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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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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“carrot cake” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
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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 17 June 2017 via mobile

We had the best day to ever go visit Lake Matheson. It was a picture perfect location. The food selection was fantastic! The 3 of us all order the Salmon & Seafood Risotto, it was amazing! The freshest seafood, and the Risotto was cooked to...More

Thank TrevorRadburn
Matheson99, Public Relations Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Hi. Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Matheson Cafe. We look forward to you making a return visit to try some of our other menu options.

Reviewed 7 June 2017

Came across this lovely cafe. Well worth a stop. We had lunch sitting in the sun looking at the magnificent view. Great walking trails close by too. Interesting menu options. We had the goat curry and lamb sandwich - both were excellent.

Thank LindaH274
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The manager of the hotel we stayed in Fox Glacier recommended us to visit Lake Matheson to take an early walk and have breakfast at the Matheson Cafe. Before we visited the Fox Glacier, we drove about 5 Km to Lake Matheson took a walk...More

Thank PAPUCHO2009
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Such a peaceful cafe with stunning view.The display art works are attractive. The walks by the cafe is very nice. It's an easy walk with a lot of information boards.

Thank Mei H
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a coffee and muffin after our walk around the lake good price for what we had and the menu looked pretty good as well will definitely stop by for a meal next time...and the view from the cafe was amazing even on...More

Thank JustAmazing2017
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We walked around to the Jetty view but sadly the wind had just come up so photo op not worthwhile although the view of the mountains was stunning and the walk pleasant. Good for all ages. Stopped in for lunch - hubby had the goat...More

Thank Maggie B
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

The best lamb sandwich EVER! Could not believe how good it was, the chimichurri was fantastic. Coffee was great plus the nut based sweets were yum! Couldn't fault the place in any way from food and drinks to service! Only negative is they are not...More

Thank MattyAspinall
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Hi Matty, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed our food so much. We open for dinner from November to the end of March. We hope to see you soon for another yummy experience!

Reviewed 1 May 2017

Beautiful and incredibly convenient location. We stopped for breakfast after hiking around the lake. The coffee was great, and the food was just fine - nothing special. The smoked salmon benedict honestly just had too much salmon, and it over-powered the rest of the dish....More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We stopped in here for lunch while on a trip to Lake Matheson, and the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Beautiful location with an amazing view. There were only a few other people there when we went (possibly because it was winter and not that...More

Thank angelC3476SL
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Stopped for a short coffee break at Mathewson Cafe. Great spot for a break, didn't get to do the hikes as we were short on time but the coffee and carrot cake is highly recommended. Great service and love love love the spectacular views.

Thank Lorraine W
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Restaurant Details

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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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
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
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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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