221 South Oak Bistro
221 South Oak Bistro

221 South Oak Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.221southoak.com/
  • Phone: (970) 728-9507
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Eliza H.S. Gavin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 221 Offers Off-site Catering
    You're accustomed to great food at the restaurant, now experience it in your home. Whether it's a dinner party, quiet luncheon or drinks and nibbles, we're here for you. If you're lacking space for a large party, you may rent out 221. A great space for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, and holiday parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Rehearsal Dinners, Birthdays, Anniversaries and Engagement Parties are all special occasions that deserve the proper party. 221 offers private dinner parties in our intimate dinning room and catering. We cater to barbecues, cocktail parties or full course dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Eliza Gavin 9707289507x
  • Special Events: 221's intimate atmosphere and fabulous food is perfect for your special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 221 South Oak Bistro
221 is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home nestled in the trees on South Oak Street, just steps from the Gondola. For years, 221 South Oak has been renowned for its intimate atmosphere, incredible food, extensive wine list, friendly service and uncompromising quality.
Chef/Owner Eliza serves cuisine
classified as Modern Bistro with an eclectic blend of flavors and styles.
A mélange of seafood, game and beef, with accompaniments that range from
Deep South to Calypso to Classical French to Californian Cuisine
to Creole—we call it Eliza’s cooking.
Come enjoy bloodies, benedicts and beignets for brunch every Sunday from 10am-1pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
221 South Oak Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)romantic (45)special occasion (43)neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (30)notable wine list (22)great for brunch (14)hot spot (10)scenic view (6)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Cozy and Warm
    wellnessrnVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A cute little home with beautiful artwork. The food is good especially if you are seeking an eclectic menu. My husband had the Elk ribeye and I had the Bison strip steak. Both very good but the disappointing part was it is served sliced. I guess we were expecting a full steak like you usually get in a steakhouse. My mom had the mussels which were an appetizer and they were filling enough for her. They also had delicious bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    Parker
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We go to 221 S. Oak every time we're in Telluride. Pricey, but very well prepared food and delicious every time. Nice ambiance and romantic setting in and old house. Not a place to bring kids in my opinion, and we've never seen any there. We never have coffee after a meal, but felt like it and specifically asked the waitress if they had de-caf. She said "Oh sure." We ask for a couple cups and it was very good coffee. Problem was, we couldn't sleep that night until near day break. We normally sleep very well no matter where we are. We were clearly, intentionally served regular coffee. This was a down side that can sour a very good place no matter how good the experience was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional dining experience
    DebIVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have visited 221 South Oak Bistro for many years. Never have we had even a mediocre meal. The food is intovative but not too "out there". The wait staff is and always have been top notch. If you know Telluride you'll know that that a good wait staff is not a given.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RBH299
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great Find ....... Staff was fun ... Food exceptional ... Warm/Cozy atmosphere ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Good As It Gets
    Greg
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I can't remember having had better food anywhere. We are still talking about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good
    TheRustySkillet
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Mediocre service, lack of hospitality. Great food, good ambiance. A few major service mistakes which I'd be happy to elaborate on. Even though those 'hiccups' are the main points of our experience we'll remember the food was truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding, as always
    Nocoretiree
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I can't say enough about Ken's top-notch service; he recommended a superb, yet reasonably-priced Cotes du Rhone that went well with both meals: the stout-marinated Bison New York Strip with yams w/huckleberry sauce and green beans was out of this world. It was tender, and superbly tasty - all the tastes melded together quite well. My wife's mushroom-encrusted filet was good, but the cold vegetable slaw that went with it just didn't work that well. My wife had an appetizer of crab/shrimp fritters that was exquisite, as was my soup duo of butternut squash/corn bisque. They do not open until 5:30--we would recommend Tuesday nights as they sometimes run a buy two certain entrees, get the cheaper one free--- what a deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful restaurant!
    wbsherm
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great food. Nice interior. Best dining experience we have had in telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Dandyfood
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always delicious! Every time we've come, the food has been delicious. We love the martini and mussels idea, although I get wine and my husband drinks beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but nothing special
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This restaurant has good food, but nothing special. The seating is really tight, so expect to be sharing your conversation with your neighbor.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Visit for the first time - Again!
    lawguy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Two years ago we visited for our anniversary. A return anniversary trip merited a return to 221. Same location, essentially the same menu, but still as fresh a gem as you can get. And the Squash Blossoms from the local farmers market! It just couldn't have been better. The trout was delicate, the pork loin succulent. So the return trip was as exciting as the first visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite that disappointed
    franny
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Always able to count on great food: imaginative, well-prepared, and well-presented, we found the well-prepared lacking in flavor and general quality. The service as well reflected a lack of training and possible supervision. Perhaps just an off-night. Let's hope!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gem
    PrincessFiona
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We took advantage of Eliza's 2 entrees for the price of 1 Tuesday deal. Excellent! Her ingredients are always fresh and her menu is very innovative. We arrived much earlier than our original reservation was set for and with one less person due to an unforeseen occurrence and we were seated immediately. The staff is very friendly and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    Bouche
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    While we go to 221 often, this was our first visit for brunch. Excellent all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine food/Interesting flavors
    ChefFuji
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Run don't walk to 221 South Oak Bistro! This little gem of an eatery in downtown Telluride will stun you. Hand crafted cocktails(my favorite is the Gosling rum mojitos) are for starters. My menu-Buttermilk fried quail appetizer, Smoked romaine salad with a strip of bacon placed across the top coated with various spices including Cumin, Elk loin with a rich but light berry sauce and a hot soft chocolate center cake with two dollops of homemade ice cream! Don't overlook the interesting and balanced wine list from which I selected an 07 Tempranillo. High marks in a cozy and cool atmosphere. BRAVO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming experience
    CruzfoolVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had looked forward to dining here all week for dinner. We were accommodated 15 mins prior to our reservation time so perhaps the poor service can in some way be attributed to that. The small cottage is cute however the service was so lacking and the overal experience so poorly managed that we would not be back nor would I reccomend this restaurant. The food was ok although despite giving very explicit directions for lamb chops (well done, no blood) the first order had to be redone. Unfortuntaly, everyone else had finished their dinner by the time mine was refired and although it came back out perfectly cooked, it lacked the side sauce etc. Dining experience needs better overall management of food quality and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    LBcf
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Even as a solo diner, I was offered a lovely table and great service. Will return to 221 S Oak before I my vacation ends. Great martini, mussels, and tuna tartare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic experience!
    DiamonDave
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I took my wife there for our 10th wedding anniversary. The staff was great! They all went out of their way to make it a great night for us. The service was fantastic and the food was absolutely amazing! I'd go back in an instant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have friends visiting Telluride for the first time and we took them to 221 for their first dinner! They were impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    PrincessFiona
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It was a gorgeous night and we had the pleasure of dining outside in the back. Each table is semi private and surrounded by lights. The bone marrow is one of our favorites. Our server Ken was very friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little hidden gem
    CathandcuffsVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We walked past this place a dozen times during the week and dint even notice it! In the evening, the patios front and back are set up for dinner (summer) and it is a nice quiet location to dine. Menu offered lots of choices without being overwhelming. Elk ribeye was outstanding, and the prices were very fair for Telluride. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • susie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was not great and unfortunately the vegetarian options were bland and unimaginative. Good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do we Exist?
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Stood at the entry podium for about 10 minutes with no recognition as the staff came and went several times. Extremely rude and unwelcoming staff. Cannot recommend this restaurant in a town with so many fine restaurants. Cesar salad was bland and uninteresting. Pork loin was very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite in Telluride
    Bouche
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are almost never disappointed at 221. Plan to return next week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful experience
    Nonpareil1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The menu, quality of food & presentation are all outstanding. The cottage-like entry, table placements, attractive table settings & wall art give a very cozy and yet contemporary (undated) feel. The look & feel could not be duplicated in a larger setting. This ratesQuality in venue, presentation, décor, service and of course food. Of the many places we've eaten in Telluride & Mountain Village, this suits our taste the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine list not great
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Server did not know much about the wine. Food was great. Service sub par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Well-prepared food with interesting and delicious flavor combinations. Creative chef and beautiful plates. Great service, too. No problem accommodating food allergies. Offers complete vegetarian menu, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must
    scoutjem
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The sea bass was fabulous. The pork tenderloin was very tender - how does she do that at this altitude? Waitress steered us to the perfect wine. Staff is always incredibly gracious and happy to accommodate our food allergies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    When the weather is pretty, it is wonderful place for outdoor dining with a nice view. I asked for a specialty item and it was , to my delight, prepared perfectly. The ingredients are alway fresh and delicious. The stuffed squash blossoms were flavorful, fresh, and tasty! The creative use of ingredients is always a surprise and the selections are refreshing. The chef prepares a Lovely fried green tomato dish that is reminiscent of her southern heritage and wonderful to taste! I should mention that I have dined there with friends with serious food allergies. The kitchen has always gone out of its way to make sauces that suited the meal and met the customer's needs. I always enjoy 221!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the Hostess with the Most-us
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It's a shame that this lovely restaurant is so disorganized. I have been to 221 many times over the summer,both for brunch and dinner. Their 2 for 1 special on Tuesday nights isn't a true 2 for 1 as the entrees you may choose from are very limited. They never vary from week to week so if you go on consecutive Tuesdays,menu selections can get quite boring. The hostess has no idea what she's doing. She takes 20 minutes to seat one table so if you have a reservation,your table is never ready on time. Don't expect to sit outside even if you reserve it well in advance;the hostess ignores your request and will seat people ahead of you (without a reservation) outside first. When it's your turn...surprise.....there are no tables left outside.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were in Telluride for a weekend Anniversary getaway and wanted to treat ourselves to a romantic dinner. The restaurant was cute and server, Stephanie, was wonderful! The food was delicious but very high priced. It was way out of our normal budget but we made it work for our special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small boutique restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    From greeting through desert, service was fabulous. Specialty cocktails, great wine list-knowledgeable staff pairing wine with meal selection. Ingredients are locally sourced, fresh, and well presented. I had Bison with huckleberry reduction, mashed yams, and string beans. Bison was so tender and perfectly cooked. My wife chose the soup de jour which was a swirl of two house prepared purée soups and arugula / fresh beet salad plus several stolen pieces of my Bison. Highly recommend this restaurant and be sure to make reservations so as not to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely restaurant, phenomenal food
    rSandoval
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I recently took a date to 221 South Oak Bistro and we both had a fantastic time and meal. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was nice and romantic without being overly formal. I had the seared ahi and she had the trout, and we were both extremely happy with our food. We ended up splitting both of them because they were so good. We also had the calamari for an appetizer and the molten chocolate cake for dessert, which were great. Our only regret is that we didn't eat lunch earlier so that we had room for more. It was absolutely worth the price, and I hope to go back next time I visit Telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "A treasure in Telluride"
    NewYorker
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    221 South Oak is by far the best restaurant in Telluride. The food is innovative and the service is excellent. Also, it offers a "two for one" special on Tuesday evenings. The servers are friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent - would go again
    CarguyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at 221 S. Oak Bistro. We chose the patio, and enjoyed a great table with a SE view of the canyon wall. Our waiter was very attentive and moved us along at just the right pace. Try the "coolcumber" cocktail for something really different and refreshing. The heirloom salad was superb, and was accompanied by a delicate asparagus puree. I ordered the local striped bass for my entree; it was cooked perfectly and complimented by just the right amount of a terrific broth. My wife ordered and loved the off-menu Colorado lamb t-bones. She thinks she's having the left-overs tomorrow for breakfast, but I have a feeling a crime will occur overnight and the lamb will be missing in the morning. :-)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect anniversary brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous brunch at 221 for our first anniversary. Eggs were cooked perfectly, softshell crab was crispy and light and the patio was cute and romantic. Great service from Alaysha. We will be back in a few weeks to try some other brunch dishes!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Charming Patio in Town!
    PrincessFiona
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff took great care of us. We had some rather loud out of town guests with us and the staff was very tolerant. We all enjoyed our dinners. Heirloom tomato salad, halibut, pecan pie, all delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    food was good, portions were small, pricey, waiter had an attitude.
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  • So yummy
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Wonderful evening. Took our kids to a nice dinner. Great service and delicious food! We really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Four of us ate outside on their patio and it was quiet, beautiful, and romantic. Food was very good. Staff could have been more friendly, however. Would have expected that in a small mountain town.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet