Alpinist and the Goat
Now serving $7 lunch!
For the price that was charged, the food was mediocre. The filet pieces on the filet board were overcooked, you could only choose one white or red wine despite their entire wall of wines, the wine was subpar too, and we didn’t get silverware. The table was way too small to place everything on, and the waiter seemed wildly uninterested in his job. You also don’t get to cook any of the meat yourself, or veggies, you get one bowl of cheese but they will charge you for two people (so price will say $26, but they will charge you $52 instead). This place was way overpriced for what you get.
Celebrating quality time with family - nice way to do so when sharing fondue
While we understood the fact that Covid-19 has changed the way restaurants are able to provide service, our experience at Alpinist and the Goat was terrible. The food was mediocre, the cheese was bland, the filet was overcooked, the chocolate "fondue" was served in a ramekin and was cold within 30 seconds, and served with cakes wrapped in plastic along with bruised strawberries and not at all what we expected for the price. We were 1 of 3 tables in the place and the server was very absent. We received no silverware to eat with and our beverages were never refilled. The ambiance and bathroom were disgusting.
Really wanted to love this place because we love fondue and not a lot of places serve it.
Pros- fondue. These traditional fondue was good and we liked the bread it came with. The Prosecco was good.
Cons- very tacky decor, wine was served really warm, the filet board was mediocre, and the server was not into his job. We skipped dessert at the chocolate fountain because it felt a little too buffet-like.
Overall, we felt it was overpriced for what we got. Maybe part of the issue was Covid-19 and they are just getting back to business? Not sure...
Quality and taste of the foods were very good. Ambience is not wonderful though. The venue has two eating areas and both are very very small.
Price for 3 people, with tip, was about $175. We ordered Telluride Scrapple for 2 ($52), a filet board ($48), with an extra order of filet mignon ($36), and 2 sodas ($8).
We skipped the chocolate dessert fountain fondue since the quality of dipper offerings seemed excessive for what would be an additional $27.
The meal, however, was unique and wonderful.
The server (there was just 1 server and 1 cook...our RSVP was for 8 PM and there was only one other party of 4 there) was pleasant and apologetic that they were out of potatoes and strawberries. He forgot my husband's beer.
The venue is claustrophobic and unkempt.
Overall 3.5 stars.
The restaurant is very small and they have squeezed in the maximum number of tables and chairs, with the result that it is uncomfortably, almost claustrophobicly tight.
Very much appreciated the energy, helpfulness, and demeanor of the staff. Dinner was very good in terms of taste and quantity. What didn’t work was the cost, even by Telluride standards. Fun to try it out once but the cost may prohibit me from returning next year.
Not exactly what we expected. Very cramped space. Very untrained waiter in fairly inappropriate attire. The fondue and main dishes were great. Desert (self serve chocolate fondue fountain with weak accompaniments) was poor at best.
The menu was just too minimal. All they have is basically fondue and steak. It would be great if they could add some other proteins and salad to the menu. Cute place with nice service.
The food was very good. Our server didn’t seem to speak English real well. We almost felt like he had more tables than he could handle. This was our second time to go and we will definitely go back when we are in town next time.
We have had outstanding meals in this very small restaurant in past years so we’re excited to return. This year there was only one overwhelmed server. Our Basque fondue had chunks of unmelted cheese and lots of oil separated out. Very expensive for the quality. Very disappointed this year.
The restaurant is very small. The utensils were dirty as was the dessert bar. I don’t recommend it.
Perhaps they should just name this place “The Goat” because the alpinist knows nothing about being a restauranteur, and a goat would be more cleanly. In short, we paid over $150 for cheese and bread, and our glasses and utensils were filthy. They couldn’t even be bothered to remove the seeds from the apples. How this place gets 4.3 stars is beyond me. Go to this place at your own risk...
Think of it as a glorified food truck.
Great food, great service!
We asked for a recommendation, having never eaten here before. French Truffle and a Filet Board was suggested which provided a good range of what is available. Very good food, the Gruyere in the French Truffle was a bit much for us (we would probably go with the Telluride Scrapple next time). A lot of food for two people. We sat at a table next to the wall, which made handling the fondue fork a little complicated and the table was a bit small for all the food. Initial service was good (we were the first party there), it got a little less so as more people arrived. Didn't have a chance to sample desert, too much food :-)
Food and service are fab. The back room doesn’t have the same charm as the room with the kitchen. Will def be back!
The tables were very small,not many customers,and the value iffy,but the cheese was good !
We went on a Monday & had the place to ourselves. They were out of a lot of things on the menu (almost comically so), but the food we did have (Telluride Scrapple & Filet Board) were delish!
Sorry somebody die in the family, we couldn’t get to the restaurant.
The food was very good. Our problem was we had 5 children who were charged as adults. We ordered too much. Our fault. First experience there. Very nice staff. Very expensive for Parents with CHildren.
Love this little fondue spot, great food and thoughtful waiters. Will come back here again and again.
We just completed our meal and it was delicious! Don’t be fooled by the quirky ambiance, the food was spectacular. We had the Telluride Scrapple with asparagus and filet on the side. The filet was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The asparagus was so good, our 9 year old ate most of it, and the bread and scrapple were a little salty, but sinful. The staff was helpful and friendly and was a great place to celebrate an early New Years with kids. And the chocolate fountain was a hit with the kids!
We had a wonderful date night experience. Our waiters Franco and John were attentive, kind, and took the time to understand my severe food allergies. The food here is expensive but exquisite and delicious. We enjoyed every bite of each item we ordered. We particularly enjoyed the Basque fondue with the grilled asparagus. The staff was very accommodating and everything we ordered came out timely and delectable. It was our first time here and it certainly won't be our last. Thank you again!
Food was delicious! Will definitely go back again!
The staff went out of their way to make our dinner special... on Christmas no less! So friendly! So accommodating. We have celiac, so have a strictly gluten free allergy. They made sure all that we ate was safe, and seemed very happy to do so. We would come back to Telluride just to go to this restaurant!
The team was amazing!!! Our waiter took great care of us! Amazing cocktails and outstanding food! Go here! Quaint but fun!
Very good and friendly
Excellent food, good service but small table for two.
Cheese fondue amazing. Dessert fondue not so good. The menu online is outdated.
Excellent could offer more vegetables as sides
The food is tasty, but expensive for the serving sizes. A side order of a 6 oz file at $36 is more expensive than a full entre 8 oz filet with two sides at a nearby steak house.
Our table of 10 had four different fondues which were all good to excellent. We particularly liked the Basque. There is a nice wine list but we elected by the glass house Rioja which was OK, grilled veggies were fine, if sparse.
The menue is designed for couples. Ordering for 10 at a confined table made sharing with many difficult to impossible.
Home made ice cream that had ice crystals- result of bad handling by the customers, and commercial cookies make the desert bar look better on paper than in reality.
They call themselves “laid-back” and achieve that in spades. Friendly banter, ball caps and t- shirts of venerable age are the operating mode. But, with a staff of two doing everything, getting attention is a challenge, and even then reminders of drinks ordered was required more than once.
It is a small room, even early when the 10 of us were the only ones in it. You could cosider it cozy or overcrowded depending on your desire for maneuvering room and elbow space.
Summary: good food, spotty service, relaxed to a fault, expensive. Good for a one time experience. Not sorry we went, will not return.
Great experience! Loved the atmosphere and the music.
Out of potatoes!! Ugh. Key part of fondue experience.
The ambiance and service was so bad, we didn't stay for dinner. The wait staff was listening to explicit rap music, old Christmas lights were flashing in our eyes (it was June), and no one came to greet us for 15 minutes.
Excellent food and service. Fun out of the ordinary experience. Very intimate so that we were able to share conversations with other guests.
We had such an enjoyable dining experience here at the Alpinist and the Goat!
We had a delightful evening at the Alpinist. The fondue was excellent, the wine list reasonably extensive, and the staff friendly. The only (minor) criticism we could offer was that the room was overly bright — but it’s a nit, and barely warrants a mention.
I wish I could rate this place better, it has potential with a little help. Unfortunately, the service was really poor. Maybe an employee or 2 were out for whatever reason. If you’re somewhat in a hurry, you will not want to eat here.
Most importantly, the food was very good. We had the filet board and raclette for 2, highly recommend both. We skipped the fondue. And can honestly say both dishes we had, fed 4 people fine. The desert option we skipped. We had the house white wine by the glass, it was ok. We had to help our selves to the bar/kitchen for our wine and check.
Overall, the place is tiny but cozy, it has a very European feel(like a stubli restaurant in the Swiss alps). I would return knowing what to expect.
The filet board was amazing! The potatoes were the best I’ve ever had!! Also loved the fondue! Definitely will be back!!
Alpinist and the Goat is rated 4.1 stars by 197 OpenTable diners.
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