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Matheson Cafe

Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed today

...and I have lived there in the past! We stopped at Lake Matheson early evening; booked a table at the restaurant and then for a walk around the lake. The lake provides the most beautiful views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, a perfect place...More

Thank Spatrick87
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely cafe with great mountain and lake views . Good stop before and after a walk around the lake . Useful gift shop .

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Yummy muffins, good coffee, good manual wheelchair access. Beautiful view from deck. Did not go in to adjacent gift shop but looked big

Thank davolitribe
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Make Shute you hot a nice view in the mountains & the glacier. Menu is great and they serve fresh fish, the grouper was awesome. To bad we were a bit late so an Indian couple had the last povlavo;( But anyway !!! Go there...More

Thank mentaltheo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really good food and a Beautiful restaurant. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside with a very nice view.

Thank Welby S
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a gloomy evening the food certainly made us feel a whole heap better. We had driven from Wanaka and were just a tad hungry. Service was good and the food really excellent. Tasty and served beautifully. I had the salmon which was divine and...More

Thank Kfit2go
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, friendly service and outstanding views! 5 stars! Also the souvenir shop next door is pretty nice!

Thank jennykoch
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a new years eve booking at this restaurant for an early evening table. The restaurant was pretty full but was coping well and we thought the service was typical of the friendly New Zealand service. This is more of a cafe during the...More

Thank SteveDDD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for brunch after visiting the near-by Fox Glacier view point and a brisk walk round the lake. Food was very good and the staff very helpful, giving us suggestions for local places to visit and suggestions for further afield.

Thank Dave_of_SE3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location is overlooking the moutains and with nice weather you can sit outside. The restaurant was recommended by locals and reading the reviews we thought to get a decent meal. A disappointment is shy to say as the sevice and quality was quite poor....More

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Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry your reservation was not registered. Could you please tell us how you made the booking so we can correct any issues. You were also unhappy with the food but give no details. It...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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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