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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%
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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 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 26 January 2013

We had both dinner and a light lunch at the Lake Mathieson Cafe and highly recommend this spot for good quality food and wines. There are good inside and outside seating areas and the menu is varied and imaginative. The views are superb.

Thank SAFTraveller
Reviewed 24 January 2013

We had coffee drinks and a highly decorated hot chocolate here with a couple of baked treats after a damp walk around the lake. The place looks quite new and has ceiling-to-floor picture windows that let you enjoy the view, which is special even when...More

Thank SantaFean-7
Reviewed 13 January 2013

Very nice food, and they were happily made up a gluten free vegetarian dish for me that was tasty. Dessert was very good. Overall the food was really good, service was good, and it's a nice rural location with a great view.

Thank mrtimnz
Reviewed 11 January 2013

gorgeous place to eat and have a glass of wine after a long walk around lake matheson. the staff are very friendly and they are very accomodative of different dietary requirements

Thank Richarocks
Reviewed 10 January 2013 via mobile

After a horrifying night filled with lightning and thunder we decided to visit Lake Matheson early next morning even though the weather was wet. We decided to have breakfast before going out for a walk around the lake. Being vegetarians the cafe had more to...More

Reviewed 10 January 2013

Visited for lunch and breakfast..both meals were excellent. We remember our dinner very fondly with the sky turning an unreal pink at sunset. The lamb shank was melt in the mouth..the berry crumble(?) was nice too..Definitely worth a stop

Thank traveller584
Reviewed 9 January 2013 via mobile

Wonderful food. Wonderful views. This is a superb place for lunch and/or dinner in Fox Glacier. The lake is beautiful and the gift shop the best I've been in so far. More of the cool stuff and less of the tatt.

Thank JAH1707
Reviewed 7 January 2013

Wonderful coffee and dinner, acceptable prices, good view and staff. A place to remember for anyone in New Zealand

Thank A L
Reviewed 7 January 2013

You must stop here. It really has everything! The food is wonderful, the staff are pleasant and polite and the setting is beautiful! Good music and great art to boot!

Thank GoverNP
Reviewed 5 January 2013

We had dinner and drinks here after our walk around the lake and the food was absolutely delicious. They were very accommodating to my dietary requirements and the staff were friendly and professional. The art displayed on the walls was lovely and all available at...More

Thank Monsta76
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Restaurant Details

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