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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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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 3 weeks ago

The Matheson Café is a perfect example of how wonderful dining is in New Zealand. This is a national park style café that serves outstanding food. Our lunch was unexpectedly delicious. The terrace and view were very memorable. Don't miss it.

Thank InTheMomentManhattan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't get to see the view this time as it was overcast and rainy. Their coffee is OK, but they need do more options for Gluten Free. The service is average at best and they need to work on being cheerful.More

Thank Kezzie K
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Kezzie, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry that you were not given enough gluten free options, since we can do almost everything gluten free on our menus. We will make sure that all our members of the staff...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came for lunch while it was pouring outside. Cabinet food looked good, ordered beef, Swiss cheese and onion baguette, a nutty slice and a coffee. All were delicious.

Thank Kirsty C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Next to a nice walk. Brilliant spaces . Cafe food. Pleasant surroundings. Very affordable Recommended

Thank ubilaksa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for breakfast. The view was lovely, the staff were friendly and accommodating for our 2yo, the food was great and the coffee was the best we've had in NZ so far.

Thank Trishka1974
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Had lunch while visiting Lake Matheson. Very nice building with friendly staff and decent quality food, although portions were on the small side.

Thank Nick_P1290
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We had hot chocolate here once on a horrible rainy day and it was easily the best we had in NZ. We couldn't see it from the cafe, but we were back to walk around the lake another day and there was a great view...More

Thank spage89
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We arrived at the same time as a tourist bus full of young travelers so there was a queue but my toasted bacon and cheese pannini arrived fairly quickly but the coffee took awhile but was served with an apology, but was to be expected....More

Thank Xjapie
Reviewed 15 October 2017

An attractive spot for coffee or a meal. Lots of glass giving great views of the surrounding paddocks and then the mountains.

Thank robe397
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Robe, Thanks for your review. We are glad that you had a good time when visiting the cafe and the surroundings. We hope you come back for more enjoyable experiences.

Reviewed 14 October 2017

well deserved reputation for great food and setting . Staff great and setting incomparable . Make sure do walk round lake first on a sunny day mesmerising

Thank ian f
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Ian, Thanks for your positive review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the area. We hope to see you again.

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Restaurant Details

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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
View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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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