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Top Choice Modern American in Telluride

Chop House

With superb service and a chic decor of embroidered velvet benches, this is an easy pick for an intimate dinner. Start with a cheese plate, but from there the menu gets Western with exquisite elk shortloin and ravio…
Top Choice Film in Telluride


An excellent four-day screening of outdoor adventure and environmental films, with gallery exhibits and talks, held on Memorial Day weekend. Events (some free) are held throughout Telluride and Mountain Village.
Music in Telluride

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

This festival attracts thousands for a weekend of top-notch rollicking alfresco bluegrass. Stalls sell all sorts of food and local microbrews to keep you happy, and acts continue well into the night. Camping out for…
Modern American in Telluride

221 South Oak

A great pick, this is an intimate restaurant in a historic home, with a small but innovative menu spinning world flavors with fresh ingredients. Dishes are flavorful and usually based on meat, fish and seafood, with…
Bar in Telluride

New Sheridan Bar

It's rush hour for beautiful people, though in low season you'll find real local flavor and opinions. In summertime, beeline for the breezy rooftop. Old bullet holes in the wall testify to the plucky survival of the…
French in Telluride

La Marmotte

Seasonal plates of French cuisine, white linen and candlelit warmth contrast with this rustic 19th-century icehouse. Dishes like the coq au vin with bacon mashed potatoes are both smart and satisfying. There are som…
Modern American in Telluride


The on-site restaurant at the Hotel Columbia is one of Telluride’s most respected for fine modern dining with a twist – can you resist Himalayan yak ribeye or lobster corn dogs? The food is certainly inventive, and …
Cocktail Bar in Telluride


A hip social alcove for cocktails and nibbling, plus weekend brunch. On a comic-book-style menu, East meets West in yummy lettuce wraps, duck ramen and sashimi tostadas, paired with original hand-shaken drinks. We l…
Books in Telluride

Between the Covers

Bookworms flock to this homey shop with a big selection of local interest, creaking floors and a doting staff. Check online for readings and events. Local secret: the coffee counter in back turns out a mean espresso…
Mexican in Telluride

Tacos del Gnar

The second outlet of a no-nonsense taco shop that puts flavor ahead of frills. Its fusion-style tacos, borrowing from Korean BBQ and Asian flavors, will make your taste buds sing. Do it.