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Shawty's Cafe

$$ - $$$Pizza, Cafe,
4 Market Place, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
+64 3-435 3155
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4 Market Place, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped in Twizel to buy some groceries before heading to Mt Cook village. Shawty’s was a great spot for a quick lunch. The food was fresh and tasty. Very friendly staff.

Thank Alecsandra G
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Had an unbelievable great dinner at this very unassuming place. The quality, taste and presentation better than some 5 star hotels. Thank you and keep it up!

Thank Herberthofer
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

We dropped in on the way through and the fayre was well worth the detour. Friendly and welcoming staff. Great coffee quickly served and superb food. Full breakfast was tasty and plentiful. The sweet corn and zucchini fritters were top notch Banana and bacon with...More

Thank Clive O
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

If you are in Twizel don't hesitate and go there. Really nice food and staff! Maybe the food takes some time to come to the table but it is really tasty! We took the rib eye and panacotta... great!

Thank nagotxu
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We chose this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews. First impression wasn’t great because our waiter didn’t seem to know ANYTHING about the menu. I asked her what the soup of the day was, and she had to go ask. I then asked her a...More

Thank hippychick925
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Coffee was fine and the shared gourmet sausage roll (pork fennel and apple) was delicious. The large pastry was substantial and accompanied by a superb chutney. The only shortfall was temperature. Both coffee and roll could have been hotter. Nice spot to stop in central...More

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 4 December 2017

I had the Salmon, which was cooked to perfection - the meat was moist, and fresh while the skin was crisp, and delicious. The salmon was served on a bed of vegetables. The device was very good and friendly. I highly recommend this place. I...More

Thank BobHart308
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

We stumbled into this restaurant without a reservation and the Host assured a table in 1/2hr. Another waiting guest told us how popular this restaurant is so we were very lucky to indeed have a table in 1/2hr. The pork belly is to die for....More

Thank JoRo R
Travaller445, Owner at Shawty's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Dear JoRo, Thank you so much for taking the time to review and also the feedback in relation to the staffing issues, please be assured that we will address these. I am pleased to hear that the food lived up to it's reputation. I too...More

Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Wow! The food was really good. Their menu would do great in any foodie city, even San Francisco. We had a salmon sampler - simply fabulous, pork belly and scallops, and bread&dips. Great patio, nice selection of beer&wine. Definitely recommend for dinner after spending a...More

Thank olya_sf
Travaller445, Owner at Shawty's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Dear Olya, WOW, thanks so much for your wonderful review. We are foodies, love San Francisco too, for it's food and the Sonoma valley for its wines:) It is so nice to get recognition for our staff who constantly work hard to give people like...More

Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Not a pizza in sight anymore. 🙁 What a shame. We would visit this restaurant regularly/monthly and have pizza for lunch. Alas no more. Food still good but pizza restaurant it is not anymore. They own another restaurant (MOW Bar)where they have moved the pizza...More

Thank McAughtrie
Travaller445, Owner at Shawty's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Dear McAughtries, I am sorry to hear your disappointment about not having pizza's. Change is always hard especially after 12 years. We apologise too that MOW was not open for lunch, we have difficulty with obtaining staffing at this time of the year. Like us...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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
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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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