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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (15 reviews)
“cake” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
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Pizza, European, Deli, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Cafe with lovely views. Good for light snack or proper lunch. They start at 8am so you can come in for some breakfast before the walk. The chicken and bacon pie was nice and come with salad for $12.90. Very nice cafe with good food...More

Thank Sunset116
Reviewed yesterday

We were told this is the best restaurant in town. What the other 8 were like I don’t know. It serves well cooked imaginative cuisine. Even the rye bread was cooked on the premises. The staff are pleasant and efficient but the ‘piece de resistance’...More

Thank Ted H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We walked around the lake in the evening and then popped into the Cafe for dinner. You must book! Great Italian chef and the menu is divine and different. Fantastic setting

Thank baren
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great choice for breakfast before doing the walk around the lake. Then returning for coffe and cake after the walk.

Thank Bouncingfox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was recommended to go to this cafe as it was supposed to be the best food in town with several awards to its name- this is true ! We ordered the garlic bread- very average, and the aged steak at $39 per plate. Having recently...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We called in here after completing the walk around Lake Matheson. What a find! The food was excellent. We really enjoyed their sweet treats and tea but plenty of people were tucking in to the great selection of other foods on offer. Catered for vegans...More

Thank Helene G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would highly recommend going here for breakfast /brunch and sitting outside to enjoy your meal. The views are phenomenal - you can see Mt Cook from there. Food is good too!

Thank mmaarraaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful cafe with a lovely view of the surrounding area and distant mountains. And the food was an absolute delight! Come to the lake, and take the walk and then enjoy a great breakfast, lunch or coffee. Menu prices were a little high, but...More

Thank Newcastlediner
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked to Lake Matheson and then enjoyed tea and cake at the cafe - we thoroughly enjoyed the carrot cake, rocky road and salted caramel slice!

Thank AvidGlobeHopper
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did the walk to the Lake Matheson lookout,on our return we decided to try out this cafe,I had the Seafood Risotto,it was yum and my husband had the burger and chips which he said was very nice,the staff were friendly and...More

Thank Sue Y
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$24
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
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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