Headed to Telluride? The town’s majestic mountains and rich hospitality make it a great spot to impress your business clients or just to unwind before you take off to go to a meeting. Forbes even calls Telluride a “secret foodie hotspot” because, despite the town’s tiny size, it has more than its fair share of amazing restaurants. Check out these awesome places to grab a bite.

Alpino Vino

Alpino Vino boasts the highest elevation of any restaurant in North America. Head up to Telluride Ski Resort via a gondola and a snow cat, and then unwind in this upscale restaurant. Nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views while you sip superb wines and feast on mouthwatering cuisine. Try the crab ravioli in saffron cream sauce or the seared wild sea bass.

Dinner reservations are tricky to secure here, so you might opt for lunch instead.

The Little Bar

Sure, The Little Bar’s name might it sound like a local dive, but that is far from this establishment’s true nature. Go to the fourth floor of the amazing Lumiere Telluride and take a seat in this casual-looking lounge. Sit near the fire on a cozy sofa while you snack on top-quality food crafted by the bar’s chef.

The Butcher & Baker

If you want to catch a quick but delicious bite before your flight, head to The Butcher & Baker. This little bakery has all the sweet goods you could want, but it also has some savory dishes that will tide you over until you get to your destination. Try a delicious breakfast sandwich or a hearty bowl of soup. Many of the dishes feature local produce.

The two benches outside the bakery offer a breathtaking view.


You’ll find Allred’s at the top of the Gondola, and its 10,551-foot elevation doesn’t disappoint. Soak in the scenery and delight your palate with what Curbed calls “the consummate ski town fine-dining experience.”

The truffle fries in the bar are worth saving your appetite for; one serving is enough to satisfy you and your business partner. In the dining room, try a steak or seafood entrée. Be sure to make reservations before you go to Allred’s, and ask for a seat near the huge windows.

Gorrono Ranch

Gorrono Ranch is the perfect spot for a respite from your hectic schedule. This on-mountain facility features a welcoming barn-like design and regular outdoor live music shows. Grab a toddy in the warming hut, or feast on a fantastic burger.


If you are in the mood for some Asian fare, head to Siam, where they serve up authentic Thai food. Try the banana curry or crispy duck. This casual establishment is a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth a stop on days when you want something different.

Hard work makes you hungry, and Telluride has plentiful options for satisfying a big appetite, whether you want a laidback bite or a gourmet dining experience. When you are flying into or out of Telluride, be sure to check out at least one of the restaurants above!

Image via Flickr by Richard Hurd