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Poppies Cafe

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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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1 Benmore Place, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
+64 3-435 0848
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the lamb rack and duck confit, the lamb we definitely the star dish, and was cooked beautifully. The vibe and feel of the cafe was more relaxed, like a done up day-time eatery which also serves fine dining in the evenings.

Thank 962jasminez
Nelson, New Zealand
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Whilst staying in Twizel this place was recommended by my motel, Had a lovely dinner, staff very friendly and helpful and very accommodation for a solo person .. Would definately visit again next time Im down that way

Thank Alibeare001
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were on our way from Mount cook to Queenstown, and stopped in Twizel for lunch. Poppies cafe was a great choice, service was good and food was great. We had the salmon salad and the fish of the day, delicious!

Thank l_am_helene
Dunedin, New Zealand
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107 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It has been a pleasure to take visitors to New Zealand to Twizel, where there is a good standard of accommodation and dining. Poppies is a reliable dinner option, and our meals this night were to the anticipated high standard. With only 6-8 other tables occupied however, waiting over one hour for food was too long. Perhaps there were issues... More 

Thank Rakhan
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

warm welcome from staff , nice coffee with a real tasty bacon and eggs, warm fire going, news papers to read, need to change their magazines, some 3 years old, would certainly dine there again

Thank 1johnnyboy
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful food, relaxed and warm environment, friendly staff and reasonable prices. Restaurant needs a bit of an update though.

Thank Swinebot
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was very good, but pricier than expected. We went there once for lunch and once for dinner, and were happy with the food and service, but both times were a little surprised by the bill.

Thank Chris C
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attentive service, great food, good selection of wine and beer. A surprise gem in the little town of Twizel, with a good selection of menu items, fresh ingredients, and a super flat-white to finish! A definite must-try!

Thank marthaczb
New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Paid too much for what we got, at least the service was ok. Ended up waiting for nearly an hour for my below average steak and 2 starters that were way too expensive for 4 scallops and 5 king prawns. 跟我男友行經Twizel鎮並尋找晚餐,當地人推薦這間餐廳給我們。 門口貼了2014年tripadvisor No.1的牌子感覺很厲害。 一走進去 燈光美、氣氛佳、很有鄉村風格,我們滿心期待的點餐。我不太餓所以點了兩個前菜跟男友分 而男友點了一份牛排。 飢腸轆轆過了大概40分鐘餐點終於齊上差點沒讓我跌破眼鏡... 17塊左右的酥炸國王蝦沙拉只有5隻跟我食指大小一樣的蝦子和一點沙拉放旁邊。 然後另一個前菜是4個扇貝肉加一小撮苜蓿芽陪小黃瓜沙拉......居然要15塊左右紐幣...。 牛排更扯了,和一個哈根達斯小杯裝尺寸差不多大也差不多高的尺寸、小小一塊加一點盤子裝飾就要33塊左右...忘了多少錢只記得我們很傻眼....。 本來我當場要跟他們反應覺得餐點太少可是我們將會付70幾塊為了這餐 我不願意付這麼多...但男友說下次不會再來了、不會推薦朋友這樣就好了,唉... 我們只花10分鐘吃完也不想待趕緊走了,口味,ok, 服務,ok, 但食物少價錢高又做的慢....。 真心不推薦!

Thank Shuany721
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We have just finished a lovely family dinner here. The treat of our mini break. We were so glad we followed the Trip Advisor reviews and ate here. All our meals (from starter to dessert) were delicious. The staff we gentle and friendly. This really does deserve its top spot and I think would compete with restaurants in large cities.

Thank KimfromNZ
PoppiesTwizel, Owner at Poppies Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your kind review. We have worked so hard on getting our food and service to a high standard so it is very rewarding to read comments like yours. Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your break and hope to see you again if you are ever in the area in the future! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $25
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 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
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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