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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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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

it was a real pleasure to sit after an hour walk around Lake Matheson and enjoy the view as well as a good Cappuccino and an amazing Frangipani.

Thank Rilotf
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We had a late lunch in this restaurant and sat outside in the sun. Very nice meal with friendly waiting staff.

Thank RowePCCA
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We ate here on both nights we stayed in Fox. It was recommended by our B&B and the food was great with brilliant views as the clouds lifted and Mount Cook appeared bathed in the setting sun. We had lunch and coffee there too -...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Our innkeepers confirmed TA rating of #1 for Fox Glacier. The rain added to the ambiance. Our waiter from Germany was gracious and efficient. They made a green salad that was not on the menu. We shared short ribs and garlic bread. Also a bottle...More

Thank johnhazlett
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Lake Matheson is like a picture with the background of 3 peek of mount Cook with snow on the top. The service was good and so was the Cappuccino.

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

Hi Harry, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed the views and the visit to the cafe. We hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 11 March 2017

Excellent breakfast there are a lot of choices!! And YUMMY !! Go there early to get a table next to the window. Reasonable prices for both breakfast and lunch.

Thank lldragon36
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Ildragon, Thanks for your top review. This is the most enthusiastic message we have received this season. It definitely shows that you enjoyed your meal with us and we are delighted for that. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 11 March 2017

Nice food, lovely setting, great views, close to Lake Matheson where on a good, calm day you can get te money shot of Mount Cook reflected in the lake.

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

Hi Vjbar, Thanks for your five stars review. We are pleased that you enjoyed our food and the visit to the area. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 10 March 2017

ordered food waited for the rain to stop. looking forward to see the most beautiful lake of west coast. unfortunately the rain never stop, thank God for a nice cafe

Thank melw2
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Mel, Thanks for your good review. We are glad that despite the disappointment of not seeing the lake you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you again in the future for a lovely walk around the lake this time.

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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.More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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...More

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....More

Thank minic00per
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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
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Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, View
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
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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.