The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn
The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn

The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theboonflycafe.com/
  • Phone: 7072994870x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm

    Reservations are not accepted for Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch, but are recommended for Dinner Service
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Steven Tevere
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 121
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On site
A word from The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn
Named for a Carneros pioneer who planted orchards and vineyards in the mid-1800s, the lively Boon Fly Café offers an ideal gathering place for friends and families. The ultimate in comfort foods, open early morning for a hearty breakfast and homemade bakery items - including our signature Boon Fly donuts - the Café also offers tasty lunches and a wide variety of everyone's favorite modern Americana dinners. All of our menus feature modern rustic cuisine based on the agricultural heritage of the region. While you’re building up your appetite, you are invited to mingle with other visitors, or enthusiasts, at our wine bar while comparing Carneros selections with those of other regions. Otherwise you’re always welcome to just wile away a bit of the afternoon in comfortable surroundings.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)great for brunch (18)kid-friendly (18)neighborhood gem (17)great for lunch (14)good for groups (11)notable wine list (11)special occasion (9)hot spot (6)romantic (4)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Very good casual spot
    CharVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    good flatbreads, hamburgers ,etc. with excellent service, moderately priced. We return periodically.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great casual dining
    Kack
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great casual dining with quality food. Food is consistently good & service follows.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    Partyof5
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went to The Boon Fly with my 8 year old for an early supper. It was child friendly for a well behaved child, used to dining in resturants. and the foods was wonderful. We both had the fried chicken. Honestly, best I have ever had, and this southern girl has had some pretty good fried chicken! The service was kind and efficient. Definitely, be sure to have a reservation. We did see people turned away at the door without one. It was a perfect evening, and swinging on the front porch was the icing on the cake.Weingart
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday in Fried Chicken Heaven!
    CB2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you want great food and great service, try the Boon Fly Café. This was the 2nd year in a row that I celebrated my birthday at this hotspot and I was not disappointed. My entire table ordered the Fried Chicken with cornbread and mac n' cheese. What a delicious way to celebrate. Our server was attentive and very friendly. She brought out some mini donuts with chocolate sauce with a candle. Boon Fly will always be on my must visit list when I come to Napa. What a wonderful birthday part II!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to its name
    SUdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Not what you'd expect in a high end resort but there literally were flies buzzing around our dinner. When we arrived there was water on the seat- turns out I was seated under the air conditioner which dropped on my head during dinner. Poor wine suggestions. The server asked if we wanted pepper for our salads and never returned. Food was good however.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent Performer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This restaurant has consistently been well above average in all regards for many years. While other iconic places have fallen into the rut of mediocrity, Boonfly has not. Good variety, daily specials, good wine list, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. We will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable as ever
    MrsP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We come to Boon Fly several times a year and it never disappoints. The menu doesn't change much...they know what they do well and stick to it. Napa locals frequent the place, which I always think is a good sign, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The staff are friendly and comfortable––I have noticed that they stick around for years, which is another good sign. According to my husband, the fried chicken is almost as good as his Grandmother's and that, trust me, is the highest possible praise. But be warned, the serving is huge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't say enough positive stuff!
    burrphil
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    From the warm greeting to the finishing spoonful of housemade ice cream, we felt privileged to have experienced such a splendid dinner. We shared all items: soup of the day, field salad, pea/carrot/saffron ravioli, flatbread of the day and dessert. It would be difficult to have wanted more on all counts: kitchen, presentation, service. Danielle, our waiter, was outstanding and provided a nice touch of humor, as well. We're already trying to figure out a time for returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid the Halibut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Boon-Fly Cafe was excellent, with the exception of the portion size of the Halibut. We had taken a very good friend and his wife out to celebrate his birthday. I ordered the coffee rubbed sirloin, it too was a small portion, but it loomed large compared to the Halibut he ordered. We started ther meal with the artichoke dip and the pizza Margherita flatbread. The flatbread was fantastic. The artichoke dip was very good. In general, the food and service were both good. I don't understand how the Halibut was approved by the kitchen staff as being a "portion"
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    ktmcdavis
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our experience was great! It was like the stars aligned: I had seen it listed on several services as great food AND kid friendly and had tried unsuccessfully for days before our trip to get a reservation; then that afternoon we got a spot. We went, the food was spot on, the chocolate cake was the best ever, and the donuts (made on premises) were dee-lish. My only concern was the service was on the slow side, but that could be the difference in cultures (Bay Area vs Napa) or the fact that I am hyper sensitive now that I am dining with children.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely atmosphere, ordinary food.
    wboyer
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Boon Fly Cafe is a sweet little spot just outside the heart of Napa. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere—after a day of wine tasting, it was casual, approachable and low-key. However, the food was not as enjoyable as expected. In their defense, they're better known for brunch (which is why our favorite part of the meal was the donuts we had for dessert). We ordered the scallop/shrimp special which was flavorful and fun, but nothing note worthy, and the sirloin steak, which unfortunately was hard to enjoy because it came out cold :(. We would definitely go back, but it's a place where you should go for what they're known for. Nothing outside the box.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not go back
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I used to like this place, but it has gone downhill (but the price went up). The service is horrible. Even though our waitress was trying hard, there was enough waitress (well, there was only one). The cocktail that I ordered had a huge greasy finger print with flour dust. The risotto was not "risotto" - it was stewed rice. Rice all dissolved, which I would never call it risotto. No one is checking the quality of food or service there. My friend had fried chicken, which was good, so for those who want to pay $$$ for fried food, this would be a good place to go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok for dinner
    BayAreaCaliGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Didn't enjoy my burger for dinner as much as I enjoy my meals when I go there for brunch. I requested medium well (pink center, no blood), but it came back under-cooked and bun was soaked. 6 year old didn't like her pasta with butter & cheese. We'll stick to brunch/lunch which is what they do best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpretentious and Delicious
    PaulK
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    A friend recommended Boon Fly for brunch, which was amazing, and on this last visit to Artesa, just down the road, we tried it for dinner. The food is delicious - fish cooked just perfectly and the freshest ingredients. I've been meaning to try the more expensive Farm, but Boon Fly seems like such a good deal, I'd more likely return there. And the staff is really friendly and casual. After a day of wine-tasting, which can often be pretty damn pretentious, Boon Fly is the perfect antidote - just good food and casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    JojobillyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The menu is uninspired for dinner This could be a good place for lunch or breakfast Even the drinks were boring However the fried chicken dinner looked great. And it was huge portion Unless we are staying at Carnero Inn again we won't go back. But it is very cool inside. Interesting architecture The dinner menu needs help
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 217 reviews are from the The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn reviews archive.
  • Average at Best
    TimCVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Food was average at best but overpriced. We won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of date beer
    TammiwithanI
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Food was pretty good but they brought us a beer that was 4 months out of date. The date was clearly printed on the bottle so it wasn't hard to read. I wonder if the food was out if date as well.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Place We Choose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I'm not sure how many years Boon Fly has been open, but my family and I have been going there for years. We're locals, Napa Natives, and obviously have a wealth of excellent restaurants to choose from. We return time and time again at any opportunity - special occasion, cheese burger craving, friends in town, etc. The food is excellent, cocktails divine, and service top-notch. Gregory Johnson knows his stuff and he and his staff shine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For comfort food fans
    sk8ladyVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Shared a huge plate of fried chicken with my DH, side of mashed potatoes. I'm not a big comfort food fan but it was truly delicious! A little heavier than southern fried, but moist and tasty. Had donuts for dessert with Valrhona dipping chocolate... Mmmmm. Doesn't look like much on the outside but it's clearly planned that way, since the interior is spacious and modern. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good comfort and great service
    Helen
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The server is very friendly, great smile and stopped by few times to check how we liked the foods and refilled our drinks. The foods are good. Highly recommend their truffle flies and smoked salmon flat bread. The fried chicken is a lil dry and they should use black meat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and Friendly
    Dinerout
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The restaurant is a fun and friendly environment. Staff were polite and timely and the food was great. It is a terrific place for good food in a casual setting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service with a smile
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We have dined at Boon Fly many times and always are greeted with a friendly smile and warm atmosphere from the entire staff. The food has never been a disappointment and presentation is a delight. Will keep this on our list of favorite places to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Chicken
    RPic
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    That's all you need to know.....oh, and the warm arugula salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to Be Missed!
    MomLovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This is a favorite dining spot of ours when we visit the Napa Valley. We've enjoyed breakfasts, lunches & dinners over the many times we've bee here. The fried chicken is simply not to be missed! (You can even enjoy it with waffles for breakfast!) Their sandwiches are wonderful as are the salads, flatbreads and, well, everything is delicious! Breakfast has something for everyone but you can't miss the homemade cake donuts dusted in cinnamon sugar. They come to the table hot & irresistible! They have daily specials as well - you will have a hard time deciding what to have so you'll have to come back to try something else! The atmosphere is delightful - like an upscale barn! Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small and in the country with
    Rick
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Small and in the country with good food. The whole family enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We had a reservation for dinner and the food was amazing! The staff was friendly and fun as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant! Wow!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    IceGypC
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Service, food, friendly and ambience was WONDERFUL. The staff is really amazing! Love the bartender!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not fancy, but good.
    EngleVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Loved the flatbread and truffle fries. Down home vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dress Warm
    NapamelVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We live in Napa and enjoy this local style restaurant. The menu is simple and very short. Being winter it is important to dress warmly since the ceiling are very high and is hard to keep warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and reasonable spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Not too exciting a location, but easy to get to on the way home from Napa or Sonoma to the Bay Area. Limited, but good menu. Great flatbreads. The special Braised Beef was outstanding. And remember to save room for the deserts.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great Service
    theatregoer
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    The food here is consistently good. They use the freshest ingredients. Service is always friendly and accomodating. They have the right balance of checking on you without being instrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed review
    Dcsf
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Went with 3 people and had a good time. My porkchop was disappointing (chewy) but my friends like theirs like the beef and fish. The butternut squash was really good. The chairs were very uncomfortable and had a bad pad, it is also prone to falling when you try to move it, fortunately not while you are in it ( saw it happen 2x that dinner). The ambience is really good and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, probably won't return
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Food was good, but service was surprisingly underwhelming. I've been there many times, but on that day I didn't see any servers I am familiar with. Maybe they hired new ones. Food was good as always, but with that price range and so many other choices in the area, I'm not sure if I will go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Fried Chicken Ever!!
    mks5VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    All the food was awesome, but the fried chicken was incredible - and far, far better than Addendum's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but a bit disappointing
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Everything we had was good but sounded much better than it tasted.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food And good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The ambiance is a bit industrial but comfortable. Menu is not huge But the quantity and value were very good. Very good bartender the night We were there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normally A great experience
    mFrey
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    We had a new waitress, my husband and I normally eat here two or three times a month, and the service on this visit was terrible. The waitress wasn't engaging, and spilled tea on my phone because she would rather pour over someone rather than pick a glass up. The food, could have been better, we normally grab the burgers, and this time we ventured to other specials not on the menu. The "surf n turf" was bland, and served on black rice, while the prime rib, was served with tomatoes. Seems like poor choices for both.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only OK
    Napafoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    We were actually disappointed. Because it is so hard to get a reservation at the highly rated "Farm" restaurant (which is also part of the Carneros Inn compound), we decided to try the "Cafe'". Everything was only OK. Our group tried the rib eye, chicken, and fish. Nothing special. The Margerita Flatbread appetizer was very good, and so were the 3 different desserts we tried.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    This place is a charming little spot that provides great service with a smile without attitude. I brought my husband and son based on reviews from others and hoped it would be a good spot for my ever picky husband and it was! Pizza is amazing and their soup comes in coffee cups very clever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.