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Matheson Cafe

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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” (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 24 February 2018

I had made a reservation for our second night in Fox Glacier before we arrived in New Zealand. Even though it was a rainy night, so we didn't get to experience the view, we had a great meal. The service was very friendly and helpful,...More

1  Thank bethie331
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

I had read reviews that there is no good food at Fox Glacier but only 6 miles from the center next to the Matheson Lake we had the best food of our entire nz trip. Lamb is always very good in nz but the Lamb...More

1  Thank Luzi3
Reviewed 20 February 2018

We stopped by for a coffee, and couldn't help ordering a slice of cake at the same time; it looked too good! It's a nice cafe and I'm sure it has a lovely view (it was cloudy on the day we were there, so we...More

1  Thank CanadianChris84
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hi Chris, I totally agree, our sweet cabinet is a tease for the mouth!! Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hopefully see you in the future on a sunny day!

Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Lovely cafe, well situated close to the picturesque Lake Matheson. Very pleasing space to sit and enjoy a cold drink away from the sun, or sip a lovely coffee whilst checking to see if you got 'the shot'. The food is great too with a...More

1  Thank Huw G
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

What a delightful restaurant! Food was consistently good. We loved this place so much that we went back several times during our 2-night stay at Fox Glacier. This place really deserve all the great reviews that they get.

1  Thank Peter K
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hi Peter, Thanks for your fantastic review. The best reward for us is when our customers return. Hopefully you enjoyed the views as much as you did our food. We hope you to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 18 February 2018

In the food choice desert New Zealand is, this is a must! Amazing lamb, great coffee, fantastic view of Mt Cook - it couldn't get even better!

Thank SanneZanne675
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking is all I can say both the food & view!! The sun came out after a wet journey from Hokitika. I read reviews of the cafe & booked well in advance. We had a lovely table but there are no bad tables in this...More

Thank Crystalrose54
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hi Crystalrose, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit so much. Certainly Francesca is a great asset to our team and her customer service is excellent. We hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

This place is magical. Really good fresh food is already 5 stars, but the view of Southern Alps makes the visit an unforgettable experience.

Thank drPotato
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Worth the 5 minute drive to Lake Matheson whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Beautiful setting with both inside and outside seating and views to Mt Tasman and Mt Cook along with cows in adjoining paddock. Menu choices classy and reasonably priced. Well stocked gift...More

1  Thank DOug57_10
Reviewed 10 February 2018

very friendly staff, very good meal, mushrooms and chicken wrap is excellent. Nice place to relax after the walk round the lake

Thank palbeck
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, View, Local cuisine
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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