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.
Val d’Isère and its neighbouring Tignes have some of the best restaurants in the Alps, catering for all tastes from gourmet Michelin starred food right through to a good old burger. At Fish&Pips we like to eat our way around a ski resort, and so intend to add to this list throughout the winter. We have carefully selected the variety of restaurants below to save you the trouble of trial and error. Holly and Philippa have a gastro-tour planned for the season to come so watch this space for their new recommendations!
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.
La Fruitièere, Val d’Isère +33 (0) 4 79 06 07 17
La Fruitièere is the a la carte restaurant of the Folie Douce – the renowned après bar in Val d’Isère. Wrap up in an outdoor sleeping bag and enjoy delicious food outside despite the temperature at La Fruitièere. If you’re looking for atmosphere and a lunch that can quite easily roll into après ski then there’s no better place.
La Caveau, Tignes Val Claret +33 (0) 4 79 06 52 32
Perfect for fine dining in an amazing cosy underground setting.
The Folie Douce, Val d’Isère +33 (0) 4 79 06 01 47
If you want a lively lunch, then this is the place to come. The food is self-service but the party atmosphere (dancing on tables and bands playing for the balcony) makes up for it.
L’Armailly, Tignes Les Brevieres +33 4 79 -6 41 82
Great spot for a destination lunch. Traditional French cuisine done to a very high standard. Everything from pizzas, steaks, salads and more traditional Savoie dishes are fantastic. The beef carpaccio is a particular favourite! Friendly service and lovely sun terrace. Always busy so worth booking.
La Trifollet, Val d’Isère +33 (0) 4 79 41 96 99
Great traditional food in this mountain restaurant, an extremely reliable lunch spot – you always know you’ll get quality here. It’s so close to the bottom of La Daille, yet still on the mountain, that it doesn’t matter how much wine you drink!
Edelwiss, Le Fornet +33 (0) 6 10 28 70 64
With a fantastic view from the terrace, a stunning log fire and exceptional food this restaurant is certainly one of our favourites.
Cheap & Cheerful
Les Marmottes, Val d’Isère +33 (0) 4 79 06 05 08
It’s rare to find good food on the mountain in Val d’Isère for less than 10 Euros, so when you stumble across this restaurant you won’t believe your luck. It is the best self-service restaurant in the area with a speedy service and generous portions.
In The Town
Pedrix Blanche +33 (0) 4 79 06 12 09
A delicious seafood restaurant for those who are ‘cheese and hammed’ out!
1789 + (0) 4 79 06 17 89
A local favourite with great reputation, excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere. The cote de boeuf is a gastronomic treat not to be missed!
Le Belle Etoile +33 (0) 449 41 42 43
At last, there’s a decent Asian restaurant in the Savoie region! This restaurant ever-growing in popularity offers a mix of French/Asian cuisine including sushi and sashimi – a real treat in the mountains. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere which adds to the charm.
The Lodge +33 (0) 4 79 06 02 01
A popular and lively restaurant; great for pizzas, pastas and not too pricey. Always busy with great atmosphere. After your meal you can move downstairs for some dancing in the Lodge Bar.
La Cassarole +33 (0) 4 79 41 15 71
Traditional Savoyarde fondue and Raclette – not to be missed if you are after your annual cheese fix!
Bar Jacques + 33 (0) 4 79 06 03 89
Specialising in fine French cuisine, the owner Jacques, provides an excellent menu which not only satisfies by taste but also fills you to the brim. A charming, intimate and popular restaurant.
Cheap & Cheerful
Morris Pub +33 (0) 4 79 06 22 11
Serves bar food at excellent value. We recommend the burger to fill you tummy!
Chevallot Boulangerie +33 (0) 4 79 06 16 09
The perfect place for a naughty cake or pastry. With a simple menu of homemade dishes such as quiche and soup, it’s also a good spot for lunch that’s not going to break the bank.
A Table +33 (0) 4 79 41 99 98
A hidden gem frequented by locals and workers. It’s only tiny, but if full you can take-away. It has a tasty and varied menu from Thai prawn curry to Savoyard Terrine.