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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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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
Open Now
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 2 days ago

We really enjoyed our dinner, even with clouds covering the mountains. Te food was fresh and very good. The menu had a nice variety. The portions were decent. Definitely recommend and we may be back for another meal!

Thank drjandthemissus
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For our first main meal in New Zealand this cafe was perfect to relax with a beer and take in the serenity. The food was abit expensive but more than worth it!! It was amazing and filling, but had enough room for a gourmet dessert!...More

Thank Emily H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was there the second time and then another time for coffee. Whitebait on salad was an excellent meal with an excellent view of the glaciers. next day coffee and rocky road slice also very good. highly recommend

Thank Konrad E
Reviewed 3 days ago

Cafe offer amazing view and food. Service is okay and can be better. good option to visit after lake matheson walk.

Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is refreshing compared to the cafes and restaurant in the middle of Fox Glacier Village that are cramped. Here it is spacious, bright, airy and just felt good. Service was great. So were the cookie (various nuts), carrot cake. We also order the...More

Thank SingLai
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After a walk around the lake what a treat to have a nice spicy Chai Tea Latte!!! They put a little Nutmeg on top to give it an extra kick, it is a must try.

Thank Heydee00
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a coffee and breakfast treat before walking the lake. We had a new Group behind the counter so there was some confusion, but they were pleasant and the baked goods were delicious. After, I had an inquiry of the cafe and they followed...More

Thank Derekthedog
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a cafe near Lake Matheson serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went there for dinner. The visit started badly when we were told the Merino lamb wasn't available. It's the dish I was going to order. In the end we ordered the gnocchi...More

Thank gfsc5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Matheson Cafe offers a lovely place to stop and take in the amazing view with a fantastic menu and lovely staff. The menu offers a broad range of options throughout the day whilst also providing takeaway coffee for those in need of a caffeine...More

Thank chumbles224
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lamb salad - portion size too small. Should have gotten sandwich they had behind counter. Salmon eggs Benedict was good.

Thank William F
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups
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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