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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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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

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Thank HDLBruxelles
Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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).

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Thank Occasionalhoteluser
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101 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Went there from a recommendation, which turned out to be very good. My wife and I both had the local lamb, which was excellent. The service was quick and friendly. We had a table in the window which gave us a fantastic view of Mount Cook at sunset.

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Thank Michael O
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The location is perfect and after a track out to the lake a well needed ☕️ coffee. The lake is certainly worth the effort and a must see. I did notice that after we took the shots, the breeze ruined the view a little as it caused ripples on the lake. It's worth waiting for the perfect calm.

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Thank MartinJLaws
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

it was a real pleasure to sit after an hour walk around Lake Matheson and enjoy the view as well as a good Cappuccino and an amazing Frangipani.

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Thank Rilotf
London, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We had a late lunch in this restaurant and sat outside in the sun. Very nice meal with friendly waiting staff.

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Thank RowePCCA
Godstone
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We ate here on both nights we stayed in Fox. It was recommended by our B&B and the food was great with brilliant views as the clouds lifted and Mount Cook appeared bathed in the setting sun. We had lunch and coffee there too - and the staff were friendly and efficient and coped with my partner's pickiness with generosity... More 

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Healdsburg
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Our innkeepers confirmed TA rating of #1 for Fox Glacier. The rain added to the ambiance. Our waiter from Germany was gracious and efficient. They made a green salad that was not on the menu. We shared short ribs and garlic bread. Also a bottle of Cab-Malbec-Merlot blend that was okay. Overall a very pleasant experience. Would return.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Lake Matheson is like a picture with the background of 3 peek of mount Cook with snow on the top. The service was good and so was the Cappuccino.

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Thank Harry F
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Harry, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed the views and the visit to the cafe. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Excellent breakfast there are a lot of choices!! And YUMMY !! Go there early to get a table next to the window. Reasonable prices for both breakfast and lunch.

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Thank lldragon36
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Ildragon, Thanks for your top review. This is the most enthusiastic message we have received this season. It definitely shows that you enjoyed your meal with us and we are delighted for that. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. More 

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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$3 - US$24
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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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