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Eating on the Mountain - Val d'Isere
We know how important refuelling is on a ski holiday and Val d'Isere does not disappoint on the gastronomy front. Val isn’t all about the skiing they have some fantastic restaurants serving a variety of dishes; from traditional Savoyard classics through pizzas, there is something to suit most tastes. These remarkable restaurants range from the affordable to the exceedingly expensive!
We have taken the time to list all the restaurants both on and off the mountain that we think are worth paying a visit, many of which we have had the pleasure of eating in.
Best of both worlds
Edelweiss +33 (0) 479 062634
This is currently the most popular for both food and attractive location. The wood and stone Edelweiss is situated on the side of the quiet Piste Mangard above Le Fornet, and offers fine cuisine and wines along with a friendly and refined atmosphere. However the best feature of this restaurant is the spectacular view down the valley toward Val d'Isere from the sun-soaked terrace. Prices for main courses range from €12 to €31, current features on their menu are a Duo of Foie Gras, Fillet of Beef, Osso Bucco of Veal, and they also offer a variety of more traditional dishes. It does get booked up quickly each morning so call early to avoid disappointment.
La Fruitiere +33 (0) 479 060717
Located at the top of the La Daille gondola, this restaurant is part of the infamous La Folie Douce. The restaurant is designed in the authentic style of a milk cooperative complete with milk churns and faux cheese wheels. Why not try the house special, ‘Feuillete Savoyard’, which is melted local cheese and ham, sandwiched in a light fluffy pastry crust and served on a slate platter.
Tipped as the best place for lunch
Signal +33 (0) 479 060338
At the top of Le Fornet cable car is a restaurant often lauded as the 'best place to eat for lunch' by locals and holiday makers alike. Signal has self and table service sections, and is recommended for its huge bowls of filling soup topped with large mountains of cheese and croutons.
Tufs +33 (0) 479 062501
Tufs offers value for money with great pizzas and an extensive buffet, so you can have as little or as much as you desire. Located on the lower slopes at La Daille, the restaurant is easily reachable for beginner skiers and pedestrians, making it appealing to groups of all levels.
Lovely Sunny Terrace
Les Marmottes +33 (0) 479 060508
In the middle of the Bellevarde bowl, this is an efficient self-service restaurant with a big sunny terrace. They serve large portions of hearty food so this is the place to go if you're looking to be filled up whilst keeping the price reasonable.
Great variety and choice
Bar de L’Ouillette +33 (0) 479 419474
At the base of the Madeleine express chairlift, you will find this small and friendly chalet. The large terrace has a great view overlooking the lake (called Quillette, hence the name). They serve a variety of food here from traditional dishes to pizzas and quiches with value being the name of the game, main course prices are reasonable coming in at around €10.50. On particularly sunny days they have a BBQ out on the terrace so just try skiing past the smells of the burgers without stopping for a quick bite.
You get what you pay for
Les Clochetons +33 (0) 479 411311
Situated in the Manchet valley, Les Clochetons has excellent food and is a good place to meet up with walkers or cross-country skiers. The magnificent building is in traditional style of wood and stone, and the sunny terrace provides a view well worth visiting. The Plat du Jour maybe a bit pricey but the food is great so you really get what you pay for.