Written by Chris Ashwell – Sales and Marketing Specialist
Having worked for 4 winters in Val d’Isere it truly feels like a second home to me and I never tire of the incredible selection of on and off-piste dining that this amazing resort has to offer. The 2023 season brings some impressive new ultra-high end restaurants such as Nobu to its streets, whilst the ever impressive K2 L’Altiplano 2.0 continues to raise the bar for luxury dining in this world-famous resort.
Val-d’Isere is one of Europe’s highest and most prestigious ski resorts, and for a good reason. Considered the crown jewel of the Tarentaise Valley, this paradise for snow sports enthusiasts is also home to around 80 fantastic restaurants, bringing different styles of cuisine from all over the world to its famous snowy high street for skiers and snowboarders to gorge upon after enjoying its vast 300 km ski area linked with Tignes.
During the day the sun-soaked terraces of Val-d’Isere’s famous mountain restaurants provide the perfect setting to take a break from the skiing and treat yourself to a spot of lunch accompanied by a glass of something suitable, while you watch the alpine world go by. In the evening there are plenty of options to choose from, such as hearty Savoyard classics, delicate Japanese-Fusion or even inventive Peruvian-inspired dishes designed to transport your palate from the Alps to the Andes, Val-d’Isere has you covered.
The truth is I could go on and on about the amazing food options in Val-d’Isere without even scratching the surface, but to help point you in the right direction of a few of the best on and off-slope dining in Val-d’Isere, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best restaurants, both on and off the piste.
L’Etincelle – Located at the bottom of Piste M on the home run of Solaise ski area this rustic-chic restaurant houses a huge terrace in which you can enjoy a 360 degree view of mountains whilst basking in the winter sun and soaking up the relaxed and friendly atmosphere provided by the live DJ. L’Etincelle specialises in grilled meats, pastas and also serves the best pizzas in town, on a sunny day it’s almost unbeatable.
La Plage de L’Ouillette – Found at the foot of the Madeleine lift at the side of the Solaise ski area, this idyllic mountain restaurant provides a stunning view of the Ouillette Lake and mountain range behind. The mouthwatering offerings of the BBQ, traditional french dishes accompanied by sweet and savoury treats and music make this sun trap the perfect spot to see out the afternoon.
Edelweiss – Tucked neatly away to the side of the Mangard piste in Le Fornet, this traditional mountain restaurant provides a stunning view down the valley from the outside terrace, with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere inside the restaurant itself. This picturesque alpine hideaway specialises in Savoyard classics and fine wines – you won’t leave here feeling hungry put it that way.
La Peau de Vache – Take a step back in time with the traditional rustic candle-lit setting of La Peau de Vache. Situated halfway down Val-d’Isere’s infamous La Face and boasting an incredible view over the town from the outside seating area, this stunning restaurant serves generous portions of unpretentious meats, local beers and fine wines. A must-try for those visiting but should be booked well in advance due to its incredible reputation.
La Fruitière – Found within the famous Folie Douce, this mountain eatery serves a mix of authentic french cuisine with local specialities, mixed with the live cabaret performances and vibrant party scene outside this is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Atelier du Edmond – Tucked modestly away in the charming alpine hamlet of Le Fornet, this fine dining restaurant earned its 2 Michelin Stars through carefully created cuisine reflecting the mountainous region surrounding it. Enjoy this gastronomic journey at the hands of Chef Benoit Vidal in this beautiful old-fashioned chalet setting.
L’Altiplano 2.0 – Belonging to the new K2 Chogori hotel, L’Altiplano 2.0 has enjoyed enormous success since its opening in the 2021 winter with its creative concept of Peruvian sharing cuisine. This inventive style of dining along with a sophisticated drinks menu provides a sublime culinary experience in the heart of the resort making it easily accessible for all.
Poya – Another new spot opened in 2021, this decadently finished restaurant located just before the main high street delivers an amazing atmosphere with the food to match. Serving predominantly french cuisine with a modern twist this is one to watch out for. Enjoy one of their amazing cocktails at the bar before or after your meal, they make an excellent negroni.
La Mourra – This Japanese and fusion restaurant found in the heart of the Hotel La Mourra village offers an amazingly warm and intimate atmosphere in a truly beautiful setting with slick service. With a vast array of options to choose from on the menu and an inspiring wine and cocktail menu, this is a must-visit for those looking for an elegant night out.
1789 – Located down a tiny side alley next to the Galerie des Cimes, this authentic restaurant is renowned for its grilled meats cooked over the open fire in the main dining room. The small and rustic setting combines to make a warm and welcoming atmosphere, their Cote de boeuf and bone marrow is to die for when paired with one of their handpicked red wines.
La Baraque – Sitting just off the main high street next to the Galerie des Cimes, La Baraques rustic chic setting and live music performances each night make it a firm favourite with many guests. The bar serves a great range of delicious cocktails and the restaurant itself is renowned for its classic french cuisine, most notably the meat and fish.
Table de l’Ours – Another incredibly elegant option for both lunch and evening meals is the Table de L’Ours. Situated in the 5 star Barmes de L’Ours Hotel and offering a stunning range of set menus, this Michelin-starred restaurant with its roaring fire, wine cellar and delicately refined cuisine is a fantastic option for those looking to treat themselves to an evening of grandeur.
La Casa Scara – A stunning authentic Italian option located in the heart of the old town, this is a beautiful little gourmet bistro serving hearty portions of mouth-watering Italian classics and is a great option for families. Why not take a walk around the beautiful old town afterwards to walk off dinner as well?
La Casserole – With a great centralised location this rustic tavern-style restaurant offers a wonderful traditional feel with the food to match. Local classics such as fondues, tartiflette, and raclette can all be found here at a price that won’t break the bank.
Chez Paolo – This beautiful little pizza palace is located next to the Ronde Point des Pistes making it easy to reach via the bus from all areas of town. This family-friendly restaurant offers a warm and welcoming feeling, serving incredible pizzas, pastas and meat dishes with homemade ice creams and traditional desserts will ensure you’re full up and ready to go for the next big ski day.
Matsuhisa featuring Nobu – Shaking up the food scene in Val d’Isère, the esteemed Hotel Airelles has opened restaurant Matsuhisa, home to cuisine from the world-famous chef Nobu. Bringing Japanese-influenced cuisine to the heart of Val d’Isere, with signature dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and mouth-watering miso black cod.