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“Good food, interesting architecture, and a spectacular view”
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$25
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Seattle
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good food, interesting architecture, and a spectacular view”
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The food here is better than average, although a bit pricey and with portion sizes on the small side by New Zealand standards. But what sets this restaurant apart is the spectacular views of Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook that one can enjoy either sitting outdoors on the large patio or through a glass wall from the comfortable interior. Another feature is the highly original architecture of the building, with a soaring roofline that seems very much in keeping with the mountainous surroundings.

  • Visited March 2017
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Gem on the Lake”
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant deserves every single award displayed on their wall. It was thanks to our hotel manager's recommendation that we had dinner at Matheson Cafe. There is nothing "cafe" about this restaurant. Delicious food & outstanding service. I would highly recommend dining here.

Visited April 2017
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Treat yourself after the walk around the lake”
Reviewed 3 April 2017

You can treat yourself to a meal or just a coffee after walking around Lake Matheson. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious. You can also dine outside on the veranda and look at the views and the pukekos.

  • Visited March 2017
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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Great lunch”
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We stoped in here to have lunch on our fourth visit to the lake. I had the Vietnamese prawn salad and my husband had the lamb burger. Both meals were very good but did take quite a while to arrive at the table. It was nice to be able to sit outside and eat though we did have to avoid tables where people were smoking-nothing like spoiling a nice outside view with cigarette smoke...

Visited March 2017
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Can't beat this lunch-time view.”
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is a nice place to have lunch before or after a walk around the lake. The food was good, but service was only adequate.

Visited March 2017
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