Starting at the top, Alpino Vino at 12,000 feet, near the top of Gold Hill, is the highest restaurant on the mountain. It seeks to recreate a European feel upon the mountain and to offer some high calibre cuisine. Giuseppe's sits at 11,890 feet at the top of the Plunge Lift (9) by the Kant-mak-em run. It has simple soups and sandwiches on offer as well as great views as far as Utah’s La Sal Mountains on a clear day. The High Camp Warming Hut at 11,815 feet at the top of Prospect Bowl also has simple snack food and more great views, this time of Palmyra Peak.
Allred's Restaurant (+1 (970) 728 7474) at 10,551 feet is Telluride’s gourmet on-mountain restaurant which serves only private lunches although opens to the public from 3pm and in to the evening.
Gorrono Ranch located mid-mountain on the Misty Maiden run and under the Village Express (Lift 4) at 10,100 feet) is an historic sheep herding ranch building famous for its meat dishes, barbecue and snow beach. There are great views too, this time of the Wilson Mountains.
There are two choices down at the base of the Village Express at 9,540 feet, the Hop Garden (+1 (970) 728 7467) for light dining or Crazy Elk Pizza (+1 (970) 728 7499), for, well, pizza – as well as sandwiches, all made on-site fresh daily.
Big Billie's at 9,160 feet at the base of the Chondola and Sunshine Express lifts serves standard American family food at the lowest catered point on the mountain.
Restaurants in Town
There are more than 50 places to eat in Telluride town and the Mountain Village, covering a wide range of tastes from pizza to sushi and most culinary styles in between.
So the list of great establishments is far too long to include here, but a few samples would include Diggity's Dogg House (300 west Colorado Avenue; +1 (970) 369 0364) for Chicago style hot dogs; Emilio's Grill & Bar (226 W. Colorado Avenue; +1 (970) 369 1101) for Mexican or Honga's Lotus Petal (135 E. Colorado Avenue; +1 (970) 728 5134) for Asian meals in a beautiful old Telluride building.
Two evening meal trip out options are taking the lift up to Allred's (+1 (970) 728 7474) for some gourmet standards modern American cuisine, or on Wednesday’s a snowcat-drawn ‘sleigh ride’ from the base of the Village Express lift up to Gorrono Ranch for a western-style buffet.
Two other on-mountain restaurants remain open in to the evening. The Hop Garden (+1 (970) 728 7467) to 10pm for light dining and Crazy Elk Pizza (+1 (970) 728 7499) to 8pm for fresh pizza.
Telluride has a good selection of food shops including several bakeries and two grocery and liquor stores, Fine Wines at Mountain Village (+1 (970) 728 2311) and Griff's Grocery and Spirits (620 Mountain Village Boulevard No 1; +1 (970) 369 4734).
Choices in or by the mountain village itself include Burns Grocery (620 Mountain Village Boulevard; +1 (970) 728 0179) and the Market at Mountain Village (455 Mountain Village Boulevard, # B; +1 (970) 728 6500).
Clarks Market (700 W Colorado Avenue; +1 (970) 728 3124) is a locally-owned full-service supermarket, other choices include The Village Market (+1 (970) 728 4566) and the Rose Victorian Food Mart (+1 (970) 728 3124).
Telluride Delivers (+1 (970) 728 3482) is a full-service grocery delivery service which points out that, with 500 people arriving in resort, on average, each day, the last thing you may want to do is join the queue in the supermarket.