One of the well thought through aspects is the positioning of restaurants Chamonix has on-slope.
Non-skiers can meet up with their skiing companions on slope at these mountain restaurants.
Chamonix Mountain Resort has located these conveniently at or close to the Cable Car terminals. I've only covered mountain restaurants in Chamonix accessible to both skiers and pedestrian visitors.
This is the most easily accessible as the cable car to the top of Brevent starts from the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc. It's an easy walk from the Tourist Office and you go past lovely villas on this expensive part of town.
The Le Panoramic is located right at the top of Brevent and skiers and pedestrians access this via the 2 cable cars from the base in town. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the Alps from the outdoor terrace. We considered the style of food to be good bistro style, soups, pastas, steak as well as Savoy style food.
At Le Bergerie, at Plan Plaz, is a restaurant upstairs and a coffee shop downstairs. There’s full waiter service at the restaurant. Plan Plaz is at the mid station, accessed from the first cable car up from Chamonix.
This dual Chamonix skiing region of Brevent-Flegere is wonderfully sun blessed and perfect for intermediate skiers.
Les Grands Montets
There are a couple of restaurants serving the thousands who favor skiing at Les Grands Montents. Restaurant Argentero is accessible as well to pedestrians as it's adjacent to the Lognon Cable Car at mid level of the mountain. That is, it’s at the bottom of the Les Grands Montets pistes. It’s one of the larger places and has an outdoor terrace. Pedestrian visitors catch the free Chamonix ski bus to Argentiere which stops right at the lift terminal. Catch just the one cable car (Lognon Cable Car) up to mid- level.
At the Grand Montets mid station cable car building, there’s a take-away at the bottom of the building and a self-service restaurant at the top. There’s indoor and terrace seating.
There’s an excellent pizzeria at Plan Joran, but pedestrian visitors will have to walk from the top of the Lognon cable car along a track, to get here.
At Col de Voza is a snack bar, accessible to as well to pedestrians who get there via the Mont Blanc Tramway. I would say, it’s one jolly long journey from Chamonix to get here. We thought the food to be good value light meals, just as you’d expect from a snack bar.
For those skiing, the journey takes a little over 20 minutes on the free Chamonix Ski Bus to ski Les Houches. It's terrific skiing on the World Cup Kandahar run and great fun on the shorter pistes on the Col de Voza side of the resort.
Day trippers visiting Montenvers, go up on the rack and pinion train. The journey is about 25 minutes one way. At the destination, is a marvelous view of the Alps and the glacier, the Mer de Glace. Frankly, it is an amazing sight. The glacier is E-NOR-MOUS.
At the Montenvers railway station is a basic coffee shop. But close by, on the left hand side (as you face the glacier) is another large building, the Grand Hotel du Montenvers.
This houses, The Montenvers Hotel, one of the well known restaurants Chamonix tourists have enjoyed for decades. It serves quality Savoie style meals, while you enjoy the spectacular views of the Drus and the Grandes Jorasse. There’s a lovely outdoor seating area but it was very cold on the day I visited.
I understand they’re open for dinner only by reservation and for groups.
While there’s no skiing at Montenvers, this is where the off-piste run, Vallee Blanche Chamonix finishes. The last bit of the return journey requires a climb up the 350 stairs, then up the gondola to get up from the glacier to the Montenvers train station.
Aiguille du Midi
In winter, it’s just the café in the top terminal that’s operational. Simple, decent fare for visitors to the Aiguille and for those acclimatizing before the ski off down the Vallee Blanche Chamonix. Of all the restaurants Chamonix has on-mountain, this has the most spectacular views.
It’s a good spot to take a break after admiring the spectacular scenery across to Italy from the decks of the top terminal and marveling at the engineering.
It’s fortunate that on-slope restaurants Chamonix skiers patronize are also easily accessible for non-skiers.