Have you ever wondered where the best restaurants in Verbier are? You might be surprised but quite a few of them happen to be up the mountain! Luca Barletta is a long-standing ES team member and founder of our Double Black program, which helps our instructors deliver the best ever ski experience to their guests. No-one knows the Four Valleys mountain restaurant scene quite like Luca, so we asked him to share with us his top five places to eat on the mountain:
“If you fancy a proper pizza made by mother yeast and wood oven, you will find your place at Le Dahu. Even if your partner views carbs like a penguin views a white Caribbean beach, don’t worry; Le Dahu makes some of the best salads in Verbier as well.
P.S. The beef tartare is just divine.”
Le Dahu is located at the base of the La Chaux area in Verbier and is easily accessible on foot as as well as on skis. Exceptional views also make it a great lunch spot for groups with non-skiing members.
“Carrefour is the main meat / beef place on the mountain. Its hot stones dishes (where you can cook your own filet or whatever else you like) are totally original and it provides a great opportunity to taste some high-quality Swiss meat. The salads and soups are amazing, too, probably some of the best up the hill.
P.S. If you love meat, the Carrefour tataki is an absolute must during your holiday!”
Carrefour is easy to get to either from the mountain or from Verbier town. Skiers will find it located just at the top of Le Rouge piste, while from town you can take the no.1 bus straight there. It’s also a great choice for an evening meal, with the option to sledge back to town afterwards!
“Cuckoo’s Nest is high, the terrace is big, the panorama is marvellous and it is a Porsche Club restaurant. If you have a Porsche and you show your club card or the car keys to the waiter, the restaurant will offer you a glass of champagne with your meal. Cuckoo’s Nest is a very good restaurant; the fondue Chinoise is their top dish, you can find it alongside the handmade ravioli with truffle and delicious curry.
P.S. Do you like frogs’ legs? Christian, the owner, has a passion for them and his frogs’ legs are for sure the best ones in resort.”
Cuckoo’s Nest is also a great option for skiers and non-skiers. It be accessed on foot by taking the Funispace from Ruinettes. It has a wonderful laid-back atmosphere, the service is impeccable and the walls are decorated with antique cuckoo clocks.
“Would you like something local and tasty, but you are on the Savoleyres side of resort and you don’t want to go all the way through Verbier to eat? Don’t worry! Go to La Marmotte. All the Swiss food here is great. Fondues, meat, assiettes and potatoes… but if you really want an amazing burger this is your place.”
La Marmotte is a little tricky for non-skiers to get to, but it’s worth the walk. You can access it on foot via a track from Carrefour, just make sure the track is open before you start!
“If you go for the Four Vallées tour, you will realise the other valleys have much more basic restaurants compared to Verbier. But you can still find something unique and delicious. The best place is called Les Chottes in the Four Vallées resort of Veysonnaz. From here you can admire the Sion valley from the most stunning point in the entire ski area. The restaurant has a quite limited choice but the management runs a family farming business in the summer; all their cured meats, cheeses and sausages are handmade and very authentic. The assiette Valaisanne brings together all the best farm products in one dish.”
Les Chottes is located just next to the T-bar of the same name in Veysonnaz. It’s a wonderful restaurant but unfortunately it can only be accessed on skis and can take a while to get to from Verbier. Make sure you leave plenty of time before your reservation!
And there you have it: the five best restaurants in the Four Vallées, as recommended by a seasoned Verbier foodie. If you’re having lessons with ES, our instructors will be happy to make you a reservation at any of these restaurants and more. Just let them know what you like to eat and they’ll do all the hard work for you! If you’d like to organise ski, snowboard or telemark lessons for yourself or your party, we’re just a phone call or an email away, get in touch!