Chamonix has a huge number and variety of restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful to fine dining at the Albert Premier, Chamonix's flagship 2* Michelin restaurant. There are plenty of restaurants specialising in the local Savoyard cuisine and plenty others specialising in nothing much at all.
Below we have chosen some of our clients and our own personal favourites, some of which are slightly further afield, but we are always more than happy to help advise, book and take you to and from the restaurant of your choice on our staff night off saving you the hastle of getting to and from the restaurant or, worse, being chosen as the dedicated driver.
La Maison Carrier is one of two restaurants belonging to the Hameau de Albert Premier Hotel. It has a relaxed, intimate and welcoming dining area and provides traditional quality, unfussy, local food without a hint of fondue or tartiflette. Just next door resides the 2* Albert Premier where Pierre Carrier and his team constantly strive to create new gastronomic delights. The menu is designed around seasonal or traditional ingredients and you'd be well advised to book early.
La Cabane in Le Praz had to be entirely re-built in it's original log cabin form after a fire destroyed it and boasts a striking interior and a fine menu.
Some other notable restaurants along the same lines as those already mentioned include L'Atmosphere, Le Panier du Quatre Saison and Le Bistrot. L'Atmosphere is set by the River Arve slap bang in the centre of Chamonix and has some great value menus as well as a la carte choices and an extensive wine list. Le Panier de Quatre Saison is near to impossible to find but has good service and a select menu whilst Le Bistrot also boasts an impressive wine list and a menu which changes weekly with fresh local produce.
If local Savoyarde favourites are more your style then Le Sarpe may well be worth a visit. Located in Le Praz in a traditional rustic farmhouse it has proven to be popular over the years.
If you don't fancy sampling French cuisine, whether traditional or modern, there are a number of other quality restaurants to choose from.
Casa Valerio is famous amongst Chamonix locals and never fails to impress. It is an authentic Italian restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere which makes it one of our favourites in Chamonix.
Alain Peru is a relatively new addition to the Chamonix dining scene, and with its fusion menu provides a pleasant break from cheese... Munchies remains a firm favourite amongst locals and Hotel Eden, again in Les Praz, has a well established restaurant.
Chamonix even has a curry house in the form of Tigre Tigre which has been much appreciated by the valley's many curry lovers.
For traditional French cuisine Le Basilic is the obvious choice, with a menu based on local specialities and fresh produce. If you're looking for something a little more modern then Le Delice offers good food with a modern/fusion twist in a pleasant atmosphere and with free early meals for kids.