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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
08:00 - 22:00
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2010

We stumbled across the restaurant whilst staying in Fox Glacier and so glad we did. The food is absaloutley superb, the scenery is wonderful and the staff are great. We ate here both nights as the restuarants in Fox are very limited. I would highly recomend this restaurant it is 5 mins drive from Fox and looks out onto Lake... More 

Thank staffy738
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2010

Glass structure opens to the lovely environment and views. Good but not inspired food.

Thank BJ-HJ
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for you review. I am sorry you found the food a little plain. Hopefully next time you visit we can provide some more interesting food for you. Thanks & Regards Chris Alexander More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2010

Had breakfast here - quite overpriced and nothing like you would have expected. Breakfast cost approx NZ$45 with drinks.

Thank CiderMonkey
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for you comments. After reading your review I have been around the other cafes in our area for breakfast to gauge the price of their similar products. I did find that overall we were less expensive. If you could forward any more information about your experiance it would be appreciated so we can carry out a more detailed... More 

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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2010

This restaurant was recommended to us by motel staff after we told them we loved good wine and food. Wow! we were not disappointed. We love to share our meals and had the fish of the day and the lamb. They were both truly beautiful. The waiting staff are genuinely friendly and can't do enough for you although they are... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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241 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2010

Unfortunately the mountains were clouded in on the day we visited, but I can imagine the view would be spectacular on a clear day. In any case the food was excellent: not your typical cafe fare. Service was quick and friendly.

Thank Family W
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61 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2010

We visited the cafe for breakfast & loved it. Food was great & service was superb. Would definitely visit again if we come back to Fox.

Thank sgpoonch
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376 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2010

We had breakfast at Matheson Cafe - omelette with mushrooms, dill and gruyere - yummy! Their coffee is great too.

Thank Glynis031
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2010

Service was ok, not the best but will do. Food was nice. Atmosphere was fantastic! The cafe had glass windows and we could see Mt Cook and Mt Tasman from the cafe. It was really a good place to sit down for a nice meal and coffee after the walk around Lake Matheson. The cafe provided a free flow of... More 

Thank breezergal
London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2010

Just go! Great food, good gift shop, beautiful walks around the lake itself and the opportunity to take the best photos of your trip. Also has internet access for those important emails home.

Thank vegetariantraveller
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87 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2010

Excellent food, reasonable price (you may need to book). Be aware that the Lake Matheson café does not actually have a view of the lake (which is c. 10 mins. walk away), but the views from it are still terrific.

Thank excel12

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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