In terms of culinary quality – but not necessarily price – most restaurants in La Plagne fall in the middle. There are some exceptions, such as the Union restaurant in Plagne Montalbert run by British Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard, and Le 360 on the slopes in Plagne Montalbert with wall-to-wall glass windows at 1,970m, which can be accessed up via the Montalbert gondola.
All 11 resort towns have restaurants offering typical mountain food; Plagne Center and Plagne Bellecôte have more burger bar style options aimed at a younger crowd. Slightly more exclusive is Joya, open for the 2022/23 season at La Plagne Centre, where burgers are exquisite, alongside fondue, salads and fresh juices.
More interesting mountain restaurants are generally found in remote villages and above, such as Champagny and Montchavin les Coches.
For more inspiration on La Plagne, check out our guides to the best accommodation and après-ski in the resort.
While no one would expect to go anywhere in the austere-looking Plagne Aime 2000 base building for a night out, Le Schuss is an exception. It serves traditional French cuisine as well as international classics such as burgers and ribs. The wooden surroundings are warm and colourful, and a terrace is available for lunch.
Contact: 00 33 479 09 05 28; facebook.com
Pepe & Cie
The pink restaurant at the foot of the slopes in Plagne Centre, Pépé & Cie, is open from 10:00 to 22:00 and serves pizza and other family dishes, as well as salads and meat cooked in a wood-burning oven.
The gastronomic restaurant at the 4-star Hotel Carlina in Belle Plagne is run by chef Thibault Schach, who offers a varied menu with local ingredients. In addition to being a good place for dinner, the restaurant is also open for lunch and has a south-facing terrace, ideal when the weather is nice.
With its charming rustic interior and large sun terrace in Belle Plagne, Le Matafan is a popular place for lunch and dinner. In addition to cheesy Savoy specialties, it offers traditional French dishes such as Oeuf Meurette (poached egg in red wine sauce with ham) and duck with foie-gras and orange sauce.
Former London chef Phil Howard, along with La Plagne local Martin Cuchet, offer fine dining in the intimate and cozy atmosphere of the Union Restaurant in Montalbert. Expect starters such as beet cured salmon or cashew hummus, followed by duck breast with roasted root vegetables or cod fillet with celery puree. Desserts are mostly British delicacies, including treacle tart and rice pudding.
If you’re looking for something different, book one of the small Finnish-style round cottages at Hotel le Cocoon in Plagne 1800. Chef Régis Michelas cooks meals on a Scandinavian cat grill in the center of the cottage. Available for groups of 6 to 21 people, a set menu is offered and must be booked in advance.
Restaurant Le Hors Piste
Next to the main route in Belle Plagne, Le Hors Piste restaurant is a simple pizzeria that also serves excellent soups and salads at reasonable prices.
Contact: 00 33 479 55 16 33; la-plagne.com
Chez Pat Du Sauget
Conveniently located near the Vanoise Express in the Montchavin district, Chez Pat Du Sauget is a restaurant in an old cottage. It has a pleasant sun terrace and a rustic interior with raw walls and wooden beams. The kitchen serves tasty local cuisine for lunch and dinner, and you can spend the night in one of the five bedrooms.
Le Chalet des Verdons Sud
Above Champagny, Le Chalet des Verdons Sud is a large wooden chalet serving traditional cuisine and has a huge central fireplace. It faces south over Champagny and offers great views of Courchevel from the terrace. It also has a simple snack bar under the main building.
Contact: 00 33 6 13 10 33 31; la-plagne.com
Every table has a view in this impressive glass-cube restaurant at 1,970m, accessible by the Montalbert gondola. Le 360 has a self-service restaurant on the ground floor or waiter service on the upper level. The menu ranges from lighter pastas and salads to meatier specialities.