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Matheson Cafe

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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” (15 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 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 7 March 2013

If you're in the area of Fox Glacier you really have to visit Lake Matheson and its lovely cafe. We popped in for lunch before our walk around the Lake and our food was really, really good. The lamb burger was quite wonderful and a...More

Thank Twopeds
Reviewed 5 March 2013

We ate there for lunch and dinner. Staff at night are a bit disorganised and our chicken pizza arrived without chicken! Sent it back and it took a long time to replace and we think the broccoli from the returned pizza had been microwaved and...More

Thank cambia
Reviewed 4 March 2013

The food was excellent, we had a short walk to get a better view of Mt Cook (about 15 min) which is worth it. This is out of Fox so need transport to get here but all well worth it

Thank bjdigg
Reviewed 3 March 2013

Very nice cafe, with a clean and sleek aesthetic, small art corner, and floor to ceiling windows looking out onto a meadow near Lake Matheson (note: you cannot see the lake from the cafe). The lamb burger was very good, and they make a great...More

Thank Saketbear
Reviewed 1 March 2013

Best restaurant + service + food in Fox Gacier. Lovely building / relaxed setting. Need to book after 6.30pm as it seemed to get very busy. Combine with a stroll round Lake Matheson (take a torch if it's late).

Thank Jinny232
Reviewed 1 March 2013

We ate here after doing the Lake Matheson walk, which was lovely. We only had 2 drinks and some fries, but these were delicious and especially the Aoili sauce yum yum. Though we were quite disappointed that you weren't sitting looking at the lake. The...More

Thank Kathryn169
Matheson99, Owner at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2013

Hi Thanks for your review. It is great to hear you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. I would be interested to know what advertising material you have, that indicated that we were overlooking the lake. We make a point of ensuring that all our...More

Reviewed 25 February 2013

Had an excellent lunch here. The views of the mountains are superb. A lovely place to spend an hour or two

Thank Mahonia100
Reviewed 24 February 2013

A very comfortable restaurant with an interesting menu. Our food was lovely and well presented by friendly staff. The restaurant has a window looking down the valley towards the mountains. There is a good gift shop next door. Don't miss taking a foto of the...More

Thank cctlgw
Reviewed 20 February 2013

We picked this cafe because of its location close to the lake and also the views, sadly we never got to see or do either but the service was exceptional and the food was divine. The menu had a great deal to offer and the...More

Thank Herbies1
Reviewed 18 February 2013

We enjoyed to relax after the walk around the lake. It was really nice, the sun was shining and the cafe excellent

Thank Daniela R
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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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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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