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US$3 - US$24
European, Deli, Cafe, Grill, Gastropub
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a nice breakfast here before our days adventures in Fox Glacier. Great views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. A lovely cafe, cabinet food and menu available.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had breakfast here and will happily return in fact I will be back in April and stopping in probably for lunch

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 5 days ago

Food is lovely and staff are very friendly. No wonder they got good reviews from their customers. Would recommend this to my friends.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The perfect location after a walk around Lake Matheson, couldn’t believe how good the cafe was. Amazing breakfast and coffee. Have the mushrooms! 😉

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here for breakfast and very glad we did - lovely setting with indoor and outdoor tables. Food was well priced and delicious and service was very good. If this was my local then I'd be here every morning ;)

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 15 December 2021

This place is at the start of the Lake Matheson walk so is a logical place to have a coffee and food before or after doing the walk. It has big windows to soak up the view, a modern building with an attached tourist souvenir...area. This was apparently in another building nearby but was combined with the cafe because of reduced numbers due to Covid. The coffee was great served with a good selection of food.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 November 2021 via mobile

What an amazing find. Off the beaten track (by only a few minutes) there is lots of parking, and a modern building with large floor to ceiling windows showcasing some of the best views in the South Island, which you can enjoy in comfort regardless...of the weather while you eat. The food is great, the service is friendly and the coffee is great. Before or after you spend time here, you can bush-walk along an easy walking track to various points along Lake Matheson. You can walk the loop, or just out for 5 minutes and then back for your meal or coffee. There’s a photo opportunity at every turn on this bush walk but if you go in in early morning or late afternoon, the sea breeze has died down and you get the best reflections off the lake towards the snow capped mountainsMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

We combined our meal with the lake walk. The restaurant is very modern and the service was excellent. The menu had great variety and the food tasted great

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 10 August 2021 via mobile

We ate here for brunch before heading on with out drive. My salmon bagel was terrible but the coffee was good, as well as gorgeous views.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 23 July 2021

Brilliant service, friendly staff and food you could literally die for! Dont miss out , best cafe open for dinners and a view of majestic snow capped mountains and lush green terrain, farm land its totally middle-earth. Godszone!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Yes, Matheson Cafe offers takeaway services.

Matheson Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5