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Matheson Cafe

Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (18 reviews)
“lamb” (44 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00 Hours
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here twice. The food was very good and the menu covered most tastes. The staff were excellent and friendly. You need to book as we consider this the best restaurant in the area.

Thank KentHazel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at the cafe was good - plenty of choices. The cafe is located at the start of the Lake Matheson walk. The glimpse of the Mountain ranges and view of Mount Cook is magnificent.

Thank RajeshShanbhag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Need to book your table for dinner here, but it is certainly worth the short drive out from the Fox Glacier town to this restaurant. My wife and I had dinner here and we really enjoyed it. Good menu and very good service from the...More

Thank Richo12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Caters for couples and large groups. The restaurant is one long large window with the most amazing nature view you have ever seen which is especially nice at sunset. We had a large group of people and the restaurant was fine catering for us. Food...More

Thank tara l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for Lunch and the menu looked great. I opted for a toasted baguette and was pleased. Everyone else seemed happy with their selections as well. Pretty good pricing for the area. Nice gift shop as well.

1  Thank Ryan I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was supposed to be the nicest place to eat near Fox Glacier. It was okay. For breakfast, you place your order with the cashier, pay for your order, and they bring your food to your table. They have a limited menu.

1  Thank LibbyH1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had made a reservation for our second night in Fox Glacier before we arrived in New Zealand. Even though it was a rainy night, so we didn't get to experience the view, we had a great meal. The service was very friendly and helpful,...More

1  Thank bethie331
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had read reviews that there is no good food at Fox Glacier but only 6 miles from the center next to the Matheson Lake we had the best food of our entire nz trip. Lamb is always very good in nz but the Lamb...More

1  Thank Luzi3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by for a coffee, and couldn't help ordering a slice of cake at the same time; it looked too good! It's a nice cafe and I'm sure it has a lovely view (it was cloudy on the day we were there, so we...More

1  Thank CanadianChris84
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Chris, I totally agree, our sweet cabinet is a tease for the mouth!! Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hopefully see you in the future on a sunny day!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely cafe, well situated close to the picturesque Lake Matheson. Very pleasing space to sit and enjoy a cold drink away from the sun, or sip a lovely coffee whilst checking to see if you got 'the shot'. The food is great too with a...More

1  Thank Huw G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
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
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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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