Three Valleys: the best mountain restaurants
Restaurants to suit all budgets
As far as we are concerned, a ski holiday without great grub is not a great holiday. Our chefs will impress you at dinner time, but that leaves plenty of time during the day for another pit stop, or two!
We have skied and eaten our way around the Three Valleys and sampled a lot of what’s on offer (it’s been tough!), and we also list some where we haven’t had a chance to eat but feel merits a mention following recommendations from guests’ experiences.
There are top notch Michelin star restaurants (click here for a review of them all) and a huge selection of mid range dining spots, many of which have a smarter restaurant as well as cheaper bistro dining. The Three Valleys isn’t renowned for cheap and cheerful but we’ve found a few options for skiers on a budget.
Skiing in a group?
We would advise booking restaurants for big groups for lunch, do ask a member of the team and they will happily reserve a table for you.
Traditional Alpine food
Got a craving for a tartiflette, a fondue, traditional raclette or a beaufort tart? You’ll definitely find some hearty fare in the mountain restaurants of the Three Valleys. Our local products are definitely cheesey and you’ll also find plenty of fabulous cured meats. Read more about our local Savoyard specialities.
La Folie Douce
This wouldn’t be a respectable mountain restaurant guide if we didn’t start with the legendary Folie Douce! There are two in the Three Valleys: one in Meribel (access via the mid station of the Saulire Express) the other in Val Thorens (Les Pionniers or Plein Sud lifts). Both offer two dining experiences – La Fruitiere is the smart restaurant, or there is a more informal self-service option offering simple but tasty fare. But what most visitors come for is the DJs, the music, the dancing on tables and the incredibly flamboyant dancers and musicians shaking their thang in spectacular costumes and sky-high heels! You’ve not done après unless you’ve done Folie Douce après…
But if you’re looking for a more civilised meal, then read on…
La Blanchot, MÉRIBEL Altiport
Located at the top of Le Lapin run to Meribel Village, Le Blanchot is a pretty chalet-style restaurant with a great sun terrace. It serves elegant French food and is a great lunch spot for beginners. Don your straw hat (supplied!) and enjoy a long rosé lunch!
La Marine, VAL THORENS
An unexpected nautical themed restaurant in the lofty heights above Val Thorens! A beautiful terrace, wonderful food from a large menu and friendly staff make this a popular choice. Watch out, they only take bookings on a daily basis so be sure to decide early if you are going to dine at 2500m! Located on the Dalles piste off the top of the Cascades chairlift.
Le Plans des Mains, MÉRIBEL
This relatively new restaurant has proved very popular - either opt for white table clothes and posh nosh in the restaurant upstairs or something from the snack bar downstairs. Extremely well located at the base of Mt Vallon with unbeatable access to the 3Vs.
La Bouitte, ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE
Awarded it’s 3rd Michelin star in 2015, the gastronomique pride of the Belleville Valley, La Bouitte sits in our neighbouring village of St Marcel - this is mountain dining at it best, but your wallet will be slightly lighter when you leave! While away an afternoon working your way through one of their tasting menus of ‘surprises’ and indulge of some of the finest food out there. Ideal for bad weather days or a glorious long lunch on the terrace – and they will bring you home afterwards!
Jean Sulpice, L'Oxalys, VAL THORENS
This fabulous little Michelin 2* restaurant is ideal for a cosy indoor lunch on a snowy, cold day, or dine al fresco with a view to die for! Delightful family-run restaurant serves fabulous food at reasonable (for the quality!) prices, and with less of a fanfare than at La Bouitte. We love it!
La Portetta Hotel Restaurant, Courchevel 1650
Ski all the way down into Courchevel 1650 and find this recently refurbished hotel located on your right. Great for soaking up the rays and watching the world ski by. Super friendly staff and a great menu make this a lovely place for lunch in the sunshine.
Cave Des Creux, Courchevel 1850
Sitting above the altiport on Courcehvel, this swanky new restaurant offers slap-up lunches and a fabulous view. The huge terrace boasts a firepit to sit around, and there’s an incredible dessert buffet! Ski the fabulous Park City piste on your way down to lunch.
Le Roc, COL DE LA LOZE summit
Great, fairly simple food and, in our experience, fantastic friendly service and a huge terrace. Located at the top of both the Loze and Dou des Lanches chairlifts. Admire the colourful swarms of parapentes (paragliders) overhead and increase your dutch courage to have a go after lunch with a glass or two!
Le Bel Air, COURCHEVEL 1650
One of the most popular restaurants in all the 3 Valleys with a great sun terrace facing out onto the piste aligned with plenty of deck chairs in which to sit back and relax. The food is simple and yummy - plus very good value. Reservations are essential, as it gets very booked up on sunny days.
La Ferme de Reberty, LES MENUIRES
Located in Reberty 2000 - La Ferme has a welcoming interior which opens onto a large terrace on the slopes and has extensive lunch and dinner menus. Though this one of the top three places in Les Menuires, the fixed-price menu can be relatively affordable at about €30 for 3 courses.
La Ferme de Choumette, ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE
Located just above the tunnel coming in to St Martin, La Ferme is still a working farm with huge windows in the restaurant looking down on the barn below, with cows, sheep, chickens and a goat or two! The menu is huge with excellent food (especially for carnivores) and it’s easy to while away lunchtime on their sunny terrace. Great place to meet non-skiers for lunch slightly out of St Martin.
Les Cretes, TOUGNETE SUMMIT
Found at the summit of Tougnete (at the top of St Martin 2 and Tougnete 2 lifts) at a dizzy 2300m, Les Cretes offers great local Savoyard cooking at fair prices and super friendly staff. Watch out for their Plat du Jour – it hasn’t disappointed yet!
Le Bouc Blanc, LA TANIA
Found at the top of the La Tania bubble this efficiently run restaurant serves HUGE omelettes, salads and offer a fantastic plat du jour at reasonable prices. Well worth a visit, if only to stop on the huge sunny terrace for a coffee.
Cheap(er!) and cheerful mountain grub
If you want to just stop for a quick bite or need to feed the whole family on a budget try…
La Loy, just above ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE on the Biolay piste
One of our local favourites – expect speedy, friendly service and great mountain food for a refuel. A huge south-facing terrace is a lovely place for lunch and for a sundowner before the short ski back to the village.
Le Village des Pains, MÉRIBEL VILLAGE
For a fabulous picnic, head to the glorious bakery in Méribel Village at the bottom of the Golf chairlift - huge baguettes filled to the brim with local cheese and ham, pastries, pizza, chocolate treats - you'll be wanting to stop for picnic lunch as soon as you get to the top of the chairlift!
Petit Rond Point, MÉRIBEL
Snack bar on the lower ground floor of the Rond Point, a great base for families and serves good Paninis and chips. The ‘Ronnie’ has a huge terrace and live music for après-ski every night, just don’t forget the last lift home!
Mottaret Snack Bar, MÉRIBEL MOTTARET
Snack bar at the main lift area in Mottaret (find the big plastic cow and walk straight back into the corner behind it!), home of the legendary €7 Mountain Burger, complete with melted Raclette cheese, each enough to feed a small family!
La Boulotte, COURCHEVEL 1650
Tucked behind the ‘Front de Neige’ in Courchevel 1650, Katie offers a small but ever-so-tasty lunch menu, including a falafel wrap to die for if you have had your fill of ham and cheese!
Adray Telebar, MÉRIBEL
It's the best place for a cake and hot chocolate pit stop, hidden in the trees. For only 6 Euros you get a huge wedge of cake and a jug of hot chocolate by the fire. Lunch is more pricey but a great plan on a snowy day.
Le Plans des Mains, MÉRIBEL
Extremely well located in the heart of the 3Vs this is a great lunch spot. The snack bar downstairs offers a huge and good quality sandwich, vat of soup and drink for only 10 Euros. A bargain!
The best drinks
VIN CHAUD (glühwein or mulled wine)
Hugely difficult to chose (someone’s got to do it…), but we love the vin chaud at Les Peupliers in Courchevel Le Praz – challenge yourself down the black Jockeys piste before ambling over to this charming hotel for a wonderfully spiced and fruity vin chaud – Santé!
The Bubble Bar in Courchevel 1650 serves hot chocolate so heaped with cream and marshmallows, you have to eat it with a spoon, and quickly before it overflows! Or try the artisan traditional hot chocolate served in the bakery, Le Village des Pains in Méribel Village.
It’s got to be the Folie Douce in Val Thorens! For some serious decadence, chose the magnum on the high wire that wizzes over the dancing crowds to the bar!