Mountain Restaurants in Meribel
One of the pleasures of coming to a ski resort is sampling the local specialities in the wonderful setting of one of the many mountain restaurants. They vary greatly in terms of cost, quality and service; many of the ones on the pistes are carb-loading lunch stops for hungry skiers, often self-service cafeteria style. However, they invariably have a piste facing terrace from which you can enjoy the view and soak up a bit of sun. These generally serve similar types of food with combinations of local Savoyard options as well as the classic pastas, burgers, pizzas and salads. They tend to be expensive at about €10 for a main course – rather than grumble at the prices, please do bear in mind the high costs of getting staff and food up a mountain and the very short season they operate in.
If you visit a restaurant with table service you will usually find a better choice and higher quality cuisine. Popular mountain restaurants include Les Cretes (rustic and authentic), Le Panoramic (chic and international), the recent Le Plan des Mains, and the table-service part of Le Mont de la Chambre. Some of the best piste-side restaurants are to be found in the resort, often situated in the smarter hotels. The Allodis, Grand Coeur, Blanchot, Adray Telebar and Marie Blanche all offer superior cuisine and large sun terraces (and situated at this lower altitude, enjoy milder temperatures than the higher mountain restaurants).
It is usually a good idea to book ahead if you want to guarantee your table, especially during the peak seasons of Christmas, New Year and school holidays.