Alpe d’Huez may not be synonymous with Michelin-star fine dining, but foodies will find several restaurants that stand out here, most notably Au Chamois d’Or in town and L’Altiport upstairs. While largely a self-catering resort with many guests dining at, it also has strengths in affordable and family-friendly restaurants.
For more Alpe d’Huez inspiration, check out our guides to the best accommodation and après-ski resorts.
Auberge de l’Alpette
Just above the bottom of the Alpette lift on the descent to the village of Oz, 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 dinner, parents can sit on the terrace with coffee or the last glass of wine, while their children will circle the greens under the hood.
Chalet du Lac Besson
There is a path from the red Chamois trail and the wicked little schuss up to this cozy cottage, followed by a one to three minute climb on the other side. The time it takes to reach the Chalet du Lac Besson varies depending on the degree of schuss involvement, which can be particularly difficult in low light. However, it is worth it for meats and seafood grilled on an open fireplace. We highly recommend the lamb chops and prawns.
Contact: 00 33 476 80 65 37; facebook.com/chaletbesson
With a cozy and rustic interior with old photos and artifacts and a beautiful sunny terrace, La Bergerie, on the slopes above Villard-Reculas, is a great place for a simple and healthy lunch, good quality plat du jour and house wines.
Contact: 00 33 4 76 80 36 83; alpedhuez.com
Rustic cottage with a beautiful sun terrace on the main slopes above the resort. La Cabane offers a wide variety of dishes, including pasta, local specialties and classic dishes. It is open for dinner and lunch and groomer transfers to and from the resort for dinner are included in the set menu price.
The small restaurant located next to the control tower at the small airport of Alpe d’Huez, L’Altiport, can be reached from the green Loup Blanc route or on foot from the resort. The atmosphere is more of a small French valley town than a large resort, and the owners, Philippe and Véronique, cater to local foodies and tourists alike. Highlights include frog legs cooked in vin de Savoie, forest snail and slow roasted lamb. It’s all wonderfully traditional French and is open for both dinner and lunch.
Contact: 00 33 4 76 80 41 15; vip-studio360.fr
At the top of the local Signal ski area, the Signal Restaurant 2108 offers spectacular views of the resort and mountain panorama. The restaurant on the first floor offers more refined food and good table service. The ground floor has basic fast food like burgers, salads and pasta.
This burger stand at the bottom of the Télécabine des Grande Rousses (also known as DMC) lift that rises up the western slopes has a reputation for being the best burgers in town. La Trappeur is extremely popular with Alpe d’Huez seasonal eaters, who rave about the huge variety of burgers on offer.
Contact: 00 33 6 64 22 57 25; facebook.com
Offering a concise, seasonal menu, Le Génépi restaurant offers products from the region, served in a cozy dining room with beamed ceilings or on the outdoor terrace. You can choose whether you want two or three courses, as well as a menu du jour at lunchtime and a tasting menu in the evening. Main courses typically include risotto, trout fillet or lamb with roasted carrots, while desserts include cheese platters and plum tart.
Au Chamois d’Or
Possibly the best restaurant in town, everything served at the restaurant of the five-star Hotel Chamois d’Or in Rond Point des Pistes is homemade and almost everything is locally sourced. Dinner signature dishes may include a truffle omelette, crawfish casserole with crab butter, and génépi aperitif glazed soufflé.
A highly rated après ski spot, Smithy’s Tavern is a classic cheap Tex-Mex spot popular with young Brits. Expect huge portions of sizzling fajitas, burritos, burgers, steaks, sticky BBQ ribs, and southern chicken wings.