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Matheson Cafe

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” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 reviews)
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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 25 December 2017 via mobile

Stunning glacier view from the restaurant, and it's close to Lake Matheson walking track as well which is convenient. I would suggest managament to train their working holiday staff better or hire better ones though, because our waitress let us down a couple times. Otherwise...More

Thank Janet R
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Our family brekkie date at Matheson Cafe was a good experience, one that I would recommend anyone visiting Fox Glacier to try at least once. The food, while not extensive in range of options, is quite delicious and the quantities decent for a breakfast/brunch serve....More

Thank Srishtti V
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Nice place to visit and have a cofee after you visit the reflections lake. Had a cofee and they have a nice outdoor patio to have cofee enjoying the view of the mountains.

Thank Sathwick R
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

The view of the mountains during dinner was a real plus. Fortunately the food lives up to the view. A great menu selection and excellent service.

Thank neoporcupinex
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We visited the place on completion of the lake tour to have a coffee and some rest after 1.5 hours' walk. There were simple meals in addition to coffee and juices at reasonable prices.

Thank Philip C
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This cafe took us a little bit by surprise. We dropped in for a late lunch, with our destination being the Lake Matheson Walk. Location and view is lovely. When we ordered they were out of a couple of items, but it was later in...More

Thank maccy78
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Sit either outside or in, both have fantastic views of the alps. Great food and coffee on offer with friendly service.

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

I have been here many times now and have always liked the food. I'm a photographer and spend some time at the lake. I think it's the best food in fox by far and I love the breakfast! I normally order eggs Benedict and if...More

Thank Nielsnz
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Couldn't have better scenery than this! Had dinner at this restaurant and went back for breakfast. Servers very accommodating, working VERY hard on a busy night but handling it all beautifully. Food delicious, well presented, everything just came together beautifully. Came back for dessert after...More

Thank glen0ra
Reviewed 3 December 2017

While the view was nice, the coffee was bad and the wait time was long. We ordered flat whites and what came out were basically espressos with a dash of milk. My coffee was so strong I could not drink it and therefore would not...More

Thank Cacty
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Hi Cacty, We are very sorry that your experience at the cafe was not as expected. By the description you are making we think that you got macchiatto instead of flat white. It might have been a mistake when processing the order or when delivering....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 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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