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Megève Restaurants

Cintra
196 Place Église
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 02 60

Cintra opened its doors to hungry skiers back in 1937. It was a favorite of Rita Hayworth and the Aga Khan, and standards over the years have been maintained. These days, the attentive service at the brasserie comes courtesy of proprietors Evelyne and Patrick Mourot. Grilled sole, a magnificent platter of seafood, and foie gras with figs are among the specialties.

Open July through March.

Domaine de la Sasse
Cote 2000
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 6 09 90 30 29
www.domainedelasasse.com

Little known even among locals, Domaine de la Sasse is one of Megève's more unusual gourmet experiences. Chef Dominique Méridol lives in a farmhouse in the shadow of Mont Joly, five miles from Megève. The journey there involves a 20-minute walk up a steep path from where the road ends at Le Planay (snowshoes are often necessary in winter). Not a restaurant in the traditional sense, Domaine feeds only a thousand customers per year from a menu based entirely around bison from Méridol's own herd. The meat is prepared and served in every way imaginable, starting with homemade saucisson and fresh grain bread, and accompanied by very carefully chosen wines. Go for the larger of the two set menus, which includes paper-thin shaved bison tongue and spicy tartare—specialties the likes of which you will not find elsewhere. Despite the one-meat meal, each course tastes unique. Reservations are essential, as Méridol only opens his door when at least six people have booked a table. Bring cash, and come for lunch rather than dinner.

Closed October through December.

Flocons de Sel
75 Rue Saint-François
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 49 99
www.floconsdesel.com

Chef and owner Emmanuel Renaut trained at Claridges in London and with Marc Veyrat before setting up his own restaurant in a 19th-century farmhouse. His €65 ($95) lunch menu changes daily depending on the fresh produce available, and might include a millefeuille of green vegetables with chestnuts and wild mushrooms, warm crayfish from Lake Geneva, and chicken poached in hazelnut milk. His Flocons de Sucre (sugar snowflakes) is a signature dessert. Call ahead in the off-season.

Opens daily at noon, December through May and July through October.

L'Alpette
220 Route du Téléphérique de Rochebrune
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 03 69
www.alpette-megeve.com/uk/

This lunchtime institution at the top of the Emile Allais trail has been around since 1935, and you don't have to be a skier or snowboarder to get here. The restaurant runs a snowcat shuttle service (for a small fee) from the top station of the Rochebrune cableway. On cold days, you can relax in armchairs in front of the fireplace; on sunny days, lunch is served on the terrace. Try the knuckle of lamb cooked in green tea and acacia honey, or Grandmother's Farmhouse Chicken with two types of local wild mushrooms. You can also dine in the evening by arrangement and afterward join a torch-lit descent on skis to the resort.

Open mid-December through April and June through October.

L'Auberge de la Cote 2000
At the foot of the World Cup course
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 31 84

Cote 2000 is an ancient Savoyard farmhouse inn close to the airport on Mont d'Arbois. The brasserie-style lunch menu offers a choice of warming homemade soups and a dish of the day. It is particularly good for barbecued meat and whole barbecued fish and cheese dishes. Turnover on the terrace is swift during lunchtime, so it's possible to turn up without a reservation. It's another matter in the evening, however.

Open mid-December through April and June through October.

L'Idéal 1850
At the top of the Princesse gondola
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 31 26

This Rothschild-owned restaurant offers great views of both the Mont Blanc massif and the fur-coated/designer-ski-suited haute monde that lunches here in high season. The focus is on Savoie regional specialties such as air-dried meat and warm Beaufort cheese tart.

Open mid-December through April and June through October.

La Taverne Du Mont d'Arbois
2811 Route Edmond de Rothschild
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 03 53
www.domainedumontdarbois.com/site.php?SITE_LANG_NEW=EN

Inside this three-floor chalet-style building, at the foot of Mont d'Arbois lifts, are pine-green upholstered banquettes, chandeliers, and an open fireplace on which most of the wholesome food is grilled. Meat (veal, beef, and lamb) is its specialty, and the place is popular with families. Try the preserved shoulder of lamb and the risotto with fresh truffles. The cheese selection is extensively Savoyard, and killer desserts include a perfect Grand Marnier soufflé.

Open mid-December through April and June through October.

Le Puck
31 Rue Oberstdorf
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 450 21 06 61

If you want gourmet cuisine at a modest price, this is the place to go. Le Puck, tucked away behind the ice rink, is the brainchild of master chef Emmanuel Renaut. An unstuffy annex to Renaut's Flocons de Sel, it is run by a dynamic young team that serves carefully prepared dishes (eggplant cooked in thyme and orange, lemon risotto, pork and mushrooms) at all hours and with a smile. Leave room for the white-chocolate mousse with apricots. There's a fine, reasonably priced wine list and a huge choice available by the glass.

Open mid-December through April and June through October.

Le Refuge
2637 Hameau du Leutaz
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 4 50 21 23 04
www.refuge-megeve.com

Le Refuge's chef, Franck Soyer, defected in 2001 from La Sauvageonne, a landmark Savoyard restaurant that once occupied the former farm next door. Much of Soyer's reputation rests on the beef produced by Joseph Soquet, a local farmer. Steak, cooked on the rotisserie, doesn't come any better, served with mushrooms and potatoes. The restaurant's lack of pretension is evident from the service, the wine list (about 60 modestly priced local bottles), and the interior (a small, all-wood chalet). Lunch is the best time to go, provided you reserve a table outside on the terrace.

Call ahead for hours.

Les Fermes de Marie
Chemin de Riante Colline
Megève
France 74120
Tel: 33 4 50 93 03 10
www.fermesdemarie.com

Located within Jocelyne and Jean-Louis Sibuet's Les Fermes de Marie hotel, this is a pretty place, with heavy exposed beams, comfortable banquette seating, and a wall of windows looking out on a snow-covered lawn. Start with farmhouse-style foie gras terrine served with a homemade quince jam, followed by sea bream cooked with baby onions and finished with a lemon-and-fresh-basil sauce, or a moist fillet of veal over pasta with ham, nuts, and cèpes.

Closed mid-April to early June and late September to early December.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.