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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'
PRICE RANGE
$3 - $23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Deli, Cafe, Grill, Gastropub
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food & coffee here. Clean, open, bright space with big windows and good views of the lake. Easily the best thing about visiting Lake Matheson. My suggestion would be to do the lake/woods walk - if you must - first then go to the...cafe so you have a treat at the end.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for cake and coffee.Ordered specifically 1 strong hot chocolate and a half strength flat white . We got one very weak hot chocolate and one strong coffee! Took them back .Then got a Luke warm chocolate and an ok coffee .Took the tepid...chocolate back and it was explained that you can’t have it hot as it would burn the milk ! Anyway gave up . No wonder this place is up for sale !!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely lamb salad (cooked to perfection) and tasty soup after a 3 hour walk in the area. Friendly staff, lovely vista, a smashing place so close to a natural attraction.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived after seeing the sign at the start of the road and looking forward to a coffee. There were 8 vehicles and 1 campervan visiting. The sign was saying lunch until 3pm but no one was about at 2.30.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 21, 2020 via mobile

Part of the package staying at the Bella vista motel was vouchers for breakfast at this cafe. We were welcomed with a big smile and there were some good options with the deal. Food was really delicious. It was pity it was raining otherwise we...would have taken the walk to they lake. They do have umbrellas if you are keen.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 15, 2020 via mobile

Was recommended this place by locals. So glad we followed their advice. Beautiful building and location. Reasonably priced and tasty food. Suggest combining a visit here with a walk around Lake Matheson.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 28, 2020

We went to this cafe three times during our stay! It's a definite favourite. The food was delicious, tasty and fresh, The goat rolls - amazing. On the day we had a bigger lunch I had the lamb salad. Was filled with lovely roasted vegetables...and perfectly cooked lamb. Husband had the eggs benedict bagel with salmon - it was gone in a flash. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the food and the area in general. Outstanding, highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 27, 2020 via mobile

Lovely warm cafe. Welcoming staff. Great coffee. Fabulous food which is reasonably priced. A view unmatched anywhere as you sit and eat. A must to visit!!!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

We were pleasantly surprised at the delicious food that we had at the cafe. It is unusual to find such lovely food at a touristy location. There was a great selection of food and it was fresh, flavoursome and delicious. The location and view are...beautiful and staff are friendly so it really is the full package.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 17, 2020 via mobile

Perfect setting in perfect weather on a clear winter morning, to enjoy a coffee,hot chocolate and a nutty snack. Quick service, great coffee.

Date of visit: July 2020
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