> Ristorante Lago Pianozes
This small, family-run establishment is just outside Cortina, beside the picturesque Lago Pianozes. Fabrizio, the owner, is friendly and knowledgeable, not only about his food and wine, but also about the surrounding region. The menu varies according to the seasons, always incorporating local recipes. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.
A: Campo di Sotto Pianozes 1 | Hours: 12pm-2:30pm & 7:15pm-10pm | Price: $$$ | T: +39 0436 5601 | Reservations: Recommended

> Al Camin
A five-minute drive up into one of Cortina’s ‘suburbs’, this fashionable dining room fills with well-to-do locals who come for both traditional and contemporary takes on Veneto dishes. Wine is taken very seriously, and the cellar has both excellent local produce and a good selection from Tuscany, Piedmont, Alto Adige and Friuli.
A: Località Alverà, 99 | Hours: 12pm-3pm & 7pm-10pm | Price: $$$$ | T: +39 0436 862010 | E: info@ristorantealcamin.it | W: ristorantealcamin.it | Reservations: Recommended

> Tavernetta
These Tirolean-style wood-paneled dining rooms near the Olympic ice-skating rink are a Cortina institution. Join the local clientele in sampling local specialties such as pasta with a ragù bianco tartuffato (white truffle sauce), and wild game.
A: Via del Castello 53 | Hours: 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10:30pm | Price: $$$ | T: +39 0436 868102 | E: massimo.belliero@virgilio.it | W: cortinaup.it | Reservations: Recommended

> Ristorante Pontejel
The restaurant Pontejèl, with decorated in typical Wien style, is the ideal place to taste the typical dishes from the Tyrol, the Veneto region and of the Ladin Valleys. The recipes are revisited with taste and imagination by Marco, chef and owner, and his brothers Carlo and Lorenzo Barozzi. Indulge yourself with pasta parcels filled with figs and potatoes served with melted butter, smoked ricotta and speck, or potatoes cannoli pasta filled with gruviera cheese served with porcini mushrooms sauté. Not to miss are also the liver “alla veneziana” (prepared according to a recipe from Venezia) or the “baccalà alla vincentina” (dried salted cod prepared according to a recipe from Vicenza).
A: Largo delle Poste, 11 | Hours: Always Open | Price: $$$ | T: +39 0436 863828 | E: info@hotelpontejelcortina.it | W: hotelpontejelcortina.it | Reservations: Recommended

This restaurant, specialized in Sardinian cuisine, among the best restaurants in Cortina it isn’t an obvious choice, but it becomes so when we talk about this place: “a must for foodies.” The menu offers the most famous Sardinian specialties like spaghetti with bottarga, gnocchi with tomato and Sardinian sausage, lobster and many delicacies of Sardinian homemade pastries. A must try.
A: Località Alverà 112 | Hours: Wed-Mon. 12:30pm-3pm & 7:30pm-12am | Price: $$$$ | T: +39 0436 2768 | E: leoneeanna@gmail.com | W: leoneanna.it | Reservations: Recommended

> Da Aurelio al Passo Giau
Located on Passo Giau, one of the most picturesque mountain passes of the Dolomites, Da Aurelio is half an hour from Cortina. The view enjoyed, along with the delicacy of the food, make the whole experience for true gourmets. The restaurant, which is part of Altogusto (a selection of restaurants designed to enhance the tradition and excellence of the ingredients), proposes always different combinations and a constant search for the harmony of the dishes. A place that never disappoints.
A:  Passo Giau 5 | Hours: 10am-10pm | Price: $$$$ | T: +39 0437 720118 | E: ristorante@da-aurelio.it | W: da-aurelio.it | Reservations: Recommended

Source: Fodors & Cortina Dolomiti