About La Marmotte
Mark Reggiannini is a former sous chef for Jean Georges Vonrichten, and has a philosophy regarding food - simplicity. His rustic bistro cooking focuses on the use of local fine ingredients, prepared using French techniques. Private dining room and buyout options available. La Marmotte menu changes nightly depending on what is in season and fresh.
Telluride, CO 81435
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: - Service starting at 5pm, Closed Sundays and Wednesdays until December 13, 2017
Happy Hour 5-6 in bar only
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining is also available, seating parties up to 12 people.
Full buyouts are always available, full restaurant capacity is 58
Summer months a large patio is available
Private Party Contact:
Mairen Reagan: (970) 728-6232
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 4pm -9pm. Special New Years Eve 2016 Menu and Seatings
La Marmotte Ratings and Reviews
Staff has been there for years and it shows by how well they know their menus and customers. Food was sensational and like any French restaurant this is a place to seat down and enjoy your meal, please don’t go there if you’re in a rush to get somewhere else.
We saved La Marmotte for our last dinner out in Telluride, relying on the recommendation of our travel agent. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. To begin, we ordered appetizers and , which were very good except that the French onion soup was not hot. The server seemed nervous, distracted, and unfamiliar with the menu.
The four of us ordered three different beef entrees and one chicken entree. All four came with the exact same brown sauce, and It all looked like banquet food. I had ordered the beef tenderloin, which arrived in thin slices with a fat cap on the ends. My son had ordered the ribeye, which arrived as a round steak sliced in half horizontally. Both plates had the wrong accompaniments. It was obvious to us that the steaks had been swapped and needed to be replated, but both the waiter and then the hostess (whom he consulted) insisted that the plates were correct. That neither of them could tell the difference between a filet and a ribeye is inexcusable, especially when there are only 8 entrees on the menu.
When we persisted, the two of them took the plates to the “chef” and explained to him loudly that “she has a problem with how it is sliced.” They then returned only to tell us that he chef confirmed that we were right, and the steaks had been swapped. Instead of remove them and replate them properly, they told me to give my onion rings to my son and swap plates to fix the problem. I pointed out that I also had the wrong potatoes, so they brought a side of au gratin potatoes, plopped it down in front of me, and asked “is there anything else wrong?” By now, of course, everyone’s food was cold, and I still did not have the correct vegetables. We ate what we had, but the meal was ruined, as was my appetite.
As compensation, we were not charged for one of the steaks and we were offered complimentary dessert. The waiter apologized, but the rude hostess never did. Overall it was an affirmatively unpleasant experience.
We had an absolutely wonderful experience. My French husband loved the coq au vin. I had the duck which wasn't crispy 'laque' like I've had in the past, but was cooked to rosy perfection and very good quality. The food and wine were spectacular and the setting had a lot of personality and warmth. Service was up to par.
I have been to La Marmotte three times over the past few years (once each year since 2015). Our first meal there in 2015 was fantastic. Each subsequent visit has been increasingly disappointing, however. This most recent visit was just plain bad. The entrees (pork and lamb) were both flavored with the same over-salted au jus. The lamb was not prepared well. It tasted like (and had the texture) of boiled meat. I don't know what has changed (if anything) in the last couple years or if we just got them on a couple bad nights the last couple of times, but La Marmotte is no longer a given when we visit Telluride.
Ordered a spaghetti squash dish for my daughter and when brought out, it was clear someone in the kitchen thought they could get away with covering up a tablespoon of the feature ingredient under a mound of quinoa. When brought to one of the server's attention, he apologized and offered to bring out a side of the spaghetti squash. He came back empty handed as they had run out. The way this was handled lacked integrity and spoiled a family dinner. Have been going to La Marmot for years and that was the last time as there are too many other choices.
In the past (years ago) this was one of our favorite restaurants in Telluride. Since then it has changed ownership and chefs. All fine dining restaurants in Telluride are pricey,this is no exception. We are from Charleston, SC, where we are fortunate to have some really excellent restaurants, so we have high standards. The items that we had are not what is shown on the online menus, as they are typically not up to date online. Our waiter was excellent!
We shared a seared sea scallop appetizer, which was fine, but nothing special. The scallops would have had a better flavor if there had been more of a hard sear on them, which helps bring out the sweetness.
For entrees we had the filet of beef and the duck. The filet had been ordered medium rare. For some reason, they chose to cut the filet in half horizontally, making it into 2 thinner pieces of meat. Since the meat was now thin, they did not get a good hot sear on the outside and maintain a medium rare temperature, thus it was medium instead. The sauce and side items were good.
The duck was good, but not spectacular. I ordered it medium rare, but it was medium. One of the best things about good duck breast is having the skin on top crispy and the underlying fat like butter that melts in your mouth. This duck had a very mildly crispy skin layer. I felt that the currant sauce was quite thin and somewhat watery. The side items (green beans and squash) very close to raw.
I don't remember the names of our cocktails, pricey at $15 each, but were delicious.
My husband LOVED his dessert of an apple crisp with fig ice cream. I had a fairly run of the mill flourless chocolate cake.
So, a good meal, not a great one. If you are NOT a "foodie", you would probably find it to be very good. If you are into the details, you are likely to not be overly happy with the meal. Or perhaps we got them on an off night, our last experience there was of a similar nature. So, I don't think we will return soon.
Short and to the point and SUPER HONEST.... food is very good but portions are small like almost every high-end restaurant, you spend $150-200 for party of 2 and you're hungry again 2 hours later. The bar seats about 8 people at the most so if you have to wait for a table, you're going to be standing and hoping they serve you a drink while you wait. Suggest reservations if you decide to go. The bartender on duty at the time was not terribly friendly, on the slow side, and lacked any form of a smile. To her credit though, she got a little better as the minutes wore on. The atmosphere is uncomfortably stuffy and the tables so close to one another that servers have to squeeze between seats to serve, and you have to whisper so people at the next table can't hear your conversation. Service was slow for a place so small and so expensive. Overall, I would not recommend and will not return. If you do go, get their cheesecake for dessert, ask for extra berry sauce on top and don't share. Get your date her own slice because it's that good!
They used quality ingredients on both dishes, a lamb shank and a flank steak. The shank was better than the flank as an overall dish. The flank itself was cooked right, tender if a bit light on flavor, and it needed salt and pepper, and it took a while once the server left to get her back to get it, so the meat was cooling. My main issue was the sauce, which was too liquidy, insufficiently reduced, and tasted like bacon fat had gotten into it, and which I tilted off as best I could to separate it from the meat. The wasabi mashed potatoes were fine, as were a few slices of squash. Bread came as 1/3 of a baguette sliced up and spread as if to make it look like more. Those dishes, plus a $44 Bordeaux and a (very good) chocolate torte desert, brought the bill to $148 with tax and tip, which seemed like a lot for what we got.
La Marmotte had good food, service, and ambiance. Evidently it is very popular, but we lucked out and went on a very quiet night, which we enjoyed. The atmosphere was very warm and the servers were very attentive and informed about the menu. All three of us enjoyed our meals, which were well-cooked, but not amazingly creative. If you are in the mood for French food in Telluride, I highly recommend it.
This is my favorite restaurant in Telluride. It really has the atmosphere of a French bistro which extends to the menu. Service is very attentive, and they have always worked around my wife's gluten sensitivity. It can get a bit noisy when groups with unrestrained exuberance are present.
The setting was perfect. We ate in the dining room but somewhat regretted not taking advantage of the bar seating (and their happy hour specials). Service was excellent and not over-the-top, making it a relaxing dining experience. I had a beautiful arugula-stuffed pork tenderloin with risotto. I tried my husband's coq au vin, and it was to die for--so savory! The wine list was interesting, with some good value French wines. Very aware of gluten-free restrictions. I am celiac and had no issues. Would go back again!
La Marmotte never fails. Lovely atmosphere for an anniversary or birthday celebration, or just a quiet evening out. The service and the food is always great! Had the beet salad which was fresh, and well dressed, and the Coq au Vin, which melted in my mouth!
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