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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.

221 S. Oak St
Telluride, CO 81435
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Pacific St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 728-9507

Website:
http://www.221southoak.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Eliza H.S. Gavin

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (11)
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Special Occasion (8)
Cozy (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Romantic (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Authentic (1)
Vegan (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 2 days ago

We jhad an excellent dinner. Rachel and the rest of the team gave us stellar service. I had the hangar steak with a huge shitaki mushroom, great sauce and gnocchi. My husband had the watercress salad, dressing was to die for and the Scallops, The sauce on the Scallops the pears, cauliflower and broccolini were outstanding. He topped it off with a glass of arbarino and I had a glass of tamprinino with my steak which was cooked perfectly. The only improvement I see is a shortage of wines by the glass

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was wonderful. My husband had the house made sausage and he thought it was the best sausage he’s ever had! I had a wonderful vegetarian dish and a delicious cauliflower and kale salad.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 3 days ago

We specifically chose this restaurant bc of the vegetarian menu. We

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Truly our favorite restaurant in Telluride. Everything is outstanding: food, service, ambiance etc.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice night out in a very cute setting. Dinner was delicious and Cordial. Highly recommended but more so for adults.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Appetizer was good but main course was bland. Dessert average. Service was attentive but rushed - I think they try to turn tables over fast. Not as good as we’d hoped from the reviews. May just have been a bad night.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary. Chose our favorite Telluride restaurant. Lovely ambiance. Excellent friendly staff. Delicious as always

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service. Seats are uncomfortable. Good & interesting food that can't be found anywhere else in town. Great vegetarian options.

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, good wine paring, great atmosphere. Chef Eliza does a great job, continues to update and improve her menu, can't wait to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Enjoyed a fantastic dinner at 221 Oak and it was delicious, great presentation, and affordable price. Had the opportunity to meet the owner/chef and what a pleasant surprise. Hats off to 221 South Oak.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent as always! Look forward to eating here when we are in town.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always a stop in Telluride. Exceptional food an d favors

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This is an excellent place. Not inexpensive, but for a special event, recommend

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My salmon was just plain with a fishy taste!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Was celebrating a personal milestone and hadn’t been to 221 in a while. Always always love Chef Eliza’s cooking and menu offerings, especially her exotic meat selections. She sources incredibly high quality food and cooks it right! As a diner who for heart reasons avoids (beloved) beef except very occasionally, it was a treat to be able to choose between a Rocky Mountain Elk T-bone and a Bison New York Strip (marinated in Telluride Brewing Company Face Down Brown and served with a chimichurri sauce).

As usual, the food was superb. I started with a shaved cauliflower and Brussels sprouts salad served with fresh mango and a spicy carrot vinaigrette and topped with a slice of dukkah crusted bacon —outrageously unique! I ordered the bison very rare and so it came. The flavors were incredible!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great meal We never miss 221 when in Tell.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fantastic food. Best Bison strip I’ve ever had

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Loved everything about it!! Amazing service, food and ambience.

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Highly recommended. The chef definitely knows what she is doing and is so creative! The parsnip cake was absolutely amazing!! We will definitely go back next time in Telluride.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant continues to be exceptional. After a powder dump the place was magical, warm, and welcoming. It is a cozy restaurant consisting of only two smallish rooms but the food is spectacular. I had the ahi tuna appetizer special and my husband started with a beef and ox tail ravioli. We didn’t have their soup but it is a must try. The concept is a yin and yang of two contrasting and complimentary soups each taking up half of the bowl! Always excellent. In addition to an imaginative entree list that includes the freshest fish, game, and beef (we had a marvelous tenderloin but don’t overlook the flank steak) 221 provides a complete vegetarian menu. Two types of f bread are also served. Wish we had room for one of their delightful deserts but we will have to pace ourselves next time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fun, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Would highly recommend.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic food and service . The hanger steak was amazing

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic food and service as always!

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in Telluride!!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is the best restaurant in Telluride in our opinion. The food is excellent as is the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love our experience every time we dine at 221! We try to make it part of our plan whenever we are in town!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

cosy restuant with attentive service and a knowledgeable staff

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Both the regular and vegetarian menus are artfully composed with unique combinations of the freshest ingredients. Lovely atmosphere and clearly very popular. Best dinner in Telluride!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Organic, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Awesome & Rachel was a great server!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Many trips to Telluride and 221 South Oak is always on the agenda. Prices are toward the higher end so it's more for a nice night out. Highly recommend but it's not huge so make reservations.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Spectacular eggs Benedict and blueberry muffins.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had a fantastic brunch with the ladies! It is always a treat to go to 221. We all loved every minute. Thanks chef Eliza!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Best brunch!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Cocktails were perfect, Beef tartare on point. The trout was incredible , and the chocolate torte decadent.

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