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“stunning location, gorgeous food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $25
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“stunning location, gorgeous food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

after the short walk to the lake, we decided to have dinner @ the cafe.
great service, and great food.
lamb was so tender, and the steak with chunky chips just divine! didnt have space for desert though, but all looked lovelly.
great location, with views over the fields to the the snow capped mountains aboce. very interesting to watch the weather change.

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England, United Kingdom
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“Best views, wonderful cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

If you are visiting Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier then you can't miss this glorious cafe. It has what must be one of the best views in New Zealand. As you sit on the wide and open terrace shaded from the hot sun and listening to soft music, you look out across lush meadows to mounts Cook and Tasman.
The cafe serves a good variety of hot and cold drinks (at very reasonable prices considering its location). It also has a pretty decent menu for food. Especially for breakfast where you can get anything from a muffin to go with your Latte or a full cooked breakfast. For a perfect morning, take a walk around the lake. Absorb the breathtaking views. Then come back for a hearty breakfast before you venture off to your next adventure.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
“Worth the Short Drive Out of Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Beautiful, modern restaurant in lovely surroundings. Food was excellent and the staff were charming. Next to the restaurant is a very nice gift shop/gallery with high-quality wool products, ceramics, and an eclectic collection of interesting odds and ends.

Visited November 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Super!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

We went there a couple of times and found the service and food to be very good. There is also a very good shop nearby.

Visited November 2012
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Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful view, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

The view from this cafe was amazing. The smoked salmon was really good, too! The location was great for breakfast or lunch before walking to Lake Matheson.

Visited October 2012
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