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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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1. La Marmotte

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150 W San Juan
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-6232
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2. The Butcher & Baker

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Uncompahgre National Forest, 201 East Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81320
(212) 728-2899
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The Butcher & Baker

3. Last Dollar Saloon

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100 East Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-4800
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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

4. La Cocina De Luz

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123 E. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-9355
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5. Honga's Lotus Petal

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135 E. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-5134
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SW Colorado Heritage

6. New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

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231 West Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-9100
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7. Oak...the New Fat Alley

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300-398 W San Juan Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-3985
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8. Allred's

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565 Mountain Village Blvd
Mountain Village, CO 81435
(970) 728-7474
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Allred's

9. The Brown Bag Deli

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120 W Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-5556
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Brown Bag Deli

10. Maggie's Bakery & Cafe

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300 Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-3334
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11. The Steaming Bean

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221 West Colorado
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 369-5575
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12. There...

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627 W. Pacific Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-1213
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13. The Cornerhouse Grille

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131 N. Fir St.
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 555-1212
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14. Smugglers Brewpub

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225 South Pine Street, 2 blocks from the Gondola
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-5620
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15. Brown Dog Pizza

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110 E Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO
(970) 728-8046
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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.

16. Siam

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200 S. Davis
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-6886
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17. Tomboy Tavern

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Uncompahgre National Forest, 562 Mountain Village Boulevard
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-7467
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18. Gorrono Ranch

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565 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-7566
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KT Louise

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1. La Marmotte

150 W San Juan, Telluride, CO 81435
Brad A Johnson
150 W San Juan
Telluride, CO 81435

2. The Butcher & Baker

Uncompahgre National Forest, 201 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81320
The Butcher & Baker
Uncompahgre National Forest, 201 East Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81320

3. Last Dollar Saloon

100 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

"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

100 East Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435

4. La Cocina De Luz

123 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
My Telluride Vacation
123 E. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435

5. Honga's Lotus Petal

135 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
SW Colorado Heritage
135 E. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435

6. New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

231 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435
New Sheridan Hotel
231 West Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435

7. Oak...the New Fat Alley

300-398 W San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
Tripadvisor
300-398 W San Juan Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

8. Allred's

565 Mountain Village Blvd, Mountain Village, CO 81435
Allred's
565 Mountain Village Blvd
Mountain Village, CO 81435

9. The Brown Bag Deli

120 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
Brown Bag Deli
120 W Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

10. Maggie's Bakery & Cafe

300 Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
Tripadvisor
300 Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

11. The Steaming Bean

221 West Colorado, Telluride, CO 81435
Tripadvisor
221 West Colorado
Telluride, CO 81435

12. There...

627 W. Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
Photo, There
627 W. Pacific Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

13. The Cornerhouse Grille

131 N. Fir St., Telluride, CO 81435
Unofficial Networks
131 N. Fir St.
Telluride, CO 81435

14. Smugglers Brewpub

225 South Pine Street, 2 blocks from the Gondola, Telluride, CO 81435
Tripadvisor
225 South Pine Street, 2 blocks from the Gondola
Telluride, CO 81435

15. Brown Dog Pizza

110 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO

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.

110 E Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO

16. Siam

200 S. Davis, Telluride, CO 81435
Unofficial Networks
200 S. Davis
Telluride, CO 81435

17. Tomboy Tavern

Uncompahgre National Forest, 562 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride, CO 81435
Brad A Johnson
Uncompahgre National Forest, 562 Mountain Village Boulevard
Telluride, CO 81435

18. Gorrono Ranch

565 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435
KT Louise
565 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, CO 81435