In the villages
Verchaix - Le Potet
Enormous, excellent pizzas and local Savoyard dishes, including meat and cheese fondues and the best tartiflette I"ve found,. Just around the corner from the chalet (5 mins walk) on the main road towards Taninges. Eat in or take away (menus in the chalet). Recommend you book as they are very popular with locals and sometimes so busy they won't even take takeaway orders. Generally closed Sunday and Monday evenings.. Often have live bands on a Saturday evening.
Verchaix - M.a.c. Diots
Take away located across the roundabout from the chalet next to tourist information. Burgers, sausages and excellent fries all cooked to order, many with a Savoyard twist.
Morillon - La Puzze
About 50 m away from the telecabine, it offers a large selection of dishes including burgers, tartiflette, fondue and pizzas Pizzas are a good option for takeaway if Le Potet closed. Again recommend booking if you want to eat in.
Verchaix - La Mendigote – 0033 (0)4 50 90 10 63
Traditional French restaurant in Verchaix village up the hill from the chalet. Very good value fixed price menu. Little English spoken but staff very friendly. 10 - 15 mins uphill if you walk, but downhill on the way home!
Vercland (between Morillon and Samoëns) - La Reposette
Dutch run restaurant by the bottom of the Vercland lift. Friendly with a large log fire, and good atmosphere. Their ribs are legendary and burgers also good but choice for vegetarians more limited. Lunch service generally stops at 3 pm – good spot for a late lunch post skiing and then pick up the ski bus home (via Samoëns) which stops outside. This is also a good evening option if you drive.
Taninges - La Cremaillere
For something a bit more upmarket, we would recommend La Cremaillere in Taninges which is a little further away but excellent. Location is a little strange, as you drive through a small industrial estate to get there (it's next to a lake just by the RIver Giffre) and the decor a bit 1980s / 90s red and black but everything we've had there has been superb.
Taninges - Miamami
It may seem a long way to go for a pizza or burger but they really are excellent. Bases are wonderful and toppings are a bit different from the usual offerings (menu in chalet). They have a single communal table where you can eat, otherwise it's a case of having the car engine running and the heater on ready for a dash back to the chalet! If you eat in they give you a free shot (or two) of their house cocktail - when we were last there it was melted carambars with a large amount of rum and cream. They get very busy so phone to order and don't drive down on the offchance.
Samoëns - 8M des Monts
On the main square in town. It generally has reputation for the best food but owners are assiduous in responding to any negative reviews which may affect the ratings! Restaurant is very small and menu rarely changes, which I find bizarre for somewhere that prides itself on local, seasonal food. Vegetarian option has been 'curry de légumes' for several years and when I last looked, three out of six main courses were beef. La Cremaillere is much better.
Samoëns - Louisiane
Lacklustre, verging on rude at times, service and very overpriced pizzas - avoid.
On the slopes
Morillon - L’Igloo – 0033 (0) 4 50 90 14 31
Great location on the slopes just off the Marvel green run at the top of the Bergin lift, so easily accessible for all skiers. Can get very busy so recommend booking, particularly if you are a large group. Terrace is south facing and deservedly popular. Also open in summer.
Morillon - Chalet d‘ Clair
Located next to top of Sairon chairlift. Great atmosphere and plays a wide range of music. The wood burner upstairs can be particularly welcome (and busy!) on a cold wet day. Food is good, staff v friendly. There can be long waits for a table (45 minutes) at busy times and there isn't a lot of space to wait so it can be quite congested. Extensive terrace, which can be packed on a sunny day.
Les Carroz - Chalet Des Molliets
Located by bottom of the Molliets lift at the end of Marmotte blue run (Les Carroz side). Nice rustic restaurant for lunch or drink stop; our favourite stop for mid morning coffee. They have daily specials and their own smoked salmon.
Samoëns 1600 - Lou Caboëns
Great location right by the top of the Grand Massif Express – come off the gondola and turn right down the slope / steps. There’s a hut outside selling drinks and snacks (panini, chips, hot dogs, nuggets etc) and a large sunny terrace outside the restaurant itself. Food is excellent, particularly the burger and salmon pasta although decor and furniture are fairly basic and not remotely alpine. Its location makes it a great spot to meet up with non-skiers.
Samoëns 1600 – Restaurant L’Aero
Restaurant L’Aero is a hidden gem – it’s a little walk up from the main plateau at Samoëns 1600 near the Plateau draglift. The easiest way to find it is to come off the TGD / Vercland gondola and walk in the opposite direction to the Grand Massif Express. It’s signposted off to the right.
Samoëns – Luge a Teran
Located on the side of the blue Dahu piste back into Samoens 1600. Serves traditional Savoyard fare as well as some excellent daily specials. Several wood burning stoves so it's very cosy. Recommend popping in to book a table. No kids menu.
Located on the Epicea (green) piste next to its junction with Faust (red). Huge, sunny terrace and good choice of reasonably priced food. Nachos are particularly good and enough for two to share. Salads are enormous.
Flaine - La Pente a Jules
We've only eaten here once and it was late in the season so they may have been winding down (Epicea was shut) but food was very poor. The daily special lasagne was burned and very dry (we sent it back) and the goats cheese salad was worst I've had.