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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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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“carrot cake” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 16:00All hours
CUISINES
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 881 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

Great food and service in one of NZ's iconic locations. Even if you're not into the bush walk and legendary moutain reflections it is worth the short detour from the main road. Great food and service and a truly picturesque location.

Thank JillHat
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Jill Hat, Thanks for your positive review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the area, we certainly strive to contribute to a memorable experience when visiting the lake and the cafe. We would love to see you again.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After a hour of bush walk ,we only had some potato wages with sweet chilly and sour cream with coffee. It feels like something from Haven.

Thank kazihoque
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Kazihoque, Thanks for your good review. The bush walk around the lake and any of our snacks is the perfect combination for a pleasant afternoon in Fox Glacier. We hope to see you back.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place for a little bubbly to celebrate being newly ENGAGED!!! Oh yes and breakfast before the hike was delish with the best coffee in town!

Thank Mairead C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended by a local B&B owner this was near the top of our culinary experiences in NZ. 'Cafe' perhaps does not do this stylish venue justice. Arrived without booking but no problem as we were quite early in evening as we were aiming to eat...More

Thank AlJSurrey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a lovely meal and possibly the best coffee we had in NZ. It was most pleasant after a walk to the mirror lakes to enjoy the afternoon sun in the outdoor dining area. Note like may places this cafe closes around 3pm in...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a little time on the road to get to Lake Matheson. What a lovely place to eat great food and look out the huge glass windows out at the panorama and the Fox glacier. Delicious risotto as well.

Thank daleafitz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can only speak for the coffee (which they got wrong), but this cafe is just ridiculously overpriced. How can you justify a 50c price difference between a flat white and a latte in the same size? It doesn't make any sense and is just...More

Thank amberrt
Matheson99, Owner at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi thanks for the review. Sorry you had a problem with your coffee. Our flat white is in a much smaller cup than the latte. That is why there is a price difference. This is standard across coffee menus in nz. Our prices are again...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

A nice cafe offering all of the usual stuff and there are large glass Windows where you can have your food and drinks and see the mountain

Thank applegate69
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Ate breakfast there both days in fox Glacier. First day not a cloud in the sky. Breathtaking views of Cook mtn. And most important TASTY food, great coffee, friendly waitstaff. Fun gift shop next door. A very short drive from town.

Thank opal43
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Though the building is really institutional modern, the kitchen and the staff make up for the lack of appeal in the layout. The menu was very imaginative and the selection I made (a lamb burger) was spectacular; well cooked, not greasy, lots of vegetables to...More

Thank Balfour S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Meals
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
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 16:00
Monday
08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 16:00
Thursday
08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 16:00
Saturday
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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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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