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“Best Steak Ever”

Restaurant L'Arolay
Ranked #15 of 98 Restaurants in Val d'Isere
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Steak Ever”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

This has to go down as the best restaurant on the slopes i've been to. 4 of us met up for lunch, 3 travelling down from the fornet cablecar and one via the free bus from Val d'Isere, an easy 5 minute ride and 30 second walk away! L'Arolay is a chalet style restaurant set just off the main road but in an idyllic and peaceful setting. Relatively small inside, the ambience is wonderful, with a rustic and bustling charm. The oak tables are relatively tightly packed, and the staff nip amongst you with a haste and brusqueness that is a little unnerving at first but fun and engaging in a strange way! But the food, what can be said. It was simply divine. 3 of us had the L'Arolay specialty steak and all agreed it was amongst the best any of us had ever had. Simply melt in the mouth delight. This is a must visit restaraunt

  • Visited February 2014
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London UK
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best restaurant on the slopes”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

Exceptionally good restaurant at the bottom of the Fornet cablecar. Far better than most of the mountain restaurants. So good we went twice. Worth booking to avoid disappointment because it is well known.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Great fun”
Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

8 of us rendezvous'd here on 9th January 2014. We all had excellent meal/rose despite the "random" service ! It's a wonderful position close to ski lift at Le Fornet so good for skiers to meet with the novices. Heartily recommended for lunch.

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Bristol, UK
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“Family meal out - Good food, average service”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

We visited L'Arolay during our chalet staffs night off. Having read the reviews we were somewhat forewarned on what to expect, but it was very close to our accommodation so opted to give it a go. The restaurant has a lovely ambience with real fire and large oak tables.

We were shown to our table and given menu's but it was obvious it was a busy night and service may be slow. As such we waited 30 mins before the first drinks were delivered to the table and 45 for the first carafe of wine. We'd already decided we had to go with the flow and didn't make any complaints.

However once the table did get some attention the service was fine, although the waitress (The manager I think) was not backwards in putting us 'Rosbifs' in line with pronunciation and placement of the various heating accessories required for the local specialities.

The food was good, with 3 course set menu at 39 euros inc wine. I had escargot, filet steak in local sauce and creme brûlée, all very tasty and enjoyable. Others had fondue and raclette which were also enjoyed, so in all we liked the food and drink and had a good night. Whether it's worth 39 for the kids is debatable as it makes for a large bill, we also made the mistake of adding service at the end as I was told service was non-compris. However later found out that in France all menus include full service so we paid twice for what was at best average service.

  • Visited December 2013
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Bruxelles
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“not worth it,not good value”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

This place used to be charming and we used to have a warm welcome...
They now look down at you when you arrive and you have to be very grateful if they give you a table...
The service is very bad and very rough....you feel you are served by waiters in a train station...
They bang your glass ,spill some wine in your plate: no excuse,do not even look at you...
Meat was good but not enough (we had filet)
We left the place hungry and disappointed : very expensive for what it was.

  • Visited April 2013
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