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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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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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Value
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LOCATION
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 930 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The view of the mountains during dinner was a real plus. Fortunately the food lives up to the view. A great menu selection and excellent service.

Thank neoporcupinex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the place on completion of the lake tour to have a coffee and some rest after 1.5 hours' walk. There were simple meals in addition to coffee and juices at reasonable prices.

Thank Philip C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe took us a little bit by surprise. We dropped in for a late lunch, with our destination being the Lake Matheson Walk. Location and view is lovely. When we ordered they were out of a couple of items, but it was later in...More

Thank maccy78
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sit either outside or in, both have fantastic views of the alps. Great food and coffee on offer with friendly service.

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here many times now and have always liked the food. I'm a photographer and spend some time at the lake. I think it's the best food in fox by far and I love the breakfast! I normally order eggs Benedict and if...More

Thank Nielsnz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't have better scenery than this! Had dinner at this restaurant and went back for breakfast. Servers very accommodating, working VERY hard on a busy night but handling it all beautifully. Food delicious, well presented, everything just came together beautifully. Came back for dessert after...More

Thank glen0ra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the view was nice, the coffee was bad and the wait time was long. We ordered flat whites and what came out were basically espressos with a dash of milk. My coffee was so strong I could not drink it and therefore would not...More

Thank Cacty
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Cacty, We are very sorry that your experience at the cafe was not as expected. By the description you are making we think that you got macchiatto instead of flat white. It might have been a mistake when processing the order or when delivering....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to dine at the café and try out the new menu. The menu is simple and elegant. I ordered the beef rib which was delicious. The dining experience was complimented by the service we recieved from "Meg". Will visit again and recommend it...More

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

Hi Sabby, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed our menu. Certainly Megan's customer service is excellent and we are happy to have her in our team. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food. Nice setting (though obviously retro-fitted from what was originally just a little place for hikers and tourists to get a drink or sandwich).

Thank brooklyn_imp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great spot for a light meal. We all four enjoyed our lunch and would not hesitate to recommend it

Thank Gordon B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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
View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
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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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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