The predominance of half-board chalet-style accommodation in Morzine means most visitors are likely to dine in with the exception of the staff night off. And when that comes around, there’s a reasonable range of options to choose from, whether good-value pizza or top notch dining.
The choice is similar on the pistes, including places to suit all budgets with an emphasis on traditional Savoyard fare.
Solide café, in the centre of Morzine, is the most exciting new opening for 2023/24 where, after 12 years as a chef in Michelin starred restaurants in Paris, Antony Doraland offers a limited, freshly prepared menu, featuring healthy seasonal dishes, including vegetarian choices.
A welcoming gastro pub and microbrewery with small plates such as artisan sausages, frîtes and olives, or larger dishes including home-made burgers, ramen and poke bowls at modest prices. Beer is brewed on site and ingredients are sourced locally.
La Chamade has stylish modern décor and serves traditional Savoyard dishes and pizzas – with fish prominent on the menu. Under the same ownership is a wine bar and cheese bar, so there are good selections of those too.
A resort favourite, La Rotonde continues to please locals and visitors alike. The menu is the largest and most varied of any restaurant in town, and pizzas are a speciality.
In the three-star Hotel Le Samoyède, L’Atelier is in a class of its own. After working in top restaurants in Geneva and Courchevel, local chef Alexandre Baud-Pachon set up his own warm and cosy restaurant in 2004. He offers a three- or four-course “Inspiration du Marché” menu.
Renowned for its huge pizzas, L’Etale is an unpretentious place. Much more is on offer too, such as fish soup or snails for starters, Savoyard specialities, steaks and pasta dishes.
On the mountain
At the top of Les Prodains cable car in Avoriaz, Changabang has arguably the best and most reasonably-priced burgers and wraps in the Portes du Soleil. It does cater for vegetarians – although the burger option is a fried egg in a bun. To find the restaurant, head out from the top of the lift and cross the piste.
Contact: 00 33 4 50 74 06 39; facebook.com/Changabang
With the scent of bubbling pans of melted Reblochon cheese issuing a greeting from afar, Chez Nannon is reached by either the Ravarettes or Troncs Express chairlifts in Morzine's Nyon sector. It is a classic Haute-Savoyard restaurant with cheese, potatoes and air-dried meat the main fare, but it also serves steak, burgers, and a dish of the day. The braised knuckle of ham with mustard sauce is particularly good.
Chalet du Nabor
Right next to the beginner area on Pleney, Chalet du Nabor has a lovely terrace and serves tasty mountain cuisine, including Savoyard dishes, homemade quiches and mouthwatering fruit tarts.
Contact: 00 33 6 62 06 51 88; facebook.com/chaletdunabor74/
At the further end of Pleney – just off the Belvedere, Fys and Folliets du Golf chairlifts, you’ll find a gem of Savoyard charm. Beautifully decorated inside, and with a huge terrace for sunny days, Le Vaffieu serves up bubbling plates of melted cheese, as well as impressive dishes of fish and scallops. You can ski all the way down to Morzine village from here so there’s no rush back for the last lifts.
Contact: 00 33 4 50 79 09 43; facebook.com/Le-Vaffieu