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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cakes” (13 reviews)
“lamb” (39 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 16:00All hours
CUISINES
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Recommend this cafe and the lake if your visiting fox... had to go twice to enjoy good value and well prepared food in a first class and friendly environment

Thank Thethompsontwo
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Thethompsontwo, Thanks for your five stars review. It is really rewarding when our customers have a good experience and even more when they return. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 5 days ago

Good choice of nice food and drink after your walk around the lake. So nice to have the option to sit outside and take in the wonderful scenery have been many times and never disappointed.

Thank Carol W
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Carol, Thanks for your positive review. We love when our customers return. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago

The food is top quality. The choice is varied. The service is fantastic. Eat this wonderful food while looking at one of the most spectacular views in the world. The snow capped southern alps, Mt Cook (Aorangi), our highest mountain, and Mt Tasman.More

Thank SL_NZ1
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, Thanks for your wonderful review. It is great to hear that you had an enjoyable experience when visiting the cafe and the surroundings. Spring has started and we have had a few good weather days, perfect conditions to enjoy the views, take beautiful pictures...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in to the cafe after walking around Lake Matheson on a day full of rain and hail, and we couldn't have been more pleased. My husband loved the salted caramel peanut bar, his long black was great, and my hot chocolate was the...More

Thank Margaret-Ellen J
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Margaret-Ellen, Thanks for your great review. Certainly, the location of the cafe is quite handy to get warm and relax on a rainy day. We do strive to offer a good variety and quality of food and drinks to make the experience unforgettable. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

was just here earlier today for lunch and before doing the lake matheson walk... loved the view but the food is ok i had the seafood/salmon risotto which was nice and my boyfriend had the lamb burger but was a little piece of lamb and...More

Thank Shelathexplorer
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Shelathexplorer, Thanks for your review. We would love to see you back to try our coffee and dinner menu from November. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered their Salmon & Seafood Risotto and it was superbly rich and really delicious. The only downside is the portion is on the slightly smaller side. They served really nice coffee as well. Enjoy a meal looking at the nature and admire the alps!

Thank christmasweien
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Christmasweien, Thanks for your good review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. We love to serve delicious coffee to keep up with the stunning views. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place, in fact we adore the area. Lake Matheson is special and so is this cafe. Always good coffee. Service is casual but friendly and professional. We didn't eat this time but are looking forward to the summer when the hours are...More

Thank MissBossyBoots
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi MissBossyBoots, Thanks for your great review. We are glad that you enjoy the area as much as we do, and our coffee!! We look forward to seeing back in summer for another delightful experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice meal after out helicopter flight in the morning with Glacier Helicopters. The food was good, the view sitting out side was great and the walk around the lake afterwards even better

Thank wareinbelgium
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Wareinbelgium, Thanks for the positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and the surroundings. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the walk to Lake Matheson is lovely, it's not complete without a stop at Matheson Cafe for lunch on your way past. We were greeted by the lovely waitress and ordered off the menu. What showed up on our plates would fit well in...More

Thank 26lv
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi 26lv, Thanks for your five stars review. At Matheson Cafe we love what we do and believe that every customer should receive an excellent quality and service no matter whether you are in a busy, urban environment or at a peaceful site like our...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We visited Matheson Cafe at the start of our journey from glacier country to Wanaka.we had the deluxe toasted bagel (salmon), manuka honey toasted muesli, big bacon-hash brown-egg butty. All we ordered were very good of high quality. Would recommend this as a good breakfast...More

Thank HappyBingo
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi HappyBingo, Thanks for your positive feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast at the cafe. Certainly, we are a good choice when looking for a place to have breakfast in Fox Glacier. Our dinner menu from November to March is...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 16:00
Monday
08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 16:00
Thursday
08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 16:00
Saturday
08:00 - 16:00
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
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Description
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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