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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%
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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 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 6 January 2018

Already came here three times, twice after a nice walk at the lake for coffee and cake, once for breakfast. Service was friendly but a little bit in a hurry. The coffee (cappuccino and latte) were really good, although one of my cappuccino was only...More

Thank frotti2016
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi Frotti, Thanks for your wonderful review and for coming back. We love when our customers return. We definitely put all our enthusiasm on our food and service and it is very rewarding when customers appreciate it. We will love to see you again.

Reviewed 5 January 2018

Excellent spot to enjoy a morning coffee after a walk around Lake Matheson. We sat on the outdoor deck and enjoyed the mountain views. Coffee was excellent.

Thank Mewett_Family
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

I am sure this place caters well for the bus loads of tourists and we enjoyed our coffee and cake perfectly well. There were neat pieces of art for sale on the walls. The staff were fine as was the coffee just overall it didn't...More

Thank Rod D
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We made a lunch stop here, as we wanted to also take advantage of the Matheson Lake walking trail. We ordered a lamb burger and lamb salad - both super yummy, along with 2 coffees. The restaurant overlooks the lake (though we sat inside that...More

Thank Rosemeen S
Reviewed 3 January 2018

We really enjoyed a pleasant lunch on the veranda of this cafe. We ordered wonderful green salads with tasty, healthy ingredients, and we also enjoyed the pumpkin gnocchi, chicken panini, and beef panini sandwiches. The food was freshly prepared and the vista of the large...More

Thank ReillyPas
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Had breakfast at Matheson Café before walking out to Lake Matheson. It was excellent and the café had a beautiful view. The coffee was pressed - excellent. We were with a group so preordered off of a limited menu - muesli with yogurt was very...More

Thank dahdls
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We ate here on New Year’s Eve. Very good food, fresh and beautifully presented. The lamb leg was fantastic as was the fish of the day. Portion sizes could have been a wee bit bigger. Prices on the high end but so much nicer than...More

Thank ghanbg
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Went in the summer for dinner . We ordered the steak and lamb . Both had great depth in flavour with melt in your mouth meat. We were recommended an off menu desert (equivalent of sticky date pudding ) which was phenomenal. Staff were very...More

Thank jj_bean1711
Reviewed 30 December 2017

This cafe located at the start of the trail for Lake Matheson is perfect to catch a bite after completing the lake circuit. We had toasted fruit bread (the banana jam was yum!), a sandwich and then finished off with coffees. The place is spacious...More

Thank kasind
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Cafe restaurant is in a beautiful setting with view of the mountains. We had dinner here and was one of top meals while travelling across New Zealand. We had the pumpkins salad, merino lamb, pork belly and the panna cotta dessert and all was delicious....More

Thank Italian_kilt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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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