The National

4.8
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309 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The National is an elevated gathering place that offers unconventional yet approachable dining experiences.
What 309 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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N
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Amazing food, great service. May be our last restaurant meal for a while and glad we made it count.

SS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

To loud. Why would you blast music when there is poor sound acoustics. Could not talk to others at the table to loud.

LF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Over rated and over priced. Food was not exceptional. Ok but I would go back

L
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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CS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening! Fantastic food from start to finish. Squash app, mussels and char sui were impeccable. Entrees included were the duck, which was the best I’ve ever tasted, the filet was excellent and the lamb shank was delicious. We finished up the creme brûlée and bread pudding was the perfect finish. I’ve been to almost every restaurant in town and National is now at the top of the list. Our waitress Jacqueline did a great job. She did an exceptional job.

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

SP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We found this restaurant to be a mixed bag. It is very small, VERY noisy, and overpriced. Absolutely avoid the linguini and clams entree unless you are having two entrees as it has ten-12 TINY clams and maybe a half cup of linguine for $31-unbelievable! The funny thing about it is pasta is SO cheap if they would only double the portion you could actually call it a meal! My wife had the vegan lasagna which was very good but a bit dry and very heavy on the mushroom content, The highlight was the cauliflower cashew soup which was amazing. The drinks were also tasty but on the smallish side and also expensive, but the Lawless blackberry rye drink was amazing. They also pack the people in so close you are right on top of the people next to you and if you're at the high top communal table, well, you better like bumping elbows with you neighbor as they have too many stools for the size of tables.

ML
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited the National with only 3 evenings left in our ski trip. We would have gone back but could not get another reservation. Excellent food

RK
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and place to eat! Drinks were amazing as well.

DS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience!

TD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Amy gets 10 Gold stars. Energetic, engaging, polite, knowledgeable.
Thank you

AF
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the best in Telluride, but tables are small and very close together, so pretty noisy. Service staff is terrific, but there are long gaps between courses and they frequently are backed up by the middle of the evening (eg tables don’t turn over as quickly as they plan for, so be prepared to wait ). All in all, on our definitely go to list, but could be better. Also good idea to go early before they get backed up.

VT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All good except the canned “Vegas” music.

j
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Best way to say it "pretentious"
From the host with no smile and no eye contact to the tables crammed 12" apart it did not get any better. The space is very attractive with wine racks reaching the high ceilings and modern lighting fixtures but crammed tight and very loud.
Food offerings sounded great but were disappointing.
Serves was overwhelmed and thus inattentive. Poor lady could barely navigate the tight spaces around the tables.
Overpriced and under delivered.
Would not recommend.

r
Cincinnati
63 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lives up to its excellent reviews. Great atmosphere. Energetic and lively. The all brick interior makes for a rather loud atmosphere which might make hearing the person across from you difficult if you have any level of hearing issue. Aside from that, all aspect are outstanding.

M
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal

DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu is slightly predictable without any standout meals. Five star prices with cafe service quality and ambiance. A single restroom with a wait. I can see the attraction but ultimately the experience is incomplete.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing! The dishes are full of unique and delicious flavors!

AS
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another amazing dinner at the National! I highly recommend to anyone visiting Telluride.

L
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the National is amazing, the food is spectacular, and the ambiance is very lively. I will be back!

T
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the National! One of our favorites in telluride!!! Such a gem.....

RD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience3

We had an 8:30 reservation for a high top, but on arrival at that time, we were told nothing was available. We were finally seated at a regular table after waiting about 20 minutes. The host's initial attitude was initially nasty and defensive, but he later recovered his composure, while not apologizing, but being more pleasant. While eating, I observed that no high top was available until about 9:15. I guess the National was having a bad night.

d
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a couple of years in business this restaurant has hit its stride with top notch food and service. One of the top 5 restaurants in Telluride for sure.

NR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bring earplugs! The restaurant needs better soundproofing … food is great but you'll be yelling across the table to your neighbor.

CH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and wonderful meal. Don’t miss the desert menu - delicious!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. The menu was so creatively designed, and there are many healthy options. The wine that the very knowledgeable Sommelier recommended was outstanding. We really appreciated the ambience and the architecture that was created in a very historical building. They respected the architecture, yet decorated in a very modern sleek way with very warm results.

LI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Amazing innovative food and service always outstanding!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT! Make sure you get the bread pudding for dessert. Just insanely delicious and im not especially a big bread pudding guy.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the National was fantastic! The food was terrific and we had a really great time. It was both of our sons’ birthday dinner and they loved it!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and company

CM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

LOVED THE FOOD IT WAS GREAT. BUT WAY OVER PRICED.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every minute!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Had the braised lamb shank and had sickness badly day after. Terrible table location in dining room.
Lovely restaurant and service was very good (Bill) but I don’t be back.

E
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great all around. Wonderful food and service.

KV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have the best time at National. Food, service and comfy chairs!

k
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Everything was amazing. Make sure you save room for dessert!

F
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great place! Warm atmosphere, attentive waitress, beautiful presentation of food, taste of everything was excellent and fun, fabulous cocktails! Definitely a place to come back to-thanks for a great evening!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our last night of vacation and the only reservation we could get was at 5:15 at a high top. It was very comfortable, but make reservations several days ahead of time to have a choice of times and seating choices. Our waiter, Treavor, was very attentive and personable. We had the filet and the salmon, and both were delicious! The bread pudding with ice ream was recommended by Treavor and it was so good. It was a lovely evening!

BD
Cleveland
54 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Eclectic wine list, 6 of us Salmon looked to be the best choice, duck wasn’t anything special . Ice cream cake for desert don’t miss.