221 South Oak

4.6
923 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(970) 728-9507
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Eliza H.S. Gavin
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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.
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Cross street
Pacific St
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Special events & promotions
221's intimate atmosphere and fabulous food is perfect for your special event.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 923 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible. The server inattentive and seldom came around. We ordered halibut as an entree and 40 minutes after we had ordered it, it still want out. Halibut takes 8 minutes to cook. The restaurant wasn’t swamped being about 2/3 full, no one at the bar and no one waiting for a table so there was no excuse for the service.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waitress had an attitude that made the experience unpleasant. Too bad because we were excite to try this place. The food was very good.

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KC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable experience. Great food, appetizers on the outside porch, fun staff and an overall pleasant experience. We will return!

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EM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience as we have had before - the food was creative and superb and customer service both getting a reservation and in the restaurant was courteous, prompt, friendly and enthusiastic.

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CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal here. The menu was creative and extensive with so many options we had trouble deciding what to order. The food was superb; the zucchini, sesame and radish fritters were my favourite. Service was professional and warm

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G
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to enjoy dinner at South Oak - one of our favorites. The food is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented and the service is attentive. Always recommend this restaurant to friends.

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NV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was amazing. My salmon was done perfectly and the duck prosciutto appetizer was so good that I finished the entire dish even though I meant to share it!

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VS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service a must try when in Telluride.

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HG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are great - the prices a bit steep

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Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice food and limited wine list-This is a really good choice for anyone who loves fine food

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H
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was very attentive, trout and short ribs were fantastic. Best meal of our trip.

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant that we look forward to visiting every year during the Telliuride Film Festival. The only thing keeping 221 from being outstanding is the service. The staff is not very well trained; tends to rush diners; does not share information well; and is relatively unenthusiastic. The host was particularly dismissive when we hesitated over a questionable bottle of wine. All that said, the food is outstanding!!

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DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing foodie restaurant with an incredibly creative vegetarian menu. Great cocktails, too! Would come back in a heartbeat.

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The wine list is extensive but expensive. There are no "lower" price options. Wine is about $20 a glass. Food was very good with vegetarian options.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Broad menu, outstanding tastes, nice ambiance, never disappointed!

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T
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Inventive food, amazing tastes. A pleasure

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G
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a quiet and relaxing ambience. Very good service

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JG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood gem. Delicious food. Our waiter was very friendly, but was not able to explain the specials clearly. He may have been new. We had a lovely meal. It would have been nice if they offered the birthday dessert at no charge, and put a candle in the cake. Otherwise, just perfect. We will return!

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KB
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to have brunch at 221. Years ago Wolfgang Puck awarded a winning round to Eliza Gavin on national television because her omelette was so perfect ! It still is! Her blueberry muffins are great too . Luke is doing an outstanding job of managing a top-notch team of people . We will be sad when branch season is over !

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A
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening to mark a special anniversary. We’ve been several times before and had outstanding food every time., We had a beautiful table up front, yummy food as always, nice attentive server. Preordered gf cake was spectacular! Thanks for making my parents 50th wedding anniversary celebration great.

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M
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who doesn’t love an excellent dinner by a renowned chef in a cool old house in Telluride...

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CJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we’ve had. Sitting on the back patio on a beautiful night was so nice. Thanks, we’ll definitely be back again!

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ML
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Would definitely go back... so many amazing things to try. Wish it was closer to where I live! Server was very nice the whole time even though we were the last table in the restaurant.

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant used to be one of my favorites and it has gone down hill this season. Sadly.

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch as usual. The 40oz Rose was a great recommendation.

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E
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, excellent service, always!
A table for 6 on back side porch was quiet, out of the way, and yet we never had to search for a waiter. Food is interesting, but not too far out. Vegetarian menu a real bonus. Brown butter cake the best!

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BT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on the recommendation of a friend as we had never been to Telluride before. We were there for the annual Telluride Jazz Festival, so having dinner at 221 South Oak made for a nice ending to our very nice day of Jazz. Our food, wine, service, and the overall ambience were all excellent. The restaurant is set in a house off South Oak St., making for a lovely setting. While a bit pricey, by comparison to other Telluride restaurants, it was definitely worth it. Would both highly recommend this restaurant to a friend and definitely return the next time we’re in town. Do note that reservations are highly advised depending on the season.

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L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wine list is terribly expensive. Would be nice to have a few more reasonably priced choices.
Food is delicious, and a nicely varied menu. Not a very kid friendly place, but that’s fine by us!

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JR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE really enjoyed the varied and unusual menu. Our fave in the week we were in Telluride!

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KB
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance! Eliza and Luke are amazing! This is a local’s gem and Eliza is at the top of her game! Luke is a good manager too!

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Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was terrific! Our server, Daryl, was personable and attentive. The food was creative, well-presented and delicious. Beautiful setting, great service and excellent food; worth a return trip next time in Telluride.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eliza, Luke and the whole 221 team are amazing. Sunday brunch is the best in town. Friendly, warm and inviting staff make you feel like you are there at their personal invitation. The food is creative and delicious. One of our favorites.

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G
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was the best!

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P
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

221 South Oak has become our favorite Telluride restaurant. Great ambience, consistently excellent quality of meals. Chef is amazingly creative in combining flavors. Beautiful presentations. Service is above & beyond five-star.

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BD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to 221 during our honeymoon in Telluride. The food was incredible, and the staff was fantastic. They really went above and beyond to make our night special. We will definitely be back next time we are in town!

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OT
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All very good and nice atmosphere. Tasty and creative menu. One of the three best in telluride.

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RH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was very attentive but not intrusive. They were also well versed in the menu and wine list and had an extensive vegetarian/vegan dining menu. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable evening.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the place. It does appear the kitchen timing is slightly off. Just sayin.

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BG
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Our first visit was great, second visit just mediocre...this last visit made me have no desire to return. Time between appetizer and dinner was rediculously long and dinner just not up to par. Won't be going back...☹️

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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