For obvious reasons, most of the mountain restaurants do not allow you to use their tables unless you have purchased THEIR food. And with sunny terrace space being in high demand, especially during peak holiday periods, you’ll most likely be asked to leave by one of the employees, should you pull out your own lunch on their tables. That said, some restaurants will turn a blind eye to your “brown bag” as long as you buy something from them, even if only a drink, or part of your meal…as long as you remain discreet.
If it's a warm sunny day, why limit yourself to the restaurant’s terraces & risk getting turned away by its employees? On such days, the entire mountain can be your picnic ground! Just steer clear from skiers and boarders on the pistes & be careful not to stop under slopes which may pose avalanche dangers…and remember to take your litter home with you. You can even find perfect spots like the solitary picnic table currently at the top of La Chaux 2 chair – million dollar views included!
During the heart of winter, or when the weather outside is bad, a picnic room situated in the basement of the Ruinettes’ lift station is put at your disposal. There is however not much ambience within its drab cement walls, so I would recommend keeping your picnics to sunny days & splurging on the restaurants the other times.
Mountain Restaurants in Verbier & the 4 Valleys
Verbier has a decent number of restaurants to choose from up the mountain, and although most serve food of a good standard, the culinary possibilities are limited to a similar, somewhat repetitive fare. In most establishments, you will usually find the traditional Valaisan meat and cheese dishes, as well as the “classics”: pastas, burgers, pizzas and salads. Portions for the most part aren’t extravagant, but most times, you’ll find the prices are. Expect to pay 17 to 33 SFR for a main course, with some meat dishes reaching into the 40 SFR mark.
There is also a good number of “à la carte” restaurants up the mountain which welcome you for sit-down meals. Most take reservations, and to avoid disappointment, it is best to book a table, especially during peak holiday periods. The “self-service” restaurants tend to be a little cheaper. The following is a complete list of what you’ll find.
Mountain Restaurants in the Verbier Area
Buvette de la Chaux (opposite the Jumbo lift station)
L’Olympique (Attelas – top of Funispace lift)
Les Ruinettes (opposite Ruinettes lift station)
Powder Spirit Bar (Attelas – top of 6-man chair)
All have large terraces with panoramic views; perfect to soak up the rays on those warm spring days! For "a la carte" dining try:
Au Mayen (just below the Combe 1 chair, next to Mayentzet chair)
Chalet Carlsberg (halfway down the Attelas 3 piste)
Chez Simon (bottom of Le Nord 6-man chair) Crêperie Baratin (next to the top of Le Tailley lift); Same owners as the Monde des Crêpes in the resort; boasts a fare of great crêpes and serves café au lait in a bowl…and great views of the Combins from their terrace! Pizzeria Mama Leone’s & Restaurant Savoleyres(top of Savoleyres lift station). Two restaurants, one of which has a large terrace with a panoramic view!
For "à la carte" dining try: La Marleinaz (bottom of the Marleinaz off-piste itinerary) La Marmotte (below Savoleyres Sud drag-lift…next to Le Namasté) Le Namasté below Savoleyres Sud drag-lift…next to La Marmotte) Le Sonalon (directly below the Savoleyres bubbles…halfway down)