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221 South Oak Bistro
221 South Oak Bistro

221 South Oak Bistro Details

  • 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 American, Contemporary French
  • 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 (970) 728-9507
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful meal at 221. I am a vegan, and they fortunately have a vegetarian/vegan menu. Very friendly and accommodating staff. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful meal in Telluride."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My daughter is a vegan so when we visit Telluride we always go 221 South Oak Bistro. They have a great vegetarian menu which can, also, be used by vegans. I had the Alaskan halibut. It was wonderful with great vegetables and quinoa. Another wonderful meal at 221 South Oak Bistro."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great place to rekindle old acquaintances. Food and service is outstanding allowing pleasant conversion. We were not rushed as lingered after dinner."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Delightful experience in every way. An oasis of calm in down-scale Telluride."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Six of us were vacationing in Telluride and wanted to go to 221. What a fantastic evening! Our outdoor table was perfect, and ready when we arrived for our reservation. All the wait staff were attentive and professional. However, our primary waiter, Stacy was out of this world! She was a delight of a person, and very helpful with the menu. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates fine dining, but with a casual atmosphere! FANTASTIC!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Chef Eliza has a knack with combining flavors and a respect for the fresh ingredients that shows up in the tastes in her dishes. She is flexible with ingredients to meet the needs of individual diners and takes into account special needs for allergies or dislikes. Sitting outside on a beautiful Telluride Summer evening and savoring a delicious dinner is hard to beat. Well, maybe her brunch can beat it slightly!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "the food is interesting and delicious without being "precious" very fresh, flavorful and a nice environment to dine in with professional knowledgeable staff"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Truly one of the best meals I have had in Telluride."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife and I both ordered elk, which was overcooked and just didn't taste very good. This was our most expensive dinner in Telluride, but wasn't worth it. We ordered elk at the New Sheridan Chophouse the following night, it was excellent. I will say the desert at 221 South Oak was very good, the outdoor seating was nice, but that's it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Brunch at 221 South Oak Bistro is a necessity whenever we are in Telluride, but there were so many service missteps this time, we might not go back. The servers acted like it was an inconvenience that we were even there. Took ten minutes before we were even offered a beverage. And we ordered a squash blossom appetizer that was never even delivered. When our entrees were brought to the table and we asked about our app, our server said "I didn't hear you - you still want it?" We quickly ate and opted for dessert and coffee/more mimosas at New Sheraton. My family and I have always enjoyed 221 and I'm very sad about this change in the restaurant. The food is still great, but the service is terrible."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The menu is very creative in my opinion, and the flavor combinations are well matched and tasty. It was my favorite meal while on vacation in Telluride. The wine is not cheap, but it was commensurate with the quality of the food and the awesome mountain views from the back patio. The hostess/sommelier (Alicia) was supercool to squeeze us in at the last minute without an advance reservation. We sat outside on the patio, but the artwork in the indoor dining room was also really interesting."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We decided to eat here based on numerous very good reviews. What we experienced was disappointing at best. My wife and I dine out frequently and often share a salad. We asked our server if their salads were big enough to share. He said they were quite small and no. We both ordered salads based on this. When the salads arrived, we found that they were huge. At $12/salad we weren't too happy. The second issue was when I asked to substitute a vegetable for the quinoa my meal came with. He told me he didn't think it was possible, but "would check". When my meal arrived, I had the quinoa as the menu stated. Our server made no mention of the denied request for a vegetable. Led me to believe he didn't really check. Won't go there again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Menu was creative and food prepared well. Wine list was good and Sommelier pleasant and knowledgeable. Disappointed that although they knew it was my wife's birthday they didn't offer anything special with the desert."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "what lovely hospitality combined with great food. the wine list is small but interesting, with good prices for both bottles and wines by the glass. the staff makes you feel that they appreciate you and provide warm and knowledible service. 221 South Oak Street Bistro is my favorite restaurant in telluride."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful experience at this restaurant on our visits to Telluride. Unique food presented beautifully!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It can be a challenge finding delicious vegan meals when you travel. What a joy it was to discover 221 South Oak Bistro during our recent visit to Telluride. By chance,we made reservations on "Two-fer Tuesday" and enjoyed a gourmet vegan meal at about half price. Very cool! The tofu chimi churri was delightful accompanied by arugula and sweet potatoes. For dessert there was another surprise--vegan sorbet of cantaloupe and blueberry ginger."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "From beginning to end our evening was perfect! The food & service were outstanding! Highly recommend stopping here while in Telluride."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We dined here in June 2014. Appetizer - sausages were terrific. Interesting to taste the different meats. Entrees - striped bass (great) and chicken breast (great). Dessert - pecan pie (great for two to share, enough sugar and delicious). Ambiance - pretty, soft colors, beautiful paintings. A little crowded on tables. We dined inside but the patio in back is quite lovely. Only drawback - our server wasn't really into it, perhaps having a bad day. Oh, and we dined on a Tuesday for their 2 for 1 on entrees. it's not on ALL of the entrees but is sufficient for you to have a good selection and some delicious food. With a glass of wine each, two entrees, dessert our check with tip was about $80."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Gourmet food. A superb separate full vegetarian menu. Large wine list. And they pulled out all the stops for our anniversary dinner including a complimentary glass of champagne. Our favorite Telluride restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, Service was great and with a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. When were there when they had the patio open which is only open a few weeks a year but if you get a chance to sit outside, take advantage as the views are outstanding."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We went on the last day of the ski season because there wasnt much else open. We arrived early but were seated within ten minutes after grabbing some wine at the bar. Had the Bone Marrow with fried kale and spaetzle which was amazing!!! The buttermilk fried quail was tender and crispy. The second course of seafood was good but not outstanding. If we had stopped after appetizers i would have goven 5 stars. My scallops were slightly overcooked and seemed as though it may have sat for some time. Great service, energetic and appetizing!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is by far our favourite restaurant in telluride. just as expensive as the other ones but at least it delivers on food design, flavor and authenticity of the dishes."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Service uninformed and unenthusiastic. Food good, not great. Expensive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "221 was recommended to me and my wife by a local What a fantastic meal. The place is owned and run by a former top Chef contestant The restaurant does modern American and farm to table. The crowd we had was amazing and very pumpkin butterscotch Pie should not be missed"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "By far the best meal we had in Telluride this year. The restaurant was busy, but the service was good and our entres were awesome. Especially enjoyed the elk dish."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My wife and I came here because of the unique items on the menu. Restaurant was fairly loud, had to talk loud to hear each other across the small table. The bench/seat and table heights were not a great match (uncomfortable to eat and felt like we had to hunch over the table). Menu has huge potential, but we were unimpressed with most of the items. We ordered: Buttermilk Fried Quail - Lacked the wow factor in the flavor dept. Sausage Platter - The sausages seemed tough and over cooked Roasted Root Vegetable and Watercress Salad - Barely any roasted vegetables Elk Entree - The Elk redeemed the rest of the meal. It was cooked perfect and was amazing, the vegetables that accompanied it, were not up to par with the rest of the meal."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great menu, great service, great food. Enough said."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is one of the finest restaurants I have frequented. Food and ambience terrific, service superb, very intimate, great wine list. Very highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Oak Street Bistro. Fabulous vegetarian menu. They are very good at making interesting and delicious Vegetarian dishes. Would definately go back and recommend!!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Food is creative and delicious. The restaurant has a wonderful feel to it making the overall dinning experience exceptional."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food and service. Best p/lace to eat in Telluride or all of Colorado."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My wife and I had a fantastic dining experience. We both had a the trout which was perfectly cooked, fresh and firm. As I rule I don't order seafood when there isn't an ocean within 1000 miles, but the calamari was some of the best I have ever had (and I have had a lot!). Fresh, lightly battered and served with a wonderful dipping sauce. We both took a bite of the beet tortellini (yes, "beet" not "beef") and at the same time both said "that is one of the best things I have ever tasted." Fantastic evening. Always a treat when the chef's passion comes out in the food. I could eat an entire meal of the beet tortellini. Looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My family spends six weeks per year in Telluride. 221 is the best restaurant. We are delighted with amazing dining options this small town offers, and this is the best among them. Everything is great, but don't forget dessert. The presentations are as artful as the walls!! Enjoy"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We shared the tuna tartare on avocado to start and it was delicious! The trout with truffle oil was probably the best trout I've ever had. The service was professional, yet friendly. I'd certainly recommend you dine at 221 South Oak Bistro when in Telluride."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Went for the first time for a date night while on vacation in Telluride. Really great selection of food - the homemade sausage is delicious. I would also recommend the Elk - really well done. The wine menu wasn't as extensive as I expected, but still had some good pairings. Neat little atmosphere in a Telluride house and the service was good. Would definitely recommend for others to try."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The best of the "upscale" meals we had in telluride; consistently good"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Lots of character, amazing bar drinks, wonderful service, food generally okay. Salads were awesome, bison that 2 in our party had was not so good), unlike yummy at Sheridan Chop House); vegetarian menu great but this partaker very ill the next day. I'd give it another try, though."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Menu was creative, the hanger steak with mushroom blue cheese sauce was fabulous! The molten chocolate cake was one of the best ever. Duck breast OK . Beautiful art on the walls. Service good and attentive. A fun, warm, non-fussy place to dine with a classy atmosphere. (white tablecloths) Enjoy! Make reservations ahead...really tiny!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "221 South Oak Bistro is one of our favorites in Telluride. We visit every year and it gets better all of the time. My boyfriend and I split the elk and the bison and both were equally delicious and cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our dinner. After overcoming several reservations ahead of us that came with more people than their reservation called for.. Which were seated ! ( granted we turned down a table in the front room . which I think would have been the best place ) There by ,we waited for a good while to be seated. Still the same , the wait staff was excellent . Great menu , a house specialty is Lamb heart was excellent . You Have to try it ! Don't hesitate to dine at the bar with Nick :) Bottom line , if we are back in Telluride , we will eating at 221 at least twice ."
    Dined on 2/28/2014