221 South Oak

4.6
990 reviews
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Contemporary American
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.
Full Vegetarian Menu is available.
Wine and Appetizer Classes are on Thursdays.
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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time eating at 221 and like the first time the meal was excellent.

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SN
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our friends come

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening.

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JR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, wine was overpriced, service was fair at best

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M
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant in Telluride

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DZ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Elk I have ever had!

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AH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We went here for a birthday and were seated in the most perfect table up front. We’ve been to a half dozen dinner locations and this one was the very best!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in America!

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We received a gift certificate for dinner at 221 South Oak and found it to be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Our entrees, which consisted of scallops and a bison strip steak, were prepared as requested and were very delicious. We would certainly recommend the restaurant to others and plan to return soon.

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SP
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could be the best restaurant in Town and that says a lot

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DT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Very expensive, but that's Telluride

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Were excited to try this place based on all the reviews. We also had 2 vegetarians in the group and the restaurant has an extensive vegetarian menu. Unfortunately the service and food were mediocre. All our food was under seasoned and there was little concern when plates were cleared with at least half the food remaining. The trout was very good but the other 6 dishes were not. We didn’t even want to look at a dessert menu at the end of the meal and went back to our rental and ate some leftovers. Don’t understand the hype about this place - we won’t be back.

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D
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The experience was so unpleasant I would not recommend it, even though the food was exceptional.

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L
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is seasonal and absolutely spectacular from the cocktails, wine list, entrees and dessert! We live out of state, but frequent Telluride often and will be coming back during the Film Festival and have already made reservations for 2 nights that week. Make a reservation and don’t miss out of this culinary delight!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Monkfish and lamb were standouts

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MP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is attentive, atmosphere is perfect and the food is excellent. We had the scallops and bison which were both cooked to perfection. A must visit on your trip to Telluride.

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Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, mediocre service.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! One of our favorite all-time restaurants...

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food. 221 is not cheap however, especially the wine list

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Limited wine list and mark ups are far higher than expected even for a remote location. Example - bottle of Ken Wright Pinot, purchased in town for $24, selling for $85 at the restaurant. Beyond that, was very pleased.

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EB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, great people make you feel welcome, excellent service and wonderful food

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j
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was what you expected at a high end restaurant; good food, nice service. But they are lacking a personal touch. The initial greeting wasn't very welcoming. When we left no one says good bye or acknowledges our departure. In Telluride there are many nice restaurants with quality food and service, the ones we prefer make the stay a bit more personal.

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J
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Buenos platillos y carta de vino asexuada

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TW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Small and cozy. Warm hospitality, innovative and creative food selections. Definitely top on the list and will return next time in Telluride!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at 221 Oak. The service was exceptional!!

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BH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cuisine and impeccable service. The highlight of our dining experiences in Telluride.

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K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful treat to dine at 221. This evening the menu was especially terrific and creative. Our group of one mom with young foodies and 1 vegetarian were deeply impressed. Service was spot-on and very efficient—particularly appreciated after a long day on the mountain.

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D
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience, w/ food & service excellent! What an extensive vegetarian menu. Our party of 4 was all so pleased!

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M
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and service were excellent. We each had a delicious salad, followed by pheasant and scallops each prepared in the chef's unique fashion. We thoroughly enjoy dining here each visit to Telluride.

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KR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Too many ingredients in each dish. Frequently competing with each other. Same ingredients used in multiple dishes so if you don’t like something it eliminates a lot of choices and makes an overly large menu actually quite small. The food itself can most kindly be described as inedible. Tired, poorly prepared and frequently tasteless.

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j
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I always stop at 221 South Oak when in Telluride. Usually the most outstanding meal
While in town. However this trip I was a little disappointed with my selection. It was
Not up to par with the usual meals I have had in the past. But once again usually the
Best stop in Telluride.

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DM
Northern MI
36 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent. Two of us had venison osso buco and one of us had the elk t-bone. The meat, sauces and accompaniments were amazingly good. Love the decor - the colors and the paintings. The wine list is also great but pricey. The only miss of the evening was our bottle of wine did not arrive on a timely basis for the main course. Otherwise a great experience. Would highly recommend 221 South Oak for a special evening out.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious food. I had the lamb and my husband had the elk. Both wonderful. We are still talking about the delicious meal we had at 221 South Oak.

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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at 221 South Oak. Salads were inventive, but a little lackluster. Lamb chops were very good, though they had a bit too much flavor of the grill which obstructed the flavor of the lamb itself. All of the dishes were well prepared and nicely presented.

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ME
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Telluride tradition and never disappointed! We are a family of Sewanee grads and love to follow the chef and owner.

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f
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cozy restaurant in Telluride.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. Inventive flavors and great staff.

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MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. The cheesy grits were spectacular! Fabulous service!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, great service, the best meal I’ve had in telluride !

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