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BlackFly - St Augustine
BlackFly - St Augustine

BlackFly - St Augustine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://blackflytherestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (904) 201-6300
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Full Bar open daily at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Duley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Zorayda Ave
  • Public Transit: A very short taxi ride from downtown.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available in our lot and on the street.
A word from BlackFly - St Augustine
If you're looking for a seafood restaurant in St. Augustine, this unique fly-fishing themed restaurant offers daily fresh fish specials using locally caught fish that you don't usually see on most restaurant menus. The kitchen at BlackFly is a "Scratch Kitchen"; everything is fresh, as local as possible, seasonal and made to order. The menu at BlackFly includes brick oven pizzas and Chop House selections as well as an extensive wine selection. Mike and Cindy, partners in BlackFly and owners of the Famous Collage Restaurant in downtown St. Augustine are the operational managers. The menu is the grand result of their combined expertise, their years of experience in bringing the best possible product to the table and the imaginative input of our talented chef Matt Duley. The restaurant is under the internationally known BlackFly Brand of Vaughn Cochran, a Florida artist who lives and paints in St. Augustine, Florida and who developed the famous BlackFly Logo.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was a very nice menu without all the stuffy awkwardness of fine dining. There were diners of all ages, the menu is diverse, and the setting is comfortable. There are no white tablecloths or crumb scrapers, the food is good and a step up from your everyday fare. It was comfortable (although a little loud), they serve good food at reasonable prices, and I look forward to returning again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First time at Blackfly...interesting name but now know why it's called the Blackfly. Had a wonderful meal. Will definitely eat there again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "On a Saturday night, getting through St. Augustine is not easy, but it was worth the drive over the bridge. Another couple and my husband and I tried the Black Fly for the first time and were not disappointed. The vegetarian bolognese was the best pasta dish I have ever had. Everyone else enjoyed their dinners, including the duck and the catch of the day. My husband also had the conch soup which he said was delicious. The only suggestion I have is to get rid of the piece of hard toast that came with the Caesar salad. Not very tasty. Our waitress, Carrie, gave us great service and always with a smile. You can make reservations on Open Table, which is another reason to give the Black Fly a try."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was our second time here and we brought friends that had never dined here. We loved it! Service was very good and the food was varied and fabulous. I had the scallops with risotto. Tender and succulent and the sauce was a perfect complement to the risotto. The bar area is very loud and vibrant but the dining room is much quieter. It is spacious and tables placed with enough space between so one does not hear your neighbors talk. Not a really a romantic scene with it's fishing theme. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As always, Black Fly is just a great place to eat. We love going here prior to concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheater - they are great at getting your food out fresh and wonderful but also mindful of timing. Normally I have the scallops over risotto when I'm here, but this time I indulged my urge for a pizza and did the Meditterranean pizza. YUM! Awesome. My husband did his normal "fish and spinach" with a wonderful blackened salmon filet and wonderful sauteed spinach. Our friends had the Cajun pizza and the appetizer special which was a slider and fries and it was wonderful and plenty of food. If I lived closer, I'd probably eat here every night because the food is so awesome, the prices are great, and the bar always delivers."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We booked a table for my daughter's birthday. Last year, having booked through Open Table, the event was not acknowledged even though i mentioned it to the host and noted on the reservation. This year, reserving and mentioning again, we got special attention at our table and my daughter was treated to a free dessert. Service was timed just right, food was dellicious, our server couldn't have been more professional. A relaxing and fun experience. We will recommend to all our friends."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • " The food was mediocre at best. Fried buffalo calamari was not fried enough, pale yellow in color instead of golden brown, the sauce was so so. The tomato based chowder was good. The entrees were disappointing. The fresh catch was not fresh, it had the texture and look of frozen fish, dry pale top sitting in a small puddle of water. It was supposed to be seared but the sear was only 0n one side. The chef finished it off in the oven resulting in a dry tasteless piece of fish. I had a lump crab pasta dish with white wine and red pepper flakes. There was no pepper flake in the dish so the spicy kick was missing.The portion was small for the price. no value for price paid. This is one restaurant which lacks the passion in the food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had 3 dinners and all were cooked to perfection and served hot. Quality of food was first rate. I had the best scallops there I have ever tasted. Will certainly go back."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We enjoy pizza here, appetizers are great, salmon is special, lively bar with locals!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Offers interesting and delightful renderings of fine seafood dining. While seafood is the speciality don't confuse the Black Fly with most shore-side "fish houses. " the food is thoughtfully conceived and prepared, true to fine seafood traditions but innovative enough to be an interesting alternative. My wife had crab cakes, best she's ever had, with an impressive crab to filler ration. Service was friendly and everyone seemed to care about our dining experience. St Augustine has many good to excellent seafood restaurants and the Black Fly is certainly in the top tier."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great food and service! Recommend for an enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner here on our last night of a weeklong beach vacation. The food was great, I started with the Bahamian Conch Chowder, which was very good, slightly spicy with a bold taste. My wife began with the Cider House Salad and was pleased. For an entree I had the Capellini with Lump Blue Crab and it was outstanding. My wife had the Seared Fresh Catch, which was Mahi Mahi, and they substituted easily on the sides to meet her dietary needs. We enjoyed a nice King Estate, ’11 Pinot Gris with the meal and finished with the Chocolate Ganache Tart, both were excellent. Service was very good but not superb as the dining room was very busy and loud, we found the volume a constant distraction from the meal and our own conversation."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food, good service, and nice wine list..nice bar area"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. The most attentive and friendly staff around. Food is terrific! Wine list is great! Very affordable and the overall atmosphere is very lively. The owner, Vaughn, is alaays around making everyone feel welcome. One of St. Augustine's BEST!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Had 7 people in our party on July 4th and everyone enjoyed their dinner before the fireworks."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a fine meal before fireworks in St Augustine. Food was excellent, service great. It was a bit busy and slower than usual, but it was packed for a busy night in town, so to be expected. The noise level was the only thing that could have been improved. A bit noisy. We love this restaurant and will go again and again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Well we are getting accustomed to great food and service at the Black Fly having been a half dozen or more times now. Always good food and service, even thought it was packed on the 4th of July!! They made a great decision to keep the pizza on the menu so the kids have a choice of what to eat if they don't want a full dinner. Of course, we will be back again:)"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was our second time at this restaurant and it was as good or better than our first trip. My wife and I shared the siracha shrimp and they were not to spicy but with just enough kick. I had the linguini and clams again and my God they are soooo good!! There are no chopped clams but a dozen clams in their shell, the white wine sauce has just a hint of sweetness and wine, butter and garlic taste. We were six people and everyone loved the food."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Everything was fine. Better than average food and overall experience... The only negative about the place was that it had a strong fishy odor that was unpleasant...like an old fishy smell."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Was passing through the area and decided to try. Had a wonderful meal and the staff were excellent. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was very good and our server was great. It is a little pricey but it would not keep me away. The only down side for me was it was very noisy."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Mike, You've done it again! Collage and Black Fly are awesome. Although different, they both have - Great food, great service and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Superb cuisine and service as usual. The chef has a remarkable ability to create unbelievably tasty specials, in addition to an already fantastic standard menu. This restaurant is truly a diamond in the rough, and mirrors its sister restaurant, Collage, in Saint Augustine. I highly recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was slightly above average. Sea Scallops were large but only 4 for $25. Batter on fried green tomatoes was dry and bland. Fried shrimp were very good. Waitress forgot to bring order of conch chowder, don't know why they don't write down orders, and it was brought after entree was served. It had a somewhat strange taste, almost like charcoal. Very noisy establishment, could barely hear my wife talk. Carrot cake was dry and it is served as a three layer cookie."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Nice layout for the restaurant. Reminds me of the islands. Could be a great bar for fishermen if it were on the water. Small store is a nice touch. Bar looks like a fully stocked one although I did not use it. Perusal of the wine list shows reasonable pricing for most selections."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great dining experience, food was delicious and creative. Staff was courteous, responsive and friendly"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This place is a gem! They might have the absolute best shrimp and friend rice on the planet. By far, the best in my entire life. Appetizers are big enough for meals paired with a salad. All of our foods were prepared fresh and quickly. The spinach and artichoke dip is large enough to share with a party of four (very creamy and rich)! Large libation list as well as wine list. Atmosphere is upbeat and fun with a bar in the back of the building. We didn't even notice while we were dining there was a live band. Do yourself a favor, taste the shrimp and fried rice! LOVELY!!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "From the second we walked in we knew we would have a great experience. Then came the food, and each dish that came out was better than the last. I've always judged the attentiveness of the staff on whether or not my water glass was ever empty, ours never were. Make sure to try the Crème brûlée. The night we were there the flavor was Root Beer. It was amazing!!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We have eaten at Blackfly 3 times. The food was constistenly tasty & portions generous. The service and friendliness of the staff is also consistently excellent. This is becoming one if our favorite spots!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is very nicely decorated, the service was great, and food was awesome! The menu appears to be all of over the place, but from what we ordered it works and the pizza was incredible. We had a couple of appetizers (yum), a couple of specialty drinks (Prickly Pear is great), and a margarita pizza topped with lobster with all prepared perfectly. They take food allergies seriously which is a great relief. This place should be packed all of the time, however, I think the location may be hindering it since it is across the bridge. It was only a 2 minute drive from our B&B so not a problem at all, make sure you make the trip over there, it really isn't far and it is worth it!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The Blackfly is a great find. We have been back on two occasions and were not disappointed either time. Their seafood is extremely fresh and the preparation is wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I live in St. Augustine and we have eaten at the Black Fly several times. Saturday night, we took my mother-in-law, my son, his wife, and 6-month old daughter to the restaurant. We enjoyed our appetizers, conch fritters and fried green tomatoes. We had a variety of entrees from the ribeye steak to the golden corvina (fish of the day) to fried shrimp. Everyone enjoyed their meal before we shared a chocolate coconut brownie. Be sure to make a reservation on the weekend!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Pleasant surprise to find such a good unique restaurant just outside the main town area of St Aug. The shrimp I had were delicious as was the Conch Fritter app. Service was great and a great relaxed but eclectic atmosphere We'll be back for sure"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was amazing. Loved everything about this place."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was a recommendation for us as a local place we could get in and out of fairly quickly because we were dining before a concert. What a gem! The service was fantastic, the food was wonderful. All of us had seafood dishes and the food is prepared to order, including a fabulous risotto with coconut curry sauce that was perfectly balanced with seared sea scallops. The service was quick, we explained we were trying to get out fairly quickly to get to a concert and they were wonderfully accommodating. Yes, we dined at 5:30, so I can see where there may have been a light crowd, and I can also see where this place would be jam-packed for dinner. But this is a place we will definitely return to! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Really good shrimp I loved them best I ever had. My mom got the $30 ribeye which the $20 one at longhorn taste way better hands down this steak was undercooked and had no taste although the vegetables and potatoes were delicious. All in all I would only go back for the shrimp. Loved the atmosphere and the staff but the food could be better. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was a disaster because of the food. The server Eric was pleasant. We ordered a grouper special and they charged me $5 for a split plate. The meal arrived with a piece of grouper on each plate (enough for three people) that had little or no taste. It was surrounded on each plate with humogous portions of mashed potatos and butter. There were a few over cooked vetgables on the plate. The wine was decent. Most of the cleints were obese which tells one about the fare. When will restarants learn that potatos in any form is not for eating out. At this price level I do not recommend it. You would get a better meal at Ruby Tuesdays. Instead of charging for a split plate just have a smaller plate choice."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had come down for a concert at the SA Ampitheatre. My girlfriend grew up in this great area just across the Bridge of Lions from the historic district and we booked a room on A1A. We were out for an evening stroll and saw that a very attractive format of a restaurant had opened. Stuck our heads inside and discovered a very "swanky" restaurant with cool front bar and intimate separate back bar with live entertainment in place. We have since dined here on numerous occasions. Never had a bad meal. Owner Vaughn is personable and grew up in the Davis Shores area. He has a distinguished musical background and artist and has regularly hosted some outstanding musical acts. Get on their mailing list. Oh- the food is always excellent and fresh."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had an absolute fantastic brunch for Mother's Day at Black Fly. The food was delicious, favorites were the mac and cheese, seafood biscuits and gravy and the raspberry cheesecake mousse. Our white Sangria was a little meh, tasting of just white wine and sliced oranges. They could definitely have added more flavor. Service was standard. We will definitely be back when next in the area. Its a shame they aren't regularly open for lunch/brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Locals know you get good food, service and value here. Known for fresh, local seafood, the restaurant does not disapoint. Well prepared, properly seasoned dishes presented at a nice pace are the norm here. You can't go wrong with chef specials or any choice off the daily menu. House wines and drinks are reasonably priced and the wine list is also very good and diverse. Always a good choice for about any occassion. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014