The National

4.6
86 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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Houston
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent addition to the Telluride dinning scene.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 10, 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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Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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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K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful for a celebration! We had a great time celebrating a friend's birthday and would return again!

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W
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to dining scene in Telluride

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. This team absolutely slays it.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good but expensive

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Ahi tuna special and the shrimp appetizer were delicious. My salad, on the other hand, had very little dressing, and the pears and crispy onions were missing altogether. The service was good. Our biggest gripe was that the high-top tables were too close together. It was nearly impossible to get out of my seat without toppling the drinks on the next table.

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l
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating anniversary 🎉. Madison was a perfect waitress!!!

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good but our waiter was bad. The Branzino for two was great.

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k
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pastrami Short Rib appetizer was amazing! Everything was great for sharing.

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LJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This new restaurant in Telluride offered exceptionally flavorful and well presented food and the service was excellent, despite being very crowded. A bit pricey but not out of line for Telluride and for the quality of the food. You sit very close to your fellow diners and it is loud so you must be ok with an energetic crowd. Recommend reservations several days in advance. A definite must try when in Telluride!

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RH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place. A bit noisy. Service was great.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible experience. Sat for 20 minutes without service. Repeatedly had to request to order. Porterhouse was amazing. Side of cauliflower consisted of 3 cauliflower pieces. Drinks were excellent, yet mine was filled to the top, my husband’s halfway. We would have complained, but could not get the attention of waitlist for anther 20minutes.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Our waiter was quick and kinda unfriendly, we weren’t sure if he was rude or painfully shy. Not the best experience with him. Also the lights kept changing- from bright to dim and even dimmer to bright again. Weird! Food was excellent!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. One of the beat meals I’ve had in or out of telluride.

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RT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service was great. It's a lovely atmosphere and perfect place for me to take my clients.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I would expect to be able to cut through a $48 steak

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & great service

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EM
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The National is now THE place in Telluride. Situated in a upper level brick room adorned with luminescent wine bottles, the place vibrates. Marin does a masterful job handling the very active front of the house and it is a marvelous place for people watching! We had a light dinner of superbly crafted appetizers.
- duck mousse, hamachi, and short ribs. Sensational food, terrific atmosphere and our server, Trevor, could not have been more attentive.

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KB
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Duck liver mousse appetizer was good and had lots of nice stuff on the plate, but they were very stingy with the bread crisps, especially when you have to order (and pay extra for) bread. Lamb shank was a very tasty plate, but could have used either more grated cheese or a bit more salt. (And this is one of those precious places where the chefs seem to think they are above putting salt & pepper on the tables.) The trout was overcooked (despite my asking to have it cooked gently) and every accompaniment on that plate was sweet, overpowering what was basically a very neutral trout almandine. Worst of all, the server didn’t seem to care: we were never asked how anything was or if we needed something. The bright spot was the wine list and sommelier- the wine list is interesting and varied and the sommelier knows her stuff. Plus, I’m all for lively, but the place is downright loud—tables are close together and most of the surfaces are hard.

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m
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new and beautiful gem in Telluride. Lots of glass and metal in the design and a great looking bar. Love the ambience at this place -- if you're looking to eat fantastic food at a stylish 21st century restaurant, inside a 19th century building, this is the place!

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San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to Telluride.
Cool vibe. Sommelier very helpful wine eclectic list
At reasonable prices. We will be back

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Still needs to work out the kinks.

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BS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around superb in every way.

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WF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, fantastic modern atmosphere. Definitely give this new place a shot!

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t
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience, thank you

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Everything that could go wrong that night went wrong. First of all, we got there and the hostess wasn’t there . There were about 12 people squeezed in a small stair waiting for the hostess. We had a reservation for 8 pm and got our table at 8:40. And the funny thing was the reason of the delay: a table had paid and the owner of the restaurant went to speak to them. They were friends, it seems. So, nobody from the staff would tell them that the table was needed for a reservation and the owner himself didn’t think that was important. It was important to keep chatting with his buddies without caring about the other clients. The food was ok, nothing special. For sure there are better option in city. And the noise , it was loud . So, it wasn’t a good night!

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BS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate in every way. Amazing menu.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The bartender was possibly the worst I've ever experienced. Didn't have any idea of the tequila brands they offered, and would not provide a simple paper bar napkin with our drinks.
Otherwise, the experience was terrific!
Great table service, capable wait staff, and excellent food.
Loved the overall experience...but will avoid the bar next time.

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