French cuisine in the mountains tends to be traditional Savoyard dishes such as fondue and tartiflette - hearty and filling to keep you going on the slopes all day!
Le Grillon serves typical Savoyard cuisine in a warm and welcoming restaurant. It’s a good place for larger groups with its long tables and reasonable prices. Two strong recommendations are the tartiflette with mushrooms and the vacherin cheese, similar to a large baked Camembert served with cured meats and potatoes or chips.
Le Mas de la Coutettaz (also known as The Farmhouse) hotel and restaurant is the oldest building in Morzine and for a special occasion, is by far a favourite for both location and food. Built in 1771, this breathtakingly beautiful old farmhouse has maintained its traditional décor and is well worth a visit. A fine dining set menu is served every night from 8pm (with canapés in the bar beforehand from 7:30pm) except for Wednesdays when a Savoyard Banquet is served. Meals are 40€ per head and this includes a minimum of four courses (including canapés) and wine. Children are welcome from the age of thirteen and above, although if your child is younger and you wish for them to join you at dinner, please mention this when you phone.
Set in a bright, comfortable and warm venue, La Grange offers you traditional, local and Savoyard specialities. If you want nothing but Morzine's traditional food which caters for all dietary requirements, La Grange is perfect for you. This restaurant is family friendly and they also do a well priced lunch menu.
Probably Morzine's classiest and most expensive restaurant, L'Atelier offers you refined cuisine from a Michelin chef. As well as taster menus, Alexandre Baud-Pachon cooks fish, meat and traditional meals such as foie gras with spices combined with local products. This restaurant is perfect for a special evening when you wish to indulge your taste buds.
If you want something just as special but at a slightly lower cost, L’Etale, which is located near the Pleney lift and l’Opera nightclub, is reputed to be one of Morzine's best restaurants. If you’re after traditional dishes like fondue and raclette, or you’re after something lighter, like a salad, L’Etale has it all. From my experience, it can get very busy, so book ahead and be prepared for a longer evening. I chose a salad which filled me up for the whole day, priced at 14€.
Sticking with the traditional French theme, you won’t regret a visit to the Hotel les Bruyeres. With a menu of fondue, raclette, tartiflette and other local Savoyard specialities, it’s an experience you won’t forget. It’s family friendly and open all year. Situated at the bottom of the Pleney slopes, you can easily pop in as you head home after a long day on the snow and, unlike most restaurants in Morzine, it’s open all year and offers a vegetarian menu on request.
La Dez'Alp restaurant is a traditional yet modern Savoyard style restaurant and brasserie is in the heart of Morzine. They're open for lunch and dinner, and serve up a mix of traditional Savoyard and French cuisine. Their desserts are to die for and the presentation is extra special. This food comes with a warning though: You won’t want to eat for a good day or so after. It’s very filling! You can also pop in for a cheeky drink or a crepe, as they also offer a cafe service too.
Restaurant Le Clin d'Oeil, behind Rhodos bar in Morzine is popular amongst locals and is famous for it’s traditional cooking. It’s influenced by dishes from the south west of France, which means there’s lots of duck on the menu! As well as duck in its various forms it also serves more contemporary dishes like crayfish risotto, roast rack of lamb and BBQ spare ribs. The lamb would set you back 24€.
Wine lovers will love Chalet Philibert. The restaurant itself is recommended in the Michelin, Hubert and Pudlowski food guides. With a menu based on local flavours and dishes it’s already special, but the wine list is what makes it stand out. The list includes a fine selection of Grand Cru's in addition to locally grown wines.
If you're looking for a mountain restaurant with plenty of charm, Le Fangle restaurant has a roaring central fireplace and can be found on the pistes on the way down from Avoriaz to Morzine.
In summer or winter you can't go wrong with a visit to the Petit Dru which has a huge focus on fresh ingredients and has been awarded the 'maitre restaurateur' title to reflect this. They're open in summer and winter and you can find them on the road to Avoriaz.
La Piste Noire and La Pivotte are two charming restaurant based in La Marmotte Hotel in the centre of Les Gets. The menu at La Piste Noir combines both traditional and modern French dishes all made from local produce. There’s also an extensive choice for children, hoping to give the little ones their first introduction of typically French food. La Pivotte serves traditional Savoyarde meals including raclette and fondues which you can eat in front of a cosy log fire. Also at La Marmotte, is Restaurant La Bisktacha, a brasserie offering lots of grilled meat dishes with world flavours.
The Christiania restaurant can be found at the bottom of the Chavannes chairlift on the right hand side of the front de neige. They have a reasonably priced menu including lots of local specialities and hearty, filling dishes.
Chez Jeanne is a traditional style restaurant with a large sun terrace offering good home cooked Savoyard food, served to you on tableware made by a local potter. They're open in summer and winter.