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.
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 - it's not exactly slimming but you can always ski it off later!
There is a plethora of restaurants that provide this kind of fare. 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. 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.
Au P'tit Creux is praised for its local cuisine and is described as a "masterclass in cookery". Chamois d'Or has a romantic ambience and is open for lunch and dinner, with three-course menus. L'Altiport serves traditional alpine cuisine with a gourmet twist at the airfield in Alpe d'Huez.
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.