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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 4:00 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 22 April 2017

This was recommended by our motel. It was an real pleasure to eat here after an early morning trek in to photograph the lake. Really busy so I wasnt expecting anything great. The queue was 10 deep and took no time to be served. We...More

Thank geofft629
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Coffee was good and a piece of slice that was way too big but very nice. Views were amazing and the staff were very friendly

Thank Roscug
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Several friends said this is the best restaurant in Fox Glacier. It's about a mile out the side road from town. It's located in a beautiful area with a nice view of the valley. They have plenty of seating. I decided on the salmon fillet....More

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We were recommended by our Hotel and did not expect a cafe outside of the small town tonhave such lovely food and views. We had the local lamb it was delicious, the clouds lifted and we saw Mount Tamsin and Mount Cook, all with a...More

Thank HilarySch
Reviewed 15 April 2017

WOW... Thats what comes to my mind when i think of this cafe. breathtaking views and incredibly good food make this place a no brainer. You got to visit this place if you are in the area. Plus you can walk the Lake Matheson tracks...More

Thank sudeepraju
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Magical views of Mt Cook and surrounding scenery. Meals and coffee are good but a little more expensive. But the view makes up for everything

Thank Martin D
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We may have caught these ladies on a bad day but our experience at Matheson Cafe was beyond average. Firstly, the woman taking our order kept forgetting what we had said so we had to repeat the order a few times. By this stage there...More

Thank meikadalton
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Stopped in here before going to see the sunrise at Lake Matheson. The breakfast menu is a little bit light on, with not a lot of variety but the food was really nice and the service was really good. Since we got there early we...More

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The food here is better than average, although a bit pricey and with portion sizes on the small side by New Zealand standards. But what sets this restaurant apart is the spectacular views of Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook that one can enjoy either sitting...More

1  Thank Skeptic2241
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant deserves every single award displayed on their wall. It was thanks to our hotel manager's recommendation that we had dinner at Matheson Cafe. There is nothing "cafe" about this restaurant. Delicious food & outstanding service. I would highly recommend dining here.

Thank theladyj2015
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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, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
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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