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“Breathtaking views, Incredible food.”
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: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, 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.
dubai
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views, Incredible food.”
Reviewed 15 April 2017

WOW... Thats what comes to my mind when i think of this cafe. breathtaking views and incredibly good food make this place a no brainer. You got to visit this place if you are in the area. Plus you can walk the Lake Matheson tracks which are stunning as well. What better way to burn the calories you just ingested.

  • Visited March 2017
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great view”
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Magical views of Mt Cook and surrounding scenery.
Meals and coffee are good but a little more expensive.
But the view makes up for everything

Visited April 2017
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Hmmm.”
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We may have caught these ladies on a bad day but our experience at Matheson Cafe was beyond average. Firstly, the woman taking our order kept forgetting what we had said so we had to repeat the order a few times. By this stage there about 10 others in the line waiting and she then proceeded to stop and make our teas while everyone was waiting. There were other staff members who could have done this. They then stuffed up my order but brought my partner's food out while they fixed mine - another 20 mins. When my order came it was meant to come with a poached egg but it came with burnt scrambled eggs instead. I asked about this and the waitress said 'Oh you want a poached egg?' I said it was on the menu and she replied 'is it?'. Uhhh. I had seen two of my dish go out to tables and they looked lovely. Mine had been rushed and it was evident. Nice flavour and nice view but sadly, staff just off with the fairies. Definitely not a highlight.

Visited April 2017
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Newcastle, Australia
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pre walk breakfast”
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Stopped in here before going to see the sunrise at Lake Matheson. The breakfast menu is a little bit light on, with not a lot of variety but the food was really nice and the service was really good. Since we got there early we were able to get a table close to the window so we could see the amazing morning views of the mountains. Another highlight were the cows in the paddocks right outside, they were very friendly and really placid. Best tip, go early for breakfast before heading out to the lookout.

  • Visited March 2017
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Seattle
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“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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