There's a wide range of restaurants in Val Thorens to suit all tastes, and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Val Thorens and where to find your favourite style of cuisine.
At lunchtimes, most restaurants will offer a well-priced 'Plat du Jour' (dish of the day), normally consisting of locally-sourced meat, potatoes and a salad or seasonal vegetables.
Trying to find a good mountain restaurant can be a minefield and also pot luck. It can be difficult to tell from the outside if they are self-service or Michelin star so here’s a quick guide. There are a total of 11 restaurants located around and about the slopes of Val Thorens if you like to eat slopeside.
Chalet de la Marine has been named in Le Guide Michelin since 2013. They have a Michelin Star chef, Romuald Fassenet serving up traditional yet very fancy French cuisine. There is however also a cheaper option of Bistro de la Marine with self-service snacks. Just take the “Cascades” chair lift and head down the blue run “Les Dalles” and voila!
Known more for their après party than their food, you might not know that there is a restaurant tucked away at La Folie Douce and a good one at that! ‘La Fruitiere’ is found at the top of the Plein Sud chair lift. They have a beautiful terrace and whilst not a vast menu and certainly not at the cheaper end of the scale we would say that for mountain restaurants, it’s a really relaxing place to spend your lunchtime ‘on top of the world’. They also have a snack bar which is located under the DJ balcony if you need to refuel before dancing on the tables!
If a speedy lunch and getting back on your skis is your thing then a self-service restaurant such as Chalet de Caron will be a good stop off for you. Located opposite the Caron lift below Val Thorens, it can be a good meet up point too as it is easily accessible. Their menu offers a bit of everything with pizzas, pasta and local specialties and they have a huge terrace to enjoy the sun. After lunch you have two or three lifts to choose from opposite the restaurant to ski the afternoon away.
At the top of the Peclet lift you can find ‘Les Aiguilles de Peclet’ which has both a self-service restaurant and an a la carte menu.One of the best things about this restaurant is it's panoramic terrace with views of the glacier.
An option for a very rustic and French mountain restaurant experience is Chez Pepe Nicholas, below Val Thorens off the Piste de la Chasse. Most of their produce is home made and there is real attention to detail with the presentation. They have a cosy terrace with sheep skin throws and be sure to say Bonjour to ‘Happy’ the St Bernard who is normally somewhere taking a nap. Their menu is quite limited in selection and is pretty pricey with most dishes over 20 euros. It does however make a refreshing change and is a great place to ski to for a more traditional experience.