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Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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08:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the white bait salad and grill fish of the day. Cafe with great views! After dinner we walked to lake Matheson viewpoint. Managed to catch the amazing sunset.

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Thank Sheryl C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great morning sitting back and relaxing after a big walk. Great coffee and eats. Nice peolpe.

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Thank JannienadKev
Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner in Matheson Cafe, and it was the best meal we had in New Zeland! I had the beef and André had the lamb. Both meals were fantastic. I definitely recommend it!

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Thank Ana S
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here twice for lunch even though we stayed at Franz Joseph which was 20km away. Food was good; we tried the goat curry and the pork linguine which was tasty

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Thank Santhou
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most stunning back-drops to a restaurant. With equally stunning food to match! Our table of four enjoyed a sumptuous meal as the sun set giving us ample opportunity to photograph this amazing scene. The service was spot-on and food plentiful. Great desserts too.

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Thank Biina64
Torio, Panama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had breakfast at Matheson Cafe after an early morning walk around the lake. As a guidebook says: "they do everything right". The location is spectacular, the architecture stunning, the staff friendly and efficient and the food (we had breakfast) delicious. A must when in Fox Glacier.

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Thank giselajud
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Carrot cake is yummy and the best coffee in Glacier Country.

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Thank Lauren R
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Lauren, Thanks for your positive review. The carrot cake is the most popular in our sweet cabinet along with the fruit&nuts cluster. And the best thing?: They are all made from scratch at Matheson Cafe. We look forward to your return. More 

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very popular and busy but service is still quick and comes with a free smile! Good choice of food, good sized portions

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Thank HKinsey
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Kinsey, Thanks for your top review. We appreciate that you value our effort to deliver the best service even in the busiest times. At Matheson Cafe, we have a wide range of flavours to please even the most exquisite palate. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This "cafe", is better than its name implies. We had one lunch and one dinner here with friends and found all of the food enjoyable. The view is amazing. Before dinner we went on a long and interesting walk - not quite making it to the lake because of time. There is also a fine gift store adjacent to the... More 

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Thank maureen056
United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for evening meal. Lovely setting and small but interesting menu. Lamb main dish tasty but meat was too cold. Should have been hot and fat of meat crispy. Dessert disappointing. Chocolate and blueberry tart. Pastry very hard Lovely English waitress and nice ambiance.

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Thank Rubylou22
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Rubylou, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry that you found the lamb dish not hot enough. Due to the cooking method, which is slow cooking, the meat is served at a warm temperature, different from the usual grilled or roast dish. We are happy to cook it more if our customers do not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
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
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.

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