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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant deserves every single award displayed on their wall. It was thanks to our hotel manager's recommendation that we had dinner at Matheson Cafe. There is nothing "cafe" about this restaurant. Delicious food & outstanding service. I would highly recommend dining here.

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Thank theladyj2015
Perth, Australia
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207 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can treat yourself to a meal or just a coffee after walking around Lake Matheson. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious. You can also dine outside on the veranda and look at the views and the pukekos.

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Thank DaleBbB
Georgetown, Texas
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648 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stoped in here to have lunch on our fourth visit to the lake. I had the Vietnamese prawn salad and my husband had the lamb burger. Both meals were very good but did take quite a while to arrive at the table. It was nice to be able to sit outside and eat though we did have to avoid... More 

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Thank dil345
Jefferson City, Missouri
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice place to have lunch before or after a walk around the lake. The food was good, but service was only adequate.

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Thank JohnH1623
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a nice place just at the lake. The place is very nice and ritzy. Vegetarian option are limited but the food is really nice. I however felt that it was a bit pricy than the other options in the glacier region. Its good but not a must do.

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Thank jain_nipun
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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194 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful setting for a restaurant, and this place certainly is popular. Reservations at the 'cafe' are essential. We enjoyed our lunch (a tasty lamb burger perfectly cooked and a seafood risotto with mussels and shrimp) and lingered for a while after lunch to enjoy the peaceful setting. The only set-back is that this café has rather high... More 

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Thank Greg B
Melbourne
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124 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Big panoramic windows and excellent pizza and beer! What more could you ask for? Clear skies and no rain, that's what!

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Thank Warooka
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had planned on going for breakfast after morning walk to the lake but the weather was wet so went for dinner instead. Staff very friendly and helpful, food excellent (we over-indulged), and the views, even through the rain were spectacular

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Thank gordond773
St Albans, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a quick coffee and cake at this cafe, just a short walk from Mathewson Lake, which is beautiful. It was raining slightly when we were there which spoilt the 'mirror' effect slightly, but still very enjoyable. Very clean cafe.

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Thank Beverley M
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The burger was good but the meat inside was raw, not medium... the bagel was very tasty, that combination was very good, but not too big

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
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
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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