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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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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 yesterday via mobile

We came here for breakfast. The view was lovely, the staff were friendly and accommodating for our 2yo, the food was great and the coffee was the best we've had in NZ so far.

Thank Trishka1974
Reviewed 2 days ago

Had lunch while visiting Lake Matheson. Very nice building with friendly staff and decent quality food, although portions were on the small side.

Thank Nick_P1290
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had hot chocolate here once on a horrible rainy day and it was easily the best we had in NZ. We couldn't see it from the cafe, but we were back to walk around the lake another day and there was a great view...More

Thank spage89
Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived at the same time as a tourist bus full of young travelers so there was a queue but my toasted bacon and cheese pannini arrived fairly quickly but the coffee took awhile but was served with an apology, but was to be expected....More

Thank Xjapie
Reviewed 5 days ago

An attractive spot for coffee or a meal. Lots of glass giving great views of the surrounding paddocks and then the mountains.

Thank robe397
Reviewed 6 days ago

well deserved reputation for great food and setting . Staff great and setting incomparable . Make sure do walk round lake first on a sunny day mesmerising

Thank ian f
Reviewed 1 week ago

just toured the South Island for a week Everyday trying a new place to eat This was the best breakfast we had. Matheson Breakfast $21.00 Bacon, pork & fennel sausage, field mushroom, tomato, potato rosti, 2 poached eggs on toast, hollandaise All very tasty and...More

Thank fabtobe50
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Fabtobe50, Thanks for your positive review. Our Matheson Breakfast is one of people's favourite along with our Big Bacon, Hash Brown and Egg Butty. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. We hope you come back to try our new...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large café with beautiful views of the surrounds. The meal was quite lovely and there were some nice gifts to purchase! But you are here for the view and it doesn't disappoint.More

Thank JBHBrisbane
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi JBHBrisbane, Thanks for your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. Certainly, the views are amazing and you can also spot the beautiful Kereru around the area these days. We hope to see you again in the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had breakfast at Mathesons Cafe this morning. The cafe itself is bright and modern with great views even on a rainy morning! The food and coffee were really nice too. Well worth the detour out of town.

Thank Moira M
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Moira, Thanks for your positive review.We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the cafe. A rainy day is the perfect excuse to visit the gallery nearby. We hope you return.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended to lunch here by the owners of the Bella Vista Motel where we stayed the night before and true to their word they were lunching there too! The range and quality of the food with such a beautiful view make this a...More

Thank Robert C
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Robert, Thanks for your wonderful review. We are lucky to have such a stunning views around the cafe and we strive to keep our offer and service at a matching level. We look forward to your return.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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