With over 15 restaurants in Morzine that range from traditional Savoyard dishes and fine dining to brasserie style snack bars and pizza takeaways how can you start to decide where you should dine out during your visit. As part of our series on Morzine Eats we are starting off with our favourite four restaurants in Morzine centre. We have had over 20 years to “research” them and have looked deep beyond the cooking to find out what makes each culinary establishment so unique.
L'Etale was the very first restaurant we visited in 1998 on arriving in Morzine and we love its busy and, at times, hectic atmosphere. It is located a short walk from the Pleney ski lift and has two floors, the upper restaurant as you walk in and a lower floor in the Basement. They have also added a tented area with further tables on the terrace.
L’Etale is a family run restaurant open since 1977 and headed by Vincent and his team of talented chefs and efficient servers. They describe the restaurant as “a gourmet brasserie with a resolutely mountain atmosphere!
Open all year offering a selection of Savoyard specialities as well as fantastic pizzas, meat, and fish, the must try dish is La Potence: A skewer of meats flambéed at your table with whisky! This is served with a huge side of chips and salad which they offer to refill if needed! Other specialities include the Escalope morzinois, Planche de l’Etale and Duo de Boucher, and not forgetting the traditional Savoyard Fondue and Tartiflette.
During the winter and summer seasons, L’Etale is open daily from 11 am to Midnight for non-stop service. Dinner reservation essential.
What you will love: The friendly brasserie atmosphere, large portions of food
Top Tip: Its worth coming off the slopes for the daily lunch time Plat du Jour!
80 Taille de Mas du Pleney
TEL +33 4 50 79 09 29
The sister restaurant to L’Etale, La Rotonde is a more upmarket and relaxed venue, promoted as an ideal address for a gourmet experience in the heart of the village.
The restaurant has three cosy interior dining rooms (one of which is good for larger groups), as well as the more recent covered terrace which brings the inside out and a shady garden, perfect for lunchtime dining.
Cuisine at La Rotonde is a mix of modern with traditional dishes and offers an eclectic menu from reworked Savoyard specialities to classic brasserie and Asian cuisine. They also offer great vegan and gluten free dishes!
It is open for lunch and dinner every day in season and from Tuesday to Sunday afternoons the rest of the year. Reservation essential.
What you will love: The relaxed atmosphere and varied international menu
Top Tip: Best garden for outside dining when the weather is good!
890 avenue de Joux-Plane
TEL +33 4 50 79 16 30
La Chaudanne has been one of our firm favourites since 2001 and it is very much a family run restaurant with an interesting history. The building originally built in 1923 was transformed from a humble barn into a chalet with a restaurant on the ground floor in 1979 by Michel Marchand and his wife Marie-Françoise. Thus, in December, the restaurant "La Chaudanne" first opened its doors.
Since their son, Thierry and his wife Veronique took over running the restaurant in 2001 it has increased in popularity … and following several renovations now offers a relaxed dining experience in a modern chalet style dining room.
La Chaudanne offers a gourmet yet traditional French cuisine and local specialities including traditional Savoyard dishes, steaks, and pastas as well as set menus.
Even more notable is that below the restaurant, the vaulted cellar wine bar has a wine list of over 350 wines - look down through the glass floor when you arrive in the restaurant! To accompany the wines there is a fine selection of small plates of tapas and bruschetta.
La Chaudanne is open in season from 12 – 14h and from 18.30 for dinner – reservation essential.
What you will love: The friendly service, diverse menu, and modern chalet style decor
Top Tip: look out for the rifle shots of Poire William at the end of your meal!
590 Route de la Plagne
TEL+33 4 50 79 12 68
La Chamade offers a fine dining experience combining modernity with tradition. The exterior is adorned with many wooden sculptures and the spacious interior houses both the restaurant and cheese bar. The sister venue, Le Coup de Coeur located opposite, is an ideal place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
La Chamade was the first restaurant in Morzine in 1969; Michel and Germaine Thorens offered homemade crepes to tourists coming back from the ski slopes, and a few years later opened Club Chamade on the first floor, serving wood-fired pizzas and dancing by candlelight! The family tradition continued when their son Thierry and his wife Valerie took over at the reins of the restaurant in the 1980s.
Thierry Thorens learned his trade in top kitchens (including Paul Bocuse) and from his mother, who passed on recipes and secrets from mountains. Today the cuisine at La Chamade restaurant relies on the tradition and authenticity of many regional products whilst shaking things with new ingredients… Thierry gives pride of place to local produce, in which he marries spices in his inventive recipes. His philosophy is to give the utmost respect to everything prepared in the kitchen, from the way it’s cooked to its texture, his creations are presented either around the main ingredient or separately, which varies according to what’s available and in season, using little pots, spoonful’s, syringes, plates or earthenware dishes. .You can also request to be seated at the chefs table to watch the chefs at work.
The cheese bar at La Chamade is a showcase of the finest Alpine cheeses as well as contemporary art and is open every afternoon until late for pre-dinner drinks or cheese platters serving a selection of Savoyard, Swiss, Italian and even British cheeses accompanied by wines from Savoy, Valais, Bourgogne, Champagne and selected fine ports.
La Chamade’s wine cellar – Le Coup de Cœur is a quiet and welcoming venue where you can discover their extensive wine list accompanied by pecial “Morzinois tapas”.
La Chamade is open for lunch and dinner during the winter and summer season.
What you will love: The fine cuisine and distinctive surroundings
Top Tip: Foodie heaven!
90 Route de la Plagne
TEL+33 4 50 79 13 91
Linda loves being a tourist in her own town. It has become a passion to discover new places to share with their friends and guests