A premier ski resort with 92 runs that features its own annual race where all skiers and snowboarders can enter, this town enjoys an international stream of steady tourism. Providing great places to eat for visitors and locals alike is a must, and here are the top eight restaurants in Telluride, Colorado.
BBQ Restaurants in Telluride
In the cold weather, nothing tastes better than hickory-smoked meat, especially beef ribs. If you agree, then Fat Alley BBQ has the goods! Located at 122 South Oak Street and open every day from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, the prices are cheap, the portions big, and yes, vegetarians will love the ziti!
Mexican Restaurants in Telluride
Mexican food aficionados will cherish La Cocina de Luz at 123 East Colorado Avenue (on the corner of Willow); starting out as a little hole-in-the-wall eatery with only four tables, the venue has expanded and is now open to more visitors. Hours are from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and the fresh salsa perfectly complements the carefully crafted burritos. Yum!
For those with a hankering for the incomparable view of the majestic mountains and enough money to spring for a $100/plate meal, Allred’s Restaurant is the destination of choice. Located at the top of the San Sophia Gondola ride, this dinner-only restaurant has seasonal hours, so be wise and call ahead to 970-728-7474 to get the skinny.
For the full effect of the view, be sure to come right at 5:30 PM when they open! The vegetable risotto is to die for, and there is hardly any dish on the menu that is not superb. If you feel adventurous, try the Elk Short Loin with Celery Root Puree!
Another culinary dinner hotspot in Telluride is the Cosmopolitan Restaurant where Chad Scothorn and Paul Dennis dish up their tasty creations. Located in the Columbia Hotel at 300 West San Juan, you will want to call ahead at 970-728-1292 and make a reservation before sitting down to enjoy the Wild Mushroom Ragout followed by the Braised Oxtail with Pappardelle. In a formal venue, make sure to dress the part before heading up. Open daily from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM, this is one of the few restaurants that make the idea of fusion actually work.
French Restaurants in Telluride
Demure from the outside, the French restaurant is known as La Marmotte is anything but on the inside. Just below Main Street at 150 West San Juan, dinner is the only meal served. Beginning at 6:00 PM, diners feast on Sauté of Muscovy Duck with shrimp stir-fried rice, and those hoping to end on a light note will undoubtedly opt for the Trio of Sorbet that incorporates lychee, mango, and also pomegranate.
Although the dress code is business casual, your odds of securing a table without a reservation are slim to none, and calling ahead to 970-728-6232 is essential when trying to keep food frustration at bay.
Italian Restaurants in Telluride
Italian palate pleasers are dished up at the Rustico Ristorante – 114 East Colorado Avenue – one of the few places that do not shut down when the official tourist season ends. Nonetheless, call ahead (970-728-4046) to find out what their hours will be since slow times will lead to early closing. Hand-made sausage is served side by side with calamari and carpaccios.
Serving lunch and dinner, start with the Alla Verza e Funghi and then graduate to the Contadino (a selection from the Panini dal Forno menu). Prices are surprisingly reasonable and you will comfortably feed your whole family!
Luxury Restaurants in Telluride
More formal – but not uncomfortably so – is the Chop House which is located in the New Sheridan Hotel. Capitalizing on the innovative spirit of executive chef Ross Martin, the menu is a mixture of art and science, and also environmental awareness. While the feel of the dishes is undeniably French, the taste is more American. Add to this the 125 varieties of wine, and it is clear why the Chop House is a must-visit for the discerning gourmet.
Last, but most certainly not least, is the quintessential diner/dessert experience you cannot do without! Known as the Sweet Life, this blast from the past is found at 115 West Colorado Avenue and is open daily. In winter the hours are 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, while in summer the venue is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Bakery goods, ice creams, and a host of other delights await you, even if you do not want to eat any of the diner food. A great way to add some much-needed chocolate to your life!