The National

4.6
113 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The National is an elevated gathering place that offers unconventional yet approachable dining experiences.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional personal service, not over done, the food was exquisite, the surroundings are elegant

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W
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully plated and even better tasting masterpieces with one of the best wine lists in town!

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MW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all the way around... unusual and delicious cocktails, excellent food and attentive service. Highly recommend!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was exceptional. After the unique salads, we had the local trout and braised lamb, which were both excellent. The sommelier helped us select a great bottle of wine for our meal.

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JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With two of the best chefs in Telluride, The National is not to be missed! Experienced and friendly staff, intimate atmosphere is almost urban-like..cozy and modern at the same time. The menu isoutstanding and creative. Our family loved the rock shrimp appetizer and the mains were impeccably prepared. We can't wait to go back!

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F
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and atmosphere was great; however, our reservation had us waiting longer than normal to be seated. During that wait, we had no where to stand except beside the bar where I felt I was constantly in the waiters’ way. The service was good, but I felt our waiter could have been a little more knowledgeable on the recipes and portions. I would say we ordered too much because we got the impression our portions were going to be small based off what the waiter said.

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BJ
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cocktails, and atmosphere. A definite must if you are in Telluride

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered Colorado golden trout as main course and pastrami short rib. The trout was crispy and delicious. The pastrami short rib surprisingly exceeded our expectations, tender and flavorful.

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L
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful building great food although out of a few things that we wanted to try Bar service was great table service was very good but a little inexperienced but I sure time will work that out.

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H
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The National is a fantastic addition to Telluride. Already have another reservation for later this week with friends.

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H
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love ...best restuarant in telluride in my humble opinion ...first descent is the perfect cocktail after big mountain day...wakes up the mouth w just the right amount of heat w Habanero salt on half the rim so you can control how amped you want the flavor kick to be ...the flatbread w butternut squash purée ...fig and arugula w goat cheese was divine ...cauliflower vegan soup a delight ...hubby had trout ..he's a Fishman and likes a simple preparation ...food is clean ...palette dynamics are there ...couldn't stop raving ..I had scallops w grapefruit fennel and black lentils ..the flavor combo kept on giving ...so good we came back and repeated the same dinner later in the week ...vegan Dessert selection could be broadened ...vibe was great ...

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family spring break night out. Great evening with good ambiance in an original Telluride brick interior with modern twist. W shared elicious food - shrimp appetizer crunchy with a sweet flair, pear salad flavorful and crisp, fresh trout was delicious, and duck was mouthwatering! Unfortunately, no room for dessert! First time here, we will plan to be back!

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scallops were amazing. Lamb would have been better bone in with sauce. But very good. Just not enough Elsa ice for gnocchi it was served with. Deserts were divine. Banana pudding and bread pudding were five stars.

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KC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, great atmosphere and wonderful food. We had the scallops, the branzino, the trout, and the lamb. All wonderful. The winelist is extensive and reasonably priced. The sommelier is fabulous. Great meal!

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DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in months - fresh, creative and delicious. Every plate was great from the popcorn shrimp/calamari to the branzino. I can’t stop thinking the tangy brussel sprouts. Wish I lived in Telluride - I would be a regular! Ambiance, staff and service also top notch.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new addition to Telluride. Everything was delicious and the service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Birthday and always have high expectations for my dinner and everything from the app to dessert exceeded my expectations!! Delicious!

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R
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They need to work on their service. Waiter thought it was incredible that the porterhouse for 2 portions should be cut by the kitchen-a simple request-not a shocker like it seemed to him. Salads were all served to the wrong patrons. Food is very good

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DT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family in town. Everything was excellent

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L
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!

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JA
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Overall evening was fun. The ambience has a very cool vibe and overall the food was good. The thing that was very offputting was the table service around the fish entree prepared for 2. In particular, the 2 people at outtable of6 who were sharing We’re not seated near one another and they asked if the fish could be filleted so they could more easily share. The staff responded that they are not equipped to do so. If they aren’t equipped how are we supposed to be equipped?

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AF
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome ford and service. Wish they had one domestic beer like Coors lite, but otherwise a great addition to Telluride’s restaurant repertoire.

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N
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We came for our last night of vacation. The excellent online reviews drew us. We were terribly disappointed.

From the moment we walked in, the vibe was unfriendly.
We arrived around 15 minutes early on a Monday night planning to have a cocktail at the bar first. The hostess quickly informed us out table wasn’t ready and seemed unhappy when we said we’d gladly stand by the bar. It took a while the bartender’s attention; the cocktails were pricy and extremely mediocre.

The appetizer my son and partner ordered came out long before my salad appetizer. The $95 steak my son and partner shared was seasoned with a strange Mexican spice that made it less than enjoyable. It also came with no sides. They ordered potatoes and had to get 2 sides of potatoes as the sides were so small. My trout was fairly tasteless and overly buttery. The chocolate dessert cake arrived partially frozen.

Needless to say this was not a standout dinning experience.

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KR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great addition to Telluride. Wonderful service, good wines, great food.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nailed it!!

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KK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE LOVE THE NATIONAL! Apparently a new restaurant in Telluride -- we went 2 out of our 3 nights in town we loved it so much! Amazing food, very awesome staff!

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RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neither food nor service were a distraction on my date night, and that’s unusual these days. A little glitch here or there, a delay, an ambiguous comment from the staff, an overlooked side dish, anything can throw off a romantic evening. But last night everything went absolutely smoothly at this restaurant . The food actually exceeded my expectations. Definitely worth coming back.

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RM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the dishes we ordered had a sauce that tasted a bit off. As I have previously been a server, I appreciated how the manager and server went above and beyond to correct it and make sure we were still happy with the meal/experience. All the other food and drinks were fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and environment! Will not hesitate to return!

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1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and spotty, as in 20 mins between courses, 20 mins for cocktails, etc. food was spot on!

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J
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent addition to the Telluride dinning scene.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner! Cocktails were amazing-Mountain Shrine highly recommended(get it with vodka if you’re not a gin fan). We started with two apps: the shrimp & the short rib. Both were very good. Two of us split the porterhouse, and the other had the filet. Both were cooked to perfection.
We ended with the bread pudding-a great end to a fabulous meal
Can’t wait to come back next time we are in Telluride

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D
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best restaurant experience in Telluride for the week! Service was so friendly, informative, and efficient. The great service with the ultra-cool look of The National added to the over-the-top delicious food and beverage possibilities. Our party of 4 was so delighted with this experience, the “yummy every bite and sip joy”, the staff’s kindness and attention to us, and the vibe of the place, especially to celebrate our last night in town on Valentines Day. Much appreciation to The National!!

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JR
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new favorite restaurant in Telluride. Hands-down amazing food, excellent staff, beautiful space. It's the new happening place in town!

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RH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Not a place to take kids. No high chairs. No children menu. However, they were exceptionally courteous to us when we went there with a 4 year old and a 1 year old. It just would have been nice to know that in advance.

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JD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. maybe the best restaurant in Telluride?

you should try it1

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KF
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, cocktails and atmosphere is beyond spectacular at the National!

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiant and service. I will go again on my next trip to Telluride. Try the Shrimp, Scallops and Tuna.

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s
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant in Telluride! Love the atmosphere, service was very good, menu has so many things - wanted to try them all! We split the whole Branzino and it was one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had. Highly recommend The National!!!

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