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Matheson Cafe

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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (15 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
Pizza, European, Deli, 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 10 February 2018

Located just outside the township of Fox Glacier and adjacent to the Lake Matheson walk this café is ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner with superb views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman and glacier. Very good cuisine at reasonable prices. A must for at...More

Thank grahambone
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

It is located near lake matheson. This is good to have a bite before or after your walking trip to the lake that took roughly 1 to 2 hours depending on the route. It’s a fine dining New Zealand restaurant that offered lamb, venison, local...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 8 February 2018

The cafe is just beside the car park. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy the amazing viewsof the mountains

Thank Annette Y
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

As you would expect, the location is stunning, a warm evening and managed to obtain a table outside. Very busy and although not a large menu, what we did order was very tasty and well presented and not too expensive. There was a menu with...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

After an hour’s walking to and from the lake in the afternoon, we decided to have a slice of Carrot Cake, a slice of Chocolate Cake and some coffees at the Cafe. The cakes were really yummy but the service was not up to that...More

Thank Sunny W
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

A lovely cafe at a lovely location. Well worth a visit. Good food and some shopping as well as a nice walk around the nearby lake of the same name

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

The hotel restaurant was closed so we had dinner twice at Matheson. Both times we had a surprisingly good meal, not too expensive. The staff is very friendly and the view is great.

Thank webcycler
Reviewed 29 January 2018

We thought we would just take a evening walk to the lake. instead we saw the cattle or I should say they saw us sitting at the cafe - restaurant. My hubbies 65th birthday surprise. The service excellent, the food superb and found 2 other...More

Thank Funfoodfavourites
Reviewed 28 January 2018

The cafe is just beside the car park. Toilet facilities are also located beside the car park. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy the views of the meadows and distant mountains while enjoying a cup of coffee or a light meal. Good place...More

Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 24 January 2018

We had a very mixed experience dining at the Matheson Cafe. We went there for dinner on 19 January on the recommendation of a local. We had terrific service and a very tasty meal, my wife had lamb and I had the fish of the...More

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Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

Hi Peter Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am disappointed to hear that the experience on the second night was not up to the standard of the first evening you dined with us. The same staff were on both nights, however...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
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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