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“Amongst best in the area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant L'Arolay

Restaurant L'Arolay
Le Fornet, 73150 Val d'Isere, France
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Ranked #19 of 88 Restaurants in Val d'Isere
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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87 reviews 87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Amongst best in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Visited forst time about 6 years ago while skiing with guide. In our last 2 visits have actually tried to find our way to the restaurant and failed - the restaurant is a little tucked out of way from the Le Fornet telepherique. But managed to get there on this most recent trip, and glad we did. Wandered in for lunch about 2pm and the place was packed. They cleared a table for us to sit and we had our best meal of the week. Be sure to book ahead. We subsequently reserved a table for lunch later that week and returned for an equally great meal of house specialty - beef cooked over charcoal at the table, with half dozen different sauces. Prices are also much more reasonable than the overpriced mountain restaurants. Service is gallic and gay. Will return every time we ski in the region!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Barrie, Canada
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Rustic Charmer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We booked a table for four and all of us opted for the Prix Fixe menu for 40 Euros each which includes a pichet of wine and access to most of the a la carte menu. Starters included escargots and paysanne sausage and all of us opted for the fillet steak which is self-cooked at your table. A side of frites and salad and (in my case) creme brule for dessert completed a memorable meal. Service was effcient; it slowed a little as late-arivers filled the place. Atmosphere is chalet-rustic with a wood fire, exposed beams. We sat in the attached, enclosed porch at a long table. Very good casual fare.

Visited January 2012
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Paris, France
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“An all time favorite!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011 via mobile

We go there every time we are in Val d'Isere and are always very, very happy! Great atmosphere, food and prices! This is a safe and highly recommended choice! Make sure to book it is always very busy.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“One of the only restaurants in the world we have ever walked out of before being served”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

Attempted to eat here in Easter 2010. Much lauded - so we were keen to enjoy it. Arrived at the alloted time to be shunted unceremoniously towards a wall and left there. For quite a while. And I mean a while. Which gave us a great opportunilty to survey the chaos going on around us. Waiters very theatrically almost running around the place with nothing in their hands and every table baying for their attention. One poor chap was desperately trying to get their attention to get salt and pepper - in the end, he got up and fetched it himself from the kitchen! We were eventually seated by a rude, sweaty dismissive bloke who simply nodded at a table by the kitchen door. Sat down and waited. And waited. And waited. Couldn't help noticing at this point that the next table ( the chap who had to get the condiments from the kitchen and his family) were getting their meal in stages - not necessarily in the order in which you would want to consume them..............My husband is not one for expansive gestures - much less am I, but when we finally cracked and asked if we could at least order drinks and Mr. Sweaty and Arrogant responded by shrugging Gallically and saying - you'll have to make do as everyone else is waiting for something - we decided that the walk back into Val (and it took at least half an hour - with a starving 9 year old) was preferable to this. This is, as too many restaurants in the mountain are - very arrogant and not to be recommended. The British make these ski resorts - arrogance towards your customers by the French ceased being quaint many moons ago. AVOID and go to Casa Scara or during the day - The Signal. AS my now 10 year old daugter says" absolutely pantelones

    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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