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Val d'Isere Restaurants

Val d'Isere Dining - Where to Eat in Val D'Isere

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Val d'Isere Restaurants

Val d'Isere

Copyright Mike Doyle
Val d'Isere is well equipped to accommodate thousands of sleepy skiers and believe me, it is also well prepared to feed them. There are so many restaurants in and around Val d'Isere center village that you would be hard pressed to visit them all on a month vacation.

You can stroll through the village and find restaurants that stand out for their uniqueness in architecture, food quality, presentation, fun places to eat, or quiet intimate dining. You'll also find the day's menu posted outside most of the village eateries.

For a general listing of over fifty eateries with referrals to web sites or phone numbers, visit Val d'Isere.com.

For short descriptions and reviews, Skisnowboardeurope.com offers a nice list of visited restaurants.

During my stay at the Hotel Christiania I found the in-house restaurant to be especially pricey, but a full board option can take some of the sting out. Note that the menu is rather restrictively selective, changed by the chef each evening.

Traditional Savoyard Fare

A favorite for the Savoie region's traditional fondue is the La Casserole where the cheese and fondue with beef are both plentiful and delicious.

Although fondue is the traditional Savoyard dish known to most tourists, the raclette dinner is very filling - and tasty. Dinner includes a block of slowly melting cheese that comes with a platter of small potatoes and usually some cold meats. You scrape off the cheese from the block as it melts and spread it on the cut up potatoes. I tried this at the L'Auberge Saint-Hubert and it was excellent.

Another friendly restaurant with a pretty extensive menu that offers traditional cheese favorites, fish entrees, and really good beef offerings is Le Lodge. Note that reservations are recommended for all restaurants, but if you go early (7 pm) you shouldn't have trouble walking in and getting a table.

A really surprising and unique dining experience is located at the rear of the Billabong snowboard and apparel shop. Walk through the store and you're suddenly in an American 50s - 60s style diner, complete with a menu of burgers and fries and all the fun food offered to roadside diners in the states. I'm told this was a favorite eating spot for some of the US racing team that wanted to keep their digestive system on an homey track.

Outside the center village are many other good and interesting dining establishments. For instance in Le Fornet, just a short, and free bus ride up the road you will find L'Atelier d'Edmond. The owner Jacques Le Privey's grandfather was a woodworker and his shop is preserved there in a dining area.

Interestingly, Jacques' grandfather was one of the first ski instructors, guides and ski patrollers (pisteurs) in France in 1936-37. He made, in his workshop, one of the first rescue sleds used by the pisteurs here. As I said, there are a lot of restaurants with surprising stories and themes in and around Val d'Isere and you will have almost as much fun exploring the eateries as you will have skiing around the l'Espace Killy.

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