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There is a wide choice of good restaurants in Val Thorens. You can find the local Savoyarde specialities - fondue, raclette and pierrade - but there are many other options too. They include French cuisine, American burgers, steak, and pizza. The Face West and La Maison are reliable, quality restaurants in the centre of resort. At the top end of the resort, there's Les Saint Pères and Les Clarines; and in rue du Soleil, Le Rendezvous and Le Vieux Chalet. The quality of Val Thorens restaurants is excellent. See also our guide to the bars in Val Thorens.
Find the restaurants on our Val Thorens restaurants map.
See our separate mountain restaurants page.
There are a number of restaurants in this area of Val Thorens. The restaurants are listed starting at the top of the hill, and working down through the Péclet shopping centre, towards the place de Caron.
John's Scandinavian is a friendly place, owned and staffed by Swedes and Danes. There's a cosy atmosphere, and the food is excellent. They have a varied menu, but specialize in fish and seafood. There is also steak. Expect to pay around €30 for a main course. It's not only a restaurant, there's a small and convivial bar too.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 01 43
Next door to John's, Les Clarines is a French restaurant that offers a reasonably priced set menu, as well as dishes à la carte, including the Savoyarde specialities (fondue, raclette, tartiflette). A friendly welcome and good service.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 03 53
As you might guess, beef steak features prominently on the menu at the Steak Club (€30-40). It's nicely decorated inside, with modern touches in a traditional wooden Alpine setting.
Tel: 00 33 479 01 31 19
Le Favela is a lively bar, but also a Latin American kitchen. It's been here a long time - it was Val Thorens' first restaurant, le Gloulou, and more recently it was called El Gringos, then Le Pandora until 2013, and Le Panda from winter 2013-14 to 2015-16.
Tel: 00 33 669 04 59 35
In the Galerie Péclet, Les Saint-Pères is a nice, unpretentious, French-run restaurant, which is popular with locals and season workers, and serves reliably good food. They do French cuisine, pizzas, and Savoyarde specialities. There's a sunny terrace outside.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 02 92
Open since 2012, but already a fixture in resort and firm favourite with locals and season workers, the Cafe Péclet is a restaurant which is open at lunchtime and in the evenings. It has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Chef and owner Benoît cooks all the meals from fresh ingredients.
At lunchtime, one of the options is a set menu, four courses for €16. Café Péclet opens at 6pm in the evenings, and serves omelettes, steak, burgers, and Savoyarde specialities. Compared with other restaurants in Val Thorens, the prices are reasonable, and it's family-friendly.
Café Péclet is a rendez-vous for the resort's gendarmes, so if you have recently committed a crime, it might be best to eat elsewhere.
Just down from place Péclet, Le Portillo has a restaurant called La Pause de Pierrette, which won the label 'Maître Restaurateur' in 2015.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 00 88
The sister (or brother) restaurant to John's Scandinavian, John's American is located next to estate agents Immo 3 Vallées, and is a Danish owned Tex-Mex. They serve home-made burgers, spare ribs, steaks, fajitas, nachos, and more. Also open for lunch.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 15
A cosy Savoyarde specialities restaurant, La Fondue belongs to the Hotel Val Thorens. Opposite the church.
Arguably the best restaurant in Val Thorens, the Face West Café is in an excellent location, in the centre of resort. The décor is stylish and recently updated, and the food and service are consistently excellent.
The Face West serves pizzas from a wood-fired pizza oven, pasta, meat, and fish. Their desserts are generally delicious. The terrace is very popular on sunny days, due to the location, and it's worth booking a table inside in the evening, especially towards the end of the week.
The other big restaurant in the place de Caron, la Maison (formerly le Galoubet), has a large terrace too. Inside, it's on three floors, with a small bar and snack area near the entrance on the ground floor. The Galoubet opened in 1981, but it was renovated outside and in over summer 2013, and was initially re-named the Maison Blanche, now just La Maison. It looks very smart. The menu has fondue from €23.50 per person, entrecôte at €27 (prices correct at the time of writing), as well as different types of pasta and pizza.
A speciality at La Maison is côte de boeuf accompagné d' aligot (aligot being a puréed blend of tomme cheese and potatoes). In 2015, they were awarded the prestigious maîtres restaurateurs label.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 00 48
Opened in 2011/12, in the former premises of the Chantaco bar, it is a reasonably-priced pizza restaurant. Recommended.
Tel: 00 33 479 23 42 06
Open lunchtime and evening, and run by ski instructor Eric and his wife Marie, La Chaumière has some good value specials. The plat du jour is €13.90, and menu skieur (main course and dessert of the day) €19. Savoyarde specialities and beef feature on the menu.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 01 13
A Val Thorens favourite, the Blanchot serves French and Savoyarde cuisine. It has an intimate atmosphere, part wine bar, part restaurant. This is a distinctive venue, which provides reliably good food, wine, and service.
The Blanchot should be high on your list of restaurants to visit during a stay in Val Thorens.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 91
Right down at the end of the rue piétonne de Caron, au Mazot specializes in regional cooking, in a traditional Savoyard environment.
It's a little bit out of the way, but prices are modest, and there are reports of excellent food and service.
Tel: 00 33 479 08 63 95
On two levels, the Paillote has a nice ambience, and reasonable prices. A varied menu includes pizzas (€11-13). The service is generally good, but it can break down on occasion when the restaurant is very busy.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 01 02
As it opens onto the shopping centre, La Piscine lacks a little atmosphere, but over the years it has served reliably good pizzas. It also has a crêpe/waffle concession at the front, and free wifi.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 09 63
Also open to the shopping centre, and with an unromantic name, Pizzburger attracts clients with cheap prices, free wifi, and big screen TVs that show music videos and sporting events. Maybe don't go there for a romantic Valentine's Day meal (and this relationship advice is provided free of charge), but fine for any other occasion.
Tel: 00 33 479 01 04 21
There's now an Italian restaurant at l'Oxalys, Il Gusto. Until May 2017, Michelin-starred chef Jean Sulpice had his restaurant here, but he has now moved on to the Père Bise at Talloires.
There are a number of restaurants in the lower part of resort, which are convenient for the apartments there (Temples du Soleil, Montana, Cheval Blanc, Silveralp, Chamois d'Or).
A bar, brasserie, and pizzeria, the Chamois d'Or is by the piste and the rue du Soleil. It has a sunny terrace, and a large rustic-style restaurant inside. It serves Savoyarde specialities, steak, duck, and more.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 08 79
Le Rendez-Vous has a large terrace for lunch, and a smart and modern restaurant for dinner. Risotto, pasta, steak, Savoyarde specialities, burgers, and pizzas are all available. It's a nice, relaxed and cosy place to eat, with good food. Recommended.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 10 40
Part of a big group (Restoleil), La Petite Ferme is a nice little pizza restaurant.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 12
Next door to La Petite Ferme, and part of the same group, La Joyeuse Fondue specializes in fondue, pierrade, and raclette.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 03 88
Le Vieux Chalet has a touch of class in its décor and food. It's owned and run by Belleville valley locals (Hudry is the most common surname here).
Tel: 00 33 479 00 07 93
Tel: 00 33 479 00 21 30
The restaurant in the Residence Cheval Blanc, Le Chaudron Magique has a relaxed atmosphere, and good, unpretentious food.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 03 74
La Grange is a big restaurant in the Residence Temples du Soleil, that serves people on half board there (but is also open to anyone else). It is often quite busy.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 19
The Auberge has a small bar and pool table by the entrance. The large restaurant serves Savoyarde and Italian food. It caters for clients in the Balcons apartments on half board, and for anyone else. It's often busy, the food is reliably good, and the service friendly and efficient.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 91 91
Also in the Balcons de Val Thorens complex, La Cabane is more expensive, and seeks to create high class, innovative meals.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 83 84
Part of the Chalets du Soleil résidence, it offers Savoyarde specialities.
Tel: 00 33 479 08 07 29
We hope you enjoy great food and service in the Val Thorens restaurants of your choice, and wish you bon appétit.
There are two types of fondue. With cheese fondue (known as fondue Savoyarde), you prong cubes of stale bread with your long fork and dip them in the melted cheese mix. Commonly used cheeses are comté, beaufort, gruyère, and emmental. A beef fondue (fondue Bourguignonne) involves squares of meat, which you dip into hot oil to cook.
Raclette is another melted cheese dish. The half-moon raclette cheese is placed on apparatus with an element which heats and melts the exposed surface of the cheese - the melted cheese then being scraped off onto potatoes.
Pierrade is a 'hot stone' way of cooking meat and vegetables at your table.
It's usually possible for non-residents to eat in hotel
restaurants. Some of them are mentioned above (such as La Fondue, in
the Hotel Val Thorens, and the Portillo's restaurants).
Other upmarket hotels which have restaurants you may wish to try as a treat include the Fitz Roy, the Altapura (main restaurant Le Deux.Mille.Trois, Savoyarde specialities at La Laiterie, and a bar-brasserie called Les Enfants Terribles), and the Pashmina (Les Explorateurs and Le Base Camp). The Koh-i-Nor also has some enticing possibilities.
See hotels in Val Thorens for all the options.
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