As with all ski regions there are tourist-orientated restaurants both in the town and on the slopes that will charge a lot for a very average meal. However, the vast majority of restaurants in the town are homely establishments that serve up a selection of affordable Savoyard specialities. There are a few fast-food style places too for an inexpensive bite to eat on the run. On the slopes you can’t go far wrong with any of the restaurants at Plaine Dranse or the refuge with beautiful suntrap terrace at Chalet Neuf. Tartiflette is a local speciality, made with the distinctive Reblochon cheese and ideally washed down with a white Savoie wine such as the Apremont.
Apres ski in Chatel has less of a British feel to it than other resorts in the area and, despite having a few popular bars and a couple of nightspots open until 4am, it is never likely to be considered a party town.