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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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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 17 January 2011

The food here is quite good, and the view is wonderful, we enjoyed stopping here for breakfast. The service was friendly and efficient, and clearly prided themselves on keeping the place clean and tidy despite the busloads of tourists traipsing in and out. Nice place...More

Thank Angelrah79
Reviewed 8 January 2011

We came here because the receptionist at our motel recommended it. What a find. The food was fantastic and while it appears a little pricey when converted back to Aussie dollars, its actually cheap for the quality you get. The slow cooked lamb shoulder was...More

Thank quickly86
Reviewed 7 January 2011

What a find, this restaurant/cafe knocks the socks off anything else we dined on the West Coast. We had two days in the area and returned for repeated breakfasts. Food was excellent and well presented, staff were on the ball, pleasant and friendly. The views...More

Thank Beckyboo03
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...More

Thank staffy738
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 reviewResponded 20 December 2010

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

Reviewed 12 December 2010

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

Thank CiderMonkey
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2010

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...More

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....More

1  Thank DragonflyDazed
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
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
Reviewed 23 May 2010

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

Thank Glynis031
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
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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