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At Poppies Cafe & Restaurant we pride ourselves on giving you a great memorable experience. We have a large vegetable garden & glasshouse where we grow a wide range of organic herbs & vegetables. Our chefs use only the finest local ingredients, Mt Cook Salmon, Lamb rack, Appletree Pork, local Beef fillet ( free range & grass fed). We offer a fantastic range of locally produced wine & craft beer. With alfresco dining and some of the most picturesque scenery in the world, come and enjoy the best service, food, wine, beer & coffee Twizel has to offer.
US$3 - US$26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Poppies cafe is a hidden gem. Friendly service cosy embience. Salmon very fresh. Curry is a must try! They have big table for large group. Overall a good lunch experience.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were told by locals that Poppies was the place in Twizel to go for special occasions and as it was the last night of our holidays we thought “why not?”. There were 4 of us and we each ordered a different main and shared...a salmon starter. The salmon was amazing. Plenty to share as a starter and so yummy! The standout for the mains was the steak, and the venison pie, lamb rack and duck were very close second! The most delicious Creme Brûlée for dessert completed a fantastic evening.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 14 April 2021 via mobile

Simply stunning food, lovely atmosphere, great service. Booking would be recommend. We had dinner last night and it was quite exceptional. Not the fanciest restaurant but very nice and a great atmosphere. One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Very...highly recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 4 April 2021

We dined at Poppies restaurant tonight, not only did they kindly squeeze us in, (not literally there was heaps of room). But the service was outstanding - the waiter was so lovely and wine she recommended was amazing. The food (and the wine) was also...outstanding can not recommend enough. Thank you so much Poppies! Will definitely be back. :)More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 April 2021

We had three different choices and they were all very good. My fillet steak was cooked perfectly medium-rare. The vegetables were tasty and plentiful as a side dish. Nobody had room for dessert.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 6 February 2021

This is now my go-to in the MacKenzie Basin (sorry Hermitage). Really well selected, prepared and presented food. No hesitation in saying you should eat here.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 6 February 2021

Very refreshing to have fantastic service. Catered well to dairy free, gluten free and our child. Enjoyed a wonderful lunch in their outdoor area under an umbrella

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 25 January 2021

We stopped here to refuel mid morning while cycling some of the mountain bike trails around Twizel. There are bike stands outside. Poppies is just off the main highway so its an ideal place to stop for refreshments. It wasn't busy and the service was...quick and friendly.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 13 January 2021 via mobile

Wonderful food and reasonably well priced Ample to eat Good serving staff My only complaint - and they were not busy - it took too long between ordering and a meal arriving But would definitely come again

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 8 January 2021 via mobile

2 of us came from Kurow to Poppies and 2 from Geraldine. We wasted 50 minutes waiting for our food. When we reminded them, it turned out they had forgotten. The waitress got out her pad to take our orders again! We, of course. got...up and left. They did manage to serve everyone else around us, including those who came after us. They also forgot to bring my elderly relatives their water. Incredibly poor service. We won't be back at all. We are now sitting at the Thai place and have already had our order taken.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Yes, Poppies Cafe offers takeaway services.

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Poppies Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4