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“Great cafe at a great location”
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $25
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

Came over to Lake Metheson to do a walk but rain disrupted our plans. Decided to have lunch instead and this cafe was conveniently located at the entrance of the walk. Noted the multiple awards for beef and lamb food items and also the trip advisor sticker for best restaurant.
Good choice. Had a fish risotto and the steak sandwich. The risotto was brilliant. The fish was good and the portions just nice. The steak was great. Massive portions with potato cut chips and salad on the side. The hospitality was great just as another reviewer noted. Smiled on entrance and really made us feel welcomed.
Btw we ended off the meal with hot chocolate and a latte considering it was wet and cold day ;)
Would recommend. They open for dinner in summer which was the source of the awards. On a bright day this place and the walk would have been excellent

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2  Thank ViciousTravelling
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Came to this cafe for lunch just before we (wife and I) walked around Lake Matheson. It was a nice experience and one of the best cafe lunches we have ever had.

Service - Service was fantastic. She was friendly and full of smiles; and very helpful with our orders/requests.

Food - Ordered the lamb burger and the steak sandwich. The lamb burger was full of taste but the steak sandwich was something altogether. It was probably one of the best steak sandwich we have ever had and definitely better than anything we have had in Auckland cafes. The steak was moist and cooked perfectly plus full of taste. The chips were amazing as well. All in all, one of the best lunch we ever had in NZ!

Value - Same price (or slightly more) than cafes in Auckland but probably expected in this nice tourist spot.

Atmosphere - Nice setting indoor (decor) and in an amazing place. The views of the mountains were great and fresh air :) Pity we couldn't see the lake but oh well, can't be perfect :D

Overall - Amazing place to eat, even if you don't go for the walk. Probably deserves a visit for itself rather than being side-dish to one of the amazing tourist spots (Lake Matheson).

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3  Thank MJJC_1982
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

On a lovely cool, sunny day we sat outside taking in the wonderful snow capped mountain view and had a lovely lunch after spending the morning walking on Fox Glacier. This cafe is very modern and sits beautifully in its wonderful setting.

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3  Thank Mwalker47
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Welcoming and friendly staff with some marvellous cake selections. Other food was available, the ambience and cleanliness was excellent.

1  Thank Ian5982
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Best cafe between Christchurch and Wanaka along the West Coast. Great breakfast food - get the Mustard Rosti!!

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