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Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens
Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens

Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dragonflyashland.com/
  • Phone: (541) 488-4855
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast and Lunch

    Daily: 8:00am - 3:00pm


    Daily: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Latin / Spanish, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Carsen Maciag
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens offers the finest event catering for your private parties and wedding receptions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens
Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens is set on the ground floor in a 1930′s Baptist church with the Oregon Cabaret Theatre above it, this restaurant couldn't be more charming. Whether you sit in the cobble-stoned, tree-lined secret garden or in the hexagon shaped dining room surrounded by French doors, this restaurant is a highlight of any Ashland Oregon trip.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "A perfect restaurant before the show! But, be careful, you won't want to leave. The food is great and the service excellent, even when the place is very busy. We'll be back - this week!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I have been going to Isabel's Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens for the past 3 years during my annual visit to Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Seated in the sweet gardens, I was left to wait (if seems that my server had more important things to do), but waited only a short time before motioning to another server my desire to order. The entree, fish tacos made with mahi mahi, came fairly quickly. There were three different types of open face tacos. Unfortunately, they were on the teeniest tortillas I have ever seen, which made them difficult to handle and quite messy to eat. Still, the food was good. If Dragonfly can ever get their service act together, I'm sure that they will stop receiving mixed reviews, such as this."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The staff here is wonderful. The food is awesome. Always tasty. My birthday dinner with friend was perfect. The gardens are beautiful and shaded, which is important in the summer. The restaurant can be crowded between 6:30 and 8:00 on nights when there are plays at the Shakespeare Festival. Make reservations. Tell your server you are trying to get to a play. They are good about getting your dinner to you in a timely fashion."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Still our favorite restaurant in the area. A good idea to come after or before the play rush if you want a quiet relaxed dinner."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Dragonfly is always on our list of restaurants during our yearly trip to Ashland. I have to say that this year Dragonfly was better than ever. The food was absolutely sensational and service could not have been better. My brother-in-law said the ahi was the best he has ever had. My 1/2 chicken was absolutely perfect...so delicious. Truly an A+ dining experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food. Even better service. The young lady that waited on us knew the menu well and made good suggestion."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had reservations and when we arrived we were told that the kitchen was backed up for at least an hour because they had two walk-ins of larger tables. We could order appetizers but nothing from the dinner menu would be served for at least an hour. Our drinks took 15 minutes to arrive and my ginger lemon drop had no sugar in it at all. When I sent it back it took another 10 minutes for the correct one to arrive. The service was awful and the kitchen was unprepared to serve an average dinner night. Not all the tables were full so they should have been prepared. We were not offered any complementary anything or a discount on our meal for having to wait so long. I was disappointed in their service and would never go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was very good but the noise level (probably from a group of ten to twelve in the other room ) was EXCESSIVE. I couldn't hear my dinner companion talk. Too bad we couldn't seat outside. It is lovely but the weather prohibited that."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Two things marred our experience: First, the room was naturally acoustically bright, so it would tend to be noisy, but the night we were there they had a couple very loud tables, making the noise level almost unbearable. They apologized, and it was not their fault, but it made the experience unpleasant. However, the biggest problem was that the food was severely under-seasoned. A bit of salt and pepper in the preparation would have gone a long way."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We expected more flavors and tasty fare with it being both Latin and Asian fusion. Rather bland food. Lovely outdoor setting and excellent service"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Dragonfly has lost it's appeal. It used to be our favorite restaurant, however, we have had two bad experiences in a row. Our food was cold on one occasion and pancakes were dry on the other occasion. Service on both occasions was lousy. We were so shocked and surprised because we couldn't fault anything with this place before. What the heck happened here? We were so disappointed. Maybe they are just not able to handle the tourist crowds that are now flooding our town. Maybe we'll get the courage to try them again in the fall."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had dinner at 6 pm with plans to see a Shakespeare play at 8 pm. This worked very well. The restaurant is roomy with inside and outside tables. The food was very good as was the service. The atmosphere was pleasantly soothing even though it was a busy night. We will definitely come back the next time we visit Ashland."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was awful and took a very long time to be served."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food can be summed up in one word: "weird". The only thing good is the "grilled painted hills steak" on the Brazil Bowl."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Hands down, our favorite restaurant in Ashland, Oregon. Cannot beat the quality or ambiance, in a comfortable, feel-good atmosphere. They are always running specials and everything is delicious! Cocktails are out of this world. Need we say more?"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Good locally sourced dishes with flair. The posole was well spiced but carnitas were a little tough. The tiger salad was excellent and the mixed drinks are inventive and fresh. I'd recommend this for a nice bite before a play or to finish up an outing."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We sat on the patio a after the Shakespeare rush at around 7:40. Apparently, so did a few other tables. Our server was slow to take our order and bring our check. The food took very long to come out. The food is decent, but there is a touch of sweetness to most of the sauces"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I am not a vegan.So I was shocked when I received my huge garden salad almost raw."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "One of the most eclectic menus I have ever encountered and the kitchen pulled it off. The facility, an old church, was a touch strange but that did not distract from the overall experience."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The restaurant wasn't very busy but the service was slow and the servers seemed uninterested. The food is a fusion of Asian and Caribbean and did not really hit the mark for either location this trip. May return in order to give them another chance but with so many wonderful restaurants in the area it may be awhile."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The fresh organic vegetables were superb. The entrees were prepared with excellent presentation and cooked exactly as ordered. The service was attentive and prompt. We had a half hour to spare before show time. The location for Festival goers is perfect. The wine list has a fair number of wines by the glass available. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Enjoy the great variety of food. Always good, fresh and yummy. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great restaurant, great food, casual, relaxed atmosphere. Creative menu choices, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Four of us here for lunch this day, a couple of salads, an entree, and a sandwich later and we left happy and full. Food was excellent, server was great, explained menu offerings well. Definitely will return next time in Ashland, would try dinner next trip."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were seated in the left corner of the upper level. The crowd noise was very loud and apparently your out take fans were not working properly. My wife and I both noticed the cooking or food smells on our clothes after leaving the restaurant. We like your menu, it's different! Our waiter was very good. The restroom was clean."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Although we love Dragonfly, it was not a good experience this time. Too too loud to talk, our food was 1 1/2 hours and then one persons was cold. We loved our waitress though and knew it was not her fault. We were given a discount and a free desert but we are reluctant to bring out of town guests there again. Maybe not during play season at least."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Dragonfly is a great place for healthy interesting food choices. The service was good but the noise level a bit high. It's a wonderful place to dine in when the outdoor seating is available. Lovely outdoor patio!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "All three of us had dishes that were full of fresh vegetables cooked wonderfully and arranged creatively."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Dragonfly is consistently one of the best restaurants in Ashland. Price is medium-high so we only go on special occassions, but we never have had a disappointing meal there. We have taken the grand kids a few times (2 and 4yrs) and it worked there better than most. Worth a try!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The Yelp and Open Table reviews were good but I was astonished at how much I enjoyed the food and cocktails. I enjoy fine dining and almost never give five star reviews but the Dragonfly cafe merits one. Service was attentive but not fussy. Every item that my date and I ordered was excellent to outstanding. My main regret is that I live 400 miles from the Dragonfly and so will not be a frequent patron although it is almost worth the drive to dine there. EZ John"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We stayed 4 nights in Ashland Christmas 2014. This was hands down the best food we had during our stay. The flavors were very unique and every dish was tasteful. We had chicken wraps and calamari as appetizers and ahi platter and fish tacos as main. Everything was very tasty and the waitress was really nice and attentive. Don't miss out on this place while in Ashland!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Never disappointed with the dishes served. Excellent bar drinks."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We like the delicious, creative food and the ambiance but the service is painfully slow. First we waited for our menus. Then there was another long wait for orders to be taken. The waiter had neglected to tell us they were out of a popular menu item so one of our party had to quickly select something else. Then came the big wait...AN HOUR until our food appeared. When the food finally came, our waiter did apologize to one of the people in our party and didn't charge for the tea he forgot to bring me. The biggest problem seems to be that the kitchen is overwhelmed."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We booked Dragonfly Cafebefore a show at Oregon Shakespeare Fest because of the many positive reviews it received on Open Table and Trip Advisor. Frankly, we found the experience very average and underwhelming. The restaurant itself is difficult to find. It is tucked under Ashland's Cabaret Theater, housed in an old church, with the entrance on 1st, rather than Hargadine, as the address states. Ambiance was average at best - probably the best you can do spiffing up an old church social hall. It was also warm, stuffy and loud. While service was good, the food and drink was average. Both of our dinners and cocktails were about what one would expect from a basic neighborhood restaurant, but nothing particularly unique or special."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "good food, understaffed , exceedingly noise. They had my reservation, tho which I appreciated. I will be back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Frankly, I did not expect paper napkins. I expected cloth. From then on it just got worse. Trying to assemble lettuce wraps was more work than it was worth. My leather seat was cracked. No one seemed to really care that we were there. I would not go again."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "As we had tickets to the theater for an 8:00 performance, we arrived at 6:15, ordered a glass of wine each...and ordered. We waited and we waited. The waiter finally came by to tell us he'd dropped our dinners!!!!! and the kitchen was remaking them. As my husband had ordered the special we assumed it would be ready in no time. But no, we continued to wait...and wait... We got the waiter's attention, again, and were told the special was in the oven and would be done in 5 minutes. We waited...and waited...The waiter then came, said he would comp our glass of wine and that the kitchen staff was now plating our dinners. Again, we waited...by now it was nearing 7:15; everyone around us had been served. When finally served, little time!"
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "We had a great dinner @ Dragonfly Cafe our first night in Ashland. It was a super busy so we had to wait about 25 minutes before our food was delivered but when it arrived, it was terrific. Warning: a bit on the spicy side but other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed our entrees! It's also a bit noisy however the ambiance is friendly and so was our waitress."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "The food was great, but the service was very slow. We saw other people being served that arrived after us and our waitress didn't seem to notice us. We had to flag her down and let her know that we had a play to catch, then she checked with the kitchen. A while later came back to let us know they were starting to plate our food. I wonder if maybe our ticket was lost in the back?"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Whenever my wife and I visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, the Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens is always a must for dinner. Although we prefer dining in the garden, rain forced us inside where the ambiance is inviting and cozy. Our salmon dinner was excellently prepared and service was prompt and attentive. We look forward to returning the next time we're in town."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "The Ashland restaurant scene has several notables and Dragonfly is in the top tier. It never disappoints regardless of season."
    Dined on 9/8/2013