Le Refuge sits in the quaint village of Leutaz, just above Megève, making it a great spot for a getaway from the busy town. A small, cozy, entirely unpretentious affair, Le Refuge combines elements of contemporary chic, that special Megève flair and down-to-earth attitude. This gives rise to dishes that are classic yet innovative, satisfying yet tantalizing. From ultra-fresh sashimi to hearty veal croquettes and succulent racks of lamb, freshness and fabulous presentation are guaranteed, as is a lively, youthful atmosphere. If the sun is out, make sure you call ahead and book a table on the balcony, which overlooks a beautiful, tree-covered mountain – a distinguishing feature in an area filled with slope-facing chalets.
Le Refuge, 2615 Route du Leutaz, Megève, France, +33 4 50 21 23 04
Branding itself as a purveyor of high-altitude, al fresco fine dining, L’Alpette has been perched atop the Emile Allais track, at 1895 meters above sea level, for almost eight decades now. Its huge outdoor terrace, split into two parts, comes complete with communal tables, lounge chairs and unforgettable views, as well as a mascot cow to underline that Alpine vibe. The dining area is also a twofold affair, with the first floor, a dedicated fromagerie, serving typically Savoyard cheeses. The ground floor has an excellent menu of comforting stews, meats and more upscale delicacies such as foie gras. Fill up on this chic-yet-hearty fare before going out to ski again, and remember to leave enough room for a sweet treat from the dessert buffet.
L’Alpette, Massif de Rochebrune, Megève, France, +33 4 50 21 03 69
Don’t let the first impression fool you: Le Crystobald may not look like much, with a decor that’s very basic compared to the more upscale restaurants of Megève, but this little gem is a culinary surprise not easily forgotten. Unpretentious and homey, the venue’s greatest asset is its chef, Olivier Chevriault, whose dedication to freshly sourced and local ingredients sets the rhythm for his excellent kitchen. Le Crystobald’s menu changes frequently, and there are options for a la carte and set menu dining. Some of the signature classics in the past have included the melt-in-the-mouth, honey-glazed duck breast, and the succulent herb-encrusted lamb shank.
Le Crystobald, 489 Route Nationale, Megève, France, +33 4 50 21 26 82
As its name suggests, Le Face au Mont-Blanc is famous for its breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc, as well as the village of Megève. Inside, countless memorabilia, paintings and books contribute towards the homey, warm ambiance which is comfortable and inviting, rather than haute cuisine. There is a buffet of starters and desserts to guarantee a wide choice, as well as an a la carte dining menu which offers French and international classics – roast medallions of veal loin and cream sauce of morel mushrooms, grilled beef fillet with béarnaise sauce and burgers with beef, escalope of foie gras and vegetables are just some of the appetizing, home-cooked options on the menu. Le Face au Mont-Blanc sits right at the top of the Jaillet skiing area, making it accessible by ski and by foot.
Le Face au Mont-Blanc, 7310 Route du Jaillet, Megève, France, +33 4 50 93 07 15