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Poppies Cafe

$$ - $$$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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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Benmore Place, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great eatery in Twizel.
"Poppies is relaxed and delicious"
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2. Rack of Lamb
"had the rack of lamb and it was cooked better than any other I’ve had"
Jason G
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3. Great birthday breakfast!
"Pancakes with roasted bananas fabulous, and good coffee."
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1 - 10 of 722 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went here for dinner the other night and experienced lovely service and delicious food. We were only intending on having a main but were lured in by the dessert menu and ordered dessert to share - foolish mistake it was amazing...More

Thank AnnaBacchus
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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 10 May 2018 via mobile

Amazing food in a fairly remote location. We ordered soup of day, fish and chips and pasta, the quality of every dish are as good as any of the fine restaurant you can find from city centre. Staff are friendly and outdoor sitting area is...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Poppies was recommended to us as the place to eat in Twizel. They didn't disappoint. It was busy, but service was efficient and we didn't need to wait long for our meals. The meals were delicious, well cooked and well presented.

Thank GizzySue
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Poppies is relaxed and delicious. Every dish my wife and I tried was carefully prepared, fresh, and full of taste. The service was equally delightful and attentive. We dined there on the early side of dinner service, and loved the experience.

Thank danielsklein75
Reviewed 22 April 2018

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
Reviewed 16 April 2018

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 15 April 2018 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 14 April 2018

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 14 April 2018

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 8 April 2018

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 14 April 2018

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$26
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - 8:30 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
  • E-mail
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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