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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 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 13 August 2017 via mobile

After a hour of bush walk ,we only had some potato wages with sweet chilly and sour cream with coffee. It feels like something from Haven.

Thank kazihoque
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Hi Kazihoque, Thanks for your good review. The bush walk around the lake and any of our snacks is the perfect combination for a pleasant afternoon in Fox Glacier. We hope to see you back.

Reviewed 5 August 2017

A great place for a little bubbly to celebrate being newly ENGAGED!!! Oh yes and breakfast before the hike was delish with the best coffee in town!

Thank Mairead C
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Recommended by a local B&B owner this was near the top of our culinary experiences in NZ. 'Cafe' perhaps does not do this stylish venue justice. Arrived without booking but no problem as we were quite early in evening as we were aiming to eat...More

Thank AlJSurrey
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We enjoyed a lovely meal and possibly the best coffee we had in NZ. It was most pleasant after a walk to the mirror lakes to enjoy the afternoon sun in the outdoor dining area. Note like may places this cafe closes around 3pm in...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Spent a little time on the road to get to Lake Matheson. What a lovely place to eat great food and look out the huge glass windows out at the panorama and the Fox glacier. Delicious risotto as well.

Thank daleafitz
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I can only speak for the coffee (which they got wrong), but this cafe is just ridiculously overpriced. How can you justify a 50c price difference between a flat white and a latte in the same size? It doesn't make any sense and is just...More

Thank amberrt
Matheson99, Owner at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Hi thanks for the review. Sorry you had a problem with your coffee. Our flat white is in a much smaller cup than the latte. That is why there is a price difference. This is standard across coffee menus in nz. Our prices are again...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

A nice cafe offering all of the usual stuff and there are large glass Windows where you can have your food and drinks and see the mountain

Thank applegate69
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Ate breakfast there both days in fox Glacier. First day not a cloud in the sky. Breathtaking views of Cook mtn. And most important TASTY food, great coffee, friendly waitstaff. Fun gift shop next door. A very short drive from town.

Thank opal43
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Though the building is really institutional modern, the kitchen and the staff make up for the lack of appeal in the layout. The menu was very imaginative and the selection I made (a lamb burger) was spectacular; well cooked, not greasy, lots of vegetables to...More

Thank Balfour S
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Enjoyed lunch two days in a row during our stay. The meals were excellent and the staff were very friendly. Noted some other visitors being give advise and driving directions to local view points. The views are quite incredible as well.

Thank Andrew Lucinda F
Matheson99, Public Relations Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stop at Lake Matheson, your feedback is appreciated.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$24
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, 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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