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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%
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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 23 March 2016

We had dinner here one night - the menu in the evening is more interesting than the cafe menu in the day. We shared a beetroot salad that was good - then we had the two fish dishes - salmon and turbot. Both were excellent...More

Thank Go55
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is located out of the fox. Glacier township, near lake matheson. But is well worth the drive. Views are excellent on a good day. The seafood risotto I was told, is thier speciality for the lunch menu. That and the pork linguine was...More

Thank Joel T
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Can recommend Matheson Café for breakfast (great selection and yummy food) or for late evening drinks on the deck overlooking the Southern Alps. Coffee was very good too!

Thank SueC43
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Probably the best place in town. Food and service were all ok. Would have like a few more chips with my burger but the quality was ther so no dramas.

Thank Rikt87
Reviewed 19 March 2016

This place is a real surprise. Its decor doesn't suggest the excellent quality of the food. Have an early dinner and then walk around the lake for beautiful views at sunset.

Thank WBird66
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

We walked around the lake and then found a spot on the deck for a bite and beer to relax and take in our Enviornment. You place an order and then they bring to you . There is both inside seating with large windows for...More

Thank Byron R
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We had dinner at the cafe, it was nearly fully bokked so we decided to sit outside. It was good weather and we had great view onto Mt.Cook and Mt. Tasman. The food was tasty and nicely arranged. The portions were okay but a bit...More

Thank MikeSB81
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Nice brekkie in beautiful surroundings, toasted Müsli is good, coffee too. Backpackers breakfast was delicious, too. Nice start before heading to the lake.

Thank Ikat58
Reviewed 12 March 2016

It was our anniversary and we wanted to have a small celebration in a special place. As Matheson Cafe is no 1 in Tripadvisor, we searched and did not regret it. Every dish we ordered was delicious. The view was fantastic. The walk to the...More

Thank Ringus
Reviewed 12 March 2016

I had the pizza, wife had the prawn noodle soup. Both were great choices, pizza had a good crust and a thick layer of the good stuff. Lovely mountain view and service, too.

Thank Bas C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
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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