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Shawtys café is our favourite when staying in Twizel, the ice chocolate is a big hit with my 8yr old who thinks they are the best in NZ! The food is always delicious and fresh, the staff are very friendly and the restaurant is always kept clean and tidy. Also the best coffee in town :-)

Thank Renee F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Market Place, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Twizel
  • Phone Number: +64 3-435 3155
Since its beginnings in 2005, Shawtys has built up a strong reputation, synonymous for fine food and great espresso. A destination in the Mackenzie Country. Open 7 days from 8.30am till late over the summer months with reduced hours during the winter season. Shawtys has a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, and cabinet food available, and our chef's are committed to providing you with great qualiy food at an affordable price. With a comprehensive gourmet pizza menu and great range of gluten free and vegetarian options there is something to suit everyones taste.Step into warm surroundings and take in the "New York" inspired decor. Shawtys recently underwent an amazing facelift and would not be out of place in a bustling city scene. A new look has led to a renewed focus on excellent quality wines and an array of craft beers. Shawtys offers a dining experience of high standard in a relaxed setting, perfect for an intimate dinner with friends or larger gathering. We aim to leave a lasting impression on our customers with great service and we invite you to check us out.

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