Where to dine in Alpe d’Huez
Not only does Alpe d’Huez have a beautiful ski area with a mix of activities to enjoy and a fantastic Apres scene with many bars to spend your evenings in, they also have some awesome food joints! Here are a few of our favourites.
These restaurants are all in the Old Town sector, which is where our Chalets are. There are of course many other restaurants in the other sections of the town. But you have the best right here on your door step! Suddenly staff evening-off doesn’t seem so bad…
Au Blu Noir
Under new management last winter, this restaurant is one of our favourites! It’s small and cosy with a lovely atmosphere. The staff here are very attentive and look after you well. They serve steaks with a variety of delicious sauces as well as traditional mountain food – raclettes, fondue, tartiflettes. They do the raclettes with the old, traditional method of hot coals rather than using electricity and this is a great experience. With an extensive savoury and sweet crepe menu there is something a bit different, and lighter if people have had enough heavy mountain food! With a reasonably priced menu, this is one to enjoy for all!
Genepi has been around for years, and is a firm favourite with the locals. The interior is very traditional and rustic, with a Savoyard charm about it. The owner is a stereotypical eccentric French man, and is always very happy! There serve a large variety of steaks, traditional Savoyard food – my personal favourite is the cepe fondu (but I am a massive cheese lover!) They also do some very good set-menu options. The service isn’t always the fastest here… but the food is worth the wait! Best enjoyed over a bottle of wine or two!
Au petit saveurs
Nestled in the heart of the Old Town, down the cobbled streets and opposite Genepi, this lovely restaurant’s menu has a more fine-dining feel to it (well, by mountain standards), and is sophisticated yet relaxed inside with welcoming staff. They offer an imaginative menu, with different offerings than most mountain restaurants. There’s also an elaborate wine list – hurrah!
There is a cute little bar upstairs, where you can enjoy the tapas menu whilst sipping a cocktail, or even eat here if you want an informal atmosphere whilst watching some live sport! However, downstairs, it’s very peaceful and cosy, with a wood fire burning away in the corner. As well as the tapas, they serve some great salads, and home comforts such as lasagne and fish n chips! 0-Bar is best known for its fantastic burgers – topped with tasty blue cheese or camembert and caramelised onions… yum! The menu here is very well priced and is probably one of your cheaper options.
Lounge 21 has a sophisticated feel to it, with the front half of the building separated in to a fabulous wine and cocktail bar (comfy sofa and seats included). In the bar area you can enjoy some tasty tapas dishes whilst waiting for your table if you’d like. The rear is a mixture of tables and booths, perfect for larger groups. Lounge 21 serves a selection of traditional dishes, such as fondue, raclette and pierrade. A nice touch here is that their fondues also come with crispy potatoes! There are also a couple of meat dishes, and they even do wine tasting on some evenings (check with your rep who is likely to know what night this falls.)
If you want something casual, and something very ‘un-French’, then head to Smithys. A tex-mex joint serving nachos, fajitas, burritos, ribs, burgers and the like. They even offer the ‘hot wing challenge’… not recommended for the faint hearted. A simple interior which transforms in to a lively bar late at night.
A decent menu with reliable service, Edelweiss is a traditional mountain restaurant, with a light and airy feel. Lots of different meat and steak dishes as well as a large fish menu. They also have a nice savoyarde selection – pierrade/hot stone, fondues, raclettes, tartiflettes and cheese in a box.
La Crémaillère is an attractive, cosy little restaurant. I’m afraid if you are a party over the size of 12 – think again! Great atmosphere, with a traditional Savoyarde menu with some seriously good meat dishes.
If you would like some reservations for one of these restaurants, just let your rep know and they will be happy to book you in!