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Matheson Cafe

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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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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came here last year while planning a NZ tour for a group of international car enthusiasts so thought now we've got the group here we'd try it out once more with a view to bringing our group here one evening. When we booked we were asked to come earlier than our preferred time as a large group was coming in.... More 

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Thank Lyn T
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lovely breakfast at the Matheson Cafe. The food exceeded expectations and the staff was remarkably kind. The cafe is located near the lake and the views from every seat are wonderful. They have outdoor seating as well. Would definitely return.

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Thank evancorn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had driven 4 hours from Wanaka in very wet and cloudy weather not even managing to stop for breakfast or lucnch. We then got soaked walking to the Fox Glacier. Never was a meal more welcome and it was worth waiting for. I had the fish special which was grouper and my partner had short ribs. Both were excellent.... More 

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Thank Charis59
NYC
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We both had the fresh local fish sautéed on cauliflower puree with mustard and mustard seeds and fennel and it was superb. This dish would have been rated 5 star in NYC as well as in NZ. Top notch chef works here, that is clear. We started with liver pate and toasted dark bread and a sort of cherry jam,... More 

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Thank leslie f
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After a long day working I decided to walk around Lake Matheson (sunset photo opportunity) and followed this with dinner at the Matheson Cafe. Although it was late staff were very welcoming and also very helpful with food selection. The grilled groper with whitebait was beautifully cooked and very tasty. The view into the evening is stunning with Aoraki Mt... More 

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Thank Roger F
Wellington, New Zealand
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views and good food. We ordered coffee and a carrot cake which was very good. Nice and relaxing seating indoor and outdoor. Best to sit here after the walk

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Thank NisheshV
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Clean and modern cafe/bar/restaurant. Great place to sit and have a drink after the scenic walk around the Lake. Free water also available. Friendly and efficient service. They have a reputation in the area for good food too.

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Thank Sally B
Swansea S.Wales
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky with the weather when we went here for breakfast and the food was a bonus -freshly cooked, tasty and reasonably priced. The views were superb too!

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Albury, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived at opening time and was served very quickly. Great hot brekkie in a beaut location. Also a very nice tourist shop. Recommend.

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Thank kevi1317
Geelong
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We chose to eat here prior to our walk. The menu was extensive, well priced and good value for money, the meals were a good size. Unfortunately for us we were provided incorrect information about the soup we ordered (were told it was pumpkin, zucchini and potato, when in fact we found out afterwards it was parsnip, zucchini and potato).... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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