Whether you’re a skier, hiker or just looking for your next culinary adventure there’s much to be said for making that extra effort to access mountain view restaurants.
Breathing in that fresh mountain air, warming yourself by an open log fire or taking in those awe-inspiring mountain views, come rain, sun or snow, they are all made the more exquisite when you have dined well.
From good rustic mountain cuisine to Michelin starred dining there’s an authentic mountain restaurant to suit most pockets, So strap on your skis, clip on your crampons and get ready to go off piste with our collection of mountain restaurants.
1) St. Hubertus, Alta Badia, Italy
Two Michelin starred St. Hubertus restaurant can be found inside five star hotel Rosa Alpina in the Italian Dolomites. Chef Norbert Niederkofler draws on the local products of Alta Badia in inspired and precise cooking served in an elegant dining room which stays true to its mountain location.
Rosa Alpina Srl di Hugo Pizzinini
Strada Micurá de Rü, 20 - 39036 San Cassiano in Badia (BZ) Italy
2) Alpino Vino, Colorado, USA
You'll need to take a snow coach to get you to the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America at a whopping 11,966 feet (3647m) where you'll be served a five course Italian themed menu with optional wine pairing.
12100 Camels' Garden Rd, Colorado 81320, United States
3) BERGGASTHAUS AESCHER-WILDKIRCHLI, SWITZERLAND
Outdoor enthusiasts will love this restaurant located a three hour hike away in the side of a mountain in the Alpstein area. If that seems a bridge too far on a winter's day you can always cheat and take the gondola lift. The views should be worth it you'll be 5km above sea level as you re-vitalise on traditional and local swiss fare. Click here to find out more about the restaurant on the side of a mountain.
Bernhard und Nicole Knechtle, 9057, Weissbad/AI
4) Restaurant Jean-Sulplice, France
At 2300m skiers will enjoy a gastronomic experience at the highest Michelin starred restaurant in Europe located in the heart of the Three Valleys Ski Resort. Young chef, Jean-Sulpice, earnt two Michelin stars based on his philosophy of establishing gastronomy in a ski area. The resulting restaurant speaks for his success.
Restaurant Jean Sulpice
73440 Val Thorens France
5) Araxi, Whistler, B.C, Canada
This award winning restaurant located in the Rocky Mountain's is one of Whistler village's most established and popular dining venues. Leading Canadian executive chef, James Walt, was one of the “farm-to-table” pioneers. His compelling regional cuisine has created a name for him based on local, sustainable ingredients which are all served in the warm and buzzing restaurant.
4222 Village Square Whistler, B.C. Canada VON 1B4
6) Chez Vrony, Zermatt, Switzerland
This famiily run retaurant at 2100 metres above sea level comes with stunning views of the Matterhorn from the spacious balcony. Enjoy rustic cusine with an international flair made from organic and local ingredients. Don't miss out on the dry cured meat, homemade sausage and Alpine cheese, they're all made to traditional mountain recipes.
Vrony and Max Cotting-Julen Findeln CH-3920 Zermatt
Fancy trying some more unique restaurant experiences? From dining up a tree, to in the sky, find out more here.