About 221 South Oak
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.
Telluride, CO 81435
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Chef Eliza H.S. Gavin
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
221's intimate atmosphere and fabulous food is perfect for your special event.
221 South Oak Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed the New Years Eve set menu however, for the price I would suggest a slightly different approach. 1. The portion sizes were too large for a 5 course meal. 2. Most of the dishes were "over-concepted" with too many ingredients – let less be more. 3. Consider including the service fee in the total price on a set menu. On the plus side, we had a very nice time. The food was good, just not great – the concept of fusion with lots of ingredients is somewhat dated ands some diners still like this, I'm not one of them. The cocktails, bubbly and wine were all terrific. The staff was very pleasant and attentive but it's clear they are not professional which is somewhat expected in a ski town. The venue is very nice environment for a meal. We have dined here before and we will again.
Here is my YELP review . . .
221 South Oak in Telluride is an absolutely incredible restaurant. They offer a stellar wine selection paired with a fantastic menu with a full second vegetarian menu. The service is beyond perfect. Rachel was our server who took this already incredible food experience to another level by making us her #1 priority.
I can't say enough about 221 South Oak in Telluride. If you are planning a trip to Telluride make sure you book your dining reservation 3 or 4 weeks in advance or you'll be SOL.
Cornelius Sean Murphy
The service was impeccable. The manager, Travis checked on our table regularly and made us feel comfortable and well taken care of. The bartended Jeremy provided great service and suggestions as well. Our server Greta was charming and offered the perfect suggestions, and did not steer us wrong (thought I'm not sure you could go wrong at this restaurant!). We will absolutely be back and intend on bringing family here as well. Thank you all for a tremendous experience.
The only noise was our 1 year old. We had a cheese plate, which was perfectly paired. Great wine suggestions, that we took full advantage of. The scallops were some of the best I've ever had and the trout was perfection. They were so accommodating for our daughter, which made our anniversary dinner even better than expected. We will continue to patron this restaurant every single time we're in Telluride.
This restaurant is all around creative- from the location, to the decor, to the menu. It is a quaint little place that is bursting with character! My boyfriend and I enjoyed and amazing night out after a day of adventuring the beautiful town. Both our plates were delicious, our only regret is we were too full for pumpkin cheesecake! We will for sure be back.
221 Oak was great! It was recommended by a family member who said it was worthy of a special occasion dinner. My wife and I decided to try it out for our honeymoon and was not disappointed. The service was professional, friendly and knew a lot of the food and drinks which made it easy to choose. The wine was on point and loved the elk t bone steak!
We have been here three times on separate trips to Telluride. All of the visits have been memorable. The first time (years ago) there was not electricity in Telluride for a few hours. We showed up and were served by candlelight! The food is delightful in flavor and appearance and so fresh. I would call it American-style cuisine with international flavor influences. Our server, Divo, was knowledgeable about the menu and had some helpful recommendations. The wine steward was also enthusiastic and found us the perfect bottle to work with both smoked boar and seared scallops (both yum). The restaurant has a separate vegetarian menu. We ordered from both menus last week and were very pleased with what we chose (Duo of Bruschetta from veg menu). The atmosphere is so cozy and elegant but also somewhat casual. While some people were dressed up, many were vacation-casual. We will be back.
One of my favorite restaurants. Just the perfect setting for a perfect meal. I love the combination of ingredients and flavors. When I am in Telluride, this is a must stop for a lovely meal. Cocktails and wine are great too if you just want to stop in for a drink. I suggest reservations for meals.
Appetizers were good. Gnocchi was terrible. Watery, presentation nice, but taste horrid. Trout good. Serviced with ravioli that could not be eaten. Pasta watery, and filing vile. Have been there multiple times. Sometimes great other just ok. Tonight terrible. Would have preferred McDonalds. Would have saved for 4. $180. Not sure why so bad
Based on 221's menu, was really excited to dine here. Power to the town had been out earlier that day - believe the staff was excited to have the night off; not excited to deal with the public. Checked in and maitre d' was more invloved with answering the phone than seating - or greeting - guests. Ok, he's super busy.
Seated -- and wait staff was really disinterested in providing good service - to match the potential of the menu. Requested small plates for shared appetizers - this was a big deal. Server was really not interested in ensuring our experience was enjoyable. My version osso buco wwas really dry - and served with also dry gnocci which just made it worse. And uninspired asparagus. Mentioned this to server who was annoyed with my comment - with no offer to make it right.
I really enjoy dessert - the menu looked good but after the uninspired and annoyed service, we passed. On coffee, after dinner drinks, the whole finish.
Again, a really disappointing experience. Marginal food made worse with bad, annoyed service.
Outstanding from start to finish. While I feel the deserts have been better in the past, this slight shortcoming was certainly compensated by the vastly improved cocktails, attentive service, carefully curated wine list and fresh, delicious salads. As a vegetarian I appreciate the array of options that rival the standard menu in terms of creativity and variety. It's always a wonderful experience dining at 221, and as an occasional guest I find it exciting to watch how the menu evolves from season to season. Thank you again to all involved in our lovely evening.
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