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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“carrot cake” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All 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 26 March 2017 via mobile

The burger was good but the meat inside was raw, not medium... the bagel was very tasty, that combination was very good, but not too big

Thank Agika901
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Great setting. Nice cafe. But one staff's behaviour is enough to ruin it all, including our holiday. We politely waited and asked this woman staff to give us a table. We were given one table by her and we sat there. Then we saw other...More

Thank Kandravi
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Hi Kandravi, We are sorry that your experience at the cafe was not as expected. However, after having seen that 22 out of your 51 reviews are rated "poor" or "terrible" we think that nobody seems to please you. We hope you enjoyed the rest...More

Reviewed 23 March 2017

After a walk to Lake Matheson (we didn't go the whole way around) -- we greatly enjoyed a meal at this cafe. I had pork belly ramen that was phenomenal. Prices were reasonable, and overall, way better than we were expecting since there was very...More

Thank Christina T
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Great place to have a coffee and enjoy the views on the surrounding mountains. Do not forget to take a stroll around Lake Matheson!

Thank Jens C
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We had lunch here, yummy bacon and egg pie with a fresh interesting decent sized side salad. Coffee and cake was good. Beautiful setting outside. Came back the next day for the big breakfast after getting up at dawn to take photos at Lake Matheson....More

Thank blueskytravellers
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We stopped here for lunch and coffee after we had walked around the lake. For a sole trader without competition the quality of the food and coffee was really good as well as being reasonably priced.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Delicious food - excellent NZ lamb but served with more unusual accompaniments than your traditional veg and potatoes. Good pastries too and good coffee. Sitting inside but with huge windows to admire the lovely view adds to the pleasure of the meal.

Thank JofromFrance1
Reviewed 19 March 2017

After a very long, tiring hike through the spectacular countryside, we had around 20 minutes before our group departed. I grabbed a delicious Chai Latte and pastry for a refresh before departure. The staff was friendly and accommodating and while I didn't take advantage of...More

Thank ricriordon
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The café is situated at the DOC information centre at the beginning of the walk to Lake Matheson. It provides a stunning panoramic view of the Southern Alps with Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman. The food is pretty good although the portions are a little...More

Thank JV_Travelling
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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

Thank HDLBruxelles
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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
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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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