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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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St Albans
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food is very tasty with different menus for the three eating times. Choice is limited but everything is done well. Service is prompt and super friendly. Views of the mountains whilst you eat.

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Thank binkTravel
Portland, Maine
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227 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

located at the entrance of the trail for the lake this cafe is clean with good options for food and drinks. The cafe offers views of the mountains and has a retail store there also

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

Hi Scott, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed our menu and had time to visit the gallery next door. We hope you come back. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a busy tourist café by day but miraculously achieves a level of fine dining experience (without the costs!) during the evening. We booked for an early dinner so we could have a window table and access to the most amazing views, a highlight of our trip to Franz/Fox glaciers. The British waitress initially looking after us was... More 

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

Hi Paula, Thanks for your fantastic review. We are happy that your visit to the cafe became a good memory of your trip. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Northants
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86 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a light lunch (tasty pumpkin soup) and a rather nice dinner at the cafe. The view from the cafe was magnificent. Booking for dinner is essential.

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

Hi TigerNorthants, Thanks for your five stars review. It certainly is an unforgettable experience when you can enjoy such a wonderful view over a tasty meal and a glass of delicate wine or craft beer. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was high quality, prices reasonable given this, a little gem of a cafe. A gift shop/gallery opposite also allows you to do some souvenir shopping as well. The wait staff seem quite inexperienced which we thought was odd given the otherwise high standard of this place - however, having eaten at a lot of NZ eateries on our holiday,... More 

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

Hi Leecsw, Thanks for your five stars review. We are glad that you enjoyed the area and recommend the visit to the cafe and the surroundings. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here on a rainy day! They have a nice menu and the food and coffee are good! It is nice stop before or after hiking around the lake!

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

Hi Karen, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you enjoyed our food and coffee. Hopefully you come back on a sunny day so you can enjoy the view, the same good food and coffee are guaranteed! More 

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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived too late for the brunch menu (ended at 11:30am) but enjoyed a bacon and egg pie. Cafe marks the start of the walk around Lake Matheson and has plenty of carpark in available.

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

Hi Peter, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and the surroundings. We hope to see you again. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed having a coffee here. The weather was not to good, but there was a covered out side area and we loved sitting here and enjoying the view. The coffee was good and the carrot cake my husband had was excellent. During out last trip, he had several carrot cakes and I always compare these and I think... More 

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

Hi Bea, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed our sweet treats. Certainly the carrot cake and the chewy fruit&nuts cluster are the most popular ones and we always recommend them to our customers. It also is very rewarding when our customers come back. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

AKL
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A stop at this perfectly located cafe with uninterrupted views of Mt Tasman and Mt Cook rounded off a perfect early morning walk around Lake Matheson (the sun was shining!). We enjoyed our morning coffee so much we booked to return for dinner in the evening and weren't disappointed. The tasty food and interesting menu lived up to the amazing... More 

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

Hi UnCannyScot, Thanks for your five stars review. We love when our customers return and we encourage all our customers to inform us about dietary requirement as we are sure we can satisfy them somehow. We look forward to see you again. More 

Melbourne
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102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked for New Years Eve here months before, unfortunately when we arrived it was pouring rain with gale force winds, not quite the summer evening we had hoped for. As many of the other reviews have stated the service staff let a fabulous kitchen down. Everyone serving appeared to be new or junior, the room is crying out... More 

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

Hi Kimberley, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. It seems that, unfortunately, there was a conjunction of mistakes on the service delivered to you on that night, (many other reviews also state that they enjoyed a wonderful service and time while visiting the cafe). I have asked my maitre de regarding the arrival of those four tourists... 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
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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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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