Here’s a round-up of the best restaurants in Châtel. This is a collection of our personal favourites that we return to time and time again. If you’re staying at Chalet la Fontaine in the winter, even though it’s a catered chalet, you’ll still need to eat out twice during your stay, while the chalet hosts enjoy their days off!
The majority of the restaurants serve traditional Savoyarde cuisine however you’ll also find international dishes and European dishes aswell. During the ski season, it’s best to book in advance. During the summer season, depending on your visit, some restaurants may be closed.
Restaurant le Mille Deux
This is the new kid on the block and definitely one of the best restaurants in Chatel. You’ll be greeted by a lovely, upmarket and traditional alpine interior. The food is delicious, however, don’t expect to see your regular mountain dishes, oozing with melted cheese. This is more of a fine dining restaurant and prices reflect that. Signature mains include green curry with tiger prawns, a tender shouler of lamb and Angus beef, to name a few. If you’re looking for something different, this is definately worth booking for a special night out.
You can check out the menu here.
La Table Savoyarde
A personal favourite of ours, this is a wonderful and cosy restaurant serving excellent local cuisine. It’s run by a French family, Sebastian is super friendly, speaks very good English and his wife is a brilliant cook, the service and atmosphere are excellent. Look out for the raclette (melted cheese and potatoes), tartiflette ( potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions) and escalope a la savoyarde, (a turkey breast with a creamy sauce), served in a piping hot dish. This restaurant never disappoints. Be sure to book in advance.
0033 450 81 37 50
A popular bar and restaurant with friendly, personal service in a rustic and cosy Alpine style setting. The restaurant is expensive but does serves a good mixture of local French fare including the classics such as fondue, raclette and steak. In addition there are some great pizzas and quality meat dishes. There’s also a lovely variety of local wine and beer. If you have room, check out the chocolate desert.
Tel: 0033 450 73 30 46 www.lefiacre74.com
Another friendly venue with efficient service, not cheap but great for tasty, traditional recipes. Highlights on the menu include the leek and garlic soup and the lamb and veal fillets which are very tender and tasty. There’s a little terrace out the back with beautiful views of the valley.
Tel: 0033 450 81 19 34 www.lapoya.fr
Le Hors Piste
Fab restaurant located next to the village carousel. The staff are attentive and the restaurant is known for its tasty homemade pizzas (which can also be taken away), good vegetarian options, delicious burgers and a decent selection of drinks, perfect after a hard day skiing. Other highlights include the crispy chicken, humus and falafel wrap. It’s also child friendly with an upbeat and cozy atmosphere. There’s a lovely terrace with alpine views for those warm sunny days.
Tel: 0033 450 76 11 54 www.horspiste-chatel.com
Perfect place for lovely typical Savoyarde menu including the classic raclette and other dishes including pasta and delicious charcuterie and cheese. A cosy venue with friendly staff and accommodating for children. A great spot for an evening meal.
Tel: 0033 450 73 24 78
Fleur de neige
This is a wonderful restaurant with welcoming staff and a great selection of different menus. Choose from la carte, the discovery menu or the gourmet menu amongst others including an extensive wine list. There are also beautiful views from the terrace that overlooks the Alps. Look out for the cheese trolly and choose your own favourites.
Tel: 0033 450 73 20 10 www.hotel-fleurdeneige.fr
Head here if you’re looking for Italian fare and tasty pizzas. This is a cosy restaurant which offers a lovely atmosphere and surroundings with friendly staff. Menu includes all the usual suspects including vegetarian and calzone. Takeaway pizzas are also offered.
Tel: 0033 688 68 74 34
The Wood Cafe
Last but by no means least, is the Wood Cafe. More of a casual place for breakfast, brunch or lunch, we love its cosy, warm and hipster vibe. The menu is delicious – my personal favourites include the maple syrup pancakes, the BLT bagels and carrot cake. Oh and they win the prize for the best coffee in Châtel. In the winter, look out for the Wood Cafe tuk-tuk. Equipped with a double spout dispenser for beers and prosecco and a coffee machine, it turns up at the local Chatel chair lifts to replenish worn out skiiers.
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