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“Good Food, Good View”
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$26
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Several friends said this is the best restaurant in Fox Glacier. It's about a mile out the side road from town. It's located in a beautiful area with a nice view of the valley. They have plenty of seating. I decided on the salmon fillet. It was great. Service was ok and the view from our table was great

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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We were recommended by our Hotel and did not expect a cafe outside of the small town tonhave such lovely food and views. We had the local lamb it was delicious, the clouds lifted and we saw Mount Tamsin and Mount Cook, all with a glass of wine, what's not to like!

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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.

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Thank sudeepraju
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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

Thank Martin D
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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.

Thank meikadalton
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