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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%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PMAll hours
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 22 July 2017

Spent a little time on the road to get to Lake Matheson. What a lovely place to eat great food and look out the huge glass windows out at the panorama and the Fox glacier. Delicious risotto as well.

Thank daleafitz
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I can only speak for the coffee (which they got wrong), but this cafe is just ridiculously overpriced. How can you justify a 50c price difference between a flat white and a latte in the same size? It doesn't make any sense and is just...More

Thank amberrt
Matheson99, Owner at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Hi thanks for the review. Sorry you had a problem with your coffee. Our flat white is in a much smaller cup than the latte. That is why there is a price difference. This is standard across coffee menus in nz. Our prices are again...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

A nice cafe offering all of the usual stuff and there are large glass Windows where you can have your food and drinks and see the mountain

Thank applegate69
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Ate breakfast there both days in fox Glacier. First day not a cloud in the sky. Breathtaking views of Cook mtn. And most important TASTY food, great coffee, friendly waitstaff. Fun gift shop next door. A very short drive from town.

Thank opal43
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Though the building is really institutional modern, the kitchen and the staff make up for the lack of appeal in the layout. The menu was very imaginative and the selection I made (a lamb burger) was spectacular; well cooked, not greasy, lots of vegetables to...More

Thank Balfour S
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Enjoyed lunch two days in a row during our stay. The meals were excellent and the staff were very friendly. Noted some other visitors being give advise and driving directions to local view points. The views are quite incredible as well.

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

Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stop at Lake Matheson, your feedback is appreciated.

Reviewed 24 June 2017

Love this cafe!! We went twice over 2 consecutive days. Once for lunch and one for breakfast. The food was great and the staff served with smiles. Not forgetting the good mountain views, especially on a good sunny day. Highly recommended!

1  Thank kyr008
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Breakfast with Mt Cook to your right and Mt Tasman to your feet. The breakfast special is eggs Hollandaise with bacon, toast, and blood sausage (if you don't like blood sausage, you can have double bacon). The flat coffee was the best that I had...More

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

Thanks for your review of Matheson Cafe. Im glad you enjoyed our coffee, we pride ourselves on having good quality coffee and service.

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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