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Matheson Cafe

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Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Pacific Rim, 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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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cafe in a beautiful setting, modern design but fits in with the surroundings. Lovely views and excellent food that is reasonably priced

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Thank Elizabeth S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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163 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were starving after we completed the one and half hour walk around the lake in the drizzling rain. The food looked inviting and it didn't disappoint. I had the vegetarian frittata with salad and my partner had the egg and bacon pie served with homemade tomato relish. Eating opposite world class views made even better!

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Thank Vanessa M
Auckland, New Zealand
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73 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were blown away by the quality of the meals we got at the Lake Matheson Cafe when visiting this winter. The location is perfect and the food was top notch. Thanks again!

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Thank Robin_Laura
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Cafe is refreshingly well designed to be sympathetic to the landscape. It offers stunning views, tasty and well priced food, (although the lattes are eyewateringly expensive!)

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

Hi Andrew, Thanks for your five stars review. We love these views and believe that it is important to minimize the impact on such a beautiful area. We are glad that you enjoyed our food. Hope to see you again. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here Several times for Coffee and Breakfast but never got disappointed at all. Outdoor Seating's provide a Spectacular Views of Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman. Perfect place for Coffee after Lake Matheson Walk. Friendly staff. Definitely Recommended.

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Thank WanderLust2911
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Umesh, Thank you for your positive feedback. We love when customers return. Hope you come back in summer to have a taste of our wonderful dinner menu. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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514 reviews
338 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a divine breakfast at this cafe. If Michelin Stars were awarded to cafes, this would have to be a contender! Staff are bright, friendly and obliging. The cafe is clean and the window cleaner obviously excels to ensure the views from the cafe towards to mountain vista are pristine. I thoroughly enjoyed the Potato and Mustard Rosti while my... More 

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Thank Marque01
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Marque, yes, unfortunately Michelin Stars do not award cafes, but satisfied customers like you are a huge reward for us. Truly thankful for your five stars review, it keeps us motivated to deliver an outstanding service. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Palmwoods, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cute but modern cafe situated in an awesome location next to Lake Matheson. Had lunch and an afternoon snack. Nice food but a bit expensive. Great views. Worth a visit.

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

Hi Kevin, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad you liked the food and enjoyed the views. We hope to see you again. More 

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This café is modern, perfectly situated and well-managed. We were in a party of 4 and everyone enjoyed their delicious lunch items on offer. The pesto was amazing. It's good to see some craft (bottled) beer for a change on the South Island. The service was fast and friendly. Will return soon with more friends and colleagues.

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

Hi Bester, Thanks for your positive feedback. We are glad you value our pesto and our selection of craft beer. At Matheson Cafe, we stand for authentic New Zealand products and add our personal touch to make every visit a remarkable experience. We look forward to your return. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful spot for lunch! The views from the café are amazing! We stopped for lunch. We only had the pumpkin soup (which was delicious), but the atmosphere in the café is terrific. There were so many tables, so they can easily cater for individual diners or big groups. The café itself is not that far out of the... More 

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Thank Shan-Oz
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Shan, Thank you for your positive review. We are pleased that you enjoyed our food and all we have to offer at Matheson Cafe. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Bribie Island, Australia
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only had time for a coffee but it was excellent! Best coffee we had in New Zealand! The presentation was amazing and the staff were very courteous and friendly.

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

Hi Aileen, Thank you for your five stars review. We are glad to be part of the good memories from your trip. We hope to see you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $26
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Pacific Rim, 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
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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