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Restaurants Are Open

After stay-at-home and safer-at-home public health orders were issued this spring, Telluride is now taking a phased approach to re-opening the town. Short-term lodging is accepting reservations, so visitors are going to start trickling in, and businesses are starting to open — as are restaurants. Lots of spots in town have been doing take-out, or curbside pick-up, but places are starting to welcome guests to dine-in.

Restaurants are still in the midst of preparing for a summer of service during COVID-19, so this list is ever-changing. If you’d like to stay on top of things, be sure to check out the app SkiBrew.us. They’re keeping a close watch on the status of each restaurant and retail location in town. Plus, they’re local — and it’s always nice to support local.

Here’s where you can currently gnosh, inside…

221 South Oak

Under the close eye of head chef, Eliza Gavin — a former Top Chef contestant heralded as one of Telluride’s culinary wizards — the meals here never disappoint. With a cozy ambiance and top-notch cocktails, it’s a reservation worth making.

The Butcher & the Baker

With a fountain-shop feel, and a bakery case that creates cravings for even the most savory-forward fan, this casual haunt is a favorite among Telluride locals. From delicious salads, to kombucha on tap, to thoughtful cocktails, you can swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — just don’t forget dessert.

Cornerhouse Bar & Grille

The closest thing to a pub, sports bar, or greasy spoon (said with affection) that Telluride has in town. Just a block off Main Street with outdoor patio and deck seating, plus a wide variety of burgers, Mexican options, and even a lobster roll. Don’t forget to check out the weekly specials too.

Floradora Saloon

Self-proclaimed as Telluride’s original restaurant, get ready for homemade comfort food — think honey baked brie, short rib poutine, and crispy salmon tacos — offered in a casual, wood-paneled environment. With an array of frozen drinks, called Crushes, you may just want to saddle up to the bar.


When you want to feel like you walked into an Italian restaurant with impeccably authentic food, then make a reservation at Rustico. From pizzas to pasta, and an fantastically indulgent wine list, they have it all. Buon Appetito!


For dinner and late night eats only, check out this East End treat. With thoughtfully curated — and extremely popular — cocktails, to a smaller but thoughtful menu, your time here will likely be memorable. Just don’t forget to make a reservation, because the small space fills up quickly.

You will have more options if you’re considering take-out, but this is the current list of restaurants accepting patrons inside. We hope regardless of where you choose to go, you have a satisfying meal.

Denver Eater Article  // Photo from 221 South Oak

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