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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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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

just toured the South Island for a week Everyday trying a new place to eat This was the best breakfast we had. Matheson Breakfast $21.00 Bacon, pork & fennel sausage, field mushroom, tomato, potato rosti, 2 poached eggs on toast, hollandaise All very tasty and...More

Thank fabtobe50
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Hi Fabtobe50, Thanks for your positive review. Our Matheson Breakfast is one of people's favourite along with our Big Bacon, Hash Brown and Egg Butty. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. We hope you come back to try our new...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is a large café with beautiful views of the surrounds. The meal was quite lovely and there were some nice gifts to purchase! But you are here for the view and it doesn't disappoint.More

Thank JBHBrisbane
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Hi JBHBrisbane, Thanks for your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. Certainly, the views are amazing and you can also spot the beautiful Kereru around the area these days. We hope to see you again in the...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We had breakfast at Mathesons Cafe this morning. The cafe itself is bright and modern with great views even on a rainy morning! The food and coffee were really nice too. Well worth the detour out of town.

Thank Moira M
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Moira, Thanks for your positive review.We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. A rainy day is the perfect excuse to visit the gallery nearby. We hope you return.

Reviewed 6 October 2017

We were recommended to lunch here by the owners of the Bella Vista Motel where we stayed the night before and true to their word they were lunching there too! The range and quality of the food with such a beautiful view make this a...More

Thank Robert C
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Hi Robert, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are lucky to have such a stunning views around the cafe and we strive to keep our offer and service at a matching level. We look forward to your return.

Reviewed 5 October 2017

My profile mentions peace and quiet, art and architecture, eco/nature, and foodie. Matheson Cafe met all the criteria. The owner of our overnight accommodation recommended Matheson Lake for an early morning walk and brunch. It was, for the West Coast, an unexpectedly glorious morning with...More

Thank Dojii
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Dojii, Thanks for your great review. It is very rewarding to meet our customer's expectations. Spring can often surprise us with beautiful ,warm days that are better enjoyed with a tasty meal. We hope to see you soon for more delightful experiences.

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We popped in after the circle walk around the lake and were delighted with the tasty well priced menu followed by a fantastic hot chocolate 🍫 served with artistic flair! Check out the pic!

Thank Patricia R
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Patricia, Thanks for your good review. Whether it is a visit for a quick boost of energy or to recover from the walk around the lake, a pop-in at the cafe is always a good idea. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a delicious lunch after a trip to the glacier. Service was pleasant and quick. A very serene atmosphere with a lovely view.

Thank Katie K
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Katie, Thanks for your positive review. It is great to hear that you loved the area as much as we do and you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Stumbled upon lake matheson after visiting the glaciers The jetty walk was beautiful with moss lined walkways and a postcard view at the end Cafe smelt fantastic so we had lunch. Lamb burger huge and the goat curry was so good Best view to have...More

Thank galladventures
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Galladventures, Thanks for your five stars review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and our surroundings. We hope you come back to try our delicious breakfast and more beautiful views.

Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We decided to have a leisurely lunch after the walk around the lake. The risotto was excellent and the salmon was extremely fresh. We also had the soup of the day being broccoli and bacon. Delicious. Finally the chips were a very generous portion. Combining...More

Thank PRET888
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Hi Pret, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you enjoyed our food and the surroundings. Come back to try our dinner menu from the 1st of November. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Recommend this cafe and the lake if your visiting fox... had to go twice to enjoy good value and well prepared food in a first class and friendly environment

Thank Thethompsontwo
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Hi Thethompsontwo, Thanks for your five stars review. It is really rewarding when our customers have a good experience and even more when they return. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$3 - US$24
Meals
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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
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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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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