One of the best things about dining in Tremblant is the wide array of options available to suit every budget and taste. For me though, one of Tremblant’s biggest draws is that everything you could possibly crave sits in the pedestrian village at the base of the mountain. You never have to worry about starting your car to find a great meal for apres-ski, and you can forget about those plastic wrapped sandwiches and canned soup that most ski hills offer during the day; even when it’s budget it’s delicious.
We’re lucky to live close to this premier ski destination and have visited most of the restaurants over the years. I understand that many people may only get to swoop in for one-visit though, so in the interest of making the most of your time here is what you need to know about dining in Tremblant, so you can make great choices, fast.
Best Options for Dining In Tremblant
Le Grand Manitou
As a food snob, I readily admit that I am spoiled skiing in Mont-Tremblant each season. I’ve visited other ski-hills and have been underwhelmed by the options in the ski-cafeteria. I see you hard-core skiers rolling your eyes; it’s about the skiing not the food Candace. I counter with an eye-roll of my own and raise you my hard-earned money. I want the whole package when I’m skiing, thank-you-very-much and Le Grand Manitou Lodge at the summit of Mont-Tremblant delivers. Yes, there are plastic-wrapped sandwiches for sale, but I can confirm they are fresh and delicious. There is also a huge assortment of hot food and snack options. Top that all off with a bar offering great beer and wine, and the struggle between mountain and socializing becomes very real.
Poutine is one of those foods, you either love or hate. I stand firmly on the love side. I mean, honestly, it french fries topped with gravy and cheese, what’s not to love? Smoke’s Poutinerie, raises the bar and offers variations on the original, like Philly Cheese Steak and Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine. Located at the start of the Pedestrian Village, just beside the The Cabriolet, this is one restaurant you definitely have to try if you’ve never experienced poutine.
Located at the top of the pedestrian village and at the base of St.Bernard, Le Shack is a Tremblant fixture offering traditional pub fare. It’s perfect for lunch or apres-ski, or lunch that turns into apres-ski. No judgement here, it’s your holiday.
La Diable is beer lover’s dream come true, but don’t stress if suds aren’t your thing, the food is on point too. Best bet here is one of the crazy burgers; lamb, buffalo, salmon or veal. Purists will love the traditional beef burger. A popular haunt, La Diable is always busy, so you may have to wait a few minutes for a table at any time of day.
La Forge sits directly beside La Shack at the bottom of St. Bernard. The menu here is pub-food but with a slight twist. Case in point; there are no chicken wings, but the duck wings will blow your mind. Worth noting, the margaritas at La Forge are the best I’ve ever had. They don’t advertise this fact, but it’s good to know if you’re looking for something to warm you from your toes.
If you find yourself at the base of the mountain for lunch and have worked up a big appetite, then check out Ô WOK. Their hearty Asian bowls will give you the fuel you need to make it to apres-ski.
We tried SoCal Kitchen this year when we were drawn in by a two margaritas and nachos offer for $22, and then proceeded to fall in love with the Tuna Tatake, Spicy Shrimp and Fish Tacos. This restaurant is definitely worth your time if any of the aforementioned made you hungry.
I have two words for you when it comes to Coco Pazzo; make reservations. This Italian restaurant ain’t your typical mama mia establishment, there’s nothing traditional about turducken meatballs my friends. Coco Pazzo works hard to use local and organic options whenever possible and as such the menu evolves. The only certain thing about Coco Pazzo is that it’s always busy and the food is always exceptional.
The Superman of restaurants, La Forge is a mild-mannered pub by day and a gourmet steakhouse by night. Go in the evening for the exceptional cuts of beef, but stick around for the extensive, and award-winning wine list.
Cheese-lovers will rejoice to hear about La Savoie, because as we all know, melted cheese is life. The Raclette and Cheese Fondue at La Savoie is amazing, and you’ll no doubt feel the need to fill yourself to capacity with it, but trust me when I say, you need to leave room at the end for the Chocolate Fondue.
Le Refuge Du Trappeur
There are two ways to get to Le Refuge Du Trappeur. The first is by skiing black diamonds to it during the day, the other is snowshoeing at night. This charming little cabin in the woods, halfway down Versant Soliel, is a great place to warm yourself up mid-day with soup, hot chocolate and sandwiches. In the evening, sign up for the the Snowshoe Tour and hike your way down to enjoy a cheese fondue.
Canada, and more specifically Quebec, is the place where the nectar of the gods, aka maple syrup runs in abundance. At the bottom of the pedestrian village you’ll find the Cabane à Sucre De La Montagne and at the base of St. Bernard (seasonal) you’ll find a cart offering maple taffy on a stick. We Canadians can find a multitude of uses for maple syrup, but ordering it rolled up on snow on a stick is about as patriotic as you can get here. Do NOT walk past without having one, you’ll never regret it.
As a testament to the popularity of Beavertails you’ll find two in Tremblant; one near the bottom of the pedestrian village and one at the top beside Roots, the number one receiver of my money but that’s another story. Don’t worry, no beavers are hurt in the making of this delicious pastry treat. Beavertails are hand-stretched pastry (in the shape of a beavertail), that are deep-fried and then finished with a variety of sweet toppings. My personal favourite is the Killaloe Sunrise (butter, cinnamon sugar and lemon) but my kids lose their minds for the Chocolate Hazelnut Beavertail. Best bet, have everyone in your party order a different one and share.