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“Delicious Food, Great View”
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $25
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Piedmont, California
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious Food, Great View”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

We were craving salads, and Matheson Cafe provided. We had one salad with beef and one other. Plus another appetizer. Wine list, by bottle and glass, was very good. Superb light dinner. Just what we wanted.

Visited March 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“wonderful food and surroundings”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

An eclectic menu and our meals were excellent. Succumbed to the cakes as well which are delicious. Service with a smile and an open view. Walk around the lake - very beautiful and makes an impression on the calories consumed.

Visited February 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Resturant with a view”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Excellent food with a magnificent view of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Good bubbles, NZ lamb and green lipped mussels

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A little pricey, but good food and views”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We stopped in here to find respite from the rain and got a curry dish and a salad if I recall; both were very tasty. We also got some coffee and chai, which were tasty. The views here were obscured by some fog but it looked like an amazing landscape. I would recommend this for a lunch bite to eat for sure!

  • Visited December 2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What a view”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Had a coffee and a cake here after walking around the lake. What a wonderful location, we sat outside admiring the view. We received prompt and friendly service.

Visited March 2014
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