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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” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 reviews)
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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 3 weeks ago

The cafe is just beside the car park. Toilet facilities are also located beside the car park. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy the views of the meadows and distant mountains while enjoying a cup of coffee or a light meal. Good place...More

Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very mixed experience dining at the Matheson Cafe. We went there for dinner on 19 January on the recommendation of a local. We had terrific service and a very tasty meal, my wife had lamb and I had the fish of the...More

1  Thank Peter0457
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Peter Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am disappointed to hear that the experience on the second night was not up to the standard of the first evening you dined with us. The same staff were on both nights, however...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

...and I have lived there in the past! We stopped at Lake Matheson early evening; booked a table at the restaurant and then for a walk around the lake. The lake provides the most beautiful views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, a perfect place...More

Thank Spatrick87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely cafe with great mountain and lake views . Good stop before and after a walk around the lake . Useful gift shop .

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Yummy muffins, good coffee, good manual wheelchair access. Beautiful view from deck. Did not go in to adjacent gift shop but looked big

Thank davolitribe
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Make Shute you hot a nice view in the mountains & the glacier. Menu is great and they serve fresh fish, the grouper was awesome. To bad we were a bit late so an Indian couple had the last povlavo;( But anyway !!! Go there...More

Thank mentaltheo
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Really good food and a Beautiful restaurant. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside with a very nice view.

Thank Welby S
Reviewed 15 January 2018

On a gloomy evening the food certainly made us feel a whole heap better. We had driven from Wanaka and were just a tad hungry. Service was good and the food really excellent. Tasty and served beautifully. I had the salmon which was divine and...More

Thank Kfit2go
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Great food, friendly service and outstanding views! 5 stars! Also the souvenir shop next door is pretty nice!

Thank jennykoch
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We had a new years eve booking at this restaurant for an early evening table. The restaurant was pretty full but was coping well and we thought the service was typical of the friendly New Zealand service. This is more of a cafe during the...More

Thank SteveDDD
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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