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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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08:00 - 22:00
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Singapore, Singapore
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233 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nestled along the shore of Lake Matheson with a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the Matheson Cafe is an ideal place for a good quiet meal while enjoying the views. The lunch menu is quite limited but varied and the quality of food was very good, certainly a notch above the average at this price range. We did have to... More 

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

Hi Tantiko, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the area and the food at the cafe. No problems with parking in your next visit, we provide a large parking area behind the gallery beside the cafe. We hope to see you soon again. More 

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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here. Not variety of food but good quality. Only it is a little pricy Good location at the Lake Matheson.

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

Hi Ekawit, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Visit here, eat here. Not to be missed. We had dinner and breakfast here both excellent Great views of the mountain, pleasant stroll around the lake.

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

Hi Simon, Thanks for your five stars review. We are glad that you enjoy the food and the surroundings. It is very rewarding for us when customers return. We hope to see you again. More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

dinner and breakfast was fantastic and the view is fantastic. Good combi ation with a walk arroud the lake.

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

Hi Westcoste, Thanks for your top review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Lake Matheson and the cafe so much. We love when our customers return. Hope to see you again in the future. More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Nice spot to enjoy good food after a leisurely stroll down to lake Matheson. Also really happy and friendly staff. Would recommend to anyone heading up or down the coast.

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Thank L4650YVpatrickf
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Patrick, Thanks for your good review. We are glad that you enjoy the food and the surroundings. A good service is what makes any experience memorable and we try hard on it. We hope you come back. More 

Perth, Australia
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398 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Always a great combination. We are the fish for dinner and we're very happy, reasonable prices. Service was friendly and efficient. This is well worth a visit plus you get to walk around the Matheson Lake which is a lovely. Highly recommend

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

Hi Jill, Thanks for your five stars review. The fish dish is delicious, it has been a big success this season. We are happy that you enjoyed it as much as we do. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Shanghai
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

wide ranging menu with good selection of local produce. our only issue is the 40 minutes it took to get our food meant we had to have it as takeaway.

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Thank CJC-shanghai
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi CJC, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you liked our selection for the menu. Apologies for the delay, we will work hard for this not to happen again. We look forward to your return. More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We arrived at 8am which is their opening time; to find staff running in the back door late; speeding past us on the drive up... We should have known at that point but the coffee tasted burnt and bitter. None of us finished our coffees or our meals. We ordered the spinach and feta omelette and added bacon; the bacon... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry that your experience at the cafe was not as expected. We would have liked to fix it somehow, should we have been informed. We hope we get another opportunity to impress you in the future. More 

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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

A first rate dinner at Matheson Cafe, the service and quality of food matches the stunning location. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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

Hi Fraser M, Thanks for your five stars review. We cannot wish for a better review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience so much and hope to see you again in the future. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

If you didn't get to see the reflection in the lake then you can console yourself with a coffee and a cake (or something stronger and more substantial!) from this award winning cafe.

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

Hi Robert J, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the area. We hope for many more sunny days when our customers can enjoy the surroundings to the fullest. We 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
View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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