There are about a dozen mountain restaurants dotted around the slopes above La Clusaz and most follow the resort’s image for wholesome local ingredients and family-run friendly, personal service too. Le Bercail is a typically atmospheric chalet building with a great terrace for sunny days and does wonderful local meat dishes, some grilled on an open fire. Chez Arthur is a typical self-service mountain restaurant where you can get the same affordable staples you’ll find in mountain restaurants the world over, such as frites or spaghetti – just well-cooked and with great views! At the other extreme Le Vieux Chalet probably has the best gourmet cuisine of the mountain, having achieved a Michelin star rating.
Restaurants in Town
With about 70 restaurants to try in the village, guests in La Clusaz have plenty of choice, albeit with the majority of establishments offering the perennial favourites of fondue and tartiflette, not that we’re complaining.
At the basic end of the scale L’Outa is a family-friendly establishment that does a particularly good line in pizza. There are several more Italian food options as well as some great creperies for a quick snack.
Le Scerie is closer to the gourmet end of the options, a converted wood mill it’s very atmospheric with traditional food served in the dining room which has a lovely open fire. l'Arbe which sources many of its ingredients locally or Le Chalet du Lac (the oldest chalet in the region) are also good.
One of the best choices for French cuisine lovers, La Clusaz has around 20 stores dedicated to bringing you lovely fresh French food daily, most of it sourced locally.
Butchers include Boucherie de La Perrière (211 route des Grandes Alpes; +33 (0)4 50 02 45 67) and for bakeries Le Chalet du Pain (211 place de l'église; +33 (0)4 50 32 38 62) is central.
For local specialities the choices include several options such as Au Vieux Savoyard (Résidence du centre; +33 (0)4 50 02 40 97) and Aux Délices Savoyards (46 route du Col des Aravis; +33 (0)4 50 02 41 65) both of which stock a wide range of cheese, wine, dried meats and other products.
The fromagerie Le Petit Agnellet (725 route de La Graillière; +33 (0)4 50 02 59 57) is one of several local cheese specialists specialising in the local Reblochon cheese. Le Petit Agnellet (725 route de La Graillière; +33 (0)4 50 02 59 57) is another fantastic place to visit for cheese lovers.
La Clusaz is also blessed with several chocolateries including the very popular Chocolaterie Morand (476 route du Col des Aravis, Le Pas du Roc; +33 (0)4 50 02 4126; chocolats-morand.com).
There are two mid-sized Marché U supermarkets at the top and bottom of the village. In the upper village there’s Marché U (62 route des Grandes Alpes; +33 (0)4 50 02 45 04; marcheu-laclusazlaperriere.com), in the lower village Marché U (538 route des Grandes Alpes; +33 (0)4 50 02 48 28; marcheu-laclusazsolemont.com), both are open 8.30am to 7.30pm daily with a two hour lunch break from 12.30 to 2.30pm.