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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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Basel
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308 reviews
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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Thank herebedragons
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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Thank Lisa L
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 

Chester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

A leisurely lunch after a walk around the neighbouring Lake Matheson was in order and Matheson Cafe was right there, and also comes recommended as #1 eatery in the Fox village area. I had the Merino Lamb sandwich which was essentially a roasted lamb steak in good quality rye bread with lots of salad filling. It would have been enough... More 

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Thank JadeyBee79
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi JadeyBee, Thanks for your top review. That is what we call a wonderful description of a delightful food. We are pleased that you enjoyed it so much. We hope you come back for more yummy treats. More 

Dunfermline
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

As the weather had been misty and rainy earlier we decided to only walk part of the scenic route. However as we walked round the weather cleared and we walked the whole route. Superb views all the way so had built up a good appetite. As the weather had improved we sat outside to eat. We had the full breakfast... More 

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

Hi Sandra, Thanks for your 5 stars review. We are glad that the weather opened up for you and you had the chance to enjoy this beautiful area. We are pleased that you also liked our food and enjoyed a quiet, peaceful moment on our outside area. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

I ordered the bagel salmon eggs Benedict and my partner ordered the seafood and salmon risotto. We were both amazed at how good our food was and I would so far as to say that my meal was the best salmon eggs Benedict I've ever had. The chocolate mud cake was very rich and moist. I would highly recommend this... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for your top review. We are glad that you had such a good experience when visiting the cafe. The salmon bagel benedict is very popular and we serve it for breakfast and also at lunch time. We hope to see you again for another delightful meal. More 

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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The egg and salmon Benedict bagel was sooo delicious. Not just a thin slice of salmon, but a whole slab of tender, smokey deliciousness. Eggs perfectly cooked, hollandaise sauce beautifully balanced and the pesto a nice round off on a soft bagel. The best eggs and salmon Benedict I've ever had and I've had a fair few.

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

Hi, Thanks for your five stars review. We couldn't ask for a better review on our eggs benedict. We are glad you liked them that much. We hope you come back. More 

Newmachar
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305 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We booked an early evening dinner - I'm glad we did because many people were turned away as they only seemed to take a few covers at a time. The service was friendly and efficient. The food came without any excessive delay so it seemed that their booking service worked well. We had gurnard and gnocchi. Both dishes were nicely... More 

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

Hi Kenneth, Thanks for your good review. We are glad that you had a good experience in your visit to the cafe. Satisfied customers are our best reward. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Came here last year while planning a NZ tour for a group of international car enthusiasts so thought now we've got the group here we'd try it out once more with a view to bringing our group here one evening. When we booked we were asked to come earlier than our preferred time as a large group was coming in.... More 

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

Hi Lyn, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Every feedback is important to us. We use a booking system in our effort to deliver a good service and avoid customer's disappointment. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. More 

New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We had a lovely breakfast at the Matheson Cafe. The food exceeded expectations and the staff was remarkably kind. The cafe is located near the lake and the views from every seat are wonderful. They have outdoor seating as well. Would definitely return.

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

Hi Evancorn, Thanks for your good review. We are glad that you had a good time in the cafe and are satisfied with the service you received. We will love to see you again. More 

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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We had driven 4 hours from Wanaka in very wet and cloudy weather not even managing to stop for breakfast or lucnch. We then got soaked walking to the Fox Glacier. Never was a meal more welcome and it was worth waiting for. I had the fish special which was grouper and my partner had short ribs. Both were excellent.... More 

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Thank Charis59
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Charis, Thanks for your top review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal with us. The fish special is our star dish this season. We love it as much as our customers. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and look forward to your 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$3 - US$24
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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, 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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