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Matheson Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner

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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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Pizza, European, Deli, Cafe
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The walk around Lake Matheson is most enjoyable. There are many scenic spots around the lake. The trail is shaded by luscious forest. My opinion Matheson cafe is the best restaurant at Fox Glacier

Thank peacewithyou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This isa popular spot with lots oh tourist (busses included). The cafe did however never feel crowded. Their a myriad of choices for the hungry person (and sweets of course). I tried the salmon bagel which was ok but I would have liked a bit...More

Thank 60FK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped at the cafe for breakfast before taking a walk to the lake. Food was excellent and the prices reasonable. Coffee was very good. Staff friendly with good service.

Thank OzHolly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an extra night setup over here which want ideal, but you can't control the weather. So we had dinner here, which was very good, and I'd say the best place in Fox. Well 5 min drive. The lake walk the next day was...More

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and drink although a little pricey. The walk around the lake is fantastic beautiful area to spend a couple of hours. A must do when in fox glacier.

Thank LynseyUK55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a few cafes on the main road but this cafe is about 6K down the road and totally worth the trip. Food is excellent and the views of the mountains are WAY better than in town. PLus, you can digest your food while...More

Thank leahw1979
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely restaurant with a beautiful view across the countryside to the mountains. Unfortunately the mountain peaks were shrouded in cloud but we returned the next morning for breakfast and Fox Glacier was clearly visible. It is advisable to book for dinner as the cafe...More

Thank jamesbN9673DS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe with lovely views. Good for light snack or proper lunch. They start at 8am so you can come in for some breakfast before the walk. The chicken and bacon pie was nice and come with salad for $12.90. Very nice cafe with good food...More

Thank Sunset116
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told this is the best restaurant in town. What the other 8 were like I don’t know. It serves well cooked imaginative cuisine. Even the rye bread was cooked on the premises. The staff are pleasant and efficient but the ‘piece de resistance’...More

Thank Ted H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around the lake in the evening and then popped into the Cafe for dinner. You must book! Great Italian chef and the menu is divine and different. Fantastic setting

Thank baren
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