There is a folder in every YSE chalet describing the best 20 or so
restaurants as suggestions for the chalet night off, or for a lunchtime
treat, for every budget. We can send you a copy on request.
There has been huge improvement in food on the slopes over
the last few years, which is good news for our guests, who only dine
out once per week, but eat lunch every day. Val d’Isère is now
considered to have some of the best mountain restaurants in the Alps,
including the Fruitière, Edelweiss, Signal (named best in Europe in one
guide), Trifollet and La Peau de Vache (formerly La Tanière). And at valley level are lots of other
excellent piste-side restaurants, such as the Grande Ourse, Arolay,
Atelier d’Edmond or Clochetons.
None of these is ever cheap,
regardless of how the pound or euro is faring, but you don’t always
have to pummel the platinum to buy lunch. The Brasserie des Sports, the
Sun Bar, the barbecue at the Bar de l’Ouillette, The Marmottes
self-service or the unlimited buffet at Les Tufs are all surprisingly
cheap. And if you really don’t want to waste time or money, a quick
slice of tartiflette at Les Clarines or a panino from La Tartine will
hit the spot for next to nothing.
If you can discipline yourself not
to feel hungry between noon and 2pm, that’s when the snow is best, the
lifts are empty and the pistes deserted. And after that, the restaurants
In the evening there are around
seventy restaurants to choose from, with a similarly broad price range. At the
top end, two restaurants have Michelin stars: the Table de l’Ours in the Barmes de l’Ours
hotel and the Atelier d'Edmond. There are several other hotel dining rooms as well as the piste-side
restaurants above. There are literally dozens of perfectly adequate
mid-range restaurants, including the Taverne d'Alsace, Belle Etoile and
Vieille Maison, and a few which are really cheap: Chez Marie, for
Wednesday and Thursday evenings tend
to be busy, so if you’d rather eat out on another night, YSE staff will
always change their weekly day off (or split it into an evening and the
Please see the Après-ski and non-skiers page on this website for more information about restaurants in Val d'Isère, which includes a list of mountain restaurants accessible to skiers and non-skiers.