There's a wide range of restaurants in Chamonix to suit all tastes and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Chamonix and where to find your favourite style of cuisine.
At lunchtimes most restaurants will offer a well-priced 'Plat du Jour' (dish of the day), normally consisting of locally-sourced meat, potatoes and a salad or seasonal vegetables.
- BBQ Restaurants
- Breakfast & Brunch
- Cafes & Bakeries
- Child-friendly Restaurants
- French Restaurants
- Italian & Pizza Restaurants
- Japanese Restaurants
- Michelin-Starred Restaurants
- Modern European & International Restaurants
- Pubs & Gastropubs
- Seafood Restaurants
- Spanish & Mexican Restaurants
- Sushi Restaurants
- Take-away Restaurants
- Vegetarian Restaurants
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Bizes: You may miss this quaint, Swedish-run restaurant tucked away in Rue du Lyret not far from the Casino. But then you will miss out on their fabulous BBQ entrecôte or their quirky "Granny Plate" with homemade tapas, which you can enjoy with a glass of wine at the bar. The barbeque restaurant is a new concept in Chamonix; everything is cooked oil-free, lactose and gluten free on their Josper BBQ, which seals in the flavour and delicately braises meat, vegetables and potatoes on the outside, leaving them soft inside. It’s hearty, no-frills food that’s home made with fresh ingredients and they cater for vegetarians.
Many of the bars and restaurants hold regular après-ski and summer evening BBQ's - Chambre 9, Le Vert and the Jekyll in particular are fond of a barbie so check out our Chamonix Events Calendar to see if there are any coming up soon.
Breakfast & Brunch
More and more restaurants in Chamonix are recognising the benefits of offering a good breakfast menu that's more sustaining than a croissant and a cup of coffee.
Bighorn: An American-inspired restaurant based in Chamonix Sud, brings together the most traditional brunch items including eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, cinnamon rolls and buttermilk pancakes. Everything on their brunch menu is made daily using only the freshest ingredients. To top it off, they offer a loaded Bloody Mary that will cure any hangover and Mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice to share with your friends after an early ski or late lie in.
Bluebird Café: For the "full-English" breakfast rolls in town made with British bacon and sausages, head this café in Chamonix Sud. They offer a great range of coffees at good prices too.
Elevation: If you’re about to set out for a big day on the mountain then this place has a reputation for a hearty full English breakfast and a good range of filled baguettes including egg, bacon sausage and fish fingers. If you're watching your cholesterol you can tuck into their healthier option of granola with yoghurt and freshly squeezed OJ. They also do the typical continental breakfast of a croissant, fresh bread, jam, coffee and juice.
L'Epicerie du Midi: Hotel Heliopic (next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car) serves breakfast as well as a selection of healthy snacks and meals.
Kitsch Inn: If you’re in Les Houches, this place offers a good choice of breakfasts; granola, porridge, pancakes with maple syrup, breakfast wraps and full, supersize and veggie English breakfasts.
Cafes & Bakeries
Richard: This bakery next to the cinema has the best bread in town and a tasty selection of patisserie treats and chocolates, and ice cream in summer. They also run a café further up the street opposite Super U.
Tête à Thé: If you're staying in Argentière or skiing at Les Grands Montets then call in for lovely homemade cakes and specialty teas. They also serve soups, salads and light dishes - all vegetarian and all delicious.
The area around Aiguille du Midi has a few good options for a quick baguette or a nice piece of cake.
Bucks: A new addition, a trendy retro style diner serving bagels, burgers, cakes and salads.
The Epicerie du Midi: is part of the Heliopic Hotel and they serve lovely soups, sandwiches and pastries that are perfect for warming you up after a ride on the cable car.
Bluebird Café: Just a few footsteps away in the square opposite the Aiguille du Midi, where you can pick up a bacon butty or homemade flapjack to take up the hill.
Most restaurants in Chamonix offer a children’s menu; they tend to be in the region of 10€ and usually consist of omelette/burger/chicken with chips/salad or a pasta option such as spaghetti bolognese. Those that don’t are usually happy to rustle up a smaller portion, or simplified version, of something that is on the main menu. You could try one of the regional dishes that the whole table shares such as raclette or fondue – the children can then eat as much or as little as they like. Alpine food is not particularly fussy or strongly flavoured and most children love dipping bread into a fondue or grilling their own meat on a pierrade (hot stone).
Our top child-friendly recommendations in Chamonix are:
Casa Valerio: No children’s menu as such but you can’t go wrong with pizza and pasta and the bustling atmosphere means that you don’t have to worry about your children being a bit noisy.
La Calèche: A traditionally decorated mountain restaurant in the centre of Chamonix, famous for its fondue, raclette and steaks. It offers a reasonably-priced children’s menu and if you go on a Tuesday night folk singers and accordion players will add to the fun!
If you head to the bridge that crosses over the river at the bottom end of town you will find a row of four restaurants along a raised deck on the Avenue Aiguille du Midi. They all serve a variety of omelettes, crêpes, salads, pastas and local dishes and are well-priced, informal and friendly. They all offer a children’s menu.
La Carlina: The staff are very friendly and make a fuss over the children. As well as offering a children’s menu they are usually happy to prepare something special on request. If you sit outside you can keep an eye on the children while they play on the statue of Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard (not an official climbing frame but all the other kids seem to do it...!)
Satsuki: Even if the idea of sushi has your kids wrinkling their noses in disgust they can still enjoy the children’s special of grilled chicken skewers, prawns, rice, salad and dessert while you tuck into some traditional Japanese cuisine (and the high-tech toilets will have them enthralled!).
The Kitsch Inn: Located at the bottom of the home run in Les Houches, it is big, funky and kitsch with a large inside area and a small play area outside for children. They serve food all day, with a children's menu and evening meals that are a fusion of English/French dishes.
Hameau de Albert Premier: For a fine dining experience this is home to the double Michelin starred Albert Premier restaurant. The menu centres on fresh local produce and makes the most of the abundance of herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The wine cellar counts no less than 20,000 bottles, comprised of the 950 appellations presented on the wine list. Whilst you might expect the Albert Premier to be a traditional formal dining experience, it is actually very accessible and extremely welcoming. The staff are charming, the service impeccable, and the surroundings tranquil but not austere. The à la carte menu is not cheap but you are sure to experience one of the finest meals to be had in the Chamonix valley.
La Maison Carrier: A classy, traditional French restaurant also run by the Albert Premier hotel. Expect smart service and elegantly presented food in rustic farmhouse surroundings. Whilst vegetarians are catered for, it’s the meat that takes centre stage here with steak, lamb, pork and foie gras being well represented on the menu. The wine list includes some of the very best French wines as well as more modest regional ones, in addition to wine from local vineyards in the Aosta Valley in Italy and the Valais region of Switzerland.
Bistrot des Sports: At the top of the pedestrianised Rue Joseph Vallot is the oldest bistro in Chamonix, established at the dawn of the 20th century. It played a crucial role during the first Olympic winter games of 1924 and was later owned by Frison Roche, one of Chamonix’s most famous alpinists. This Chamonix bar has a friendly French atmosphere partly because of its mix of ski instructors, mountain guides, locals, seasonal workers and tourists and partly due to the well-priced, lunch/dinner menu. The restaurant serves a varied menu, featuring a host of local specialities, alongside everyday Gallic classics.
L’Auberge du Bois Prin: If you want a more peaceful location with unrivalled views of Mont Blanc then this is where you should head. Nestling high above Chamonix in the winding mountain lanes of Les Moussoux, the Bois Prin is a delightfully quaint four star hotel, with a renowned gastronomic restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also has a beautiful terrace with unsurpassable views across to the Mont Blanc chain.
Chez Constant: On the main street of Avenue Ravanel le Rouge this restaurant is a ‘modern’ Savoyard feel with welcoming and laid back staff. If you're hungry and want rich, traditional fare (with a modern twist), then Chez Constant is ideal. There are a variety of set menus made from fresh local products. They aren’t cheap - but great for a treat, or the lunch menu is better value. The food is typically rich and you’d need to be hungry to finish them, but they have a modern twist and are elegantly presented.
Le Panier des 4 Saisons is tucked away in a little alley off the main street in Chamonix. As the name suggests this wood-panelled, semi-formal bistro offers cuisine based around local food, changing with the pace of the seasons and quality wine produced in the region to great vintages. Their traditional French dishes include thick-cut pollack in a sweet-and-sour red-wine sauce and roast venison with quince purée, accompanied by wines of the Haute Savoie.
Le Boccalatte: For a reasonably priced cheese-fix this place has all the best regional specialities from tartiflette to fondue, situated on the Avenue l'Aiguille du Midi by the level crossing.
La Télécabine: Back in the centre of Chamonix this is tucked away on a quiet street behind the Casino, with a fantastic view of the Aiguille du Midi. It serves very good French cuisine in a polished dining room that also manages to feel lively and atmospheric. They have a good selection of French wines and champagne.
La Cabane: Located a couple of kilometres from Chamonix, in Les Praz, this restaurant is set in an elegant log cabin, and serves modern French cuisine and Savoyarde favourites. Whilst holding fast to its rustic origins with cow skins adorning the floor around the open fire, there are numerous modern, stylish fixtures and features to draw the eye. The food here is excellent and as well as the à la carte options, they offer a number of very good value menus including a midday option with a choice of two main courses and two desserts. It’s well worth taking a woodland stroll up the river from Chamonix to Le Praz and reward your efforts with lunch or dinner at La Cabane.
Rendezvous Restaurant: Les Praz is also home to the cosy bar and top class restaurant at the Hotel Les Lanchers. They have an extensive and varied menu featuring local Savoyarde classics, alongside traditional French cuisine and more contemporary dishes. There are daily specials, reflecting the seasons and the associated fresh produce. The restaurant also has a nice ambience and is great for coffee, lunch or dinner.
Restaurant Carnotzet: You won't regret the climb to Argentière if you’re after cheese as this place specialises in it - as well as Savoyard and Swiss cuisines and wines. Try toasts with cheese, wine fondue, tartiflettes, steaks all with specialty raw milk cheeses like Tomme d’Abondance, Beaufort, Chevrotin, Gruyere, Fir Bark, Mont-d’Or, La Raclette de Savoie, Reblochon de Savoie, Roquefort and Bellelay amongst others.
Le Bistrot du Dahu: Also in Argentière, expect a warm and friendly atmosphere and dishes made from fresh local produce such as chicken casserole, perch fillet cooked in court-bouillon, or the ever-popular foie gras, braserade, and steak tartare. They also organise themed evenings throughout the season (magic, fairy tales and legends, Easter egg hunts, etc).
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
Casa Valerio: This locals' favourite is a lively and friendly Italian restaurant. The classic pasta/pizza combination for main course comes highly recommended, however “Casa”, as it's commonly known, does offer a selection of fresh fish and meat dishes - all of course in the Italian style. Situated on Rue de Lyret, it's just a short walk from the centre square. Open from midday until 02:00, it’s one of the few places you can eat in Chamonix after 22:00.
Neapolis: Situated in the Galerie Alpina and specialising in Neopolitan food; bruschetta with marinated anchovies, calamari en barca, spaghetti aux fruits de mer and gnocchi alla sorrentina are just some of their specialities, as well as over twenty varieties of pizza, and for dessert... the infamous tiramisu or panacotta. A good family restaurant, cosy and atmospheric in winter and in summer they have tables along the River Arve.
Le Caveau: If you’re not quite sure what you fancy then seek out this place located in an atmospheric basement opposite the cinema and serving a range of international cuisine. Every taste is catered for here from Swedish meatballs to Mexican to Savoyarde, but it is most renowned for its pizzas and their cheesy garlic bread is the best in town!
Pizzeria des Moulins: Opened to great success and run by young Italian Pizzaiola Joelle Siciliano, it has been renovated to offer seating for 30 hungry guests. She uses fresh, authentic Italian ingredients on each one of the 40 varieties of pizza on offer and for those of you with a sweet tooth, try her very popular Nutella pizza. Eat in, take away or even have them delivered. If you find a star hiding on your plate, your next pizza is free!
Green Soft Bar: For freshly made Italian style salads, sandwiches and snacks try this place on the main street. They serve a range of paninis, focaccias, ciabattas, etc as well as delicious ice creams on the sunny terrace or inside in the large modern diner. It’s vegetarian and vegan friendly too.
Stone Pizzeria Bar & Restaurant: Further afield in Argentière, a cosy and rustic mix between French bistro and an English pub (with a good old game of darts), that offers delicious salads, pastas and a large range of pizzas (biella, hotscott, toscana, savoyarde and sapore, to name a few...) as well as classic steak and veal dishes. A great place to enjoy a beer after a day at Grands Montets.
Café Comptoir: Even further afield and a real treat situated at the bottom of the Vallorcine gondola. This warm and cosy restaurant and café, with its modern chalet style interior or large outdoor terrace offers Italian cuisine combining Swiss and Italian seasonal products. Food comes served on slates including, among other things, large colourful salads, the "mystery" house specialty, melted Reblochon cheese dishes, morel and chanterelle mushrooms, prime rib with fresh vegetables, veal stew, caramelised pork ribs and other regional dishes which are entirely home-cooked. Also on the menu are pasta, polenta, crozets and other local products such as Barberine honey.
Satsuki: On Rue Joseph Vallot and serves excellent Japanese cuisine, prepared by a Japanese chef, available to eat in or take-away. The interior of the restaurant is small and simple with modern Japanese décor and friendly staff, there is also a downstairs room with traditional low tables for private hire and a terrace that is popular in the summer. There are many authentic Japanese dishes on the menu, however, the main reason we go is for the sushi and sashimi. Other good dishes include the Wakame Udon (noodle soup), the Tempura Udon (noodles and prawns), the Tempura (prawn and vegetable fritters) and the Ganmo (fried bean curd).
Hameau de Albert Premier: Home to the double Michelin starred Albert Premier restaurant. The menu centres on fresh local produce and makes the most of the abundance of herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The wine cellar counts no less than 20,000 bottles, comprised of the 950 appellations presented on the wine list. Whilst you might expect the Albert Premier to be a traditional formal dining experience, it is actually very accessible and extremely welcoming. The staff are charming, the service impeccable, and the surroundings tranquil but not austere. Whether you choose to blow the budget on the à la carte or stick to the surprisingly well-priced set menus, you are sure to experience one of the finest meals to be had in the Chamonix valley.
Modern European & International Restaurants
Pointe Isabelle Hotel: The terrace is the perfect spot to catch some sun and enjoy a glass of rosé on their terrace overlooking Avenue Michel Croz. It could easily be a bar bistro in a cosmopolitan city with its relaxed atmosphere and funky decor. The menu offers a mix of meat, fish and is vegetarian friendly, with a selection of international cuisine, plus an injection of Savoyard flavour with a few cheese-laden dishes. Pointe Isabelle is a great place for apéro - their bar snack menu goes down well with a bottle of wine shared between a few friends.
Chambre Neuf: Not far from Pointe Isabelle, at lunchtime the bar transforms into a simple brasserie offering classic international cooking. The lunch menu features a variety of dishes such as chicken quesadillas, Swedish meatballs, Chinese noodles and tataki salmon, and the famous Chambre Burger. In the summer, the shady terrace is great for a long relaxing lunch and in winter it’s very cosy inside.
Munchies: Another favourite on Rue du Moulin. It always feels such a treat to dine here, but book early as it's one of the most popular restaurants in Chamonix. Modern and bustling inside, their menu is a mix of Scandinavian cooking with Asian influences. The menu changes every season but they always feature a few signature dishes such as the classic duck teriyaki or steak and frites, or their premium sushi and rolls. Not the cheapest option in town but well worth it.
Le Vert: Slightly out of town near Gaillands, this bar/restaurant is renowned for its excellent food, serving an international dinner menu, a three course menu-du-jour and is also one of the few places offering Sunday roasts.
The Kitsch Inn: Located at the bottom of the home run in Les Houches it's big, funky and kitsch with a large inside area for après-ski. They do lunch specials, and evening meals that are a fusion of English/French dishes. The kitchen is open from 08:00 for breakfast, right through to 22:00 serving burgers, steak as well as sharing boards, salads, daily plat du jour, fish, homemade pastas, meats and Sunday brunch.
Gandhi: In Les Houches and still one of the best curry houses in the Chamonix Valley, it actually does a really good value for money lunch deal - if you can handle curry at lunch time. Although the dishes are different to the traditional British curry menu, the food is pretty good and the staff are welcoming and happy to cater for kids.
Annapurna: Was the first Indian restaurant in Chamonix and has recently opened a second restaurant, still with a good reputation for traditional Indian cuisine. The interior is tiny and packed with all sorts of tapestries and ornate wood carvings, the staff are always very friendly and treat everyone like regulars. The French palette is not well-adapted to spicy flavours and many people find the curries here to be milder than they would get in the UK, but the staff are happy to give them a bit more kick if you mention it when ordering.
Pubs & Gastropubs
Bighorn American Bar and Restaurant: In the heart of Cham Sud you can’t fail to miss the sunny corner that is home to Bighorn, it offers an American slant on homemade chillis, burgers, and of course state-side beers and cocktails. Known in the valley for their fresh ingredients, homemade baked goods and friendly service, they are definitely worth a visit. What’s more, they also offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.
Monkey Bar: Monkey has that unusual combination of being a great live music and après-ski bar, with really good food too. They have a great range of home made burgers such as the sizzling Chuck Norris with red chilli, jalapeños, roasted pepper, cheddar and chilli sauce or for vegetarians, the Marilyn Monroe with grilled halloumi roasted pepper, aubergine, and chilli tomato and lime salsa.
South Bar: If you fancy something with more of French feel then next door to Monkey is a bar with great burgers. Food is served from midday until 15:00 and then from 18:00 until late; the menu offers a range of salads, pastas, burgers and snacks as well as a daily special and a fish dish.
MOO: Located near the train station is both a lively bar and a popular restaurant, open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. MOO burgers are infamous; gourmet-style with pulled pork, pulled duck, lamb fish and the classic MOO burger. Lunch is also great value; choose from three daily specials - meat, fish and veggie - often with a Scandinavian slant, such as Swedish meatballs and a set menu all made from ingredients sourced at the town's local market. Also, don’t miss the unlimited salad buffet tucked around the corner.
The Jekyll: Close to the main bus stop in Chamonix Sud this bar occupies what must be one of the oldest buildings in town, but it’s recently had a bit of facelift inside and now feels like a rustic pub with a funky cosmopolitan atmosphere. It’s a great place for an après drink, cocktail and of course a hearty dinner. From 19:00 to 23:00, Tuesdays to Sundays, you can choose from dishes whose main influences are English and Swedish with a bit of Irish. Main courses include the infamous lamb shank, a fantastic seafood chowder and roasted Mediterranean vegetable parcel.
The Micro Brasserie de Chamonix: Aka 'MBC' this is a lively micro brewery with a bar and restaurant, run by four Canadians. The menu offers pub-food classics such as nachos, fajitas and a wide range of burgers, and is served in the saloon-style bar area. The food is great and the massive portions will satisfy any appetite! The popularity of MBC means you are strongly advised to book a table in advance for dinner. Snacks are served from 16:00 onwards and the main menu is available from 19:00-23:00.
The Office Bar: If you’re in Argentière then the main hub of your social life will be here. Although the options on the menu suggest 'pub food' - this doesn’t really do the quality justice. All the food is home-made and freshly produced - for an après-ski snack try the nachos and the chicken wings - both excellent. Also on the menu you'll find Thai fish soup and spring rolls which, during the winter, can be ordered in a handy 'snack size' to keep the hunger at bay. For a hearty main course try the famous Office Burger, or the chicken, leek and mushroom pie followed by a dessert such as the excellent banoffee pie, chocolate mousse, or a nice bit of fruit tart.
Albert Premier: For a Michelin-starred seafood experience head here, the restaurant offers subtle, simple, modern cuisine and the seafood here is second to none.
Le Cap Horn: Situated by the river Arve on Rue du Moulin it’s a little surprising to see memorabilia from the ocean in Chamonix, but this emphasises that seafood is the star of the menu. There are also local specialties and a host of meat dishes to choose from. The restaurant offers a great value lunchtime menu, an oyster bar, and a ranges of sushi platters that can be enjoyed in Les Caves, the wine bar on the ground floor.
Coquillages du Mont Blanc: The latest addition to the Chamonix seafood scene - a small but very chic oyster bar stocking the freshest shellfish as well as soups and sauces. You can either try their tasting menu at the bar, or order to take-away.
Satsuki: On Rue Jospeh Vallot near the centre of town is where you'll find a good selection of sushi and sashimi. It's a small restaurant with a sun terrace, popular for its reasonably priced lunch menu and traditional Japanese food.
Spanish & Mexican Restaurants
La Yaute: Situated just to the right of the roundabout as you head towards the parking area at Grands Montets in Argentière. Inside it’s decked out in traditional wooden alpine style and there is also a separate games room with a pool table and alcoves for intimate drinks. At noon they have a lighter menu with a daily special. In the evening, they have Mexican specialties including enchiladas, burritos, ceviche, chilli con carne and a range of fajitas, including a vegetarian option.
Satsuki: Sushi lovers are well catered for in Chamonix. For many years Chamonix has had very strong ties with Japanese visitors and top of the list is this restaurant on Rue Joseph Vallot. Excellent Japanese cuisine prepared by a Japanese chef is available to eat in or take-away. The interior of the restaurant is simple with modern Japanese décor and friendly staff. There are many authentic Japanese dishes on the menu, however, the main reason we go is for the sushi and sashimi. Other good dishes include the Wakame Udon (noodle soup), the Tempura Udon (noodles and prawns), the Tempura (prawn and vegetable fritters) and the Ganmo (fried bean curd).
Cap Horn: On Rue des Moulins is a very chic restaurant located above an equally classy bar - they serve excellent sushi, with vegetarian options, and a delicious dipping sauce. You can either eat in the restaurant or have sushi brought down to the bar.
Le Saumon Ivre: A cocktail bar that also serves sushi platters, if you want something to eat but don't want the formality of a restaurant then this is a great middle-ground.
Sometimes eating out is just too much effort or maybe you just want a quick bite on the run. Well, the choice in town is still varied and plentiful.
Casa Valerio: If you fancy pizza on the sofa they also offers a take-away service.
Pizza Hop: If you're in Cham Sud then here is great for super fast pizza.
Pizza Paradisio: Round the back of South Bar, it has a good range of tasty options, serving a “Geante” pizza so big you’ll have trouble getting it through your front door.
Poco Loco and Midnight Express are two take-away joints in the centre of town and essential stop-offs on the way home after an evening on the sauce! Both offer burgers with a wide range of toppings, and veggie sandwiches. Whilst Midnight is an out and out take-away, you can sit inside at Poco Loco and enjoy a beer while you’re waiting.
There are many restaurants in Chamonix that have vegetarian and even a few vegan options.
Casa Valerio: Will do vegan dishes on request (check with your waiter which of the pastas contain egg),
Satsuki: Does good tofu noodles.
Ghandi and Annapurna have plenty of Indian vegetable dishes.
Bars like Monkey and the Kitsch Inn do good vegetarian options too and you'll always find a veggie burger on the menu; many of the dishes can be adapted for vegans so don't be afraid to ask.
Tête à Thé: If you're in Argentière then be sure to check out this place - the Chamonix Valley's only dedicated vegetarian restaurant! It's more of a tearoom than a full on restaurant but they're open daily for lunch and snacks. They serve a choice of vegetarian (sometimes vegan) main courses, soups, cakes, pastries and desserts - many of which are influenced by the chefs Spanish heritage. Cosy and friendly, it's opposite the church in Argentière centre.
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