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Shawty's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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4 Market Place, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
+64 3-435 3155
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Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a takeaway to feedback our family of 5. Ordered 2 pizzas and 1 lot of chips. Pizzas were tiny (really only fit for 1 person) and were doughy. Chips so undercooked they were inedible. Chips were $7 and pizzas $18-20 each. We were very underwhelmed.

Thank Erin M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lamp, salmon, chicken and risotto were are excellent. Nice wine, beer and cider selection. Desserts were good as well!

Thank CLeeGo
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For such a small town, we didn't expect such a high quality, fine dining experience. However, this is exactly what Shawty's delivered. The restaurant has a very trendy decor and a buzzing atmosphere, paired with great service and great food. We were pleasantly surprised by the overall experience. We would have to agree with its own claim that it is... More 

Thank Andrew W
Da Nang, Vietnam
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

great coffee, yummy food, plenty of indoor / outdoor seating, welcoming staff.close to other shops , area for kids to entertain themselves outside.

Thank Jack66177
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A shame really - it could be better - I know I've had 'authentic pizza' all over the place and this is not that, it's a price point not a quantity. Limp bland pizza with skint toppings and extra oil perhaps for flavour Beers arrived after 18mins on a very hot day when we clearly looked thirsty when we ordered... More 

Thank James H
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On our way from mount cook to Queenstown we stopped at Twizel for refuel. It was a bright sunny day and the seating outside was astounding. We ordered veggie pizza and special fries with a cold coffee. The staff is super courteous and the service is quick and efficient. The food arrived hot and was super tasty. We were so... More 

Thank kumargaurav83
Denver, Colorado, United States
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good breakfast & coffee, but not great... especially for the price. Our family of five eat breakfast there Tuesday and liked the food (eggs, streaky bacon, French toast...) and coffee but for $122 (ouch) it was way overpriced. Banana French toast was certainly tasty but then again its bread and a banana... not worth the $$ IMO. 2 long blacks... More 

Thank Mark K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food heaven , we had the steak , it was delicious , everything worked together beautifully . Topped it with the dessert

Thank Niroshan D
Oamaru, New Zealand
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Shawty's twice for brunch and lunch during very busy public holidays. On both occasions the coffee (long black) was outstanding, and I loved the friendly, prompt service. Staff handled the chaos of public holidays extremely well and with good cheer. The inviting outdoor area, prices and stylish interior lead to an expectation of better food however. My eggs... More 

Thank Red_Hurring
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in need of a good meal on our way down south and Shawty's did not disappoint. I was initially shocked at the standard of food coming out as it just looked so good! I went for the pizza and waffle fries and it was brilliant. A special mention to the waitress (she could be the owner as her... More 

Thank Connor D

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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
Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, 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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