For most of us, a skiing holiday isn’t complete without good food in the chalet and out on the slopes. We don’t believe that expensive food is necessarily good food. There is only one condition in our eyes: it has to be quality.
As food lovers, over the past 10 years we have just about managed to eat our way round most of the restaurants the Three Valleys has to offer, and it offers a lot! We have carefully selected the variety of restaurants below to save you the trouble of trial and error, as I’m sure you are aware this can be a rather expensive and often disappointing exercise in the Three Valleys. We have dedicated time and effort in personally researching these recommendations, purely for your benefit of course! For those that we can’t recommend personally we have based our research on having a fantastic reputation. We would advise booking restaurants for lunch and chalet night off in advance. Do ask a member of the team and they will happily reserve a table for you.
On The Mountain For Lunch
You can’t beat a good lunch on the mountain, be it delicious evening meals in the chalet, a picnic, a long and boozy lunch, a fleeting snack to fuel you for a full day’s skiing, or simply to satisfy the craving for a traditional mountain spag bol.
Le Farçon, La Tania, Courchevel +33(0) 479 08 80 34
“€32 in 32 minutes” according to their website, they aren’t wrong! If you are pressed for time but want somewhere a little bit special, then the Michelin starred Farçon restaurant in the centre of La Tania is the place to stop. For a great value 3 courses for just €35 per head this is Michelin starred dining without the price tag! Don’t miss their weekly “Pig Day” every Thursday, a whole suckling pig for diners to enjoy.
Le Plans des Mains, Meribel – +33 (0) 4 79 07 31 06
In its 4th winter, this restaurant has proved very popular – either opt for the Gastronomique (7 courses) 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 – +33 (0) 4 79 08 96 77
Michelin star winning restaurant in the picturesque village of St Jean de Belleville – a short distance from the larger St Martin – this is mountain dining at it best, but your wallet may be slightly lighter when you leave! While away an afternoon and indulge of some of the finest food out there. Ideal for bad weather days!
L’Oxalys, Val Thorens – +33 (0) 4 79 00 12 00
Another with a Michelin Star, L’Oxalys is part of the hotel by the same name. If you’re into fine dining, then this will knock your socks off especially for only 50 Euros for 5 courses of absolutely exquisite cuisine.
La Voute, St Martin de Belleville – +33 (0) 4 79 08 91 48
In a beautiful setting opposite the old church in the picturesque village of St Martin, this restaurant serves great and filling food (the lasagne is monstrous!) that’s not too pricey.
La Ferme de Reberty, Les Menuires – +33 (0)4 79 00 77 01
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 €25 for appetizer, entree and dessert. For lunch on a sunny day. Sit on the huge terrace, bask in the sunshine, and eat from their vast, yummy and ridiculously good value menu. We can highly recommend the Cote de Boeuf – incredible value and really rather tasty!
Le Bel Air, Courchevel 1650 – +33 (0)4 79 08 00 93
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 to sit back and relax in. The food is simple and yummy – plus very good value. Reservations are essential as it gets very booked up on sunny days.
La Portetta Hotel Restaurant, Courchevel 1650 – +33 (0) 479 080143
Ski all the way down in to Courchevel 1650 and find this recently refurbished hotel located right on the piste. 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.
Le Montagnard, St Martin
For a cosy indoor lunch on a snowy, cold day. Delightful, charming and rustic, this family-run restaurant serves great Alpine food at reasonable prices.
Cheap 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…
Le Village des Pains
It seems that picnicking on the mountain is becoming more and more popular. Either order in advance our F&P picnic-style lunches or make your way to the Golf chairlift via our glorious bakery for picnic goodies – huge baguettes filled to the brim with local cheese and ham, pastries, pizza, chocolate treats – you’ll be wanting to stop for lunch as soon as you get to the top of the chairlift!
Petit Rond Point, Meribel – +33 (0) 4 79 00 37 51
Snack bar on the lower ground floor of the Rond Point, a great base for families and serves good Paninis and chips.
Mottaret Snack Bar, Meribel Mottaret
Snack bar at the main lift area in Mottaret, home of the legendary 7 Euro Mountain Burger. Enough to feed a small army, it’s a bargain! Get there early to avoid queues.
Au Pain d’Antan Boulangerie, Courchevel 1850
Inside the forum this bakery style café is a great place for a sandwich, Panini, slice of pizza, or even one of their delicious pastries. It won’t break the bank either – remarkable for the centre of 1850!
Adray Telebar, Meribel – +33 (0) 4 79 08 60 26
It’s the best place for a cake and hot chocolate pit stop. For only 5 Euros you get a huge wedge of cake and a jug of hot chocolate or vin chaud by the fire. Traditional French cuisine, great sun terrace and the Veal Escalope is renowned.
Le Plans des Mains, Meribel – +33 (0) 4 79 07 31 06
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!
Le Bouc Blanc – +33 (0)4 79 08 80 26
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.
Out For Supper in Meribel
Chez KiKi, Meribel 1600 – +33 (0) 4 79 08 66 68
This is the most famous restaurant in Meribel. Monsieur KiKi himself still cooks the steaks here to perfection over the fire; they are infamous in Meribel and absolute melt in mouth. An excellent choice for the carnivores amongst you, but not one for the veggies as choices are limited. You will need an elasticated wallet!
Bistro du Praz, Le Praz – +33 (0) 4 79 08 41 33
This restaurant is full of character and charm. It has an excellent menu with a choice of 12 Fois Gras and an exceptional list of fine wines. If you’re prepared to splash out, you won’t be disappointed.
Cro Magnon, Meribel 1600 – +33 (0) 4 79 00 57 38
A small and atmospheric Savoyard restaurant at Le Plateau, near the top of Meribel. The Cro Magnon offers great service and food (and plenty of it!) at reasonable prices.
Le Plantain, Meribel Village/ La Tania – +33 (0) 4 79 04 12 11
Situated just outside Meribel Village on the road to la Tania, Le Plantin has been completely rebuilt in an original mountain style using traditional wood and stone. This restaurant has an interesting and contemporary menu offering alternatives to the usual Savoyard style food.
Le Bo a Mil, Meribel Village – +33 (0) 4 79 00 59 24
Rustic and traditional Savoyard food just on our doorstep in Meribel Village. It’s a unique building set in the cellar of an old chalet. If you like a good fondue or an onion soup then it’s a stone’s throw from our chalets. You only need one course, portions are huge!
La Terrasse du Village, Meribel Village – +33 (0) 4 79 01 03 55 (opening hours 8.45am-11pm – lunch 12-3, dinner 7-10).
Recently refurbished and with super friendly staff, La Terrasse caters for all requirements with a choice of daily specials – including home made burgers, rotisserie cooked meats and savoyard specialities. Located in the heart of Meribel Village it is conveniently close for families and those who want a short walk home after dinner.
Le Refuge, Meribel Town Centre -+33 (0) 4 79 08 61 97
Meribel’s most popular eatery, always full and buzzing. Great pizzas, steaks and pasta right in the heart of Meribel, ideal for families on the staff night off, or party goers who want a quick bite to eat before hitting the bars!
Le Fromagerie, Meribel Town Centre – +33 (0) 4 79 08 55 48
Traditional Savoyard food – Fondue, Raclette etc only really for the cheese lovers amongst you. It is the best Fondue in Meribel and the delicious charcuterie only stops coming when you’re full to the brim! Sample true local cuisine in the centre of Meribel, but beware of the smell of Le Fromage!
La Kouisena, Meribel Town Centre – +33 (0) 4 79 08 89 23
Slightly more variety here than at Le Fromagerie, but still good quality and traditional Savoyard food. It’s always busy and bustling, not small and intimate. Try not to sit near a fire whilst dining, you might self-combust.
The Den – +33 (0) 4 79 08 98 54
An interesting alternative to the more traditional Savoyard restaurants The Den serves a tapas style menu with lots of light bites ideal for sharing with friends. The food has all sorts of influences – from a seared tuna steak with wasabi mayonnaise to a whole baked camembert. Right above O’Sullivans with live music most nights and serving food until 1am this is a bit of a one stop shop to a good night out in Meribel. Popular with seasonnaires and guests alike.
Aux Petits Oignons – +33 (0) 479086462
A popular spot in Meribel 1600 for supper out on your chalet staff’s night off. Small restaurant with a varied and ever changing menu “Onions” has a real ski holiday feel about it. Run by local lady Treacle you can expect a lively Monday night with live music and on other nights cosy up by the fire and enjoy a lovely, reasonably priced meal in a relaxed and friendly restaurant.
La Tsaretta, Les Allues – +33 (0) 4 79 08 61 00
A variety of international foods are on offer at this lovely restaurant in Les Allues, the focal point for locals. We can highly recommend the pizza here, choose your own toppings to create the perfect pizza – how many can you fit on? Eating down here gives you the opportunity to see Les Allues, the original village in this valley and home to most of Meribel’s year round residents.
Refuge de la Traye, Les Allues – +33 (0)6 11 95 08 90
Something very special – arrive by snow mobile for your rustic Savoyard supper up above Les Allues. If this is of interest to you, do inform Nicky or Clare immediately as it is very small and gets booked up. The food is limited to an average cheese fondue but you go for the experience. Snow mobiles are weather dependent, and in the later months, it is a trek by foot.
Refuge du Christ, Les Allues – +33 (0) 6 95 73 20 90
Recently built right next door to the Refuge de la Traye the Refuge du Christ offers something a bit special. Tucked away at the top of the mountain with staggering views up the Meribel Valley and across to the Grand Bec this refuge is a little more upmarket (and therefore pricier) than la Traye, offering a delicious meal, outdoor hot tub and friendly service for guests. There are rooms as well for anyone wanting to stay up there for the night (we might recommend sneaking back to your cosy F&P chalet though!).