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Telluride Restaurants

Allred's Restaurant
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 7474

Allred's has no street address—it isn't anywhere near a street. Rather, it's inside the San Sophia gondola station at 10,550 feet. With that on-high view of town, no other restaurant comes close in the scenery department. Then again, you can get the same view just by riding the gondola, so Allred's better deliver the epicurean goods, and it does: Delectables include seasonal dishes like poached apricot–vanilla Maine lobster tail, or the free–range Canadian veal chop with potato-chanterelle hash. Alone up there on an alpine ridge, Allred's has plenty of space, so the chairs are cushier and the tables more private than in town.

Open daily 3 to 10 pm.

Alpino Vino
Located off the See Forever trail
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 888 605 2578

To reach this European-style mountain hut at 12,000 feet, diners take a Snow-Coach ride up the slope. This tiny outpost in a European-style mountain hut nearly hangs off the slopes at the top of Gold Hill and has dizzying views of the craggy San Juans. If you are on the mountain for lunch, stop by for superior antipasti and prosciutto panini. Dinner guests take a Snow-Coach 12,000 feet up the slope for a five-course Italian menu with pairings from the stellar wine list.—Samantha Berman

Baked in Telluride
127 S. Fir Street
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 4775

Telluride's oldest restaurant (opened in 1975) attracts the town's youngest clientele. For calories per dollar, the chocolate doughnuts and ham-and-cheese empanadas at this downtown bakery have no rival. And the Thursday night special—turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce—doles out a little Thanksgiving hominess to the dreadlocked and often transient folks who help the establishment live up to its name.

Open daily 5:30 am to 10 pm.

The Butcher and the Baker
217 East Colorado
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 2899

A hit with the locals since opening in 2010, this down-to-earth deli plates up fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries in a friendly downtown location. Pop in for a quick breakfast sandwich en route to the slopes or pick up a late lunch on the way back.—Samantha Berman

300 West San Juan Avenue
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 1292

A hip date-night spot popular with both locals and tourists, Cosmo excels at true fusion—the menu reflect the flavors of the Pacific Rim, parts of Europe, down South, and the American West. New this season: a small plates selection at the Cosmo bar paired with a fun cocktail menu.—Samantha Berman

Honga's Lotus Petal
133 S. Oak Street
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 5134

Telluride's toughest reservation is an Asian-fusion bistro specializing in organic Thai and Japanese cuisine. Tokyo-trained sushi chef Shige Shibuya slices and dices a variety of sashimi-grade fish to create specialties like the Caterpillar roll: avocado, eel, and flying-fish roe. Hot dishes include red and green curries with shrimp or tofu. Beware of Honga's mojitos: The restaurant goes through more Bacardi rum than any other establishment in Colorado and has ruined many a powder morning.

La Cocina de Luz
123 E. Colorado Avenue
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 9355

Mexican restaurants in ski towns can get away with greasy tacos served with tasteless refried-bean mush. Indeed, there's such a place just across the street from Cocina de Luz. But here—the name translates to "kitchen of light"—organic meats and vegetables are flavored with 12 varieties of chilies and wrapped in handmade tortillas. Try the poblano chile relleno, a roasted chili pepper that's batter-fried and cheese-filled. Bask on Telluride's sunniest patio (there are only three tiny tables inside) and keep an eye out for loyal customer Daryl Hannah.

Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.

La Marmotte
150 San Juan Avenue
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 6232

La Marmotte may be the most romantic place to dine in Telluride. Situated in a century-old wood-and-brick building, which originated as Telluride's icehouse, its atmosphere is warm and inviting. But you're likely to come for the eats, such as the duck breast with reduction sauce and prosciutto-wrapped scallops, followed by a molten chocolate cake and espresso ice cream for dessert. Or try the $40 three-course prix fixe menu, a favorite of the local gourmands. In August, chef Mark Reggiannini—a former sous-chef for Jean-Georges Vongerichten—picks wild morels in the morning and sautés them at night.

Open daily from 5:30 pm.

250 W. San Juan Avenue
Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 3985

This barbecue spot is brought to you by the same owners as the now-defunct Fat Alley BBQ, a hugely popular barbecue joint where the meats for brisket and pork shoulder sandwiches were hickory smoked in-house. The good news: Oak is basically the same operation, just in a different location (on the ground floor of the Camel's Garden Hotel). At heart, though, it's an affordable refuge for locals, with the best fries in town.—Samantha Berman

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.