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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

On a gloomy evening the food certainly made us feel a whole heap better. We had driven from Wanaka and were just a tad hungry. Service was good and the food really excellent. Tasty and served beautifully. I had the salmon which was divine and...More

Thank Kfit2go
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great food, friendly service and outstanding views! 5 stars! Also the souvenir shop next door is pretty nice!

1  Thank jennykoch
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a new years eve booking at this restaurant for an early evening table. The restaurant was pretty full but was coping well and we thought the service was typical of the friendly New Zealand service. This is more of a cafe during the...More

Thank SteveDDD
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for brunch after visiting the near-by Fox Glacier view point and a brisk walk round the lake. Food was very good and the staff very helpful, giving us suggestions for local places to visit and suggestions for further afield.

1  Thank Dave_of_SE3
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The location is overlooking the moutains and with nice weather you can sit outside. The restaurant was recommended by locals and reading the reviews we thought to get a decent meal. A disappointment is shy to say as the sevice and quality was quite poor....More

2  Thank H D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were able to dine without a booking. Service was friendly and efficient. Good range of options on the menu. Food arrived very quickly and was tasty and good sized portions. Location is fantastic with views to Aoraki Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Recommend for...More

Thank KaritaneMartin
Reviewed 5 days ago

Still sitting at Matheson Cafe, can’t help to write this review! Just next to Lake Matheson, we have a very nice breakfast over this week. The coffee is great, and Bacon & Egg pie, Salomn, Corn& Spinach Quiche is so delicious. Those young people with...More

Thank khingkwl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tables are available also outside, smoking is also allowed. It is self service though. Best view to the mountains.

1  Thank Johnmir13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My dad and I went to Matheson cafe on the evening of January 10 after seeing the reviews and the ranking on tripadvisor. Unfortunately, we were greeted by very average service - we had to wait ages to get the attention of a waiter so...More

Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff with prompt and attentive service added to the comfortable environment of the cafe-style restaurant with fantastic views of the numerous surrounding mountains. The garlic bread was light and tasty, and the main course of a ribeye steak was cooked to perfection in a...More

2  Thank Adam K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$4 - $26
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 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
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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.
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