Restaurant Guide: Telluride

A skier and snow shredder’s dream, Telluride will work up anyone’s appetite. That’s why we’ve put together our list of places we’d eat for a hearty breakfast, a splurge worthy dinner or where you can crash out après ski for a beer, cocktail or glass of wine.  But first, when you are hunting for the perfect alpine outpost to rest your head each night, look no further than Lumiere Telluride!  We suggest hitting up the pool and spa!



This Thai restaurant is known to be crowded during dinner but worth the wait for the well-crafted hand rolls, plus other traditional Thai fare. They also have a solid lunch deal with large portions of noodles and curries.



Opened in partnership with Siam, There… is one of Telluride’s more eclectic establishments with items like salmon belly tostadas, pork and pickles steam buns and ramen that dot the comic book designed menu to pick and choose bites for a wide variety of flavors. And, don’t miss the craft cocktails either.


The Last Dollar Saloon

Also known as “The Buck,” this quintessential dive bar is housed in a building built in 1899. There’s live music frequently, a popular happy hour, large beer selection and $5 margaritas.



Oak… The New Fat Alley

Beer, bourbon and BBQ is the motto with classic sandwiches like a hickory-smoked brisket or even a simple cheeseburger or try a full rack of pork ribs. The menu even includes a veggie section at this meat centric joint.


Allred’s Restaurant

If you’re looking for fine dining and a great view, Allred’s is it. Located at the top of the gondola, the restaurant’s heaping portion of talked-about-town truffle fries can serve four skiers and for an entrée think beautiful game meats like the bourbon marinated elk loin and Colorado rack of lamb.


Alpinist and the Goat

For a fun dining experience, dip into Alpinist and the Goat for six different fondues like Cajun style with Langostinos or the Telluride Scrapple with Irish cheddar and bacon. They even offer raclette and the chocolate fondue is “all-you-can-eat.”


Tomboy Tavern

Grab a beer and a burger at this après ski spot in Telluride Ski Resort that has big couches which welcome you to sit down, along with a beer garden and wraparound bar. The menu is based on classic American fare like a Santa Fe chop salad, chili and chicken potpie.


La Cocina La Luz

Fresh, local produce is the emphasis of the Mexican cuisine served here that’s vegetarian friendly, plus there’s an organic juice bar. Dive into the breakfast burrito to start the day or tostadas, tacos and enchiladas for lunch or dinner.


The Butcher and The Baker Cafe

For breakfast, this homey, quaint cafe bakes up homemade bagels, pastries and bread if you’re on the go, but if you can stay order the classic bacon and eggs. For lunch there’s hearty salads, homemade soups or build your own sandwich. Dinner is also available for a simple supper; think asparagus with prosciutto and a poached egg, smoked chicken salad or mushrooms and polenta.


221 South Oak

Chef Eliza Gavin earned a spot on Top Chef season ten in 2012 and has owned 221 South Oak since 2000. Her cuisine is inspired by the diverse flavors and techniques she’s learned through her years of experience that’s reflected in a broad menu with appetizers like saffron braised octopus and entrées like braised venison osso bucco with sweet potato mash.

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