10 Best Restaurants And Chalets In Megève, France

On the way to Megève
On the way to Megève | © Patrick Nouhailler / Flickr
Jim Mud

Megève, France is a prime example of high-class elegance, with luxurious hotels, designer shops and gourmet dining options available. Here, we explore 10 of the best restaurants, bistros and chalets in Megève.

On the way to Megève

1. La Raviere

Restaurant, French

La Raviere is no ordinary restaurant. You can find it nestled on a quiet piste just off the Raviere run. Follow their sign, and ski down through a small wood to find yourself in a secluded, traditional chalet-style restaurant where authenticity reigns supreme. But don’t be fooled by the hard-to-find location, and do book in advance, as La Raviere has become very popular thanks to its no-frills charm. Its simple, rustic fare is based on Alsatian recipes, so expect to see a lot of heavy meat, perfect for recharging your batteries after a morning of skiing. The wine selection is all about bottles from Alsace, but don’t overdo it – you still have to find yourself out of La Raviere and onto the piste.

2. L’Alpage

Restaurant, French

Situated in the five-star Le Fer à Cheval hotel, L’Alpage combines a high-class, chic setting with a typically Alpine atmosphere where each element of the inviting decor could be classed as an antique. The restaurant’s signature dishes are inspired by Savoyard recipes with an emphasis on hearty simplicity, and although the menu isn’t very long, it’s all about the quality of each individual dish. L’Alpage is commonly said to serve the best fondue in town, but the Swiss-style raclette and the tartiflette – an indulgent affair combining reblochon cheese, onions, bacon and potatoes all baked and melted together – are also worth a try.

3. La Taverne du Mont d’Arbois

Restaurant, French, European, Vegetarian

Mont Blanc
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La Taverne du Mont d’Arbois is part of the Domaine du Mont d’Arbois, a breathtaking plateau first discovered and made famous by the Baroness Noémie de Rothschild, who opened it up as a skiing resort in the 1920s. Her resourcefulness and energy still live on in the hotels and restaurants that belong to the Domaine group, and La Taverne is one of them. Wood-clad inside and out, charming and intensely welcoming, the restaurant serves a good range of inspired Savoyard classics, from the truffle fondue to the pigeon roasted in a cocotte with a macaroni gratin. In the summer, there is a covered patio allowing customers to dine al fresco and soak up the sun. Remember that service can be a bit slow, but the food will more than make up for the wait.

4. La Ferme de Mon Père / Le Chalet Zannier

Restaurant, French

Le Chalet Zannier shares its history with the legendary La Ferme de Mon Père, which was the only restaurant in the world ever to receive a perfect score of 20/20 from the critics at Gault Millau. Although the restaurant closed in 2005, it was renovated and opened again by different owners, as part of the Zannier Group, in 2011. Following its come-back with a different chef and menu, La Ferme de Mon Père may not be what it once was, but it’s still one of the best fine dining options in the city, with a romantic ambiance and sense of history permeating the venue. Try the succulent Holstein beef, which is matured for 49 days prior to serving, or the snails, prepared with brown butter, shallots and aromatic parsley, then visit the wine bar for a late evening tipple.

5. Chez Tante Alice

Bistro, Restaurant, French

Quail with Foie Gras
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A welcome change from the fine-dining, Savoyard-inspired establishments that populate Megève and its surrounds, Chez Tante Alice is an unpretentious little restaurant in the center of the village. Don’t expect to receive gourmet treatment, but the dishes here are solid and relatively inexpensive, with two menus on offer: the Paris menu, and the Bangkok menu. This quirky choice of French and Thai cuisines includes such favorites as sautéed wok dishes with chicken of beef, and beefsteak served with chips and a side salad. Chez Tante Alice makes for a good, quiet neighborhood bistro for a quick, no-frills lunch.

6. Flocons de Sel

Restaurant, French, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

No list of the best restaurants in Megève would be complete without a mention of the brilliant Flocons de Sel, arguably the best restaurant in the area. The food here is a vision, expertly executed by Chef Emmanuel Renaut whose three Michelin stars and experience cooking for Marc Veyrat of La Ferme de Mon Pere fame speak for themselves. Just as the dishes are pictures of creativity and gourmet freshness, so too is the decor, a reinvention of the classic Alpine style with contemporary design. The menu changes seasonably, of course, but you can expect to catch glimpses of Chef Renaut’s highly Savoyard inspiration across the carefully curated tasting menus on offer.

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