While life here in Telluride is pretty laid back, it’s nice to get cleaned up a bit and head to a fancy restaurant every now and then. We’ve expanded the usual definition of fancy restaurant to include fancy menu options, not just fancy interiors. Fancy interiors are easy to do, but menu options are hard to make both fancy and delicious. Here are our five picks for some of the top restaurants in Telluride. Happy dining!
Best Restaurants in Telluride: La Marmotte
For over thirty years, La Marmotte has been a Telluride tradition for visitors and locals alike.
Housed in a historic old ice house building built 1893, this casually elegant, French-inspired restaurant features colorful artwork displayed on the exposed brick walls, warm wood ceiling, and sparkling tableware as a backdrop to the prettily presented and delicious food. La Marmotte won’t disappoint. Currently, the lunch menu is offered a la carte, while they are offering a prix fixe menu for dinner. Past menu selections have included butternut squash soup, a beet salad, gazpacho, Lobster Pappardelle & Truffles, Steak Frites, Slow Cooked Lamb Shank, Coq Au Vin, Trout Almandine, Chocolate Truffle Cake, and Crème Brule.
150 West San Juan Avenue, Telluride CO
Lunch service: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12pm – 3pm a la carte
Dinner daily 5:30pm – 9pm prix fixe
You may head to Allred’s for the delicious food but the gorgeous view isn’t bad either. Right at the top of the Gondola, between Telluride and Mountain Village, Allred’s Restaurant is the perfect choice for dinner as enjoying the sun set over the mountains. The view can’t be beat! Using local ingredients whenever possible, the menu varies seasonally. Currently offering a prix fixe menu for dinner, choices have included Summer Berry Salad, Yellowtail Hamachi Crudo, Steamed Pei Mussels, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Bison Tenderloin, Columbia River King Salmon, and Wild Mushroom Risotto. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Telluride!
565 Mountain Village Blvd Gondola Station, St Sophia, Telluride CO
Daily 5:30pm – 9pm
221 South Oak
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience with menu selections that are a little different and offer interesting flavor combinations, then head over to 221 South Oak. While they may not have the fanciest interiors in town, it certainly has one of the most inventive menus in town. Located in a refurbished historic home, close to the Gondola, this intimate yet casual spot has colorful artwork displayed on the walls, warm wood ceilings, and a large exterior patio for dining al fresco when the weather cooperates.
Chef Eliza Gavin, a Top Chef contestant in season 10 and proud owner of 221 South Oak, offers a full vegetarian menu alongside the seasonal full menu that is full of delicious choices that will have non-vegetarians rethinking things. Inventive combinations on the seasonal menu include starters of Buttermilk Fried Quail, Burrata with Black Garlic Jus, Romaine Lettuce with White Anchovy and Tapioca Fritter, and Grilled Octopus with Smoked Olive Puree, while entrees include a Rocky Mountain Elk T-Bone with Green Chili Slaw, Rocky Mountain Trout with Duo of Ravioli, Duck Confit with Red Wine Poached Noodles, Bison Short Ribs with Pea, Pickled Blueberry and Grilled Corn. You must save room for dessert!
221 South Oak
221 South Oak Street, Telluride CO
Open daily 5:30pm to 9:30pm
While walking around Telluride, you may have noticed the pretty little white tents arranged outside and wondered just what that was. Well, it’s the Cosmopolitan’s way of making dining out fun again, even though this pandemic mess is still hanging around. You can dine inside in the rustic-style dining room or outside on the expansive wood deck under the stars and festive party lights (arrive early to grab the tables near the heaters), or order take-out and dine at your leisure in your rental.
Their seasonal menu has included choices of Charred Asparagus, Crispy Shrimp & Calamari,
Warm Beet Salad, Seared Duck Breast, Surf & Turf, Colorado Lamb 2 Ways, and Barbequed Scottish Salmon. Leave room for Wild Maine Blueberry Pie, or a Turtle Sundae! While you’re waiting for your meal, order a refreshing White Lily to enjoy along with the snowy mountain view.
301 Gus’s Way, Telluride, CO
Daily 4pm – 9pm
Chop House Restaurant
Well, there had to be one classic steakhouse on the list, right? There’s a feeling of tradition and of history here in this building, with its casually elegant interiors showing off plenty of traditional detailing, wood floors, high coffered ceilings, and warm, rich fabric choices.
The Chop House offers steak, seafood, and more. Dine inside on tables topped with crisp white linens and sparkling glassware, or sit outside alongside the hustle and bustle of historic downtown Telluride. Don’t forget to make a reservation! Customer favorites from this traditional restaurant include the French Dip sandwich, filet mignon, a dry aged bison ribeye and elk short loin, and their prime NY strip. Oh, and make sure you order a side of Parmesan Truffle Fries! Most people think this is one of the top restaurants in Telluride.
Chop House Restaurant
233 W Colorado Ave New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride CO
Breakfast and Lunch: 8am – 2pm, Dinner from 5:30pm – 9:30pm