REVEALED: The Best Restaurants in the Alps

Food platter at an Alpine restaurant

Ski holidays are for fun on the slopes, reconnecting with friends and family, and indulging in some of the best cuisine the Alps has to offer.

We all need to eat, especially when we’ve been calorie shredding on the slopes. So, why not make each meal a real experience? To help you avoid the tourist traps and disappointing dishes, we’ve put together a list of the best places to eat in the Alps.

From Michelin starred restaurants to the best value cafes – we’ve covered all types of eateries to help you pick the perfect meal-stops for you.

(Word of warning- the following content may make you salivate!)

 

Best Fine Dining Restaurants

Celebrating a big birthday or anniversary during your ski trip?

If you’re looking for something special, the Alps doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fine dining. Think sumptuous tasting menus and wonderful wine pairings – the following restaurants have some serious wow factor;

 

Best Fine Dining in the French Alps

Find delectable treats in the French Alps

 

La Chabichou in Courchevel

Rated equally highly for its food, service and atmosphere, Le Chabichou is a real showstopper.

Head chefs Michel Rochedy and Stéphane Buron run the impressive 3 Michelin star kitchen, producing delightful tasting menus featuring the very best of alpine produce, all delivered with an artistic flair.

Example dish: Thick medallion of veal with morel mushrooms and a roasted green asparagus emulsion
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘It’s not food, it’s art’
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5
Contact: 90 route des Chenus, 73120, Courchevel in France

 

 

Restaurant Etoile Flocons de Sel in Megeve

Commanding an impressive 3 Michelin stars, this fine dining restaurant in Megeve prides itself on inventive cuisine and excellent service.

The restaurant is run by chef Emmanuel Renaut and his wife who are well versed in creating unforgettable experiences for their guests.

Choose from a light lunch or go for an eight course tasting menu, complete with champagne, all enjoyed in a simple, yet elegant setting.

Example dish: Warm soufflé scented with pine, with a lemon and orange blossom sorbet
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘A once in a lifetime experience!’
Tripadvisor Rating: 5
Contact: 1775 route du Leutaz, 74120 Megeve in France

 

Le P’tit Polyte in Les Deux Alpes

This cosy Alpine restaurant delivers fresh, local produce refined by top chef Mathew Hegarty who helped the restaurant earn a Michelin star.

Visitors to Le P’tit Polyte are just as enchanted by the food as they are with the well compiled wine list and impeccable service. Make sure you arrive with an empty stomach as you will be very well fed by the friendly team!

Example dish: Duck breast cooked on walnut shells with blackberries and beetroot
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘A gastronomic extravaganza!’
Tripadvisor Rating: 5
Contact: 2 rue de la Chapelle | Hotel Chalet Mounier, 38860 Les Deux-Alpes in France

 

Best Fine Dining in the Swiss Alps

Now to discover the best of Switzerland…

 

The Omnia Restaurant in Zermatt

Executive chef Hauke Pohl has created an exciting, and sometimes unexpected menu to be enjoyed in a contemporary and understated setting.

The gourmet tasting menu features stars such as halibut with leeks and plates are treated like canvases. It may be expensive, but if you’re looking for a truly special meal, the Omnia hotel restaurant shouldn’t disappoint.

Example dish: Crustacean bisque with lobster and pineapple in a Thai curry sauce
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Vegetables taken to a new level’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Triftweg 41 | Auf dem Fels, Zermatt in Switzerland

 

Ecco in St. Moritz

The multi award winning Ecco restaurant in St.Moritz is headed up by German chef Rolf Fliegauf who is passionate about natural flavours and seasonal ingredients.

Within this small and stylish restaurant, diners are surprised at every turn with the inventive take on each delicious dish. Diners particularly enjoy the perfect presentation and attentive service – a recipe for a memorable meal.

Example dish: Toothfish from Patagonia with slow cooked and flamed clams, fennel and jalapeño
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘A culinary journey full of surprises’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Via Maistra 3, St. Moritz in Switzerland

 

Gourmet dish at Ecco restaurant

Restaurant La Cordee in Verbier

Watch chef Fabrice Taulier and his team get to work at the open kitchen at this modern restaurant in Verbier. Fresh flavours, sophisticated wine pairings and a sleek dining area make La Cordee a great place to visit for a romantic meal for two.

Example dish: Swiss gourmet beef “Grand Cru”, cooked in the Josper oven with potatoes, summer vegetables and béarnaise sauce
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Perfect spot for date night’
Tripadvisor rating: 4
Contact: Rue du Centre Sportif 24, Verbier in Switzerland

 

Best Fine Dining in the Austrian Alps

If you’re looking for fine dining in Austria- start here…

 

Das Schindler in Innsbruck

From breakfast till dinner, Das Shcindler in Innsbruck delivers delicious meals made from seasonal and regional produce. Regular diners go crazy for the delicate beef tartare and the comfortable dining environment.

The on-site bar is also a great place to grab a drink or two.

Example dish: Beef tartare of Tyrolean Angus beef with a quail egg sunny side up and herb salad on toast
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘A step above the rest’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Maria-Theresien-Strasse 31, Innsbruck in Austria

 

Gourmetrestaurant Kupferstube in Kitzbuhel

The stunning outdoor terrace at Gourmetrestaurant Kupferstube restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a long and leisurely meal.

Everything from the quality of service to the presentation is described as flawless by visiting diners, and the menu of elevated Austrian classics is superbly crafted.

Example dish: Ora King salmon with pak choi and dashi-beurre blanc
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Refined food, perfect service, great terrace view’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Griesenauweg 26 | im Tennerhof Gourmet & Spa de Charme Hotel, Kitzbuhel in Austria

 

Fliana Gourmet in Ischgl

Filana Gourmet puts a luxury twist on the best of Austrian cuisine with their generous offering of food and wine. Guests love the delicious food and professional service, particularly the surprise amuse bouche thrown in!

Example dish: Veal tartare
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Consistently good food, and always had a veggie option’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Fimbabahnweg 8, Ischgl in Austria

 

Best Fine Dining in the Italian Alps

Italy is renowned for its cuisine, and here’s some of the best in the Alps…

 

Tivoli in Cortina d’Ampezzo

This unassuming ski lodge in the Italian Alps is home to a Michelin star and classic dishes finished with style. From veal in a rosemary sauce to apple and cinnamon parfait- each item is lovingly crafted and packs a flavour punch. With raving reviews from impressed diners, this place comes highly recommended.

Example dish: Suckling pig and mushroom ravioli with lovage sauce and black truffle
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘The warmth of an alpine town, the sophistication of a big-city restaurant’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Via Lacedel 34, 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy

 

 

Auberge De La Maison Restaurant in Courmayeur

The picturesque Auberge de la Maison hotel is home to a fantastic restaurant celebrating the flavours of the Italian Alps. The chefs share the history of the valley through traditional flavours, all enjoyed in a rustic, cosy setting.

Diners love the attentive service and value for money, as well as the spacious open-air terrace.

Example dish: Chestnuts and whipped cream
Best tripadvisor review: ‘Attention to detail is remarkable!’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Via Passerin d’Entreves 16/a, 11013, Courmayeur in Italy

 

Restaurant Camana Veglia in Livigno

This hotel and restaurant was founded in 1972 and has been serving Italian delicacies ever since. Local food, presented with elegance in comforting surroundings in the heart of the Italian Alps.

Example dish: Hazelnut ice cream
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Best meal we had in Italy’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Via Ostaria, 583 | A Few Steps From The Centre, 23030, Livigno in Italy

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Best Cafes in the Alps

Whether it’s a hearty breakfast to fuel you for the slopes, or a relaxed, recuperative lunch- we’ve gathered some of the best cafes in the Alps for you to choose from.

 

Best Cafes in the French Alps

First up is cafes in the French Alps…

 

Tete a The in Chamonix

The perfect place to stop for a coffee and cake or a more substantial vegetarian meal. The relaxed atmosphere and wide selection of teas keep visitors returning, as do the homemade soups and juices!

Healthy, hearty and friendly.

Example dish: Gazpacho with pear, cucumber and mint
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Delightful vegetarian cafe’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact:120 route du Village, 74400 Argentiere, Chamonix in France

 

 

Wild Beets Kitchen in Les Gets

Generous portions of healthy food make this place a firm favourite with health-conscious skiers. A welcome change from cheesy fondues and salty chips- the Wild Beets Kitchen in Les Gets offers a variety of wraps, Buddha bowls and salads. Ideal if you’re a vegetarian or vegan looking for somewhere that offers choice!

Example dish: Falafel and salad wrap
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Don’t waste your time eating anywhere else…’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: 250 route du Front de Neige | Building A, 74260 Les Gets in France

 

La Cantine in Tignes

If you’re looking for a handy lunch stop-off when skiing in Tignes, La Cantine is ideal. Ski in, take advantage of a satisfying menu of cheese toasties, burgers and salads before heading back to the slopes.

Visitors love the sunny outdoor terrace and the indulgent loaded hot chocolates!

Example dish: Chorizo, red onion and spinach sandwich
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Good value tasty food, great ski in ski out location’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Route du Lavachet | Centre Commercial Le Lavachet, 73320 Tignes, France

 

Best Cafes in the Swiss Alps

Skiing in the Swiss Alps? The following food spots offer tasty lunch options…

 

Marie’s Deli in Zermatt

Whether you’re eating in or taking away, Marie’s Deli in Zermatt offers warming favourites and traditional Swiss dishes. The green garden provides a wonderful setting to enjoy your treats. If you’re visiting as a family, we recommend the sharing platters for the adults and there’s a large kids menu too.

Example dish: Norwegian smoked salmon, keta salmon roe, millesime sardines and tomato coulis with a horseradish foam and pickled radishes
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Top food in wonderful garden’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Untere Mattenstrasse 12, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland

 

 

12-inch Coffee in Saas Fee

If you’re craving a freshly ground coffee in Saas Fee, look no further. 12-inch Coffee provides a wide array of delicious coffees, teas and drinks for weary skiers and hikers. Sit back, relax and take advantage of the free Wifi while you sip your artisan coffee. And don’t leave without trying a gooey chocolate brownie!

Example dish: Rockslide sludge brownie
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Best Coffee in Town’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Untere Dorfstrasse 42 | vis à vis Coop, Saas-Fee in Switzerland

 

Le Galerie du Chocolate in Verbier

Calling all chocoholics! This impressive cafe and chocolate shop offers an array of exquisitely crafted chocolate delights. Enjoy some of the best hot chocolate in Verbier and stock up on edible gifts to take back home to family and friends.

Example dish: Chocolate truffles with pink pepper
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘A must for choc addicts and fans!’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Route de Verbier Station 65 | Center square, Verbier in Switzerland

 

Best Cafes in the Austrian Alps

If you’re heading to the Austrian Alps, don’t miss these fantastic cafes….

 

EcKing Cafe in Kitzbuhel

This quaint cafe in Kitzbuhel serves up Austrian treats such as apple strudel and chocolate torte alongside excellent breakfasts. The stunning view of the surrounding valleys and distant peaks makes for a pretty special dining experience. You can even start your day with a champagne breakfast!

Example dish: Chocolate torte
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Very tasty breakfast’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Schwarzseestrasse 17, Kitzbuhel 6370, Austria

 

Xandl Stadl in Saalbach

The Xandl Stadl hotel in Saalbach is home to a restaurant, wine bar and cafe. Visit the cafe for a light lunch of Austrian classics. The ‘on the piste’ location 10 minutes from the centre makes it very convenient for skiers.

Example dish: Traditional fondue
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘We Just keep coming back for more!’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Zwolferkogelweg 540, Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria

 

Best Cafes in the Italian Alps

Here’s where to visit in the Italian Alps

 

SkyWay Cafe in Courmayeur

The lofty SkyWay cafe is reached via cable car, at 3466m! Gaze in wonder at impressive snowy peaks while sampling some of chef Agostino Buillas’ lunchtime buffet options. Traditional Alpine recipes with a twist can be washed down with an inventive cocktail for a special lunch above the clouds.

Example dish: Deer with polenta
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Coolest mountain place in the world’
Tripadvisor rating: 4
Contact: Strada Statale 26, 48, 11013, Courmayeur, Italy

SkyWay restaurant in Courmayeur

Best Local Cuisine in the Alps

A skiing holiday in the Alps wouldn’t be complete without sampling the very best of Alpine cuisine along the way. We’ve gathered some of the best restaurants serving local dishes for you to try on your next trip.

 

Best Local Cuisine in the French Alps

Cheese, wine and more cheese- French food in the Alps is all about indulgence. Here are some of the best places to try it …

 

Le Rustique in Les Deux Alps

The perfect place to try traditional Savoyard dishes such as raclette. When you sit down, you’ll be provided with a hot plate on which to cook your own meats. Combined with a carafe of red wine, a visit to Le Rustique provides a fun evening for a group of diners.

Example dish: Raclette.
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Braserade Rustique + Carafe of Wine = Heaven’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: 61 avenue de la Muzelle, 38860 Les Deux-Alpes, France

 

Chez Pepe Nicolas in Val Thorens

Enjoy some French alpine favourites in a cosy, rustic atmosphere at this fantastic spot in Val Thorens. Great for families and groups, this restaurant caters to a range of tastes and has a wonderful terrace that can be enjoyed summer and winter.

Example dish: Tartiflette served with the chef’s green salad
Best Tripadvisor rating: ‘Gets better and better’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Between Les Menuires et Val Thorens | Piste de La Chasse, 73440 Val Thorens, Les Belleville, France

 

Au Montagnard in Alpe d’Huez

For authentic local dishes at reasonable prices, Au Montagnard in Alpe d’Huez is a great option. Share a cheesy fondue or Tartiflette followed by a rum infused hot chocolate to refuel after a hard day on the slopes.

Diners are keen on the welcoming staff and cosy ambiance.

Example dish: French onion soup
Best Tripadvisor rating: ‘Great local food with excellent service’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Avenue des Jeux | Place de l’Ours Blanc, à l’entrée de la galerie, 38750 L’Alpe-d’Huez, France

 

Best Local Cuisine in the Swiss Alps

From Raclette to some of the best chocolate in the world- Switzerland has lots of culinary treats to offer. The following eateries are ideal for tasting some traditional faire…

 

Bergrestaurant Blatten in Zermatt

This family favourite in Zermatt serves up refined classics such as truffle fondue and snails in garlic butter. Traditional chalet architecture and a generous sun terrace provide a welcoming setting, and the team put on regular events such as fondue night to keep guests entertained.

It’s even on the hiking trail from Zermatt to the Matterhorn, making it an ideal stop-off point.

Example dish: Thin slices of venison with fresh truffles
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Family, fun & fondue!’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Postfach 66 | 3920 Zermatt, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland

 

Le Chalet in Crans Montana

This chalet restaurant takes tradition seriously, with themed outfits for the staff and a cosy wood-panelled interior. A nice place to share a comforting cheese fondue after a day out on the mountain.

Example dish: Viennese cutlet
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Beautiful cosy chalet’
Tripadvisor rating: 3.5
Contact: Rue du Prado 5, Crans-Montana in Switzerland

 

 

Best Local Cuisine in the Austrian Alps

For traditional meals in the Austrian Alps, check out the following restaurants…

 

Die Wilderin in Innsbruck

Local food with an inventive twist. Die Wilderin in Innsbruck offers seasonal, locally sourced produce in an intimate setting. From fish tartare to potato strudel- the knowledgeable staff are happy to explain the menu in detail to ensure you find something delicious. They even have a stall at the local market you can visit!

Example dish: Beef broth with cheese dumplings
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Friendly personal service and fabulous food’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Seilergasse 5 | 5, Innsbruck 6020, Austria

 

Steinerwirt in Zell Am See

Warm and cosy Steinerwirt in Zell am See pays as much attention to its wine list as it does to its food menu. Traditional Austrian dishes such as Goulash and Schnitzel are paired with good wine and great service.

Visitors like the generous portions and pretty sun terrace.

Example dish: Ragout of venison
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Excellent wine paired with good service and food’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 2, Zell am See 5700, Austria

 

Best Local Cuisine in the Italian Alps

Whether it’s cured meats or hearty stews- the food of the Italian Alps is perfect for a post-skiing feast to remember. Here’s some of the best places to visit…

 

Il Balivo in Champoluc

From freshly baked bread to homemade pasta- the food at Il Balivo is tasty, rustic and full of traditional Italian charm. The friendly staff and relaxed vibes keep visitors returning again and again to this charming spot on the outskirts of Champoluc village.

Example dish: Tagliatelle with veal
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘I wish I lived near here…’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Route Ramey, 11020 Champoluc, Italy

 

 

Adlerkeller in Alta Badia

The quaint wood-panelled interior of Adlerkeller in Corvara provides an authentic setting to enjoy a meal of homemade pastas, meats and indulgent desserts. An interesting mix of culinary influences from across the Alps- expect variety and quality here.

Example dish: Homemade fettuccine with ragù of venison and mushrooms sauce
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Excellent food, professional and friendly service, lovely atmosphere’
Tripadvisor rating: 4.5
Contact: Strada Col Alt 24, 39033 Corvara in Badia, Italy

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Most Atmospheric Dining Spots in the Alps

The Alps are home to some of the most spectacular vistas in Europe, so why not make the most of them by dining in a restaurant with a view? Here are some of the best atmospheric places to eat in the Alps.

 

Chalet Buvette de Caillet in Chamonix

This little chalet restaurant nestled high up in the Chamonix valley is a delightful surprise for hikers. Ethically conscious, organic food, prepared with love is on the menu, which changes daily. Enjoy a drink and watch the sunset in this beautiful, secluded spot with a view.

Example dish: Salad buffet
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘Taste of ‘another life’ simply magical!’
Tripadvisor rating: 5
Contact: Road to Montenvers | Half Way to Mer de Glace, 74400, Chamonix, France

 

Revolving Restaurant Allalin – Saas-Fee

This restaurant in the Swiss Alps is the world’s highest revolving restaurant at 3,500m above sea level. Enjoy a 360 degree view of impressive peaks as you dine on some Alpine favourites. This place has definite wow factor and is worth visiting for the view alone.

Example dish: Cheese platter
Best Tripadvisor review: ‘A stunning once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most’
Tripadvisor rating: 3.5
Contact: Saas-Fee 3906, Switzerland

 

Explore the Alps

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