Cosmopolitan - Telluride

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Once a grand saloon in the thriving mining camp of Telluride, The Cosmopolitan is now home to the fresh, innovative creations of Chad Scothorn, who has received national attention and praise for his original, fresh approach to food preparation. Serving dinner nightly, this elegantly simple 80 seat restaurant is located in the newly remodeled luxurious Hotel Columbia at the base of the Gondola. Known locally as the Cosmo, the custom cherry wood bar is the perfect place to unwind. The Cosmopolitan has earned the Wine Spectator’s 2019 Award of Excellence!
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Cosmopolitan restaurant, the food and service was outstanding!

P
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here on several occasions over several years. It’s one of our favorite places in the region. We each had a special Salmon dish and I had a terrific bowl of wild mushroom soup with shrimp. The shrimp was in the bowl and the soup was added by our great server, Kaylee. The wine list as excellent and the salmon was really special. We will return when next in Telluride.

z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience again . The server, Robert , was amazing . He did a great job. The food was very good. Every time we are in Telluride , we come back to this restaurant. Consistency is the name of the game.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate light because we were tired from traveling all day, but really enjoyed our soup & salad. The wine was nice. The service was pleasant.

JS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We returned to Telluride and looked forward to meal at Cosmo as we have several memorable meals in past years. Unfortunately, our most recent visit was very disappointing.

Our party of four ordered two filets medium rare; however, our server advised us to order the steaks medium as the chef's medium sides to medium rare. We didn't want to be difficult, but both were overcooked for our palates . In addition, we ordered, the salmon rare to medium rare (specified "fleshy" and "sushi-like"), again overcooked. We didn't want to be the difficult Easterners, but in retrospect, we should have sent the meals back to the kitchen (something we never do). We also had a chopped salad, and for $18, the portion was fairly small.

Overall, expensive for a mediocre at best, meal.

JP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an anniversary dinner with my bride. They greeted us warmly, gave us an intimate table for two, and we proceeded to have a great meal. Great wine list; great cocktails; wonderful and creative food. Great location next to the Gondola in town.

DT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great place, food was delicious, sommelier needs to be more knowledgable of the wine list

SP
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was excellent!

JO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was excited to take my family of 5 to dinner at Cosmo last week.

I was disappointed with the service.

In Cosmos defense, we arrived earlier than our reservation and asked if we could get in early. They offered a booth in the waiting area and we accepted knowing it was ideal for a nice dinner.

My guess is that we didn't get their "A" service team.

The food was decent but nothing great.
The pricing seemed fair (+/- $400)

We felt we were bothering them asking them for silverware, napkins, and additional menus.

j
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Cosmo it's always a joy....great wines food and service.

TS
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to impress

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal. Great food and cocktails. A lovely place.

c
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our top favorite in Telluride. We've been coming here for 16 years and it NEVER disappoints. The calamari is to die for as an app.

W
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We have eaten here several times a year for 15 years and have never been disappointed. This was our 1st time this year and were terrible disappointed. The calamari was a mass of overly breaded poorly seasoned calamari with poor seasoning. We sent it back. My snapper was flavorless and the corn chowder base was like water. I watched the servers at the bread station hold the bread with their bare hands and transfer it to the bread baskets by grabbing the bread at both ends and placing it on a serving tray. Were unsanitary to say the least. I hope these meals were an anomaly and not a trend.

W
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything at Cosmo was top rated. We were a half hour earlier than reservation time, no problem being seated in a nice quiet spot for two. Took our time for drinks and dinner, with some fresh-made bread to get us going. The meal was great, service was the best with a special dessert for my wife's Birthday. Will be back soon.

KP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the chicken my husband had the salmon. They both excellent. Warm beet salad was delicious. The bread....best bread in the whole world I am convinced. Service was attentive. We left very full and happy.

KH
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justin provides top notch service for our anniversary Details, details, details. Fabulous food, sushi, steak and beignets!

SP
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service was great. I highly recommend this place.

r
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed here. Consistent excellence, both food and staff.

CR
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was impeccable! Truly enjoyed our server. We were very much looking forward to the blueberry pie with the sour cream ice cream—and it was very good—but would have been over the top had it been served warm. My sister who comes to Telluride 3-4 times a year, said it is the first time she had not been served the pie when warm. The calamari appetizer was to die for. We got the snapper entree and it too was good, but not over the top good. I will return (it was my first time), but my sister has eaten at Cosmo numerous times and always been really pleased with not only the service, but the food.

VW
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Classy environment.

RG
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service all the way around. Food was awesome.

p
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

For the first time ever— we’ve been coming for years-/ the salmon from the bar special was less than good. I can usually count on the food being very good— the bread is the best in the country-/ but last night did not deliver.

c
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a broad selection of good bourbon. I haven't had a cosmopolitan in years and it was super tasty! My son, age 14, had the duck and said it was outstanding. My daughter and husband had the filet and it was cooked to perfection. I had the wolffish, which I've never heard of, with shrimp risotto. Wow! Chef Chad does not disappoint. We travel to Telluride often and there's a reason this restaurant has been around so long. We will be back. Thank you!

JE
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent fish special & beef filet! Great cocktails & service

GP
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal at the Cosmo, our first and most definitely not our last. The staff were welcoming and genuine, the food excellent and wine list well- balanced. Our server, Andres, made the evening perfect. We can’t wait to return!

DS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. We'll be back. Great menu, staff, atmosphere.

r
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Telluride. I had the pork chop (delicious) and my husband had Sheepshead fish (never heard of it before) but he liked it. However, the highlight of the meal was the “smoked plate” sushi appetizer. It’s worth going there just for their sushi dishes.

K
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, presentation and taste! Very impressed. The bread is delicious too! Highly recommend.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always consistently great food and excellent service

OT
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a cosmo during Cosmo’s happy hour. Great cocktails and great sushi. After the Artwalk we came back for dinner. The pork chop was one of the best ever. Benson’s service was spot on.

j
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always an excellent dinner while in Telluride
Food and service are excellent

SB
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE everything about this restaurant. The food is fabulous and the service is spot on! The chicken and polenta dish is my favorite! My husband was blown away by the pork chop ! This is not your average pork chop - flavors galore. The beet salad fabulous, the bread delicious. We are from New Orleans - we know good food- we are picky. This is our second time here. We came on a previous trip and loved it. We have tried many of the restaurants in Telluride and this is by far the top of our list!

OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaylee and whole staff were attentive and helpful in their suggestions for a very delicious and fun evening!

TP
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and would visit again. The wait staff was very attentive and professional. Food was very well constructed and prepared. We found the Cosmopolitan to be consistent with the pricing - not cheap but it comes with a memorable experience. Relatively small restaurant, so be sure to make a reservation to get a table in the restaurant section towards the rear.

CL
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town thought this was one of the best meals they have enjoyed in a long time.

JR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, both food and service were excellent.

TB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 5pm, in time for happy hour. The greeter was very helpful. We sat in the bar and had excellent service. The Cosmos and sushi were outstanding. Jerry was so good. Then, from Matt in the dining room, we ordered salmon and the trout special with salmon and crab. The food and service were 12 on a 10 scale!
And, as we drank and ate, we watched families walk outside with big smiles on their faces. Same was true
inside the restaurant. Everyone had a spirit of happiness. Telluride and the Cosmopolitan were special.
Then, we took the gondola back up to the Madeline Hotel as dusk was turning to dark. Wonderful!
Thanks to everyone at the Cosmopolitan.

DW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to cosmopolitan twice and both times the experience has been consistently fabulous!
If you are a foodie you definitely should not miss this experience.
The wait staff has been properly trained and consistently professional as well.
The food creations of the chef and staff have a wonderful flare and delicious flavor.
Don’t miss trying this jewel of a restaurant!!!

LC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a very special meal with outstanding service. The fish specials are not to be missed.