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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
08:00 - 22:00
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New York
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great setting. Nice cafe. But one staff's behaviour is enough to ruin it all, including our holiday. We politely waited and asked this woman staff to give us a table. We were given one table by her and we sat there. Then we saw other customers walking in from the car park and taking any table they wish. Also, we... More 

Thank Kandravi
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After a walk to Lake Matheson (we didn't go the whole way around) -- we greatly enjoyed a meal at this cafe. I had pork belly ramen that was phenomenal. Prices were reasonable, and overall, way better than we were expecting since there was very little food choice in Fox Glacier!

Thank Christina T
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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192 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Great place to have a coffee and enjoy the views on the surrounding mountains. Do not forget to take a stroll around Lake Matheson!

Thank Jens C
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We had lunch here, yummy bacon and egg pie with a fresh interesting decent sized side salad. Coffee and cake was good. Beautiful setting outside. Came back the next day for the big breakfast after getting up at dawn to take photos at Lake Matheson. We were blessed with a clear day and fabulous views of snow capped Mt Cook.... More 

Thank blueskytravellers
Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We stopped here for lunch and coffee after we had walked around the lake. For a sole trader without competition the quality of the food and coffee was really good as well as being reasonably priced.

Thank Richard W
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Delicious food - excellent NZ lamb but served with more unusual accompaniments than your traditional veg and potatoes. Good pastries too and good coffee. Sitting inside but with huge windows to admire the lovely view adds to the pleasure of the meal.

Thank JofromFrance1
Oakville, Canada
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

After a very long, tiring hike through the spectacular countryside, we had around 20 minutes before our group departed. I grabbed a delicious Chai Latte and pastry for a refresh before departure. The staff was friendly and accommodating and while I didn't take advantage of the menu, I could see from those around me that both the variety of what... More 

Thank ricriordon
Berlin, Germany
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131 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The café is situated at the DOC information centre at the beginning of the walk to Lake Matheson. It provides a stunning panoramic view of the Southern Alps with Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman. The food is pretty good although the portions are a little small for the price.

Thank JV_Travelling
Brussels, Belgium
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561 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

If you want spend a good time near the lake, good choice. The food is tastg and simple. Good value for the touristic place. Don t exspect the fantastic view, normal no more

Thank HDLBruxelles
Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. The food is great. Priced fairly for a good restaurant. I had the lamb (excellent) and my dining partner the fish of the day (I can't remember what it was but she said it was delicious).

Thank Occasionalhoteluser

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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
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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