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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%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (15 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
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 12 March 2018 via mobile

We had our breakfast there and their special of he day was great and our chai lattes were excellent! Beautiful location and very close to the Fox Glacier Township.

Thank Livabrzn
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Expecting the cafe to be busy we pre-booked our early dinner. Having reviewed the menu over morning coffee, prior to undertaking the Lake Matheson walk, we were able to make prompt choices of the lamb dish, and we were agreeably surprised to be served without...More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner at the Lake Matheson Café on a weeknight after a glorious drive to nearby Gillespie Beach. We arrived near dusk and the colors on Fox Glacier were stunning that which we enjoyed while we ate our dinner. The café...More

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

Hi Irvine A Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Its disappointing the pizza was not to your satisfaction. I hope we get a chance to make you another improved one at some time in the future.

Reviewed 9 March 2018

No mark up on the prices even with the steady stream of tourists and the gorgeous view. This was the best place we ate in Fox Glacier.

Thank KathrynAHall
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

A disappointing visit. Despite asking staff to confirm the contents of the dish I was still served a dish that contained something I could not eat. Staff should be made more aware of what they are selling and serving.

Thank Phill J
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to go for food, staff are friendly and it is situated in the most picturesque of surroundings. I have been here for coffee and a cake, lunch and dinner and enjoyed it on every visit. I tried whitebait here for...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had dinner here twice. The food was very good and the menu covered most tastes. The staff were excellent and friendly. You need to book as we consider this the best restaurant in the area.

Thank KentHazel
Reviewed 3 March 2018

The food at the cafe was good - plenty of choices. The cafe is located at the start of the Lake Matheson walk. The glimpse of the Mountain ranges and view of Mount Cook is magnificent.

Thank RajeshShanbhag
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Need to book your table for dinner here, but it is certainly worth the short drive out from the Fox Glacier town to this restaurant. My wife and I had dinner here and we really enjoyed it. Good menu and very good service from the...More

Thank Richo12
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Caters for couples and large groups. The restaurant is one long large window with the most amazing nature view you have ever seen which is especially nice at sunset. We had a large group of people and the restaurant was fine catering for us. Food...More

Thank tara l
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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