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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“carrot cake” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
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CUISINES
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 10, 2017

Lake Matheson is like a picture with the background of 3 peek of mount Cook with snow on the top. The service was good and so was the Cappuccino.

Thank Harry F
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Harry, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed the views and the visit to the cafe. We hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed March 10, 2017

Excellent breakfast there are a lot of choices!! And YUMMY !! Go there early to get a table next to the window. Reasonable prices for both breakfast and lunch.

Thank lldragon36
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Ildragon, Thanks for your top review. This is the most enthusiastic message we have received this season. It definitely shows that you enjoyed your meal with us and we are delighted for that. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Reviewed March 10, 2017

Nice food, lovely setting, great views, close to Lake Matheson where on a good, calm day you can get te money shot of Mount Cook reflected in the lake.

Thank vjbar
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Vjbar, Thanks for your five stars review. We are pleased that you enjoyed our food and the visit to the area. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed March 10, 2017

ordered food waited for the rain to stop. looking forward to see the most beautiful lake of west coast. unfortunately the rain never stop, thank God for a nice cafe

Thank melw2
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Mel, Thanks for your good review. We are glad that despite the disappointment of not seeing the lake you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you again in the future for a lovely walk around the lake this time.

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Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

Amazing and innovative dinner menu. The views are amazing. We had the salmon and pork belly entrees. Both were stellar.More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi, Thanks for your top review. At Matheson Cafe, we like to try new flavours as the same time as we use local selected produce, and we love when our customers enjoy our creations. The views are just the icing on the cake. We hope...More

Reviewed March 6, 2017

This is just a few minutes outside of Fox Glacier proper. There is a popular hiking track that goes in front of the restaurant and leads to the lake. We visited as the sun was going down and chose to eat outside. Waiter very attentive....More

Thank minic00per
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Minicooper, Thanks for your top review. The sunset is one of the best moments to be around these mountains and if it is with a glass of delicate selected wine and a tasty food, the experience is unbeatable. We are glad that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed March 6, 2017

We came to walk around the lake and chose to have lunch in the cafe. While it is geared up to do breakfast lunch and dinner, we thought the lunch menu looked the most appealing. There were some interesting unusual combinations of ingredients, and we...More

Thank MikePatx
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Mike, Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe and could admire the beauty of the mountains. We look forward to your return.

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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

My partner and I came to the Matheson Cafe for dinner while having a long weekend away in the west coast region. We came because it was the top ranked restaurant in the whole west coast region on Trip Adviser, and it didn't disappoint. The...More

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Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad that you liked the area and the cafe and enjoyed both your meals with us. We love when our customers return. We hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed March 5, 2017

Fabulous location, huge terrace facing the mountains, delicious home-made food (the best carrot cake I've ever tasted!!! and nice sandwhiches we bought for our picnic later on), friendly staff, clean surroundings with local art that is for sale in the souvenir shop nearby. My only...More

Thank MelanieD1976
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Melanie, Thanks for your five stars review. Our carrot cake is one of our most popular products and it is just delicious! We are glad that you had a good time when visiting the are and enjoyed our food. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

Went here reasonably early on a gorgeous sunny morning. Walked round the lake to get the ubiquitous reflection photos and then had the most excellent bacon, hash brown and fried egg sandwich! Excellent cafe restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good looking...More

Thank Steve6244
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Steve, Thanks for your top review. It seems that you had the perfect morning in the area. Stunning landscape and delightful food. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit so much and hope that you return.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$4 - $26
Meals
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids
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
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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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