With nearly 30 eateries on the slopes and a busy centre which is well served by snack bars and restaurants, there’s no chance of going hungry in Mayrhofen. However, die-hard foodies should note that the choice errs more towards hearty cuisine than fine dining – but the up-side is largely reasonable prices and some good family-friendly options.
On the mountain
Near the Sun-Jet bottom station, the Grillhofalm has a large sun terrace that attracts the crowds. With deckchairs, good music and cheap prices, it’s a perfect location to watch the antics in the terrain park. The pizzas are a speciality, with a massive range of toppings.
Stieralm am Penken
A self-service near the top of the Knorren chairlift. Stieralm am Penken is the go-to restaurant for excellent value, offering mountain-man-sized portions, plus good atmosphere.
At the top of the Ahorn cable car, the Ahornhütte is easily reached by pedestrians as well from the piste. Steeped in Mayrhofen history, it is like a living photo album – the walls are covered in pictures of the family who built it, and still run the restaurant, serving good food in large portions.
On a sunny ledge near the top of the Hasenmulden drag-lift, boasting far-reaching views, Penken Panorahma has an expansive feel, with room to stretch out on sofas as well as at tables. The pizzas are excellent, and this venue comes highly recommended by ski instructors and seasonaires.
At the top of the Schneekar chairlift, the Schneekarhütte restaurant offers delightful mountaintop luxury, with open fires for when there’s a blizzard blowing and a large terrace for sunny days. Typical dishes here include Wiener schnitzel and tarte flambée, and the wine cellar is extensive.
A great rendezvous point where several lifts arrive, including the second stage of the Finkenberg gondola, the Nordhang and Katzenmoos chairlifts, Granatalm is cosy inside, with a large terrace. It’s more expensive than some huts but consistently good, with specialities including barbecued chicken and ribs with great salads.
An award-winning butchers that also sells cooked meat and excellent burgers and sandwiches – including vegetarian options – seasonaires and instructors reckon Gasser is the best in town for a cheap and filling snack.
Next door to the Hotel Elisabeth, the Mamma Mia restaurant and takeaway has super pasta and an extensive pizza menu, plus gelato for dessert.
Just 300m from the foot of the Penkenbahn, Waldcafe is highly rated for traditional cuisine such as Graukaspfandl (sautéed potatoes with bacon and onion, topped with grau cheese and cream) and Zillertaler krapfen (crêpes with a cream cheese filling). It is run by Michael Oberleitner, the great-grandson of the original owner.
Expect a traditional Tirolean atmosphere at the Kramerwirt restaurant, one of the best in the village, with charmingly formal service and several dining rooms full of wood-panelled character. The menu is international as well as Tirolean, with produce sourced from the hotel’s own farm, including the cream, butter, yogurt and ice cream.