Whether you’re a ski enthusiast or a non-skier (like me!) you’ll be sure explore the restaurant scene in Courchevel 1850. There is a huge amount of choice from multi-Michelin starred fine dining, to lively ski-in places for lunch, to buzzing night life.
1. Le Panoramic
Quite possibly of the most beautiful restaurants with a view that I’ve been to. Le Panoramic is perched on a cliff top at an altitude of 2732m and (as the name suggests) has panoramic views of the Alps and Mont Blanc.
We had to use a series of (scary) cable cars to reach the restaurant which was at the Saulire summit at the junction of Courchevel and Meribel but it was well worth the half an hour journey from the bottom. You can take a seat in the restaurant’s cosy interior but we were lucky with the weather during our trip and sat on the terrace at every restaurant.
Take a seat on the upper terrace at the à la carte restaurant and you will be treated to the most tremendous view like you’re sitting right in the clouds!
You’ll be pleased to know that this isn’t a restaurant that rests on its laurels simply by virtue of having a good location, the food is excellent too. We shared a delicious charcuterie plate, ceviche and spring rolls to start.
And I went little off-piste (haha) for me and had a beautifully cooked venison for my main course whilst Mr S enjoyed lamb and our ski instructor had steak tartar. Mr S has a tradition of drinking rosé whilst on ski trips, so a bottle (or two) of Whispering Angel went down well at most meals. Unlike some of the other day restaurants in this list, Le Panoramic has a really peaceful atmosphere and though the terrace was fully booked out with other people we still felt to relaxed with only views of snow-capped mountains. The other restaurants had live music and more of a party environment, I’d definitely recommend having the best of both worlds.
2. Le 1947
Courchevel has it’s fair share of Michelin star restaurant but Le 1947 is the top of the pile being the only restaurant in the resort with three Michelin stars. Located in the super luxury Cheval Blanc Courchevel hotel, it is a celebration of the culinary art of chef Yannick Alléno.
With inspiration from the mountains and alpine flavours, dinner at Le 1947 is so much more than just a meal, it’s an entire adventure in itself. The dining room is absolutely stunning and the kitchen is totally open giving guests the opportunity to walk straight in, meet the chef and find out what goes on behind the scenes.
There are also four two Michelin star restaurants in Courchevel 1850,Le Chabichou by Chef Rochedy was one was particularly recommended to me but I didn’t have time to fit in.
Nama is the signature restaurant at Aman Le Mélézin, the hotel that we stayed in whilst in Courchevel 1850. Not only was the setting beautiful and intimate but the food was fabulous too – I mean you know me and Japanese food.
Specialising in sushi, sashimi and Wagyu beef, the menu showcases the talent of master chef Keiji Matoba who uses the finest local ingredients where possible in the style of Japan’s Unesco-recognised tradition of washoku.
If you’re staying at Aman Le Mélézin, lunch or dinner at Nama is included on the half board package but non-residents of the hotel are also welcome to eat in the restaurant.
Nammos was already a recognisable for Mr S and I, having eaten in the original legendary beach club in Mykonos. Nammos Courchevel 1850 of course has a totally different setting but a very similar vibe.
Everything about Nammos is seriously chic, from the beautiful wooden exterior and cosy interior to the gorgeous terrace with snuggly blankets and open fire places.
To this sensational view! As you can see Nammos is right on the slopes so it’s possible to ski right in and have a glass of rosé in your hands within minutes! We absolutely loved the atmosphere at Nammos which was super chic and lively without the pretension that you might imagine at a ski hot spot.
Like its Greek predecessor, Nammos Courchevel 1850 serves a menu of mostly mezze style food as well as sushi, pasta, salad and things. We ordered some of the Greek sharing plates too and the traditional salad, calamari, and beans and meatballs were all excellent. Feeling full from the starter we ordered a red snapper from the daily fish menu to share as our main course – but a word of warning make sure you double-check the prices as this restaurant is next level expensive.
5. Le Tremplin
Le Tremplin can be found right in the heart of the village and it’s the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere. Seriously Courchevel 1850 village is so pretty it’s like Christmas town! Rather a legendary spot in the city, Le Tremplin has been in its prime position for 55 years and while you can enjoy the restaurant inside, I’d advise a seat on the terrace where you’ll be in La Croisette, right at the foot of the slopes with a view of the mountains.
We actually went twice, once for a hot chocolate with Cointreau to break up our morning of skiing and the second time to try one of their famous crepes.
We didn’t have a full meal there but the restaurant did come recommended by our hotel as one of the top seafood and sushi restaurants serving classic dishes with a modern twist.
6. La Mangeoire
When I asked our hotel to book the trendiest restaurant in town, the concierge suggested La Mangeoire. This suggestion was seconded by our friends who had been to Courchevel many times before.
I was worried that this might be a restaurant that was all style over substance with bad food and people looking to be seen but actually is was a lovely fun restaurant serving surprisingly good food. Interior wise, it’s a modern version of the alpine chic look that’s characteristic of Courchevel. Book in for the late sitting (we were in at 10.30) and enjoy the delicious European cuisine as the atmosphere gets wilder, live musicians appear and the whole restaurant turns into a night club. It was dark and I only bought my phone so my pictures are terrible but we had sushi for starters and lobster pasta. Again be aware of the extortionate prices.
7. Le Cap Horn
Le Cap Horn is a Courchevel institution. Located at an altitude of 2000m, the views are simply outstanding but you’re also here for the atmosphere. Whilst Le Panoramic is a place to take in the beautiful views in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, Le Cap Horn is a place to party.
With the weather being fantastic, Mr S and I met so friends, ordered some magnums of rosé (there’s 600 wines on the list) and had a fab time! A sushi platter was a fantastic sharing starter, whilst we all got our energy up with bowls of pasta for main course. I spied a rather tempting dessert station but didn’t quite have space for it.
Many of the restaurants have professional photographers doing the rounds so we were able to get some good photos too, despite only having our phones with us.
Those are the best restaurants that I found in Courchevel 1850. Do you have any favourites?
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