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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Telluride


Follow up a day on the slopes at Allred’s, a refined restaurant that unfolds at the station midway between the Telluride to Mountain Village gondola ride. Warm up with some schnapps and hot chocolate, lap up the excellent views from 10,600 feet, and chat about the day’s events in the clubby atmosphere. It might be the classiest place you’ve ever gone in ski boots! Try the elk for something different and delicious. Stop by on Wednesday through Sunday evenings and be treated to a live concert pianist in the bar, to boot.

Telluride Ski & Golf, 565 Mountain Village Blvd., CO, 970-728-7474,
Tags: expensive | american | jim's pick

Chop House Restaurant

The handsome Chop House Restaurant at the New Sheridan Hotel is ideal for New American cuisine, especially steak dishes, though standout entrées are sourced from around the globe – expect savory options like New Zealand elk, Scottish salmon, and Rocky Mountain trout.

231 W. Colorado Ave., CO, 800-200-1891; 970-728-9100,
Tags: expensive | steakhouse | new american | jim's pick


Cosmopolitan, purveyor of truffled-lobster corn dogs and an assortment of Southwestern, French, and Thai cuisine (influenced by Chef Chad Scothorn’s experience working in restaurants from Oklahoma to Argentina) can easily match many fine-dining establishments in a big city. Invite a group of friends and opt for the $75, $85, or $100 tasting menu, served below ground in an old-world wine cellar to parties of 10 or more (book early – it’s one of the most sought-after reservations in town).

Hotel Columbia, 300 West San Juan Ave., CO, 970-728-1292,
Tags: thai | expensive | hotel restaurant | french | american fusion | jim's pick


After some hard runs, consider refueling at Giuseppe’s, an intimate Italian spot on the mountain that’s known for its simple yet terrific spaghetti and meatballs. You’ll find more comfort foods like sandwiches, soup, and chili, to go with the views that stretch all the way to Utah’s La Sal Mountains.

Telluride Ski & Golf, 565 Mountain Village Blvd., CO, 970-728-7445,
Tags: moderate | local favorite | italian | jim's pick

Honga's Lotus Petal

For exceptional pan-Asian fare, head to Honga’s Lotus Petal, where Korean-born owner Honga Im has held reign as having one of the best kitchens in town for over 20 years, since starting with a humble food cart (Im no longer heads the kitchen, but she does occasionally do some of the cooking). Many of the seasonal menu items are served family-style fresh off the wok – think blackened tofu and red coconut curry – and washed down with any one of a variety of specialty teas.

135 East Colorado Ave., CO, 970-728-5134,
Tags: moderate | asian | jim's pick

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