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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 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 26 December 2011

After a long walk around Lake Matheson, we had stopped by the Cafe for hot Chocolate and found it the best Hot Chocolate we have had in New Zealand!

Thank Chee C
Reviewed 23 December 2011

You can have your meal looking at the beautiful Mount Cook, if you're lucky and the clouds permit. The food is very good, reasonable prices. The service is very good too and they allow vouchers around the town for a free glass of wine: we've...More

Thank Infernanda
Reviewed 19 December 2011

nowhere else to go... fantastic food, lovely views, amazing service... truly a delight!

Thank TravelingMx
Reviewed 17 December 2011

The food was very delicious and the view from the deck was good. Not in view of the lake. We went for a walk to the lake which was a bit disappointing after seeing othe nz lakes, but the weather wasn't on our side either....More

Thank DaMaPaOz
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Super atmosphere even though it was not busy. Food just perfect. If you are going to Fox then certainly make sure you go here if you like well presented / excellent food / super wine list.

Thank Chappells
Reviewed 9 December 2011

We went here for dinner two nights in a row - fabulous food, friendly staff, good wine, and best dinner views ever!

Thank almostbutnotyet
Reviewed 3 December 2011

Very modern and clean decor. Great food. The walk around Lake Matheson was nice because we had good weather, so we had great views mirrored in the lake.

Thank RuthMett
Reviewed 28 November 2011

Can't beat the view of the mountains. Food was excellent.

Thank Emily A
Reviewed 23 November 2011

Ok, it is more than a bit pricey. But the food was absolutely delicious. The chicken with risotto was smashing, and the salmon with cous-cous was very good too. The hot chips were right on the mark for the relatively chilly evening. It was also...More

Thank Azhkman
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
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 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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