Everything about Telluride is topnotch: the terrain, the views, the lodging, the shopping and, of course, the dining. From an on-mountain lunch with a breathtaking view of the San Juans to unique Asian dinner options, classic European and modern, cultured victuals. The Telluride restaurant options are not limited to the quaint historic mining town either. Diners can also enjoy world-class meals in the modern Mountain Village, which is convenient for those staying in that area.
Those who appreciate some historic dining atmosphere must spend a meal at Hotel Columbia’s Cosmopolitian, or “Cosmo” to locals. The restaurant resides in a former mining-era saloon, which makes for interesting crossing of genres, since the menu is considered to be American, French and Thai fusion. If you’re looking for a more traditional European experience, head to Marmotte on San Juan Avenue. In the mining days, the Marmotte building once served as the town ice house.
If you're staying in the Mountain Village, especially at the Mountain Lodge Telluride, don't miss The View Bar & Grill. Featuring 30 floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at the iconic San Sophia ridge, The View pleases the eye and the palate. The menu features creative local cuisine with a American-bistro flare. Try one of the charcuterie and cheese boards or one of the comforting shareable plates like truffle fries or crispy cauliflower. Entrees include hearty dishes like elk shepherds pie.
Lauded as one of Telluride's best dining experience, Allred's sits at 10,551 feet on Telluride Mountain Resort, conveniently located between downtown Telluride and the Mountain Village. Whether you're staying in downtown Telluride or the Mountain Village, getting to Allred's is just a scenic gondola ride away. If they views didn’t get you, the cuisine and wine list surely will, with menu picks like Colorado braised lamb, wild salmon and Colorado roasted chicken.