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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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%
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Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All 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 10 November 2011

They have nearly all tables facing the farm with mountains behind. Nice view and good interior design. The soup of the day was the best one I had in the trip. Excellent soup!! (Sorry that I have forgot what kind of soup it was, just...More

Thank monstertoe
Reviewed 4 October 2011

We went twice for breakfast and loved it . Food was good and coffee great. Loved the arts and crafts displayed and in the adjacent store. Decor is modern clean and with great character. Service really friendly and helpful and the designs on the top...More

Thank Gundagirl
Reviewed 21 September 2011

We were lucky to get a table and I was glad we called in earlier to make a reservation. We were also lucky to go on an evening when the Mts Cook and Tasman were in view, with the sunset reflecting off of their snows...More

1  Thank Roger R
Reviewed 18 September 2011

This cafe has one of the most scenic views that you can imagine. Unfortunately, it was raining and cloudy during our visit so we could see much. The menu was small, the food very chic and tasty but also overpriced. $16 for an omelet or...More

1  Thank 4foolsofwonder
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2011

Hi Thanks for your comments about our restaurant. I would like to make the point that on our breakfast and lunch menues there are several options below $15 for a meal. There is also a range of Deli food,rolls, and lite meals in our cabinets...More

Reviewed 17 September 2011

It's totally a great cafe with breathtaking vista of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman which as far as the eyes can see..feel as we could gaze the duration and release all the urbanized burdens and stress, the friendly staff also made us feeling so welcomed...They...More

Thank CHSH72
Reviewed 21 August 2011

we found this place by chance. It's right next to lake matheson - which we loved - we loved the whole area so much, that we ended up staying an extra night. The cafe opens relatively early, so by the time we'd walked around the...More

Thank MissBossyBoots
Reviewed 21 August 2011

Fabulous breakfast, lunch and supper options, great staff and breathtaking views when the weather is on your side. I love this cafe, its my favourite on the coast and its a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the options to the north...More

Thank theanteater
Reviewed 20 August 2011

The food is of a high standard, particularly for this neck of the woods. The view is unbeatable. It must be one of the most child-friendly places on the South Island. And it wasn't as expensive as other places we have eaten at where the...More

Thank ughboot
Reviewed 16 July 2011

Seems out of place in Fox but amazing food, great views and has lakeside walks nearby. Had lunch there then returned for dinner as we were so impressed.

Thank munse
Reviewed 20 June 2011

Great cafe. Big windows for great views, outdoor and indoor seating. Food was delicious. The best food we ate in Fox Glacier.

1  Thank achiabuchan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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
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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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