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 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
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!
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.
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!
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