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Poppies Cafe

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$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
1 Benmore Place, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
+64 3-435 0848
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb curry” (28 reviews)
“burrito” (11 reviews)
“salmon” (38 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Benmore Place, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

I would say this was a good place to stop for lunch a small such as ours when we were on tour of New Zealand. I would recommend and try other dishes the next time we visit this area. People are friendly and accommodating especially...More

Thank billp422
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem, amazing food and staff, lots of seating (including indoor and outdoor). I had the rack of lamb and it was cooked better than any other I’ve had. Good selection of NZ wines and beers as well. The date pudding...More

Thank Jason G
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

Hi Jason, thank you for your review. Glad that you chose to dine at Poppies and sample the delicious lamb rack. Enjoy the rest of your travels!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Twizel for 2 days for a friends wedding and ate at Poppies twice during this time. There's a lovely, relaxed ambience about the place. Waiting staff are warm, friendly and very efficient. Food and drink options are wide and varied, including some...More

Thank LookyMeyer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poppies Cafe has a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Spaced out tables, fantastic friendly service. Menu was difficult to choose from as so many delicious options. Great kids menu. The kids were given puzzles and colouring in on arrival. There is also a toy box. Delicious food...More

Thank CCFB
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best food stop in the McKenzie for travelers of all kinds. Great atmosphere, excellent food, good service. No reason not to go there every trip as we do

Thank brians1195
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. So glad that you enjoy Poppies so much that you keep coming back, it is always nice to see familiar faces at Poppies! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (group of 4) had the selfmade bread as a starter (quite nice) followed by the lamb rack, which was the reason why we were there. Pretty disappointing. It was a very small portion and the potato side that came with it tasted like it...More

Thank Dominique98765
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, thank you for your review. It is very disappointing to that your complaint was not dealt with properly, I am glad that you have brought this to my attention and will be discussing this at our next staff training session. I am sorry that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Difficult to choose between this and Shawty’s, the only other good quality restaurant in this small town. We were not disappointed and enjoyed a very good meal. I would definitely recommend this.

Thank oykel
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed the yummy curry. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate dinner there two nights and was delighted with the food both nights. Also great coffee open 8 am. If we’d stayed in Twizel another night, we would’ve gone to Poppies again for dinner and tried a breakfast. The breakfast menu looked fabulous.

Thank Joe & Judith M
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jo and Judith, thanks for your great review, shame you were not in Twizel another night but hope to see you back in Twizel at some point so you can sample the breakfast menu!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the wait staff was lovely and the deconstructed cheesecake was the best cheesecake we’ve ever had. Unfortunately all three of us ordered the lamb which was undercooked and tough.More

Thank SeattleTracy
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, thank you for your review, glad that you enjoyed the cheesecake, it is yummy!! Sorry that you did not enjoy the lamb, it is a real shame as the dish is usually one of our most popular dishes. We shall look into why...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food choices. Pork belly delicious. Service polite and efficient. Good idea to book ar busy times.

Thank Rachel B
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Rachel, thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed the pork belly! Hope to see you again soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$27
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Benmore Place, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Twizel
  • Phone Number: +64 3-435 0848
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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.
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