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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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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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343 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very popular and busy but service is still quick and comes with a free smile! Good choice of food, good sized portions

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Thank HKinsey
Perth, Australia
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23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This "cafe", is better than its name implies. We had one lunch and one dinner here with friends and found all of the food enjoyable. The view is amazing. Before dinner we went on a long and interesting walk - not quite making it to the lake because of time. There is also a fine gift store adjacent to the... More 

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Thank maureen056
United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here for evening meal. Lovely setting and small but interesting menu. Lamb main dish tasty but meat was too cold. Should have been hot and fat of meat crispy. Dessert disappointing. Chocolate and blueberry tart. Pastry very hard Lovely English waitress and nice ambiance.

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Thank Rubylou22
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Rubylou, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry that you found the lamb dish not hot enough. Due to the cooking method, which is slow cooking, the meat is served at a warm temperature, different from the usual grilled or roast dish. We are happy to cook it more if our customers do not... More 

Kota Kinabalu
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have a nice cup of coffee after a 2 hours walk and enjoy the snow cap mountain view... relax and enjoy...

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

Hi Keefenkong, Thanks for your five stars review. We are glad that your visit to Lake Matheson and the cafe is a good memory on your trip. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food are pretty delicious... Price in little bit high sides... But you will feel worth it as the service is good, surrounding view is nice...

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

Hi Yap, Thanks for your five stars review. We are glad that you enjoyed our food and your visit to the area. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Stone Staffordshire
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had breakfast here and it was good but not outstanding. The situation of the cafe is exceptional however with uninterrupted views do Mt Cook and Mt Tasman and you can take a walk around Lake Matheson and take in the mountain views reflected in the lake - just wonderful. Top tip - continue down the road to Gillespie beach... More 

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

Hi Poppletons, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and the lake. Fox Glacier is full of walking tracks worth it to experience. We hope you come back and discover all of them. More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in for breakfast the other day. My husband ordered the bacon, egg and hash brown sandwich and I ordered the 'breakfast special' which was hash browns, beans and eggs on toast. When our food arrived the waitress placed it down and called it a breakfast special but it was actually the full kiwi breakfast! We were in a hurry... More 

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Thank Sarah_A_24
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Sarah, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry that due to the busy time in the cafe we could not delivered our standard attentive service. We are glad that despite that fact you enjoyed our food. We look forward to your return. More 

Melbourne
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent breakfast options , big serves , relaxed atmosphere , friendly service. Really good coffee as well.

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

Hi Simone, Thanks for your five stars review! We are glad that you enjoyed the coffee and the food on our breakfast menu. We hope you return and try the delicious options on our dinner menu. More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the short rib and it was cooked perfectly, complemented well by the pumpkin. The lamb was also brilliant, with a more summery vibe to it. I would say that this is more of a fine dining experience than a cafe experience, as the name suggests. Surpassed expectations.

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

Hi, Thanks for your top review and for appreciating our love for innovation. Reviews like yours keep us motivated to deliver a good service. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

fort lee, nj
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had wonderful food while visiting New Zealand, but this was THE WORSE. Short rib was so tough, I could not cut it with a knife. I tried all around the bone, but it was not giving in. The waiter offered a sharper knife... Replacement rib eye steak did not have much flavor, but had a 2 inch glob of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $25
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
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
Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 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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