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“Wonderful Meal”
Review of 221 South Oak

221 South Oak
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Ranked #6 of 66 Restaurants in Telluride
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Pacific St
Description: 221 is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home nestled in the trees on South Oak Street, just steps from the Gondola. For years, 221 South Oak has been renowned for its intimate atmosphere, incredible food, extensive wine list, friendly service and uncompromising quality. Chef/Owner Eliza serves cuisine classified as Modern Bistro with an eclectic blend of flavors and styles. A mélange of seafood, game and beef, with accompaniments that range from Deep South to Calypso to Classical French to Californian Cuisine to Creole—we call it Eliza’s cooking.221 Offers Off-site Catering You're accustomed to great food at the restaurant, now experience it in your home. Whether it's a dinner party, quiet luncheon or drinks and nibbles, we're here for you. If you're lacking space for a large party, you may rent out 221. A great space for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, and holiday parties.
Reviewed September 7, 2012

We went for their Tuesday 2 for 1 night- their crab and corn fritters are excellent. We had the chicken and fish entrees and both were delicious. Can see why it is always highly rated!

Thank MeraldaSue
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Amazing food! Beautiful desserts! I had dinner here with my girlfriends and we had a lovely time with good wine and amazing food. Can't wait to go back!

Thank jsmith49
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

221 So. Oak was recommended to us by friends so we were very excited to make reservations for the evening of Aug. 20. We were in Telluride with friends who have a lovely home there and a highlight of our trip was to see the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a major bicycle race, which was coming into Telluride that day. We wanted a nice dinner to top off the day. Their website advertised specials where on Mondays you could choose from 3 dinner courses and have a glass of wine for $25.

When we arrived we were nicely greeted by the hostess who led us to our table. Minutes afterward our waitress came to present our wine and dinner menus. She did not leave a menu that included the 3 dinner courses and glass of wine for $25 so I asked her about it when she returned. She told us that this offer was suspended that evening because of so many were in town for the bike race. She offered no apologies and made no offer to honor that. We knew that on such a busy night in Telluride we would have difficulty finding another place to eat so we felt we had no choice but to go ahead and place our order from the regular menu. Consequently our meal was considerably more expensive than we'd been told by the website that we could expect.

I believe that a top-rated restaurant should live up to its promises. In fact, all restaurants should live up to their promises. 221So. Oak did not do this so I cannot recommend it.

In addition, we felt that the service was indifferent. The waitress was not friendly at all. The food was presented in a perfunctory manner and was not excellent. I ordered a bacon and romaine salad and found it to be just o.k., not at all wonderful as I should have expected from a pricey restaurant. Three of us ordered the trout and it was fine but certainly not exceptional.

As far as the ambience is concerned, the restaurant was lovely but we found it to be a very noisy place and it was difficult to carry on a conversation.

I would not return to 221 So. Oak and would recommend other restaurants instead.

What a disappointment! A business should always deliver on its promises.

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2  Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This restaurant is a small house with tables on Oak St, in the house, and in a beautiful outdoor patio. The four of us were seated outdoors and although the restaurant is in a neighborhood, the setting appeared intimate. Two of us had the halibut which was perfect. One had another perfectly prepared fish, the trout, and I went the appetizer/salad route. Portions are large and everything was prepared perfectly.

Service was attentive and our waitress had an indepth knowledge of the dishes.

Simon was also great and made our experience one of the best in Telluride.

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Thank hollowtree
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years and this is the only restaurant I've been to with a separate menu for vegetarians. The restaurant is very nice. Be sure and make reservations. Everything we had was excellent. Best restaurant I've eaten at in Telluride.

Thank SantaFeSam
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