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“Excellent cafe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
03 751 0878
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Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 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. At the base of Lake Matheson and gateway to the walkway are Matheson Cafe and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery. The cafe offers quality food in a luxurious environment and the gift store is always a favourite, offering a range of Kiwiana products, clothing and souvenirs. A trip to Lake Matheson is simply not complete without a visit to Matheson Cafe and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery.
Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The café serves good food, the architecture is lovely and the setting gorgeous - so pleased we were advised to try it, we would never have found it otherwise. Nevertheless, it seems very popular and rightly so.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newport Beach, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“What you REALLY want for breakfast.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We were told this was the best place for breakfast in this location - perfect because we wanted to hike around Lake Matheson before we ate to ensure we got the great photos of the reflections in the lake. When we got back to the cafe, we were hungry.

The menu is really nice but what made this place a standout in my book was the fact that the staff was willing to tweak the menu just a bit to make it spectacular. Si I ended up with two fried eggs over easy on top of ciabatta bread with roasted tomatoes and a cappucino. Yes, I was really happy.

Recommend grabbing some sandwiches from their ready-to-go case as they were also delicious and perfect to have on hand for the ride through sparcely populated areas.

Top everything off with a wait staff with great attitudes - this place deserves its fine reputation. Prices are a good value.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wokingham, UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great location, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This was the best food we had in New Zealand. Great flavour and presentation. We had dinner and lunch there. Both excellent. I wanted to bring the café back to UK with me it was so good!!

Visited November 2013
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Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

It has the great view of Mt. cook and Mt, Tasman, the best timing is in the moning or sunset.
They provide nice food and New Zealand wine
I loved the friendly staffs and artistic interiors.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food, Wonderful Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We loved this restaurant. Slightly more expensive than other local places but the difference in quality is worth it. My husband and I both had two delicious courses whilst looking out to Mount Tasman and Mount Cook. Just wonderful. We also spent a good hour in the charming souvenir shop opposite - Reflections, after seeing some of their pictures etc. hanging in the restaurant.

Visited November 2013
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