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CLOSE YOUR EYES. Imagine fresh, organic, locally produced ingredients creatively prepared by dynamic, food-forward chefs using know-how developed in Michelin-starred and renowned kitchens around the globe. Pair with sumptuous wines chosen by trained sommeliers. Now open your eyes. Look around at the jagged spires of the San Sophias, the verdant slopes of the Telluride Ski Resort, at Ajax towering high above and bathed in alpenglow, or Wilson Peak framed by the setting sun as the first stars twinkle. Wow.
Named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "Best American Cities for Foodies'; Telluride - and Mountain Village - offer restaurants that combine exquisite dining with stunning mountain scenery.
Chop House Restaurant at the New Sheridan Hotel is a classic steak house given a gourmet twist. Presiding regally on Colorado Avenue in Telluride as part of the historic New Sheridan Hotel, come summertime the Chop House has outdoor tables alongside main street. Diners can enjoy signature dishes like locals' favorite the elk shortloin or the 20-ounce, bone-in ribeye, all the while basking in the view straight up to Ajax and Telluride peaks. Running early for your reservation? Pop up to the Sheridan's roof-top bar to enjoy a libation amid 360-degree views of the box canyon.
Arriving at Allred’s via the Gondola, you know you are in for a unique experience. Perched on Coonskin ridge almost 1,800 feet above Telluride town, this eatery offers a novel way of getting to a restaurant. It also has the kind of views – of the San Sophias, Ajax and the town twinkling below – that make it hard to look away. But look away you must because the food here is as irresistible as the scenery, thanks to the emphasis on quality and flavor. The menu features sustainable-sourced elk, lamb, steak, and seafood entrees, as well as fresh local vegetables and salads.
Some restaurants claim to have good views. Then there’s Altezza at The Peaks Resort and Spa. With floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 180-degree views of the Wilsons, Lone Cone and the San Sophias, the scenery is inspiring and unique to the San Juan Mountains. So is the Italian inspired food. Diners can also enjoy a tasty meal, glass of wine or a Colorado craft beer in the afternoon sun on the deck with views of Mount Wilson and the golf course.
When the name of the restaurant is “The View”, you know to expect something special as you look up from your menu. Happily, The View Bar & Grill at Mountain Lodge doesn’t disappoint. Set in a vaulted 50-foot-high log structure, the Mountain Village restaurant features panoramic views of the San Sophias. Commanding and austere as the mountains outside might be, inside the restaurant’s vibe is fun and relaxed just like the menu. The chef takes old faves like mac ‘n’ cheese and burgers and gives them delicious, innovative twists.