Mountain Restaurants in Les Arcs
Les Arcs is a widely spread resort and restaurants are few and far between in some areas and abundant in others. As in any resort it is good to know where to go and what to expect from a resort. Below are a few suggestions for people who like both quality and value from their food on the slopes whether it be a quick snack or a leisurely three hour lunch! All of the restaurants mentioned are accessible on skis or snowboards but may also be accessed on foot via a telecabine where stated.
Au Pré Gourmand is a large restaurant that uses quality local produce located on the piste near the bottom of the Pré St. Esprit chair lift and also on the road up to Les Arcs 1950 and 2000. The restaurant is cosy inside with a big traditional fire but also has a large terrace where you can eat when the weather permits. There are two options to choose from for lunch time eating. Expect to pay around €15 for the middle value self service option which consists of different choices of starters, hot and cold main courses and desserts. For the more traditional table service option a medium menu will cost around €23. Desserts here are renowned as they are made by a local Chocolatier.
Les Chalets de L’Arc is located at an altitude of 2200m and is near the resort of Arc 2000, five minutes from the Arcabulle chair lift. The building itself is a beautiful, traditional chalet with a terrace that always has the sun as long as it is shining. Set menus start from €18 but you can chose from a menu of dishes from €10 and there is also a good children’s menu. All bread is made on site in the old style ovens and great pride seems to be taken in all preparation and presentation of the food served here. This is a highly recommended restaurant to visit.
There a few restaurants over towards Villaroger, but two in particular that should be visited while you are there. The first is on the way down to the village on the longest marked run in Europe (7km in total) if you start from the top of the Aigulle Rouge. You may need a break halfway down anyway so a good excuse would be to visit Chalet du Solliet at 1750m. The building is an authentic mountain chalet in an exceptional location with a couple of well positioned terraces and good menus. Again, you can choose from the self service (salads, soups, sausages and polenta, omelettes) or restaurant options (Fondues, Raclettes, Tartiflettes) and there is also an interesting menu with specialities from the South West of France including confit and breast of duck and Foie Gras. In the winter you can only access this restaurant via the piste but it is open and is very popular in summer with walkers and bikers.
The second gem that we found in the Villaroger area is La Ferme, located in the village itself, but which can normally be reached on skis throughout the winter. A short walk is involved from the bottom of the piste but it is worth it for the restaurants rustic charm and the buzz that there is when you walk upstairs during a busy lunchtime period. A particular favourite dish of ours is the rabbit casserole from the self service counter which, although not cheap, is deliciously tasty.
If you are looking for a break from French cuisine then head to the Mont Blanc bar and restaurant in Vallandry which is a lively, English run place, popular with seasonnaires and younger holiday makers. The menu is typically English – think ham, egg and chips, bangers and mash and curry. You can also have an early tapas supper or you can choose to grab a burger or homemade soup from the ‘Snack Shack’ at the back of the hotel bordering the Aigle red run.
For more quick bites like paninis, cups of soups (not Cuppa Soup) and tasty deep pan pizza slices go to the very conveniently placed Le Snack. There is plenty of picnic bench seating with spectacular views across the descending slopes and the valley below, there is also always good music playing and it is cheap and has a cool vibe. This is the perfect ski in/ski out snack bar just above and parallel to the mid-station of the Trans Arc bubble.