About choosing a restaurant in Meribel
There's a wide range of restaurants in Meribel to suit all tastes, and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Meribel 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.
Chez Kiki is a Méribel institution, run by chef Kiki for over 30 years. He grills steaks on the fire before your eyes, accompanying them with rich local food. Expensive, but ideal for hungry carnivores.
Breakfast & Brunch
Evolution near la Chaudanne offers the widest choice of breakfasts and brunches, including variations on a cooked English breakfasts, plus eggs butties, bagels and porridge, all served from 08:30. La Taverne, in Méribel Centre, offers hot breakfast rolls and cooked platters from 08:00. If you just fancy a café and croissant, pick up a patisserie from the boulangerie – cafes are generally very happy for you to bring in your own as long as you order a drink.
Cafes & Bakeries
La Taverne in the centre of Méribel is a perennially popular café thanks to its position in the heart of town and its sunny terrace from which you can watch the world go by. The Cote Brune is a favourite café/restaurant in the centre of Mottaret, right at the foot of the pistes with a large terrace, attractive interior, friendly service and good quality drinks and food. The Village des Pains bakery in Méribel Village has outside picnic benches where you can eat their excellent sandwiches, quiches and patisseries and sip a coffee.
Le Tremplin restaurant by la Chaudanne is popular with family groups. Big enough to cope with large family parties, the Tremplin has a wide menu with something to suit all tastes, including pizzas and local dishes. Le Rond Point is very child-friendly and easy to get to on skis or by the bus service. If the kids need to let off steam, they can safely play or sledge outside thanks to the Rond Point free magic carpet lift. At lunchtime, when children need feeding quickly after ski school, the Cantine d’Alvar at la Chaudanne is very popular. Or for something really special, make your way to le Clos Bernard restaurant, hidden in the Altiport forest. Children will enjoy finding this ‘secret’ restaurant and can eat in their own outdoor tepee while their parents enjoy some adult time in the restaurant.
The Allodis Hotel in le Belvédère and the Grand Coeur Hotel in Méribel centre are two of the best gourmet restaurants where you can expect to spend between €50 and €100 a head just for food. Canny diners choose the fabulous set menus which are good value given the quality of the cuisine.
Restaurant Le Blanchot (on the road to the Altiport) is another gastronomic treat, with a cosy atmosphere and beautiful setting.
There are plenty of other restaurants that fall into a lower budget category but still deliver a great standard. Le Refuge in Méribel Centre offers excellent steaks, salads and pizzas for 10 to 20€ a head. La Galette is perfect for an inexpensive or speedy meal, offering good savoury and sweet pancakes and local dishes.
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
If staying in Mottaret, do try the family-run Pizzeria du Mottaret, which serves much more than just pizzas, with good service and reliable quality.
Meribel has many excellent restaurants but only one of them bears the coveted Michelin star... L'Ekrin at the 5* Hotel la Kaila on Route de la Montée serves sophisticated haute cuisine in an "intimate and elegant chalet, where luxury vies with elegance". If you can't get a table at L'Ekrin then Le 80, also at Hotel la Kaila, serves a brasserie menu designed by the same chef.
Also worth a try is Le Cèpe in Immeuble Les Merisiers for their fresh regional cuisine featuring fish caught from the local lakes and mushrooms foraged from nearby forests. At under 30€ for a set menu it is also rather good value.
Modern European & International Restaurants
Tsaretta Spice Indian restaurant opened its doors in December 2016 on the way from Meribel to Le Rond Point. Their Head Chef, Yousuf Mohammed, and his team of experienced Indian chefs offer you an exciting and original menu of amazing dishes to tantalise your taste buds.
La Grange restaurant offers a brasserie-style menu plus a fantastic array of seafood. Lobsters, crabs, oysters, whelks and a choice of seafood platters are on offer, including a spectacular Plateau Royal. If you fancy some seafood on the slopes, mountain restaurant Cote 2000 on the Aigle piste above Mottaret offers oysters and other seafood during the day or in the evening by reservation.
Méribel’s sole sushi outlet is Bar Fifty50. One evening per week, the bar offers homemade California and Maki Sushi – this is always a very popular night so it’s essential to book in advance.
Méribel and Mottaret’s pizzerias all offer takeaways; those from L’Igloo in Méribel Centre are particularly good with a choice of fresh toppings as well as more traditional cooked ones. For gourmet takeaway food, L’Orée du Bois restaurant offers food from their menu to take home, from starter through to dessert. Order 2 hours in advance.
Although French cuisine isn't renowned for being particularly veggie-friendly there are a number of restaurants in town that serve vegetarian options; try Aux Petits Oignons at Altitude 1600, La Fromagerie Chez From’ton (fondue specialists in Méribel centre) or La Tsaretta in Les Allues.
We visit a selection of restaurants in Meribel and the Three Valleys each year. You can read about our first hand experience in our Restaurant Reviews.