Where to Dine in Mountain Village
New visitors and longtime Telluride fans have much to be excited about when it comes to restaurants in Mountain Village. Just a short gondola ride from downtown, or a quick walk from many top lodging options, Mountain Village offers something for everyone. From charming coffee shops and pizza parlors to high-end European-inspired dining, there's a spot for every palate.
Dining in Mountain Village is made easy due to the majority of the restaurants' locations in the gondola plaza. Telluride ski resort restaurants have something for everyone. And, when it comes to dining in Telluride, it's as easy as a quick trip on the gondola to downtown. Really, if you're visiting Telluride, you can consider both areas as your home base.
Families, couples, and friend groups are sure to find themselves spoiled by the many dining options. Eating well in Mountain Village is as simple as choosing your desired cuisine and making a reservation. There's a wide range of amazing area restaurants, across a variety of price points, ambiance, and cuisine. And, we've thrown in a few local spots too to help you experience an authentic Telluride experience.
If you're lodging in Mountain Village and want to stay local after a long day on the slopes or the trails, head over to the gondola plaza. There's a restaurant sure to suit every taste! Let's look at some of the best.
This is the perfect spot to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal before heading out or after an exhilarating day. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced, and the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and boasts an impressive cocktail list as well. The heated and covered outdoor dining space makes Black Iron Kitchen and Bar the perfect year round al fresco dining option.
Always a favorite of locals and visitors alike, you can't go wrong with a pie from Crazy Elk. Located on the plaza, the slopeside location also offers some great views and people-watching. Family-style lunches and dinners are the way to go. The menu features all the standards plus a few mountain twists. Check it out.
What's a mountain vacation without a little elegance? La Piazza absolutely fits the bill. This upscale Italian perfectly melds Old World traditions with fresh seasonal ingredients and a touch of modern flair. This should be at the top of every wine lover's list as their range of offerings is both vast and impressive.
A taste of Thailand in the mountains! Siam's Talay is positioned in the Inn at Lost Creek and offers an intimate locale for couples, groups, and families. If you're looking to transport yourself while enjoying a seasonal menu, this is the place. The cocktails and wine list provide everything you need for a fantastic experience.
Located in the Madeline Hotel, this smaller room is the perfect place to begin or end your evening. The champagne flows freely and the whiskey-heavy cocktail list doesn't disappoint. Small plates are available, and if you're looking for a more substantial meal, Black Iron Kitchen and Bar is also located within the same property.
Tucked inside the Mountain Lodge Telluride, the View provides an authentic mountain experience. There's also the option to have your breakfast, lunch, or dinner poolside. The View offers a menu that enjoys a heavy Latin influence. Many patrons find themselves distracted by the gorgeous stone fireplace and 50-foot vaulted timber ceilings. It's the perfect place to enjoy fine dining, tasty libations, and one of the best views in the San Juans.
Coffee and more, check out these spots for quick bites, caffeination, or at some spots, a full meal.
The perfect place for your morning coffee or an afternoon snack. The carnitas tacos alone are worth a visit. Stop by for a breakfast burrito before you head up the hill.
Sometimes you just need a familiar taste in your coffee mug. Head to the plaza to get your favorite cup of Joe from this popular standby. Mountain Village boasts the area's sole Starbucks, so stop here for your fix.
Mountain visits are often an active experience, and it's important to get the nourishment you need. Baked pastries, traditional breakfast items, and aromatic and delicious coffees and teas await. Grab-and-go lunch items and adult beverages are also on order.
Coffee and breakfast are just the start of the offerings available at Tracks. Check out their menu of comfort foods and popular family-friendly dishes. It's one of our favorite spots to unwind after a hectic day and enjoy a sundowner while people-watching on the plaza. The expansive patio is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour.
Almost a once-in-a-lifetime experience, there's nothing like eating on-mountain. Options range from wild apres vibes to absolute refinement. Why not visit them all?
Luxury coupled with breathtaking views doesn't begin to describe a meal at Allred's. This is one of those spots that truly lives up to its award-winning status. You'll enjoy gourmet food, an incredible wine list, and some of the best views in the world. Exit the gondola at St. Sophia station and follow the way finders. Elevated American cuisine is offered a la carte and prix-fixe on a first-come-first-served basis.
Sure, it's fun to brag about dining at the highest restaurant in North America (11,966 ft.), but the elevation's got nothing on the charm that exudes from this beloved on-mountain European hutte. Views of the Wilson Range provide the perfect backdrop for ski-in lunches or cat-delivered dinners. It's a small spot with delicious food and more outdoor than indoor seating. Be sure to call for reservations if you're planning on visiting for dinner.
This winter-only lunch spot embraces a French sensibility. You'll enjoy scenic vistas and a robust list of French wines and country cuisine mixed with a contemporary flare by Chef Jared Campbell. If you're looking for a mountaintop restaurant that delivers elegance paired with authenticity, this is it.
Named for the Butch Cassidy lore that permeates the Telluride area, this walk or ski-in spot is the place to be for lunch or apres festivities. Enjoy house-made empanadas and tasty canned beer and cocktails at this latest addition to on mountain options in Telluride. Book the private igloo for champagne and caviar if you're feeling fancy.
What's not to love at this mid-mountain former Basque sheep ranch? From the warming food to the authentic timber structure, you'll want to hit the Ranch at least once for lunch during your winter visit. You'll enjoy live music, tasty adult beverages, Chuck's Famous Chili, and some fantastic burgers. This is also a popular event space if you're considering a mountain wedding or corporate gathering.
Want something a bit more casual? These restaurants, bars, and pubs are just the thing.
This is the spot for hanging out and watching the game, or recovering from a packed day of activity. You'll enjoy the typical pub food that keeps everyone coming back for more.
Enjoy some locally brewed beers, burgers, snacks, and more. There's also some cool merch available to take back home and remember your days in Telluride. Feeling beat? Just grab some brews to go and unwind back at your camp.
Get cozy and get ready to enjoy some out-of-this-world libations that are created at 8,700 feet. Pure, fresh mountain water plays a big part in the unique tastes of agave, gin, vodka, and whiskey spirits. If you want to live like the locals, opt for one of their favorites: Telluride Mule, TDC Press, San Tellu-grino, Flatliner, and Green Chili Bloody Mary. But, really there's no going wrong here!
Chef Adam Pace delivers mouthwatering food for lunch, apres, and dinner, and the locals bring the vibe. The Tomboy is a favorite of everyone and the perfect spot to end a heady day up on the mountain.
There you have it; everything you need to know to plan your upcoming trip to Telluride or to enjoy a great meal today! Bon Appetit.