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Verbier - Eating on the Mountain
We know how important refuelling is on a ski holiday and Verbier does not disappoint on the gastronomy front. Verbier isn’t all about the skiing, they also have some fantastic restaurants serving a variety of dishes; from traditional Savoyard classics through to pizzas, there is something to suit most tastes. These remarkable restaurants range from the affordable to the exceedingly expensive!
Classic Mountain Restaurant
Chez Dany +41 (0) 2777 12524
This restaurant is located on the off piste route (which is well signposted) from Les Ruinettes down to Medran, in the hamlet of Clambin. Chez Dany has become legendary in Verbier for serving fantastic food in a beautiful surrounding. This classic cosy old chalet is one of the best mountain restaurants in the area and gets rather busy so it is well worth booking ahead. It is perfectly situated on a nice sunny plateau surrounded by the alpine forest, with a breathtaking view over the Combins Massiv and the Bagnes valley. The menu is very traditional and comprises of tartiflette and cheese fondue, well its popular lamb shank dish. It is well worth a visit for lunch or on your chalet hosts day off, where we can help to arrange a snow taxi to get you there for dinner, and toboggans to get home!
Location, Location, Location
La Marmotte +41 (0) 2777 16834
La Marmotte is situated in the hamlet of Planards at 1930m and accessed, making it the perfect location to enjoy the alpine mountains and fresh air. The terrace is exposed to the full south which guaranties a pleasant period sunshine. The decor is authentic wood and stone, it boasts a warm and friendly atmosphere. You can sample the various savours of the valley of Bagnes or seasonal dishes. You can pick from traditional fondues and rosti’s, as well as a selection of pasta dishes.
Best Mountain Restaurant
Namaste +41 (0) 2777 15773
Probably the best restaurant out on the mountains of Verbier, booking is essential. This rustic and warm welcoming restaurant can be found on the south facing slope of the Savoleyres looking out on to the Combin and Mont Blanc. The rustic menu, in keeping with the restaurant, offers fondues, a wide variety of salads and several meat dishes.
Sonalon +41 (0) 2777 17271
On the fringe of the village, this wooden-sided chalet is warm and comfortable dining spot. You can reach it by car or by the Savoleyres lift. You can either sit inside, or make the most of the sunshine by heading out to the beautiful outdoor terrace with panoramic views encompassing the entire village of Verbier. Menu items include raclette, several kinds of fondue, grilled lamb chops and a selection of fish dishes.
If Money Is No Object
Carrefour +41 (0) 27777 15555
A firm favourite with Verbier regulars and famous celebrity friends alike! By the road near the top of the nursery slopes, at the top of 302 Le Rouge. Pedestrian: take the No 1 Carrefour bus (which leaves four times an hour from Medran). Prices at le Carrefour are above-average but the extra cost is reflected in the quality of food. It is worth splashing out for the pierrade, a hot stone which is used to cook your own meat at the table! The restaurant sits by major pistes and near the bus stop so makes a convenient meeting-place. During peak weeks, booking is essential with sittings at either 12.30pm or 2pm. The perfect place to have a long lunch, and then take the short ski down to Le Rouge to Apres! If you don’t get the chance to visit for lunch, we certainly recommend booking a table for your chalet hosts day off (Wednesday evening) where it’s fun to take the bus to Carrefour with hired sledges from All Mountain Rental, and toboggan home either to the Medran or Brunet. For those who do not fancy the toboggan ride home, the free bus runs every half hour until 11pm!
For Food Lovers
L’Olympique +41 (0) 2777 12615
If you are serious about food, this is the best place to head for. Set in an unremarkable building at the top of the Funiscape lift. They have recently opened a new space the “lounge”, which is located on the terrace of their restaurant. You can relax, take a drink and enjoy the finest alpine scenery. As well as producing excellent and imaginative cuisine the walls are decorated with Winter Olympic memorabilia and autographed photos of celebrity clientele. You can either pick from the restaurants a la carte menu or you can simply enjoy the self-service option.
Perfect Fondues and Great Views
Mayentzet +41 (0) 2777 52549
Located directly underneath the Mayentzet chairlift, and a short ski from the Attelas chairlift, Mayentzet can be accessed by easy blue runs and is perfect for either a vin chaud and chocolat chaud pitstop midmorning or a late fondue lunch! Refurbished for the start of the 2012/13 season, Mayentzet offers a traditional setting for a reasonably priced fondue (Approximately 20-25CHF). Well worth grabbing a table next to its large log burner!
La Vache +41 (0) 2777 13291
Located at the top of the Attelas (affectionately known as the James Blunt) chairlift, La Vache is co-owned by Lawrence Dallaglio, James Blunt and Carl Fogarty. Yes, we know! What a brilliant and intriguing combination! Managed by the team that own Hotel Farinet, La Vache offers reasonably priced food in an enviable position for meeting friends and a couple of life sized cow sculptures, which are great for a photo moment post lunch. Don’t be too quick to judge a book by its cover as La Vache is housed in a disused lift station, which gives little away on how lovely it is inside. Main courses vary in price from 18-25CHF, and well worth trying the namesake pizzas- the Fogarty, Blunt or Dallaglio!
Best of Both Worlds
Le Dahu and Le Break Dahu +41 (0) 2777 82000
Located in the La Chaux skiing area of Verbier, Le Dahu is set over two levels and offers two different eating areas. Upstairs the main restaurant offers unparalleled views of Val de Bagnes, and has a varied menu of pizzas, pastas and traditional alpine meals such as tartiflette. Their signature pizza Dahu (approx.27CHF) is topped with parmesan, rocket, parma ham and truffle oil and is worth sharing with a friend alongside the goats cheese salad! Le Break is situated below, and offers a quick alternative, with a self service style restaurant where a burger will set you back 11CHF and a good sized portion of chips 7CHF. It is recommended to get there early on a sunny day to grab one of their comfy yellow bean bags! A great advantage of the Dahu is its pedestrian friendly access.
Close to home
Le Mouton Noir +41 (0) 2777 14244
Le Mouton Noir is located next to the first stop on the Medran bubble, making it an ideal location for the non-skier or the keen skier for that matter! It offers fine dining with a cracking view. The Parapenting ‘take off’ zone is located 50m from the restaurant, and provides apt entertainment on the busy bluebird days! Le Mouton Noir is known as the Follie Douce of Verbier because of their dancers and resident DJ.
Comfy Deckchairs and Signature Sandwiches
Ice Cube +41 (0) 2777 11979
A great place to stop for a vin chaud, pint of beer or hot chocolate. Offering a small but suitable snack menu, which includes Salads, Hot Dogs and Panini’s. These can eaten whilst sat in a deck chair on a sunny day or under the covered terrace when snowing. Ice Cube is situated opposite Le Mouton Noir (and at the top of the Medran lift), once again offers an ideal meeting place for non-skiers to meet up with their group.
Best tartiflette on the mountain
Cabane du Mont Fort +41 (0) 2777 81384
Famed for having great alpine food at reasonable mountain prices, we certainly think that their tartiflette is one of the best on the mountain. They do not take reservations so aim for an early or late lunch if you want to be seated straight away. The perfect place to stop having tackled the moguly Mont Fort or the slightly intimidating Mont Gele! It is located directly underneath the La Chaux Jumbo- and can be accessed by skiing down from the top of this lift and taking the left hand path when the piste splits into two, closer to the end of the run.