The best restaurants in Alpe d’Huez

Chalet du Lac Besson – best restaurants in alpe d’huez – lionel royet

Alpe d’Huez may not be about Michelin-starred fine dining, but foodies will find some outstanding restaurants here, notably Au Chamois d’Or in town and L’Altiport up on the mountain. While largely a self-catering resort, with many visitors dining, it’s also strong in good-value and family-friendly restaurants.

For more Alpe d’Huez inspiration, check out our guides to the best resort lodgings and après ski.

On the mountain

Auberge de l’Alpette

Just above the departure of the Alpette ski lift on the descent to the village of Oz, the Auberge de l’Alpette serves the best omelettes and salads in the ski area. It’s a great place for families with children who have energy to burn: after lunch, parents can sit on the terrace enjoying a coffee or a last glass of wine while their offspring frolic on the greens serviced by the lift.

Contact: www.alpette.com
Price: £

Chalet du Lac Besson

This cozy chalet is reached via a footpath from the red chamois trail and a wicked little schuss, followed by a one to three minute climb on the other side. The time needed to get to the Chalet du Lac Besson varies according to the level of effort involved in the schuss, which can be particularly tricky in low light. However, the meat and fish grilled over the open fireplace are worth it. The lamb chops and the prawns both come highly recommended.

Contact: 00 33 476 80 65 37; facebook.com/chaletbesson
Price: ££

Chalet du Lac Besson - lionel royet

Chalet du Lac Besson – lionel royet

The Bergerie

With a cosy, rustic interior filled with old photos and artefacts and a lovely sunny terrace, La Bergerie, on the slope above Villard-Reculas, is the perfect place for a simple and genuine lunch, a good dish of the day and house wines.

Contact: 00 33 4 76 80 36 83; www.alpedhuez.com
Price: £

La Cabane

A rustic log cabin with a lovely sunny terrace on the main slopes above the resort. La Cabane has an extensive menu that includes pastas, local specialties and classic dishes. It’s open for both dinner and lunch, and snowmobile transfers to and from the resort for dinner are included in the set menu price.

Contact: lacabane-alpedhuez.fr
Price: ££

The Altiport

A tiny restaurant tucked away next to the control tower of Alpe d’Huez’s small airport, L’Altiport can be reached by the green Loup Blanc runway or on foot from the resort. The atmosphere is more of a small French valley town than a large resort, and owners Philippe and Véronique cater to locals with a sweet tooth as much as tourists. Highlights include frogs’ legs poached in vin de Savoie, forestière snails and slow-roasted lamb. It’s all beautifully traditional French and is open for both dinner and lunch.

Contact: 00 33 4 76 80 41 15; vip-studio360.fr

Signal 2108, Alpe d'Huez

Signal 2108, Alpe d’Huez

Signal 2108

At the top of the local Signal ski area, the Signal 2108 restaurant offers spectacular views of the resort and panoramic mountain views. The restaurant on the first floor offers more sophisticated food and good table service. The ground floor offers basic fast food such as burgers, salads and pastas.

Contact: signal2108.it
Price: ££

In locality

The Trappers

This burger shack at the foot of the Télécabine des Grande Rousses lift (aka DMC), which climbs west-facing slopes, has a reputation for the best burgers in town. La Trappeur is incredibly popular with Alpe d’Huez seasonals who rave about the huge variety of burgers on offer.

Contact: 00 33 6 64 22 57 25; Facebook. com
Price: £

Le Trappeur, Alpe d'Huez

Le Trappeur, Alpe d’Huez

The Genepi

Offering a concise seasonal menu, Le Génépi features products from the region served in a cozy beamed dining room or on the open terrace. You can choose whether to have two or three courses, and there is also a menu du jour at lunchtime and a menu dégustation in the evening. Main courses typically include risotto, trout fillet or lamb with roasted carrots while desserts range from cheese platters to plum tart.

Contact: legenepi-restaurant.fr
Price: ££

Au Chamois d’Or

Arguably the best restaurant in town, everything served in the five-star Chamois d’Or hotel restaurant at Rond Point des Pistes is home-made and almost everything is locally sourced. Signature dinner dishes might include truffle omelette, scampi gratin with crab butter, and génépi aperitif glazed soufflé.

Contact: hotel-french-alps.com
Price: £££

Golden chamois, Alpe d'Huez

Golden chamois, Alpe d’Huez

Forge Tavern

A favorite for après-ski, Smithy’s Tavern is a classic cheap Tex-Mex joint popular with young British guests. Expect huge portions of sizzling fajitas, burritos, burgers, steaks, sticky-grilled ribs, and Southern fried chicken wings.

Contact: smithys-adh.com
Price: £

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