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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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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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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing and innovative dinner menu. The views are amazing. We had the salmon and pork belly entrees. Both were stellar.

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your top review. At Matheson Cafe, we like to try new flavours as the same time as we use local selected produce, and we love when our customers enjoy our creations. The views are just the icing on the cake. We hope to see you again. More 

Penn Valley, California
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is just a few minutes outside of Fox Glacier proper. There is a popular hiking track that goes in front of the restaurant and leads to the lake. We visited as the sun was going down and chose to eat outside. Waiter very attentive. He must get tired of naming all of the mountains for tourists. Food excellent. Wine... More 

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Minicooper, Thanks for your top review. The sunset is one of the best moments to be around these mountains and if it is with a glass of delicate selected wine and a tasty food, the experience is unbeatable. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again in the future. More 

Leeds
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198 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We came to walk around the lake and chose to have lunch in the cafe. While it is geared up to do breakfast lunch and dinner, we thought the lunch menu looked the most appealing. There were some interesting unusual combinations of ingredients, and we wondered if they were trying a bit too hard, but the dishes we chose all... More 

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Mike, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and could admire the beauty of the mountains. We look forward to your return. More 

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

My partner and I came to the Matheson Cafe for dinner while having a long weekend away in the west coast region. We came because it was the top ranked restaurant in the whole west coast region on Trip Adviser, and it didn't disappoint. The food was wonderful and exceeded expectations. We went all out and started with the salmon... More 

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad that you liked the area and the cafe and enjoyed both your meals with us. We love when our customers return. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Le Chesnay, France
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Fabulous location, huge terrace facing the mountains, delicious home-made food (the best carrot cake I've ever tasted!!! and nice sandwhiches we bought for our picnic later on), friendly staff, clean surroundings with local art that is for sale in the souvenir shop nearby. My only regret: no free wifi! ;-)

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Melanie, Thanks for your five stars review. Our carrot cake is one of our most popular products and it is just delicious! We are glad that you had a good time when visiting the are and enjoyed our food. We hope to see you again. More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
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157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Went here reasonably early on a gorgeous sunny morning. Walked round the lake to get the ubiquitous reflection photos and then had the most excellent bacon, hash brown and fried egg sandwich! Excellent cafe restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good looking menu though more expensive than others in Fox Glacier township.

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Thanks for your top review. It seems that you had the perfect morning in the area. Stunning landscape and delightful food. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit so much and hope that you return. More 

Hualien, T'ai-wan, Taiwan
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119 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We visited the restaurant after finishing the heli-hike trip and were both starving that time. Sadly the lunch service is over and the dinner haven't started yet. However, the sandwich and chocolate cake we ordered still surprised us with both nice flavor and had enough volume to fed us. The view from the restaurant was really beautiful with leisure atmosphere.... More 

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Yichingchen, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and the area. We hope you come back to try our dinner menu and more delicious cakes. More 

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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed both dinner and breakfast at this restaurant by the lake. It looks more like a cafeteria but it is table service. The food is very good here. Service is good, though we were told it can get busy with coach parties.

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Thank Jacqui R
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Jacqui, Thanks for your positive review. We are very happy that you came for dinner and repeated for breakfast. A returning customer is our best reward. We hope to see you again. More 

Basel
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182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We shared an excellent prosciutto, Parmesan, rocket and cherry tomato pizza with a glass of very good Scotts Base pinot noir. Also shared a mango and coconut ice cream which was OK but not deeply flavoured. The staff were very nice. The restaurant is in a very peaceful location, fronting fields and very close to Lake Matheson.

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Herebedragons, Thanks for your top review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dinner with us and the stunning surroundings. We hope to see you again. More 

Portland, Maine
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a great, quiet spot with terrific views of Mt. Cook & Mt. Tasman in the distance (weather permitting, to be sure!). The food was very good, and the setting can't be beat. We didn't time it quite right, but would be great to do a twilight walk around Lake Matheson (when calm, can give perfect reflection of Mt... More 

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Lisa, Thanks for your positive review. Certainly, a twilight walk around the lake is unforgettable. We are glad that you enjoyed you dinner with us and hope you return. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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