Restaurants

Places to eat in Val d'Isere

There are so many restaurants in the resort but we have our favourites.
One of our self catered clients asked for a 7 day restaurant guide so we have come up with a pick of the best and devised three categories (high end & more expensive, mid range & reasonable, lower & cheap) to help you understand the pricing structure.
We then give you our choice for a 7-day stay to include:

  • If money and feeding a family is not an issue
  • Feeding a family

The recommendations & comments made are purely our opinion and based on dining at our expense and feedback from guests and friends. They are listed in alphabetical order.

High end & more expensive    

There are a few high-end restaurants in Val that have varied wine lists, discerning menus and good reputations. When we say they are ‘expensive’ we mean they are the more expensive restaurants in town but we don’t mean extortionate by any means! 
        
The Blizzard Hotel restaurant     
This has become a favourite of ours for birthdays or special occasions. It is not often you think of using a hotel restaurant for dining out if you are a non-resident but this one welcomes anyone to their bar & dining room. The food is traditional using local products and creativity. Tables are furnished with fine wine glasses, thick table linens and flowers or candles – very important to set the tone of the evening in my opinion (DW). For us, the Foie Gras is an old favourite along with a fish dish cooked to perfection.
A reservation is a must. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 02 07. Their website at www.hotelblizzard.com features the menu throughout the season. It was hard for me to find so ensure you click on ‘Going through the hotel’ to get to the Restaurant prompt. 

The Mourra     
The brand new sister hotel and restaurant of the Blizzard, this is an exciting new venue for residents and non-residents to enjoy.   Out with Savoyarde fare and in with Japanese influenced cuisine.  Soft shell crab, octopus salad, black cod, panko prawns, mochi (yum) and plenty of delicious dishes..  Located at the top of town on the right hand side, it is well worth a visit.  It is fast becoming our favourite.  Expensive but worth it if you fancy a change from cheese!  Tel:  04 79 40 28 70.  They speak English. 
        
Hotel Barmes de L’Ours, Rotisserie     
The hotel restaurants are open to non-residents and we highly recommend the Rotisserie. They have lunchtime menus for skiers, and in the evening, a choice of regional specialities, menus and à la carte. They have a huge choice of starters; you choose your main course, huge choice of cheeses to help yourself to and the same with dessert. Their wine list is extensive and despite paying slightly more to eat here, we feel the standard of the food warrants it. We love it. See ‘Hotels’ section for details of the location. 
        
The Grand Ourse     
Situated on the nursery slopes this restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Lunches are very different to evening meals in terms of selection and formality. It has an impressive wine list as well as a reputation for fine dining and a great menu. I always eat the same thing when I visit this restaurant = slice of foie gras followed by Lobster Ravioli so I can safely say this comes highly recommended! (DW).
Call for reservations on +33 *(0) 4 79 06 00 19
http://www.grande-ourse.com/restaurant-gb.htm 

Le Miroir, ‘Chez Merie’     
This is a very special restaurant located in the tiny village of Miroir about 20mins drive out of town near Saint Foy. We call it le Miroir but its real name is ‘Chez Merie’. Its formula is very much like Chalet du Cret but prices are slightly cheaper (probably due to the out of town location). You walk through the tiny village to access the restaurant by passing the smallest Chapel in the world, the old farm houses that still have the animals in the same building as the residents and it's just the most quaint place we have ever come across. It is a restaurant based in the chalet belonging to ‘Merie’ and we always felt like we were eating in their dining room as it was so small and cosy and we always enter by the back door that takes you through the kitchen. However, last year they extended the restaurant by knocking a wall down and doubling the size. This has made it more commercial and we feel something has been lost in that but we still insist on at least one or two meals there in a season. Service is not the quickest but you are there to soak up the wonderful surroundings as much as eat so you don’t mind the wait.
Reservations are a must for this place so call +33 (0)4 79 06 90 16. We can give you directions if required. 

La Savoyarde     
This is another hotel restaurant that has a solid reputation amongst seasoned visitors. The hotel was renovated last summer but it still retains its ‘Savoyarde’ charm. The head chef is a permanent fixture apparently so you are guaranteed great food, year after year. We don’t know much about the menu but we do know that locals rave about this place so it must be worthy of a visit.
Call for reservations on +33 (0)4 79 06 01 55. 
        
Table des Neige     
Until living and working in Val, I would never have thought to eat in a hotel restaurant but there seem to be so many good ones in Val and this one is no exception. Located in the Hotel Tsanteleina just by the tourist office, we became aware of its menu as we were asked to translate it from French to English. It was one of those menus with creative descriptions and flowery wording but we were left very impressed and pleasantly surprised. The hotel was recently renovated and awarded an extra star rating, so it is now a 4 star hotel and well worth a visit. 
Call for reservations on +33 (0)4 79 06 12 13. 

Lower end & cheap 

As we all know, skiing is not a cheap sport so if you are looking for a simple, inexpensive meal, we have included a few options for you. 
        
Roxy/Quicksilver cafe
This is a clothing shop and burger bar on the main street by the Hotel Kandahar. The formula has been a huge success and everyone enjoys the informal atmosphere and classic burger and chips on offer. You can either sit at the bar or at one of the cubicle tables and watch some extreme snowboarding on the big screen whilst eating. This is open early (for breakfast) until late at night. Reservations are not necessary. Tell 04 79 06 09 54

Flash Pizza     
The reason why we’ve included this is not only because they do a good pizza but because they also do a take away or home delivery service. It is not easy to find if you prefer to eat in the restaurant itself as it is down the alley between the Gallery des Cimes and the Canyon restaurant. You can call to make your order and pay on delivery or pick up making it an easy option to go for after a long, tiring day on the slopes.
Telephone +33 (0)4 79 41 96 06. 
        
Good traitors     
This isn’t the name of a restaurant just the collective French name for ready-made dishes and foodstuffs on offer in the supermarkets. We thought we would include this as you may not know that the supermarkets prepare & sell things like paella, roast chickens, salads, potato dishes and lots more. Not everyone fancies cooking or eating out after a tiring day so these items offer a handy alternative. We highly recommend the Casino supermarket just below Victors restaurant in the centre of town. All supermarkets will deliver to your home within working hours too.

 

Mid range & reasonable  

The Fondue Factory   
New last winter, this is the restaurant and building that replaced the stalwart Perdrix Blanche.  Sadly no oysters to be found in the new Fondue Factory but instead you have a fun new take on the classic fondue.  It is a must for 1 night of your stay.  With high ceilings, modern decor, central bar and the Ski Museum as you enter, you are sure to enjoy an evening out in there.             Tel:  04 79 08 04 37.  

Baraque     
It depends what you call 'reasonable' but we have put this newish restaurant in this category as I would classify it as mid range but it is a little more expensive than all other entries.  Trendy decor, a bar with live music and the restaurant at the back.  It has developed a solid reputation with locals and visitors so worth a visit.  Book as it gets chokka block.  2 sittings either 7.30 pm or 9pm.  Tel: 04 79 06 18 19. 

Taverne d’Alsace     
This is slightly different from the norm as it specialises in Alsaciennes food so the influence is German = a range of sausages & sauerkraut. In addition they serve a selection of seafood and a ‘carte brasserie’ including staples like steak and chips, cottage pie or risotto. Situated under the Hotel Kandahar in the centre of town, this is a very popular place with locals and visitors. A booking is a must. Tel: +33 479 06 48 49.  If you arrive late in town this is your best bet for a meal.  They are one of the few restaurants open very late. 

Sur la Montagne     
Family owned, on the main street, this is a great family restaurant option with a dedicated childrens play area.  The menu includes lasagne, pasta, meat dishes, tartiflette, fish options etc..  plus a Childrens menu.                             Tel: 04 79 40 06 12

Arolay     
This has to be the most famous of the classic Savoyarde restaurants in town. Situated in Fornet overlooking the river, it has a buzzing, warm atmosphere and the place gets packed so service can be slow but its worth it.  Renowned for fondue, raclette and brasserade. 
Definitely book in advance by calling +33 (0)4 79 06 11 68 or email francis.marion@wanadoo.fr 
              
Brasserie du Grand Cocor     
Popular with the locals, this is a very French bar/café with simple décor and friendly staff. Lots of people who visit Val year after year include this in their list of favourite places to eat or drink. Open all day for lunch or dinner, this is a very reasonably priced place to eat and soak up the French atmosphere.
You don’t normally have to book in advance but on high season weeks it is advisable to call ahead. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 94 33 
        
Casa Scara     
This is an Italian restaurant situated just opposite the Church in the old town. It is a family run restaurant so the atmosphere is friendly and the food is delicious. The menu is varied to include traditional Italian fare (tomato/mozzarella starter, brushetta, pasta & pizza dishes ) as well as classic meat dishes.
Telephone for reservations on +33 (0)4 79 06 26 21. 
        
Chez Paolo  
This is the only place to enjoy an authentic Italian pizza (that is our opinion anyway!). Owned and run by French speaking Italians, these guys know how to make a delicious pizza followed by the best tiramisu. Its located at the Rond Point area and open for lunch in addition to evenings, so it's a great option for hungry families. They also do a take-away service, which is why we all know and love it so well!  Simple decor, good pizza. 
Tel +33 479 06 28 04 
        
Chez Nano     
We had a big debate about including this one as we love Paolo’s so much but we decided it deserved an entry. It has built a good reputation for its pizzas but it does have other things on offer that include meat and fish dishes. It is a few doors down from Dicks Tea Bar making it a more central, alternative to Paolos.
Call for Reservations on +33 (0)4 79 06 18 41. 
        
Luge     
This one advertises as specialising in Savoyarde food that means fondue, raclette or brasserades but Phill in our office tells us it is not just that.  Good food, variety and cosy atmosphere  It is part of the Blizzard hotel and located just under the main reception. It knows how to serve the classic dishes and it offers good value for money. The wine list includes wines from other regions and is full and varied.
Call for Reservations on +33 (0)4 79 06 69 39. 

Planning your week

7 days, money no issue:

  • Saturday; The Fondue Factory
  • Sunday:  The Baraque
  • Monday:  Chez Paolo Pizza
  • Tuesday:  The Mourra
  • Wednesday:  Taverne d’Alsace
  • Thursday:  Miroir (or if you don't want to head out of town, Blizzard)
  • Friday:  The Grand Ourse

7 days, feeding a family:

  • Saturday:  The Fondue Factory
  • Sunday:  Chez Paolo Pizza
  • Monday:  Sur la Montagne
  • Tuesday:   Casa Scara
  • Wednesday:  La Luge 
  • Thursday:  Roxy/Quicksilver for burger and chips
  • Friday:  Baraque