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Matheson Cafe

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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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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Swansea S.Wales
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141 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were lucky with the weather when we went here for breakfast and the food was a bonus -freshly cooked, tasty and reasonably priced. The views were superb too!

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Thank pandmg
Albury, Australia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Arrived at opening time and was served very quickly. Great hot brekkie in a beaut location. Also a very nice tourist shop. Recommend.

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Thank kevi1317
Geelong
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90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We chose to eat here prior to our walk. The menu was extensive, well priced and good value for money, the meals were a good size. Unfortunately for us we were provided incorrect information about the soup we ordered (were told it was pumpkin, zucchini and potato, when in fact we found out afterwards it was parsnip, zucchini and potato).... More 

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Thank LizMontereo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Modern and elegant design. You can see the Glacier while you eat. A little bit too expensive, though...

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On the day we went the mountains were cloud free and bathed in sunshine - stunning. The food was very, very good. We had a delicious breakfast before walking around the lake, had a coffee and booked for dinner! We enjoyed the soup and fish.

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Thank OldFartonTour
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

During our legwork for the trip we had shortlisted it for a dinner and we were so right. It is nearby like 5-minute drive from the town (everything will be 5 minute considering it is a small town). We had made a reservation and it is strongly advised by us else you may be in for a shock! We were... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nestled along the shore of Lake Matheson with a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the Matheson Cafe is an ideal place for a good quiet meal while enjoying the views. The lunch menu is quite limited but varied and the quality of food was very good, certainly a notch above the average at this price range. We did have to... More 

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Thank Tantiko
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner here. Not variety of food but good quality. Only it is a little pricy Good location at the Lake Matheson.

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Thank Ekawit P
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit here, eat here. Not to be missed. We had dinner and breakfast here both excellent Great views of the mountain, pleasant stroll around the lake.

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

Hi Simon, Thanks for your five stars review. We are glad that you enjoy the food and the surroundings. It is very rewarding for us when customers return. We hope to see you again. More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

dinner and breakfast was fantastic and the view is fantastic. Good combi ation with a walk arroud the lake.

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

Hi Westcoste, Thanks for your top review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Lake Matheson and the cafe so much. We love when our customers return. Hope to see you again in the future. 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
US$4 - US$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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
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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