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Best Mountain Restaurants Portes du Soleil

Mountain restaurants Portes du Soleil

For many the wide selection of high quality mountain restaurants in the Portes du Soleil is a good enough reason on its own to book their ski holiday to this region. It's hard to tell exactly how many restaurants there are in total. Some say there are 90 mountain huts and restaurants, others report the number at over 100. Whatever the actual number is there is certainly a huge choice of on-slope restaurants in Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets and the other villages that make up this enormous ski region (with over 600km of pistes).

The best restaurants for lunch will definitely get booked up so you cannot expect to rock up on your skis at 1pm and find an available table for your party. Our advice is to plan your day's ski itinerary at least 24 hours ahead of time and make the necessary reservation. If you are travelling in a peak week of the season then you may wish to make table reservations even before you arrive in resort.

Most of the mountain restaurants in the Portes du Soleil area are small and traditional - hence their charm. The menus generally offer the local dishes of tartiflette, charcuterie platters, fondues, and in Switzerland, delicious rostis. The more standard fare of burgers, spaghetti bolognaise, 'steak frites' and mountain salads are also ubiquitous in the region. The prices are very competitive so that a family lunch in the Portes du Soleil area will be significantly cheaper than in the larger resorts of the Three Valleys and Espace Killy (France), and Verbier and Zermatt (Switzerland).

Fine dining in Morzine - catered chalets

There are some very reasonable hotels in Morzine (such as Les Airelles) with reputable chefs serving some good quality, locally inspired cuisine. There are also some lovely restaurants in town - La Chaudanne and La Chamade immediately come to mind. However, if you want to max out on your ski holiday's culinary experience then you need to book into one of the luxury catered chalets in the resort. Properties such as the Chalet Ferme d'Elise and the Chalet Crepet offer first class chalet cooking, recruiting chefs from top quality AA Rosette and Michelin starred restaurants in the UK.

See the full range of chalets in Morzine with prices and availability

The ski access times shown below

The ski access times below are to be used as a guide only and do not take into account any queuing time for lifts. Furthermore how quickly you can ski from one sector of the Portes du Soleil to another will depend on many factors - the weather and snow conditions, how quickly you ski and whether or not you take a wrong turning along the way. These elements will all affect your journey time.

Restaurant La Grande Ourse (T: +33 679 42 58 86)

Mont Chery - Les Gets, France

La Grande Ourse is situated at 1,725m (at the top of the Grande Ourse chairlift) and overlooks the village of Les Gets with amazing views of the majestic Mont Blanc Mountain, Europe's highest peak at over 4,800m. Run by a very friendly Cornish family the restaurant has a great menu mixing traditional Savoyard mountain cuisine, interesting burger options, great British homemade pies and wonderful desserts. Google map co-ordinates: 46.168787, 6.651538.

  • Access time from Les Gets: 20 minutes
  • Access time from Morzine: 50 minutes
  • Access time from Avoriaz: 1 hour 20 minutes

Restaurant Le Vaffieu (T: +33 450 79 09 43)

Morzine, France

Le Vaffieu chalet restaurant found at the top of the Folliets chairlift is accessible to pedestrian non-skiers and also offers very convenient access from the beginners slopes. Serving fine gourmet French cuisine this is a firm favourite. Google map co-ordinates: 46.162655, 6.694303.

  • Access time from Les Gets: 20 minutes
  • Access time from Morzine: 20 minutes
  • Access time from Avoriaz: 50 minutes

La Païka restaurant (T: +33 450 92 85 22)

Les Gets, France

La Païka is situated on the La Turche slopes above the resort of Les Gets with unspoilt views across the valley. Try one of their famous spit roasts. Google map co-ordinates: 46.143279, 6.670183.

  • Access time from Les Gets: 20 minutes
  • Access time from Morzine: 30 minutes
  • Access time from Avoriaz: 1 hour

Restaurant La Cremaillere (T: +33 450 74 11 68)

Les Lindarets - Avoriaz, France

La Cremaillere is one of a handful of mountain restaurants situated in the quaint little hamlet below the 'Les Lindarets bowl'. Their menu du jour never disappoints. Google map co-ordinates: 46.210622, 6.773441.

  • Access time from Avoriaz: 10 minutes
  • Access time from Morzine: 45 minutes
  • Access time from Les Gets: 1 hour 10 minutes

Restaurant La Reserve (T: +33 450 74 02 01)

Avoriaz, France

The La Reserve is situated in Le Quartier de la Falaise pretty much in the centre of Avoriaz and makes an appearance in the 2017 Michelin Guide. Accessible to non-skiers on foot and very convenient for those on the beginners' slopes. Google map co-ordinates: 46.192382, 6.773495.

  • Access time from Avoriaz: 5 minutes
  • Access time from Morzine: 30 minutes
  • Access time from Les Gets: 1 hour

Chez Gaby restaurant (T: +41 24 477 22 22)

Champoussin, Switzerland

Chez Gaby restaurant forms part of an authentic working farm (auberge) producing delicious cheeses. Situated on the piste (close to the bottom of the Aiguille des Chempeys chairlift) with a sunny terrace and great mountain views, the rostis come highly recommended. Google map co-ordinates: 46.205363, 6.859162.

  • Access time from Avoriaz: 45 minutes
  • Access time from Morzine: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Access time from Les Gets: 2 hours 15 minutes

La Chaudanne restaurant (T: +33 450 79 12 68)

Morzine, France

This stylish and atmospheric eatery was created in the late 1970's when an old grange was converted from dereliction into a restaurant serving traditional mountain fare. We add to our list even though it's not strictly speaking a mountain restaurant purely because it deserves special mention. Besides, with its interior wood paneling it feels very much the mountain restaurant. Google map co-ordinates: 46.185380, 6.698818

  • Access time from Morzine: 10 minutes
  • Access time from Avoriaz: 45 minutes
  • Access time from Les Gets: 45 minutes

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Fine dining in Morzine - the Restaurant Chamade
Fine dining in Morzine - the Restaurant Chamade

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