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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 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 13 January 2018

Still sitting at Matheson Cafe, can’t help to write this review! Just next to Lake Matheson, we have a very nice breakfast over this week. The coffee is great, and Bacon & Egg pie, Salomn, Corn& Spinach Quiche is so delicious. Those young people with...More

Thank khingkwl
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Tables are available also outside, smoking is also allowed. It is self service though. Best view to the mountains.

Thank Johnmir13
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

My dad and I went to Matheson cafe on the evening of January 10 after seeing the reviews and the ranking on tripadvisor. Unfortunately, we were greeted by very average service - we had to wait ages to get the attention of a waiter so...More

Thank Daniel H
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Hi Daniel. Thanks for taking time to write a review and provide us with some detailed information so we can make improvements. We don't have serious steak knives as we serve quality beef which does not require a special knife to cut it. I note...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff with prompt and attentive service added to the comfortable environment of the cafe-style restaurant with fantastic views of the numerous surrounding mountains. The garlic bread was light and tasty, and the main course of a ribeye steak was cooked to perfection in a...More

1  Thank Adam K
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Whitebait is delicate- it needs little to make it sing. And yet it was over-fried with a heavy dressing including gherkins. Too much! (And change your frying oil- it was bitter or maybe there was something else in the dish that was bitter). Then gnocchi,...More

Thank deb075
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Hi Deb Its unfortunate you didn't enjoy your meals at Matheson Cafe. The whitebait is served with pickled cucumber & dressed with a watercress dressing as stated on the menu and the gnocchi is dressed with herb oil which may explain why there was oil...More

Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic coffee, amazing range of craft beer and wines, tasty range of food. The fruit and nut chew is delicious and well worth trying. The service is great and the views absolutely beautiful. Well worth a visit!

Thank Leah F
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

The ambient is Nice, it is the only Cafe Near Matheson Lake. Went for lunch, had de worst lunch in the hole trip. The clam risoto came with ridiculous 4 Very small clams, and to make It worse they put mayonese on It. Horrible.More

Thank Paulo A
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Hi Paulo, Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am sorry you were unhappy with your risotto. The four clams you mention are a garnish for the dish, the risotto is full of finely cut clam meat. About 2kg per batch. It...More

Reviewed 6 January 2018

Already came here three times, twice after a nice walk at the lake for coffee and cake, once for breakfast. Service was friendly but a little bit in a hurry. The coffee (cappuccino and latte) were really good, although one of my cappuccino was only...More

Thank frotti2016
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi Frotti, Thanks for your wonderful review and for coming back. We love when our customers return. We definitely put all our enthusiasm on our food and service and it is very rewarding when customers appreciate it. We will love to see you again.

Reviewed 5 January 2018

Excellent spot to enjoy a morning coffee after a walk around Lake Matheson. We sat on the outdoor deck and enjoyed the mountain views. Coffee was excellent.

Thank Mewett_Family
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

I am sure this place caters well for the bus loads of tourists and we enjoyed our coffee and cake perfectly well. There were neat pieces of art for sale on the walls. The staff were fine as was the coffee just overall it didn't...More

Thank Rod D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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