Meribel Mountain Restaurants
Attached to La Folie Douce at the mid station of La Saulire cable car, this fine dining restaurant serves some of the best food on the slopes of Méribel. The restaurant’s top chef, Franck Mischler uses the finest organic ingredients to produce delicious and creative dishes that offer a modern take on traditional Savoyarde cuisine. This approach is also reflected in the décor, which is designed to evoke a traditional mountain dairy, but in a contemporary style.
Also part of La Folie Douce chain, Nuvoself offers a reasonably priced self-service alternative to its sister restaurant next door. It serves a range of delicious freshly made dishes in a cosy and stylish interior. There’s also a terrace outside where they serve barbequed meats and Asian dishes straight from the wok. And with the party getting started on terrace of La Folie Douce next door it’s all too tempting to segue straight from lunch into après!
Le Coeur de Cristal
Another popular spot for lunch on the slopes is Le Coeur de Cristal on the Rhodos piste. This traditional chalet style building has a modern interior with two separate dining areas, both of which have open fires. The restaurant serves an excellent and varied menu, and service is friendly and efficient. There’s also a large sun terrace with a snack bar where you can grab a quick bite to eat.
Great food, reasonable prices, a well-oriented sun terrace and convenient location at the top of the Tougnette lift all make this friendly little chalet style restaurant another popular choice for lunch on the mountain.
Restaurants in Meribel
Located within Hotel l’Helios in Méribel Centre, Helios is one of the resort’s most popular fine dining restaurants. Overlooking the slopes, with a fantastic south-facing terrace, it’s an excellent place to enjoy a decadent lunch or dinner. The restaurant has a fantastic menu featuring Savoyarde specialties as well international cuisine and superb seafood. Make sure you leave some room to try one of the homemade deserts, which are to die for. There’s also a lounge with an open fire where you can enjoy an aperitif and watch the sun go down.
Meat lovers should head to Chez Kiki on Route du Morel, not far from the Altiport Hotel. For more than 50 years head chef Kiki has been serving up Savoyarde specialties and grilled meats to hungry diners in this warm and friendly restaurant. You can even look on as your steak is cooked to perfection in the charcoal oven in the centre of the restaurant. There’s also a kids’ menu for under 10s.
With three restaurants under its roof, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Altiport Hotel. Le Zinc is a laid back brasserie with a well-appointed sun terrace that’s open for lunch throughout the winter season. L’Escale offers fine dining in an elegant setting in the evenings, and L’Envol is a bar that serves drinks and smaller dishes if you don’t fancy a big meal.
Aux Petits Oignons
As well as being a popular haunt for après, this lively venue in Méribel Centre also has a great restaurant that serves excellent quality, well priced food for both lunch and dinner. Lunch is served from 12 to 2pm and they serve a good selection of burgers, omelets and salads as well an excellent value menu du jour with 3 courses for only 14 euros. There are also a couple of options for kids. The restaurant opens again in the evening from 7pm to 10.30pm with a predominantly French menu as well as a few international dishes and some excellent vegetarian options. After dinner you can head to the bar and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere until 1am.
Pizzeria du Mottaret
If you’re staying in Méribel-Mottaret, this family-run restaurant is the place to go for great pizza as well as a range of other dishes. Situated not far from Les Sentier du Tueda apartments, it’s a great place to take the whole family.
Meribel Grocery Shops
Meribel is well supplied for foodies with 10 mini-markets and supermarkets plus three butchers and several boulangeries for your morning baguettes.
There is also a farm shop supplying locally made dairy products including cheeses, run by the Cooperative Laiterie (+33 (0)4 79 00 37 78; beaufortdesmontagnes.com), a second fromagerie and an Epicerie (Epicerie du Village Vival; +33 (0)4 79 08 62 81) in the main Les Allues village.
The supermarkets and mini markets are run by major national chains including Casino, Huir à 8, Sherpa and Spar and are dotted around key sectors of the resort including three Rond Point, Chatelet, Le Hameau and the village centre
The Sherpa Meribel 1600(+33 (0)4 79 06 68 40; sherpa.net) at 1600m and Sherpa 1700 (+33 (0)4 79 00 40 91; sherpa.net), both offer online advance food ordering and collection through the company’s website to save you time in resort.
You will also find about 10 local food shops around the resort, mostly specialising in high quality fresh food and deli-style products.
In Chaudanne, Gourmandine (+33 (0)4 79 07 31 23) is a good choice, and in Le Hameau look out for Nouvelles De Savoie (+33 (0)4 79 00 49 77). Up in Mottaret there’s the Grotte aux Gourmets (+33 (0)4 79 08 15 06) and Palais des Deices (+33 (0)4 79 00 41 36).