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The Best Summer Restaurants in Morzine

July 4th, 2023 Holiday Tips, Morzine

Summer is officially here and that can only mean one thing – al fresco dining. Eating outside is one of summer’s greatest pleasures, and here in Morzine, you are spoiled for choice. From calm lake-side spots to trendy mountain venues, we’ve compiled our favourite places to eat in Morzine in summer; all you need to do is decide which cocktail to order!

Restaurants in Morzine with sunny terraces, kids play areas and close to bike and walking trails

Best Spots for Families and Kids

Nothing tops off a great day of adventures than a great meal. Whether you want peaceful family time, or somewhere for the kids to burn off those last reserves of energy, Morzine has you covered. Although a buzzing apres spot in the winter, Le Tremplin is much mellower in the summer; offering a kids’ play area, a sun-kissed terrace and fantastic views of the Pleney. The kids menu is hearty but healthy, and guaranteed to please even the fussiest eater.

La Cendreé is another firm favourite that ticks all the boxes. Its closed-off play area means you can completely relax whilst the little ones play. Pop in for coffee and a crêpe, or choose something more substantial from their lunchtime or evening menu. With varied menus for both adults and kids, these restaurants are established crowd-pleasers and guarantee something for everyone.

Best Spots on an Easy Walk

There are so many beautiful walks in and around Morzine, and thankfully, many of them start or finish with a great place to eat. L’Auberge du Bout du Lac is a stunning restaurant located right on the edge of Lac Montriond. Start your evening with a languid stroll around the lake, then relax on the large, sweeping terrace with a glass of something cold, and watch the sun set on another beautiful day. The food is considered and elegant, and compliments the overall sense of taking your time and making the most of every moment.

If you follow the river between Morzine and Montriond, you’ll find The Wood Yard. As the new kid in town, Ibex Brewery’s new venture has had everybody talking. It offers a trendy yet relaxed alternative to the busy bars in town, and some fantastic food to boot. The menu is a mix of internationally-inspired tapas dishes and the usual favourites, plus, of course, a wide selection of beers brewed in-house. The large terrace outside is the perfect place to soak up some sun, and it’s located just on the edge of the river Dranse – meaning you can walk from Morzine or Montriond along the beautiful river path. Dogs are also welcome here.

Best Spots for Apres-Bike Vibes

Ô chalet is a classic for anyone wanting a decent burger, some good beer and a fantastic apres-bike vibe. Its central location and outdoor terrace means it’s the perfect place to soak up the apres atmosphere, and its all-day opening hours means you can hit up a burger for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

If you’re in the apres mood but fancy food that’s a bit different, Hideout Hostel is the one for you. Offering an incredible selection of pan-Asian fusion tapas, good beer and interesting cocktails, Hideout is a great way to finish off the day. All their dishes have vegan and vegetarian options, so the only real decision is how many times you go! There is also a small terrace right by the river, but book early as Hideout gets busy.

Best Spots for Relaxing and Romance

With all this exploring, hiking and biking, it’s easy to forget you’re on holiday! Thankfully, Morzine has some beautiful restaurants in which you can slow down, unwind and reconnect over dinner after a busy day.

The relaxed yet refined edge of La Rotonde makes it the perfect spot for a romantic summer evening. The menu is classic, sophisticated and seasonal; reminiscent of Parisian tradition with an international twist. Sit in the garden, or enjoy the views from the spacious, heated terrace. Wherever you choose to sit, make sure you’ve got a glass of something cold and the time to get lost in conversation.

If your idea of romance is more big jumpers and snuggles by the fire, Le Clin D’Oeil is the place for you. Perfect for those summer evenings when the warmth of the day disappears with the sun, Le Clin D’Oeil showcases all the best parts of the Savoyard region. From classic dishes like fondu, to bright, fresh risottos using seasonal veg, this restaurant is the place to go when time doesn’t matter. Tomorrow can wait; tonight, all you need is good food, good wine and excellent conversation.

Best Spots on the Mountain

Now, we love mountain adventures. But we particularly love mountain adventures that include beer and some classic Alpine cuisine! Thankfully there is a veritable plethora of spots on the mountain to stop, rest and take in the beauty of your surroundings.

The Brochaux Waterfall is one of our absolute favourites. And as if this stunning summer stroll couldn’t get any better – the Refuge de L’Abricotine is the perfect en-route stop for lunch, or a snack and a drink. Offering a small but wonderfully Savoyard menu, it’s a charming place to grab a spot on the terrace and rest your legs on your way to the waterfall.

Another contender for top spot on our mountain-based summer restaurants has got to be La Cremaillere, located in the heart of Lindarets Village, and affectionately known as the ‘Goat Village’. Traditional food, outdoor seating and the company of many friendly goats, are just a few reasons why this restaurant is a firm favourite.

But, for us, La Crapahute takes the top spot. Located a short walk from the stunning Lac des Mines D’Or, La Crapahute is a lovely, off-the-beaten track spot in which to recover after a long walk, or a worthy destination in itself. With sweeping views from its outside terrace, and traditional Savoyard food and wine, you’ll never want to leave this little piece of Alpine paradise.

So whether you are looking for a romantic meal for two; big plates and big beers after a long day of riding, or a relaxing spot to let the kids finally tire themselves out, Morzine has you covered. For beautiful summer accommodation, AliKats Mountain Holidays has a selection of stunning self catered chalets located in both central Morzine and Montriond.

About the author: Al
After an interesting but ultimately unrewarding 10 years working in banking in London and Geneva, I made the move into full time mountain life and have never looked back. When I am not looking after our 3 energetic and hilarious children, I oversee the commercial and business change side of AliKats. I also helped set up a local environmental charity called Montagne Verte, along with Kat. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn

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