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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
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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)
Casual (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Amazing! Sat at the bar. Jeremy took great care of us. 221 Oak one one our top three restaurants in the entire country. Do not miss the opportunity to eat here!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Very delicious meal with interesting food presentation. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Perfect for any special occasion. Very vegetarian friendly. Highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

One of the very best restaurants in Telluride and for a long time. Food is special, often with a creative twist. Prices are reasonable in Telluride terms

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I'll be back often. I have found this to be my favorite restaurant in Telluride .

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Always wonderful and intriguing food. Service always dependable

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Authentic, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

221 is the best restaurant in Telluride. Liza is a spectacular chef and changes the menu seasonally with specials daily. Try her homemade sausage and her duo of soups. You will never be disappointed with your dining experience at 221.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

When our sweet server Audrey heard we were celebrating our deceased son's birthday, she brought in a Happy Birthday dessert plate with a lighted candle. It meant everything to us. The food was delicious too, as usual. Thank you, Audrey and 221 S Oak.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great food excellent service one of the best places to go in Telluride it be around for a long time
And there's a reason for that!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

As always, our meal and overall experience was wonderful. We will be back next year.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Nice food, especially enjoyed the halibut. Have eaten in this restaurant several times over the years and it continues to be one of my favorites in Telluride. Hard to go wrong with this one

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great ambience, great service and good food however, maybe it tries a bit too hard.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Once the best restaurant in Telluride with an innovative menu, but has slipped from that pedastal.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Devo was awesome. He was helpful in providing recommendations, was personable, funny, and attentive.

Despite our umpteenth time in Telluride, this was our first time here and definitely will not be the last.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Awesome food, great waitress (Rachael) and perfect service. Only concern was the loud music. Once I requested the volume lowered all was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Organic
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We've been here several times and have never been disappointed. We usually eat at the bar but this time I remembered well enough in advance to book a table. Very important during summer or winter season.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 7, 2017

I wish I could try everything on the menu. Every thing we got was unbelievable! Hope to visit there again soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Fabulous and inventive menu. Everything was superb. Tables can be a bit tight as it's a small place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 6, 2017

What a fantastic little place. Highly recommended, great menu. You won't be disappointed

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was my boyfriend's first time in Telluride, so I wanted to take him to one of the best in town. Everyone who's interested in the menu should definitely check it out. Chef has many exceptionally inventive dishes.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The food, ambience and serving staff were terrific. They may great suggestions about the menu and wine and were right on about everything. We ate there twice during our stay in Telluride and heavy been here several other times over the years. Always a must when we stay in Telluride.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very unique menu, so it made trying something new a fun adventure.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and Eliza and the staff took such great care of us. The food was outstanding & one of the best meals we've had in Telluride!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Wonderful experience with great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Telluride! Changing menu never disappoints.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food, service and atmosphere was great until our server told us that somehow the kitchen threw out the portion of my brunch that I couldn't eat and I had asked to have it put in a to go box. They did make me another meal of same portion that I couldn't eat except forgot the fried potatoes and smoked trout that I had a good deal of left originally. Oh well, lessoned learned.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Everything tasted great but was overpriced, even considering the popular location in Telluride. The cocktail menu did not have prices -- the "special" (watermelon caprioska) turned out to be $15 each!!! I had trout with "duo of ravioli" which really is TWO little raviolis. My wife had herb gnocchi which was basically 8 tiny nuggets of gnocchi with some mushrooms and asparagus. Again, everything tasted very good, but we left feeling hungry and disappointed for the price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Amazing Brunch!!!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Great service & fabulous food. Enjoyed brunch & creative menu.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Was impressed with the wine list, had an excellent dessert. Had many members of the waitstaff come to our table, some were better than others (Greta and Luke were very engaging and attentive).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Meal was outstanding - we also went there the night before and sat at the bar for drinks and desert - and it was lovely

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Thought the food was good, especially the appetizers/salads for creativity.
But main courses were not exceptional .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Outstanding menu. This restaurant is nestled in a historic home with a darling outdoor patio in the back. Excellent craft drinks and wine menu. Service was outstanding. Can't say enough good things about it. We enjoyed every moment at 221 South Oak.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Fabulous food, great ambiance and they went out of their way to accommodate my son's allergies. Only thing missing is gluten free bread and wish we had a few more gluten free options in the appetizers but all in all a great restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 7, 2017

My wife and I dine here every year. My only regret is not having enough time to try everything on the menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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