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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” (15 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 reviews)
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Pizza, European, Deli, 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 29 March 2018

After a walk around the lake marvelling at the mountains reflected in its waters, we had a wonderful dinner here: beautiful salmon and a good steak. We ate on the deck and were rewarded by a stunning vista as the setting sun lit up the...More

Thank sueleesr
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Great ribeye steak perfectly cooked with nice accompanying sauce and no chips (👍). I debated having a dessert and was glad I did with a divine chocolate mousse.

Thank Bryan J
Reviewed 21 March 2018

This was one of my husband's favorite places in New Zealand . The Lake and views are beaytiful and this cafe has great views, good seating areas and very good food.

Thank MelbourneSeashell
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your comments.

Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed an excellent dinner at this cafe. It's in a beautiful setting, and we received a warm welcome. The food is beautifully presented and excellently cooked with fresh ingredients. We're staying in the area for a couple more days and intend to return to...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 20 March 2018

We were staying in Fox Glacier and this was one of the two restaurants recommended by our motel. It is about 8km away on Lake Matheson but well worth the drive. We had walked around the lake earlier in the day and booked dinner in...More

Thank Jon_Janet
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We went there two times this holiday. First time, we went there for breakfast, it was not bad, but a bit greasy for me. Second time we went there for dinner. We didn’t book the table, at first, they said they are fully booked. However,...More

Thank Pansy W
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

It was pouring rain and the mountains were missing but I understand that the view here is stunning. The steak and lamb dishes we ate were deliciousl. I would have given it 5 stars except I have been eating some of the best food of...More

Thank biarritz99
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We walked around the beautiful lake in the early evening watching the mountains appear as the sun burnt off the cloud. At 7pm we had dinner at this restaurant which must have some of the best views in New Zealand of Mount Cook. We had...More

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Had been advised we might not get in but took a chance and turned up at 7.30pm and thankfully got a table. So pleased we did as this is the best food I’ve tasted since arriving in NZ. It’s not cheap but oh so worth...More

Thank lahall9462
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

The salmon eggs Benedict was wonderful, as was the bacon, egg and cheese pastry. The service was quick and friendly, and the view from the patio was great!

Thank Rwjack123
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$3 - US$24
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
Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 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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