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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
08:00 - 22:00
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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped for a short coffee break at Mathewson Cafe. Great spot for a break, didn't get to do the hikes as we were short on time but the coffee and carrot cake is highly recommended. Great service and love love love the spectacular views.

Thank Lorraine W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for a cup of coffee and chai latte after walking around the Lake. Very friendly staff. Lovely facility with plenty of seating. I personally didn't enjoy my chai latte. Far too much cardamon and cinnamon or something. Other than that it was a lovely place to sit and enjoy a hot drink. On a sunny day the view... More 

Thank Keryn611
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a After-lake breakfast. Had a first try on Salmon risotto. The risotto, which is a northern Italian rice, quite new to me and I couldn't resist the good of its soft texture. Very delicious! Highly recommended!

Thank MinWen M
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was recommended by our motel. It was an real pleasure to eat here after an early morning trek in to photograph the lake. Really busy so I wasnt expecting anything great. The queue was 10 deep and took no time to be served. We sat down and within minutes our meals and coffees were served.

Thank geofft629
Hobart, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coffee was good and a piece of slice that was way too big but very nice. Views were amazing and the staff were very friendly

Thank Roscug
Seneca, South Carolina
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456 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several friends said this is the best restaurant in Fox Glacier. It's about a mile out the side road from town. It's located in a beautiful area with a nice view of the valley. They have plenty of seating. I decided on the salmon fillet. It was great. Service was ok and the view from our table was great

Thank Bill Y
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended by our Hotel and did not expect a cafe outside of the small town tonhave such lovely food and views. We had the local lamb it was delicious, the clouds lifted and we saw Mount Tamsin and Mount Cook, all with a glass of wine, what's not to like!

Thank HilarySch
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35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WOW... Thats what comes to my mind when i think of this cafe. breathtaking views and incredibly good food make this place a no brainer. You got to visit this place if you are in the area. Plus you can walk the Lake Matheson tracks which are stunning as well. What better way to burn the calories you just ingested.

Thank sudeepraju
Sydney, Australia
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257 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magical views of Mt Cook and surrounding scenery. Meals and coffee are good but a little more expensive. But the view makes up for everything

Thank Martin D
Brisbane, Australia
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187 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We may have caught these ladies on a bad day but our experience at Matheson Cafe was beyond average. Firstly, the woman taking our order kept forgetting what we had said so we had to repeat the order a few times. By this stage there about 10 others in the line waiting and she then proceeded to stop and make... More 

Thank meikadalton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$24
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
  • Phone Number: +64 3-751 0878
Enjoy unsurpassed views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman whilst dining at our contemporary style café at the entrance to the Lake Matheson Walkway. Open 7 days from 8am for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and open for dinner in peak summer season. Comfortable indoor seating and expansive deck area. Adjacent to the cafe is the ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery offering a range of high quality Kiwiana products, clothing and souvenirs. Lake Matheson is one of New Zealand's most scenic icons. Situated on the West Coast of the South Island, in the heart of Glacier Country and Westland National Park, the Lake Matheson walk is a must do attraction for all visitors to Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier. 'Picture Perfect' reflections of New Zealand's highest peaks Mt Cook & Mt Tasman can be captured in the dark waters of this ancient lake formed by the retreat of the Fox Glacier. A trip to Lake Matheson is simply not complete without a visit to Matheson Cafe and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery.

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