Midway point of the free gondola, Telluride, 81435, CO

Located at the midway point of the gondola, halfway between downtown and the Mountain Village, this cozy restaurant offers families more than just delicious food — the views of the surrounding San Juan range are unreal. Rough-hewn beams line the ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows provide a lookout to those unreal views, and a fireplace sits in the corner of the room.

The menu features an array of exquisite cuisine, including lobster bisque, crab cakes, and elk, but we highly recommend the pork chop — it will literally melt in your mouth. A “young adult” menu is also available, to perhaps keep the otherwise pricey costs down. A coat check is situated at the front of the restaurant, too, in addition to a warm bar area.

Open daily, 3 to 9 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged.