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The 18 Best Hot Spots for Eating & Drinking in Telluride

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Welcome to Curbed Ski's list of the 18 Best Ski Town Hot Spots, our answer to any question that begins with, "Can you recommend a restaurant in...?" This highly elite group will cover 18 restaurants and bars in ski towns across North America, spanning myriad cuisines and collectively satisfying all of your dining and drinking needs. Every couple months we'll be adding places that were omitted or have stepped up there game. Have a tip? Let us know here.

Telluride may be tiny, but it's never lacked for places to drink or eat (that word order is intentional, btw). In any ski town, it's tough to find great food that not's overpriced, uninspired fodder for the masses. Curbed Ski used to reside here, and what's exciting is how Telluride has grown-up, culinarily-speaking, over the last few years. Where once the PBR Tallboy reigned supreme (not that there's anything wrong that, and not to worry- this ski town icon is still champ in Telluride's watering holes), there's now a fledgling mixology scene, and a handful of cafes and restaurants creating kickass food of the local/seasonal variety. There are also historic spots housed in Euro-style chalets, Victorian structures, and decrepit, false-front buildings. Never has the melding of old and new tasted so sweet. Presenting Curbed Ski's first-ever Telluride Dining Guide.

Note that establishments aren't listed in any particular order. PO'ed we forgot your favorite place? Instead of throwing a hissy fit, why not email us your suggestion?


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La Marmotte

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The Butcher & Baker

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The Butcher & Baker

Last Dollar Saloon

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"The Buck" is a truly historic dive bar; built in 1899, this quintessentially Coloradan mountain bar still retains its original stamped tin ceiling. While the large, open room isn't exactly cozy, the scuffed hardwood floor, fireplace, surly longtime bartenders, and frequent live music make it a popular happy hour and late-night stop for locals and visitors alike. TGIF is epic: get there early so you can snag a window seat; part of The Buck's charm is the aquarium-like views of civilian life passing by outside. Photo, Laurel Miller

La Cocina De Luz

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Honga's Lotus Petal

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New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

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Oak...the New Fat Alley

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Allred's

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The Brown Bag Deli

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Maggie's Bakery & Cafe

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The Steaming Bean

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The Cornerhouse Grille

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Smugglers Brewpub

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Brown Dog Pizza

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You don’t go to Brown Dog for the atmosphere or a spec-freaking-tacular pie (no matter what the website hype says). That said, it ain’t bad, and in a town seriously lacking for pizza and late night munchies joints, this is the place to be. You go because you’re possibly drunk and ravenous, and a slice of Brown Dog is heaven. You go because it’s Sunday and you want to drink beer and yell at the TV with every other sports fanatic in town. You go because it’s the World Cup and Telluride’s legion of soccer fans are all there. These are all good reasons for this place to make this list.

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Tomboy Tavern

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Gorrono Ranch

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La Marmotte

Brad A Johnson

The Butcher & Baker

The Butcher & Baker

Last Dollar Saloon

"The Buck" is a truly historic dive bar; built in 1899, this quintessentially Coloradan mountain bar still retains its original stamped tin ceiling. While the large, open room isn't exactly cozy, the scuffed hardwood floor, fireplace, surly longtime bartenders, and frequent live music make it a popular happy hour and late-night stop for locals and visitors alike. TGIF is epic: get there early so you can snag a window seat; part of The Buck's charm is the aquarium-like views of civilian life passing by outside. Photo, Laurel Miller

La Cocina De Luz

My Telluride Vacation

Honga's Lotus Petal

SW Colorado Heritage

New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

New Sheridan Hotel

Oak...the New Fat Alley

Tripadvisor

Allred's

Allred's

The Brown Bag Deli

Brown Bag Deli

Maggie's Bakery & Cafe

Tripadvisor

The Steaming Bean

Tripadvisor

There...

Photo, There

The Cornerhouse Grille

Unofficial Networks

Smugglers Brewpub

Tripadvisor

Brown Dog Pizza

You don’t go to Brown Dog for the atmosphere or a spec-freaking-tacular pie (no matter what the website hype says). That said, it ain’t bad, and in a town seriously lacking for pizza and late night munchies joints, this is the place to be. You go because you’re possibly drunk and ravenous, and a slice of Brown Dog is heaven. You go because it’s Sunday and you want to drink beer and yell at the TV with every other sports fanatic in town. You go because it’s the World Cup and Telluride’s legion of soccer fans are all there. These are all good reasons for this place to make this list.

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Tomboy Tavern

Brad A Johnson

Gorrono Ranch

KT Louise