About choosing a restaurant in Alpe d'Huez
There's a wide range of restaurants in Alpe d'Huez to suit all tastes, and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Alpe d'Huez 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.
Breakfast & Brunch
Mere Michel is a small cafe at the top of the main street past the ice rink. It opens at 8.30am for coffees, muffins and sandwiches.
While in the Alps, it is essential to try at least one of the traditional mountain specialities whether it be tartiflette, raclette, fondue, or one of the other variations on lots of melted cheese - hearty fayre to keep you skiing all day long!
Many restaurants in Alpe d'Huez serve up these dishes. A few notable mentions would include Le Passe Montagne for good value on Route de la Poste, La Petite Taverne in L'Eclose or Au Ble Noir on Chemin des Bergers. For an Italian twist on the traditional Alpine dishes, go to L'Authentique and try their reblochon lasagne!
For a more refined French dining experience, Au Puits des Saveurs is highly rated and has an extensive menu featuring some fusion cuisine in addition to traditional French dishes.
Out of town, but well worth a visit, is L'Ancolie in Huez Village.
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
As anywhere in the world you will find a never-ending choice of pizza/pasta restaurants in Alpe d'Huez. One that stands out from the rest, however, is L'Authentique on Avenue des Jeux. This wooden chalet-style restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes such as saltimbocca of calf with figs and gnocchi, as well as fish skewers and a selection of fresh pastas served with home-made sauces.
Alpe d'Huez has no Michelin starred restaurants (yet) but a few favourites are recommended by the Michelin guide.
Chamois d'Or has a romantic ambience and is open for lunch and dinner, with well thought out three-course menus. L'Altiport serves traditional alpine cuisine with a gourmet twist at the airfield in Alpe d'Huez. You can ski to it or take one of the free shuttles from the centre of Alpe d'Huez. Also mentioned in the guide are L'Esperance in Hotel Grandes Rousses and Signal 2108 (mountain restaurant).
Spanish & Mexican Restaurants
For those who fancy something with a bit more of a kick, there is the ever-popular (and rightly so) Smithy's Tavern. Their hearty Tex-Mex menu and home-made burgers will set you up for the night.
Alpe d'Huez has a small sushi restaurant on Route du Signal to eat in or takeaway.
At the cheaper end of the scale there is a number of fast food outlets in Alpe d'Huez, one late night option being Captain Sandwich - open until late serving all your post-partying snack needs.
Smithy's Tavern is a safe bet for vegetarians and vegans as their menu includes curry, chilli, bean burgers, fajitas and a few other items that are meat and/or dairy free. It's not too pricey and the varied menu will keep everyone in the group happy.
Vegetarians shouldn't have a problem at any of the typical Savoyard restaurants, as long as you're happy with plenty of cheese! Vegans will struggle though, so call ahead to check if they can adapt any of the dishes for you.
We visit a selection of restaurants in Alpe d'Huez each year. You can read about our first-hand experience in our Restaurant Reviews.