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Shawty's Cafe

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Pizza, Coffee Shop, Diner, New Zealand
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4 Market Place, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
03 435 3155
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Since its beginnings in 2005, Shawtys has built up a strong reputation...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consistently good

Dined there again last night. Olives were tasty starter, soup with broccoli, walnut and blue cheese was a meal in itself, and the salmon fillet and pork belly mains were excellent. Enjoyed a nice Californian red wine for a change. We had to take a substantial part of the salmon meal home we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Christchurc
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Christchurc
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Dined there again last night. Olives were tasty starter, soup with broccoli, walnut and blue cheese was a meal in itself, and the salmon fillet and pork belly mains were excellent. Enjoyed a nice Californian red wine for a change. We had to take a substantial part of the salmon meal home we were so full from the soup. Great... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Came in for a lovely birthday dinner with very high expectations after our last visit and yet again I was blown away by the food and service. I ordered the beef two ways and it was amazing. The best restaurant in twizel. Excellent job and keep up the good work.

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Leeds, England
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Indoor and outdoor seating, great beer and friendly staff. Wide selection on the menu as well as pizza.

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Wollongong, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

After a long day at Mt Cook was looking for a good meal and found it here. The outdoor seating was comfortable, the service fast and friendly and the pizzas we ordered were excellent. Will definitely eat here again if we are in the area.

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Winthrop, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I have been coming to Shawty's for years, and honestly think it gets better and better. Some new staff this visit, but continuing a tradition of excellent service and the food remains terrific.

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Christchurch New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We frequently stay in Twizel but only recently tried Shawty's Cafe Pizza's. Our first was a 'Herbivore' and was delicious with generous toppings. Our second purchase of the same at a later date was disappointing because of the lack of toppings:-( We decided to give it a 3rd try and have to say we were not disappointed:-) Our 4th purchase... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Twizel is an old stamping ground, so delighted to have such great food there. my husband and I lived in Twizel in the early 80's when the power stations were being built, cant remember eating such great food there then. mushroom and thyme soup, what can I say, the flavours were real and tasted devine and the more I ate... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We spent a month travelling around New Zealand and this was one of the best meals we had... the food is absolutely fantastic, especially the Beef Two Ways. Good choice of beers and wines, great service and atmosphere!

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Travaller445, Public Relations Manager at Shawty's Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review of Shawtys. Awesome compliment saying that we were one of the best meals on your trip of NZ! Pop in if you are down this way again. More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Superb coffee and delicious breakfast. Full english and eggs Benedict was just fantastic. Especially sausages, bread and hollandaise sauce..

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Travaller445, Public Relations Manager at Shawty's Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your fantastic review of Shawtys. Stoked you enjoyed your breakfast aswell as your caffeine fix. Be sure to visit us again if you are back down this way. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Enjoyed a really friendly atmosphere at Shawtys. The food was nice, a great little local place that is clearly popular. Good to have a chat with the wait staff.

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Travaller445, Public Relations Manager at Shawty's Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your positive experience at Shawtys. We are glad you found the atmosphere inviting and the front of house team friendly. It would be great if you could visit us again in the future. More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 03 435 3155

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Coffee Shop, Diner, New Zealand

Description

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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