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“Pleasant meals and coffee”
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$25
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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.
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Pleasant meals and coffee”
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The location is perfect and after a track out to the lake a well needed ☕️ coffee.

The lake is certainly worth the effort and a must see. I did notice that after we took the shots, the breeze ruined the view a little as it caused ripples on the lake. It's worth waiting for the perfect calm.

Visited March 2017
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Do not miss the frangipanier”
Reviewed 12 March 2017

it was a real pleasure to sit after an hour walk around Lake Matheson and enjoy the view as well as a good Cappuccino and an amazing Frangipani.

  • Visited March 2017
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice end to a lovely walk”
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We had a late lunch in this restaurant and sat outside in the sun. Very nice meal with friendly waiting staff.

Visited March 2017
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Godstone
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food with great views”
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We ate here on both nights we stayed in Fox. It was recommended by our B&B and the food was great with brilliant views as the clouds lifted and Mount Cook appeared bathed in the setting sun. We had lunch and coffee there too - and the staff were friendly and efficient and coped with my partner's pickiness with generosity of spirit - swapping sides between main courses so he didn't have to eat polenta! Highly recommended!

  • Visited February 2017
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Healdsburg
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Jewel In Little Fox Glacier ”
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Our innkeepers confirmed TA rating of #1 for Fox Glacier. The rain added to the ambiance. Our waiter from Germany was gracious and efficient. They made a green salad that was not on the menu. We shared short ribs and garlic bread. Also a bottle of Cab-Malbec-Merlot blend that was okay. Overall a very pleasant experience. Would return.

Visited March 2017
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