Food Tour of Telluride, Colorado

There’s so much to love about Telluride from the scenery, to the activities, to the food! Telluride has some amazing places to eat and visit. Here are a few places to try and visit during your stay in the lovely Town of Telluride:    


The Telluride Farmers Market

Make sure you take a trip to the Telluride Farmers Market during your stay! The market is every Friday in downtown Telluride and moves to the Mountain Village every Wednesday. The market is open all summer long until October 7th. If you want to enjoy some of the freshest local produce and goods from 100 miles around, head to the farmer’s market.   

Enjoy fresh, high-quality produce, animal products, and prepared food. All food and goods are produced within 100 miles of Telluride, so you can be proud that you support the local economy. All the meat and produce sold at the farmers’ market are grown using organic and holistic practices. All prepared food at the farmer’s market is guaranteed to be at least 5% organic and non-GMO.    

For a list of all the vendors at the farmer’s market, visit their website.    

Allred’s Restaurant

Allred’s Restaurant at the top of the Gondola provides one of the best views and fine dining in the area. You can’t beat the views of the Alpen Glow at golden hour. Make sure to plan your day accordingly and reserve a spot during sunset. Or, time your dinner and take the gondola ride down the mountain and sunset for the fantastic views.  

Allred’s offers a unique elegant yet rustic atmosphere. The restaurant is renowned for its fine dining experience and superb service. They offer an award-winning Wine List with a selection of wines from around the world.  

Allred’s Restaurant boasts contemporary American cuisine with a “prix-fixe” menu. Prix-fixe menus offer a set meal list with several courses at a fixed price. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this popular Telluride fine dining experience. 

The National Telluride

The National is a contemporary American restaurant that wants to enhance the dining experience with their food and service. Erich Owen and Ross Martin are the head chefs and owners of The National. They skillfully create the menu and work closely with farms and the local communities for their meat and produce.  

The National offers an enhanced dining experience with experts that help you pair drinks with every meal. The on-site Sommeliers (wine experts) and bar team will help pair wine and cocktails depending on your preferences.  

For a more elevated experience, consider reserving The National’s Rooftop to enjoy a four-course meal with friends or family (up to 14 people). When you reserve The Rooftop, you’ll have your own private space from 5:30 – 9:30 PM. The four-course dinner is curated from the menu along with surprises. The Sommeliers and bar chefs will expertly pair each bite with a drink. 

Consider reserving The National for your next private event. If you’re planning a rehearsal dinner or your next family reunion, The National is the perfect spot to dine.  

Make a reservation to dine-in or order carry-out on their website

221 South Oak

Want to be wowed with food made by a Top Chef? You may have seen Eliza Gavin on season 10 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Gavin was trained in Paris, but her food is inspired by her travels through Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Australia, and the Southern United States. Eliza bought 221 South Oak Bistro in 2000 and has been in Telluride since.    

Enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients curated masterfully. With beef, game, poultry, seafood, and a full vegetarian menu (accommodation for the guest’s dietary needs is available), you can’t go wrong at 221 South Oak. Homemade is the key—everything from salad dressings to cheese is prepared on the premises.    

Gavin also offers wine classes throughout the summer. These wine classes teach students to make appetizers, finger foods, and more and learn to pair them with the perfect wine. Each class has a minimum of 12 dishes and 10 wines.    

Make sure you reserve a spot at 221 South Oak’s Sunday Brunch! Enjoy a delicious New Orleans-style brunch on the patio. It’s every Sunday from 10 am-1 pm. Reservations are not required but recommended.    

La Cocina de Luz

La Cocina de Luz is a Telluride favorite! It offers Mexican and Southwestern cuisine made from whole foods and mostly organic ingredients! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at La Cocina. There’s a juice bar and also plenty of espresso drinks to choose from! They also serve beer, wine, and margaritas. 

La Cocina prides itself on using local and organic ingredients. Recipes on the menu use mostly organic ingredients and there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to choose from. Finish your meal with handmade organic ice cream for dessert! There are several vegan and sugar-free flavors to choose from!  

La Cocina de Luz’s patio dining is open every day from 8 AM – 9 PM. Read more about La Cocina de Luz on their website.  

Brown Dog Pizza

Brown Dog Pizza is a Telluride favorite located on Colorado Ave. Brown Dog is known for their classic American-style pizza and their “YX” cheesesteak sub, named after the license plates that were once issued to the residents of San Miguel County in Colorado.    

The pizza joint is run by Dan Lynch and Jeff Smokevitch, and they have been partners for over 20 years. Smokevitch attended the International School of Pizza in 2010 and has since assisted the legendary Master Instructor, Tony Geminani, with several sessions at the school. Geminani requested that Smokevitch is on the World Pizza Champions team in the Fall of 2010.    

In 2013, Smokevitch and Brown Dog’s pizza was judged as the World’s Best Pizza in the American Pan Division. They scored 1st place at the International Pizza Expo and 2nd place in the final round of the expo’s challenge.    

Brown Dog Pizza offers a variety of food including their award-winning pizza, sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, and pasta dishes. They serve different styles of pizza including Detroit, American classic, thin crust, and Sicilian. There are also gluten-free pizza options and a full bar with a variety of on-tap beers and features local Colorado brews.    

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