When it comes to dining on the slopes, the Swiss know how to serve up delicious Alpine food and wine. Amongst the best restaurants in the Swiss Alps, here’s a few that offer ‘must try’ authentic Alpine experiences, and some hidden gems that deliver a gourmet taste of the Alps.
If you’re a real foodie looking to experience Alpine fine dining in Saas-Fee, the Michelin star, Fletschhorn Restaurant is a must visit. Set in a woodland setting, above the Saas-Fee town, guests can take a stroll through the woods to enjoy this remote restaurant—or the restaurant can send a car to collect you.
Open for lunch and dinner, the Fletschhorn is recognised for delivering culinary delights and friendly service. With the head chef, Markus Neff placing so much emphasis on creating mouth-watering cuisine from local products, it’s not surprising that dining at Fletschhorn is a renowned gourmet experience.
Inside and outside seating makes Fletschhorn dining accessible whatever the weather, but if you do choose to sit outside you can enjoy a delicious à la carte or gourmet three-course menu on the restaurant’s terrace. Both menus are seasonal, so you can be sure to enjoy the freshest of ingredients.
While it’s not cheap, eating-out at the Fletschhorn is an unforgettable taste tangling experience. To make the visit even more unique, cooking seminars are available to book. During these seminars foodies are welcomed behind the scenes to learn some of the secrets of Saas-Fee’s gourmet recipes.
A visit to La Cabane Bella-Tola off the Saint Luc pistes is all about getting into the spirit of Alpine Switzerland and embracing the breath-taking views.
Perched on the piste, at 2340 metres in Anniviers, in Saint-Luc, Valais, the cabin style restaurant, La Cabane Bella-Tola is a taste of Alpine Switzerland. Built in 1962 and renovated in 2000 with modern comforts, the building maintains its historic hut feel, and is complete with a south facing terrace offering a magnificent view or an interior with a warm welcome.
The cabin restaurant offers traditional Valais and Swiss dishes, perfect for a lunch mid-ski or hike. The menu includes salads, planchettes or soup of the day in the summer, and Fondues, cheese crusts, röstis, and more in the winter. Save room for dessert and take your pick from ice cream or homemade pies.
Dine with the world at your feet, at the cottage on Eggishorn! Set at 2870 metres above sea level, the Horli-Hitta restaurant offers the opportunity to taste Valais’ specialties in a homely cottage atmosphere high above the Aletsch Glacier.
From the restaurants terrace you can admire the largest and longest glacier in the Alps while enjoying mouth-watering Valais food. Located at the edge of the piste, it’s an ideal lunch stop with access from the Eggishorn gondola.
Ideally located between Les Collons and Thyon 2000 in the 4 Vallées —Thyon’s Alpage restaurant is accessible from the central skiing area, and makes for a great lunch stop during a ski day.
Guests can enjoy a meal with family or friends in a place full of charm. And when the weather allows it, you can eat on the terrace and take-in a priceless view over the valley, with an incredible panorama of the Dent Blanche and Mont Cervin (Matterhorn), two mountain peaks that together are known as the ‘royal couple’.
With a reputation for serving authentic alpine food and a selection of Valais’ wines in a warm setting, the Alpage restaurant’s dishes are an affordable option for the slopes. With guests being able to enjoy a meal for as little CHF 15.--.
In the heart of the 4 Vallées ski area, at the top of the Tracouet Gondola, the restaurant of Tracouet awaits your visit. With its panoramic views, and self-service or ‘A La Carte’ lunch options, the venue offers a large choice of food to satisfy all appetites—and a choice of inside or outside seating.
With the restaurant’s easy access from the Tracouet Gondola, it allows non-skiers to head up from the Nendaz village to join friends or family for lunch on the hill—making for a well-liked lunch spot. Along with being a great place to fill up on a good sized meal between ski runs, the Tracouet is also a fantastic spot for admiring the mountain top views. On a fair weather day guests can witness a 360 grad view over the Alps and the Vallée du Rhône, while enjoying a bite to eat.
In summary, the building itself is of modern style, the views and food are true to Alpine Switzerland, making it a great outdoor setting when the sun is shining and a comfortable shelter in more overcast weather.