L’Outa, 46 Route du Chene, Les Gets – Tel: 04 50 38 24 20
This delightful restaurant is a must visit for that special lunch or dinner whilst visiting Les Gets. Open summer and winter, 7 days a week, L’Outa offers a great choice of freshly cooked dishes with an emphasis on fish and seafood and some fine wines! The ‘frites maison’ are absolutely delicious! Eating in the quiet secluded garden at the back has a wonderful ambience and the interior has a modern yet contemporary Savoyard feel.
Alan White Restaurant at The Alba – text or call +44 7565 163202
Alan White has been a chef to follow around Les Gets for the last few years and has really championed bringing fine dining and some new ideas to Les Gets. This winter season he will be based with his partner Stacey at The Alba serving breakfast, lunch and dinner! They have been open inter-season too running cooking courses and serving good modern and creative food, very well presented. Having recently enjoyed a great Sunday lunch there he will be a great addition to the centre of the town. Check out the Alan White facebook page to keep up to date.
I enjoyed a great mid-week lunch at The Alba this summer 2016 – it was great value, beautifully presented and full of flavour, well worth a visit when next walking around the town in Les Gets.
Alpine Tavern 04 50 79 76 09
A relatively new addition to the town in Les Gets in the square by the memorial with a great outdoor bar and terrace area, a perfect place for that apres ski apero. A refreshing change to find a few different dishes on the menu nestling alongside our Savoyard favourites. Slow cooked pork cheek, tartare de saumon, gourmet burgers, gratin de crozets a la savoyarde to name a few. Lovely selection of cheeses and home made deserts, and of course a plat du jour each weekday.
Les Copeaux – 04 50 79 78 50
This is a great little restaurant with good and friendly service and a wonderful atmosphere and great modern yet retaining the Savoyard style decor inside. They have a large outdoor terrace for those balmy winter days. Offering a varied menu, including a menu and plat du jour daily and the usual Savoyard specialities but sometimes with a modern twist. Booking is advisable in high season and at weekends. Update: Summer 2015 They have a new head chef in their kitchens and it’s great to see some innovative dishes, although reassuring to enjoy the same good service. New winter 2016 Les Copeaux has had a refurbishment, the new restaurant is now larger, so more of us can enjoy the delicious food! the new decor is wonderful, warm and offers a great ambience.
La R’mize, 160 Rue du Vieux Village – 04 50 79 75 57
This is one of our favourites! A young couple who work so hard and produce fabulous food and offer a great service in typically Savoyard surroundings. Really great menu, good variety, including a la carte and full menu all freshly cooked with some great presentation and de-constructed dishes. Fab desserts and a cafe gourmand to die for! This restaurant is popular with the locals and is open all year round. See a full review of La R’mize
La Pela – 04 50 79 85 02
This restaurant is an old Savoyard farm in the centre of the village with a wonderful warm atmosphere. The Café Gourmand is fabulous! They have a large selection of different types of Pela this is another name for tartiflette one of the most popular Savoyard dishes. This restaurant changed hands in 2013 and if anything the quality of the food and service got even better. Open and lunch time and evenings in the winter and summer seasons – closed on Mondays. See a full review of La Pela
Bellevue and L’Apres Ski Bar – bottom of the slopes by ESF ski school – 04 50 75 80 95
This is a well established and great place to eat, drink and stay in Les Gets and is open summer and winter. It is in a fabulous position right at the bottom of the slopes and in the centre of town! The Apres ski bar is a fun and lively place to be at apero time, you will often find live music and in summer it’s a great place to watch the world go by relaxing on deck chairs. The restaurant’s contemporary interior with a modern Savoyard style is warm and cosy in winter and the large modern terrace is sheltered and heated when necessary. The Bellevue offers a great daily plat du jour and a menu. Having eaten there often, I have always enjoyed a great meal and good service. In high season this is a popular place so booking is advisable.
Le Vieux Chene – 04 50 79 71 93
This seems to be a popular restaurant with the locals, and we always receive a friendly welcome and good food. The plat du jour is very good value at around €13 and their menu offers some more interesting takes on the Savoyard dishes. I counted at least 9 variations of the classic tartiflette including a delicious sounding Tartipomme using granny smith apples! The assiette gourmand dessert plate is very good!
Le Tourbillon – 04 50 79 70 34
A great friendly restaurant in the heart of Les Gets village, with a good menu, great steaks! Again with a typically Savoyard welcoming feel. Good location in town, with a sunny terrace. Salmon mi-fume on a bed of creamy lentils is the house speciality, there are other great dishes like St Jacques on a slate, simmered pork cheek in a casserole and various Savoyard specialities. There is normally a local fresh fish dish of the day on the specials board.
La Taniere – 04 50 79 87 08
Great wood fired pizzas and take away. Cosy atmosphere, good friendly service and a varied menu with an emphasis on Savoyard fayre. Delicious and filling croutes – a Savoyard speciality – a mixture of wine, melted cheese and ham with different additions like Chanterelle mushrooms all served as a gratin on french bread. This restaurant is very centrally located right in front of the main chair lift and tele-cabine station and they serve food ‘non-stop’ all day.
On the Slopes…
Le QG 04 50 79 86 65 – on the piste on the way down to ESF school, piste marker 17 on Gentiane and close to theTéléski de le Boule de Gomme. This restaurant is also accessible by car, take the route de Chavannes towards the golf course and take the right turn marked Gibannaz and you’ll find it at the end of the road. There is parking.
This is a great place for lunch on the slopes with a wonderful outdoor terrace for dining, apero and a relaxing area with deck chairs. The style is a modern chalet feel using wood and slate. The menu is varied and food well presented. There is a good mix of Savoyard specialities and gourmet dishes. The plat du jour always looks good. I find the service good and friendly. The menu has similarities to it’s sister restaurant in town Les Copeaux. Le QG is a great apero bar too for that après ski at the end of the day and only one small piste to get home!
Le Belvedere on Mont Chery – 04 50 83 31 34
Fantastically located restaurant just as you step out of the Tele-Cabine on Mont Chery at the mid station, so this is easily accessible for walker and skiers. Half is a self-service area for those in a hurry to get back on the piste but for those wishing to linger over a good lunch on the sun-baked terrace whilst being rewarding with the most amazing views the Portes du Soleil has to offer – then this is the place for you! The menu offers the usual Savoyard suspects but served up with a difference along with a good plat du jour and oh my the grand café gourmand is a seriously good must try!
Le Grand Cry, Les Chavannes – mid station
In a great location at the mid station for skiers, ski tourers, walkers and non-skiers as is easily accessible by tele-cabine or car, this restaurant has a great outdoor terrace facing the midday sun. Inside the decor is really fun and creatively designed. The menu is varied with a few surprises and from what I have seen and tasted so far really good! There are the traditional Savoyard favourites nestled amongst a souris d’agneau and a smoked pork filet mignon, escargots with a creamy risotto – clearly an inventive chef offering great and interesting flavours. There is a menu offering aperos gourmand and to finish some delicious sounding desserts and my old favourite the café gourmand which didn’t disappoint as it was all home made with a small piece hot apple tarte tatin on.
La Croix Blanche – Les Chavannes mid station (don’t take bookings)
This has got to be the best location on the mountain for skiers and non-skiers. On a sunny day the terrace is the place to eat lunch. Non-skiers can get here using the Chavannes tele-cabine or by driving. Parking isn’t always easy in the winter. Their salads are the BEST! the menu is varied, caters for children, including a great bbq selection, good service, always a busy restaurant and although you can’t book, this restaurant has a large capacity and turn around is quite quick. Normally there is a good value plat du jour to enjoy too!
La Croix Blanche has a newly renovated interior for the winter season of 2016 and looks great. More interior seating and a great place with a lovely welcoming fire for guests staying to relax. As always the food is very good!
Altitude Lodge – Les Chavannes
A fairly new arrival on the mountain, conveniently located at Chavannes mid station (not far from La Croix Blanche above) This is more contemporary cuisine serving a different style of food, not your typical Savoyard fayre. Beautifully presented tasty dishes. Fab interior decor and a great terrace area. Winter 2014 saw a new chef taking over at Altitude bringing a wealth of international experience. This restaurant is open only during the winter season, it is the restaurant of a small boutique luxury chalet hotel run by VIPSKI.
Le Vaffieu, Pleney, Morzine – 04 50 79 09 43
A real favourite of mine for lunch on the slopes, this very popular restaurant really takes Savoyard to a new level. Advisable to book. Access on skis via telesiege Folliets du golf, or walk from the Chavannes mid station, a very pleasant walk and then a deserved lunch! Advisable to book in high season. Has great outdoor dining and a permanent marquee attached to a gorgeous Savoyard Hameau style building. Wonderful cafe gourmand! Open during the winter and summer season. See full review here
La Paika, La Turche– 04 50 75 80 33
What a great place this is! A real find nestled halfway down the Varros piste (blue), daily barbequed specialities, the best dessert table I’ve seen, a stunning terrace with outstanding views. Advisable to book for lunch in high season
Chez Nannon – Nyon area, Morzine 04 50 79 21 15
This is a little gem and I mean small! Inside seats only about 14 so if you want to try their amazing signature dish, be sure to book your lunch. However if the sun is shining they have a great sunny terrace nestled into the mountain! Access on skis only best from the Troncs Express chair lift.
La Grande Ourse – Mont Chery 06 79 42 58 86
The restaurant on top of the world – well top of Les Gets! with an unbeatable view. This jewel in the crown is nestled up high on Mont Chery and is run by an English family who have worked tirelessly to make this a great experience. The lobster tartiflette signature dish has to be experienced at least once! They open a couple of evenings a week too – travel by piste basher up for a great dinner amongst the stars. Don’t miss the pig roast Sunday lunch. Open during the winter ski season only.
Restaurant du Lac 04 50 79 84 74
Great location summer and winter, at the edge of the lake. Easy access for skiers too. I had a great risotto and fish dish, the menu includes Savoyard specialities. Open all day summer and winter but not in the evenings. Outdoor and indoor dining.
Le Chasse Montagne – 04 50 75 55 51 – newly refurbished in 2015
Offering the Savoyard specialities and a bit more… tartiflette au canard! and always very good menu du jour including a great home-made pudding. Their dessert table is always very enticing. This family owned restaurant and boutique hotel is accessible by road up to Chavannes and is on the blue Bruyere piste, close to the Folliets tele-siege. They have a great outdoor terrace with fabulous views for those wonderful sunny days in The Portes du Soleil.
A little further afield…
Ferme Auberge de Freterolles, near Lac Mines D’Or, Morzine – 06 08 57 58 33
What a great find, nestled high up above the Lac Mines D’or – about a 20 minute uphill beautiful walk with 360-degree breathtaking views. This auberge is on the hiking route to the Col de Coux or in the direction of Samoens the col de la Golése. There is a great terrace offering both sunshine and shade; the undercover area is large with a huge array of authentic cow bells for sale! This is a working farm and the cow herd walked through the courtyard area in front of the terrace as we lunched followed by the goats and over in the corner the pigs could be heard happily basking in the sun and mud!
There are two menus both very reasonable priced at €14 (plat – omelette and green salad ) and €16 (plat – beignets and green salad) – both offer charcuterie to start including home made pate and butter and a selection of home-made cheeses to finish, including goats cheeses and Tomme. Everything is produced on the farm and tasted so fresh and absolutely delicious. There is a small choice of other dishes including fondue, tartiflette and raclette and some great looking homemade desserts, including that classic Savoyard speciality of tarte aux myrtilles (blueberry tart) the service was very good and friendly – this is a family run auberge – read my full review here The Auberge de Fréterolles is open every day except Sundays in the summer from around mid June to the end of September (good idea to call ahead at the beginning and end of the summer season to check they are open)
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