May 222011

Top PickAllred’s

Telluride’s most unique dining can be found at Allred’s, where culinary excellence, an award winning wine list, exquisite views and impressive ambiance mesh to create an unforgettable experience at 10,551 feet above sea level.  They have a chef’s table and a concert pianist who performs Wed-Sun.



Elegant, yet fun, Cosmo is located just steps from the gondola in the Hotel Columbia. Chef/Owner Chad Scothorn overall approach is “fusion,” delighting his customers with generous portions made from of outstanding ingredients.  They even have an “old world” tasting cellar or unwind here after skiing.


Telluride Bistro

Really an Italian bistro by size, not by service. Once you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted by the delicious smells floating out of Chef Sergio’s kitchen.  Great pizzas.  Tuscan wines.  Espresso machine.  Reasonably priced.


La Marmotte

La Marmotte, has provided elegant bistro fare for over 20 years now.    The restauarnt is located in the historic, 125-year-old building named the Ice House which once provided ice to the locals.  La Marmotte has ample sunny patios, a private 12 person chefs table, quaint dining room and separate bar.  Popluar amont tourists and locals, it’s the place to go for French cuisine.



In the mood for Thai food?  Go here.  Favorite dishes include the Crispy Duck in Red Curry Sauce, Pad Thai with  Squid, Jungle Curry and Beef with Green Curry.  The atmosphere is fun and intimate.


Brown Dog Pizza

Formerly known as Pacific Street Pizza, Brown Dog Pizza kept the delicious recipes in tact when they changed names, ensuring loyal locals remained happy and fed.  It’s voted best pizza in Telluride, which sums it up.


Chop House

Located in the New Sheridan Hotel on Main Street, the Chop House is world renowned for its succulent dry aged USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily. Chef Erich Owen creates delicious fare using only organic free range fowl, non-threatened fish species and local ingredients. Pair a red or white from Telluride’s only nitrogen wine bar with a scrumptious meal for an unforgettable experience.


La Cocina de Luz

If you are in the mood for whole foods Taqueria-style mexican cuisine, this is your place.  Enjoy their handmade tortillas, a juice bar and daily soups.  They offer organic, free-range, additive-free and locally-grown ingredients prepared with traditional recipes including many vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.  Dine inside or out in a casual atmosphere.  Kid-friendly too!


221 South Oak

Chef Eliza Gavin owns 221 which is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home nestled in the trees on South Oak Street, just steps from the Gondola. Known for its intimate atmosphere, fresh ingredients and extensive wine list, 221 prepares each dish to order.  If you want an “homemade” dishes prepared with thought and care, go here.


9545 Restaurant

Garnering its name from its elevated perch of 9545 feet above sea level, 9545 is The Inn at Lost Creek’s Southwest style bistro.  9545 has a relaxed atmosphere and the best outdoor patio vantage point for concerts in the summer and après hot toddies in the winter.  Breakfast features classic dishes and crave-worthy chef signatures, while lunch and dinner pay homage to everything South of Telluride – from Arizona to Mexico and into South America with the flavors of chilies, coriander, cumin and cilantro playfully woven into unexpected and delicious creations.


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