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Black Sheep Cafe

4.2
74 reviews
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$30 and under
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Native American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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Family owned and operated, Black Sheep Cafe brings you the best in Contemporary Southwestern Native American Cuisine. Chef Mark Daniel Mason blends modern technique with traditional Navajo, Pueblo and Hopi influence in his award winning dishes. Using local ingredients like Utah honey and Idaho-raised, hormone-free meats, as well as traditionally grown and prepared blue cornmeal and flour, all of the dishes are made to order and made from scratch, including the fresh family-recipe frybread using Blue Bird flour. From the modern touches on traditional dishes like Navajo Tacos and Green Chile Stew, to the new and unique flavors of the Cactus Pear Lemonade and Orange-Habanero Creme Brulee, Black Sheep Cafe will impress you with bold flavors and intriguing presentation. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Provo, this bustling cafe is open Monday through Saturday. The cafe’s lunch menu is served from 11:30am - 2:30pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm (10pm on weekends).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Native American, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
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Phone number
(801) 607-2485
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Daniel Mason
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Provo Center St
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Parking details
Parking is available behind the restaurant in the Provo Town Square parking garage, located on the North-West corner of the block.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.0
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Somewhat expensive but always delicious. The food is definitely unique and a fun addition to Provo!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Amazing. I love this place. They made my night so special for my family dinner. Everything was perfect!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Cuisine is tasty, unique, and memorable. The venue is actually pretty small, but I feel that it adds value to the experience. The staff has clearly spent time in the industry.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2017

The service was slow and the food was unexceptional. Surprising, because usually the experience is much better. I called ahead because our guest was a vegetarian and I wanted to make sure the menu could accommodate him...the representative assured me that all of the servers were well-versed in the options, but this turned out not to be the case. After some back and forth, one of our party just decided to go with the straight menu, and even his meal was unimpressive. We like the atmosphere, but after this experience, we may not be using this establishment again to entertain our guests.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. The presentation of the food was delightful and only outdone by the taste. Their nachos were exquisite, I highly recommend then as an appetizer. Also their refined take on conventional Native American dishes like Navajo tacos was expertly executed.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

We were celebrating successfully finishing the Utah Valley Marathon and had found this restaurant on Open Table. Sounded interesting so we decided to try it. So happy we did. We were a party of 6 with our 7 yr old son amongst as well as my mother. We are from NY so we know good food - and we are microbrew lovers. Great beer choices, great food choices, and even a kids menu friendly enough for our son yet not the usual "kid" meal. The staff was attentive and even made extra sure to call in advance to let us know of a big group that would be wrapping up when we arrived. They bent over backwards to make sure we were ok with the noise level (which wasn't actually bad at all), and were very gracious. Would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2015

Food is always amazing and flavorful but be sure to build in an extra 30 min because everything is made fresh to order. Ambiance and scene are great too. If you are in a rush, you will be frustrated until you actually take your first bite and then peace is restored because the food is one-of-a-kind.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2014

Service can be slow at times but the food is always worth the wait. Make sure that you are not in a hurry and you will be in for a treat.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

My husband and I had been trying to get a reservation at this new Provo restaurant for a few weeks, and when we finally went, it was very worth the wait. I got the red chili beef navajo tacos, and they were amazing. The food was incredible, and the service was great. I definitely recommend this place if you're in Provo!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2014

I like this restaurant because it is unique! It fun to take a friend there because it's going to be a memorable experience. I did make reservations and I'm so glad I did, otherwise we wouldn't have been able to get in! It would be nice if they could have tables open for reservations and some available to those who reserve and if they don't show within ten minutes then they loose the opportunity to dine there . This way the restaurant may give it to those who just come in to try it and not loose patrons because of no shows!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2014

I have rarely had food that was so well-made or carefully prepared. You have to be willing to fork out a little dough to get it, but the Southwest flavors are perfect, the Mexican feel is just enough to get your taste buds tingling, and the overall feel of the restaurant is quite nice.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Staff were all very friendly, helpful and knowledgable about the menu. It's a little pricey, but you do get a lot of food and it is delicious. We both took home plenty of leftovers to enjoy for a second night.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Having dined here twice - once for lunch and once for dinner - my conclusion about Black Sheep Café is that the food is decent but expect to wait a long time for it.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2014

My brother raved about The Black Sheep and so my husband and I made a reservation knowing we were going in with high expectations.We were seated promptly, having arrived a few minutes early for our 7:30 reservation time. We ordered a rock shrimp polenta appetizer that was the perfect combination of savory, sweet and spicy. We tried the sweet potatoe fries and enjoyed them, but next time we'll probably try something else. For our entrees, we ordered the Hog Jowl Tacos which were excellent. We'd order these again in a heartbeat. We also tried the fillet mignon served with a cherry reduction. It was a great choice, but what really stood out on the plate were the amazing mashed potatoes that blew us away. We'll be back!

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2014

we were expecting the Kachinas of potato, corn, and, iced tea to appear and offer up the best authentic sheep or lamb dish ever imagined. Instead we ended up with a Skinwalker who shape-shifted into a strange pencil neck waiter with odd glasses and a ridiculously stupid mustache. I was hoping for some jazzed up traditional dishes instead the dinner menu contains overpriced burgers and pork tacos.

Why are all of the reviews of this restaurant so glowing? The flooring is made of the same 4x8 sheets of osb that one would expect to see on the floor of a chicken coop. The prices are high enough to support serving meats out of 1000 year old native american clay artifacts. Instead they have the same old white plates as any restaurant. Yawn.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

The wait staff was excellent. The menu was based on what was local and fresh, and also on what the chef wanted to do that day, which I thought was very fun. We loved everything we ate, so delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2014

It was first vist to the bkack sheep. The arrangement felt very intimate, it was nice but a tad too noisy for me. I would have enjoyed more air in the room, perhaps an overhead fan. It felt kinda stuffy. Otherwise, our waiter was great and fast. The food was excellent and very tasty. Overall, i had a great experience. I would come again.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2014

I enjoyed the eclectic native american theme to the food, and everything was prepared to perfection. The wine list is small but carefully selected and matched to the food choices.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2014

What a great experience! Recommended by the Hampton Inn as we were 3 business travelers from CA, OR and TN. We were all so impressed with the food, ambiance, presentation, etc. We'd travel to Provo again just to eat here!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2014

Provo isn't exactly known for its dining scene, but if this place has anything to say about it, Provo could be a new foodie hotspot.
The menu is small, but mouth watering and innovative. Hog Jowl tacos are a must have. We even got a good prickly pear margarita, though the server wasn't quite up to date on tequila facts...

I hear it's a great place for lunch too, so in short: EAT HERE!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2014

One of the best things I have ever eaten. They definitely perfected this dish, and it's a real treat for anybody that orders it.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2014

Took some family members to lunch for their first Black Sheep experience and they loved the flavorful and unique burgers especially the Blue and Goat Cheese burgers. They also loved the true sweet potatoe fries.

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2014

I've eaten at Black Sheep three times now, and I like the food, but the service was so poor on Thursday night, I doubt I could ever convince my husband to go back. We waited an hour and twenty minutes just to get our salads, then they came out ten minutes apart and we had to remind the server three times to bring the last salad. Our entrees were also extremely slow, and again the pasta special arrived way after the other meals. The server was totally non-apologetic and could care less - to add insult to injury she added a mandatory 20% tip. That's what I would give for superior service, it is ridiculous to add it on automatically especially when it was completely undeserved.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2014

I love this unique and tasty food. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2014

I've eaten at Black Sheep twice and it was excellent both times. Had one of the most tender filets ever in a cherry reduction. The previous visit I had the Hog Jowl Tacos. Don't let the name fool you. They are exceptional. Beer and wine list is limited. Definitely give it a shot if you're in the Provo area.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2014

I've been to Black Sheep Cafe a handful of times now, and each time I go I'm reminded why it's at the forefront of the Provo dining scene. Our party tried a variety of dishes - Navajo tacos, enchiladas, green chile stew, bruschetta, and more. Each member of our group commented multiple times about how incredible the food was. What surprised me even more was when I went to get the bill. Ours was extremely reasonable considering the quality of the food and the generous portions we received. I will absolutely be back!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

When we got there we did have a reservation and before we were seated we asked for a table away from the door. The had no problem accommodating us. Our server was great and could explain in detail each dish and drink. This is a fun place with a lot of talking, so don't go there if you are looking for a quiet romantic place. However, if you are there to have a good time and laugh with friends, this is the place. The food was outstanding and the flavor was great. Definitely will go back!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2014

Amazing food that is fresh, flavorful, colorful and unique. Black Sheep delivers every time. The hamburgers, especially, the Blue Burger are unmatched. Their food takes time to prepare so build in some extra time but it is worth the wait.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Loved, loved The Black Sheep! I went with some friends the other night after hearing some good reviews and was not disappointed. The beef enchiladas were outstanding. Service was fantastic. Ambience was great. A great restaurant for 2-6 people max. I gave it only 4 stars on ambience because our table was the closest to the entrance and every time somebody opened the door a shot of January night air came in. Besides that, we had a fantastic experience. I will go back again and again!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2014

We had some of the best meals at the Black Sheep Cafe since moving to Provo. Highly recommend the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2014

This was my second experience at the restaurant. The server was personable, the food was good & the ambience was nice but we waited forever for our food. Our first visit we had gone for lunch at 1:30pm and the restaurant was crowded. We waited about 30 minutes for our food. This time we were part of the dinner crowd but we had a 5:15p reservation. There was only one other table occupied in the restaurant when we arrived. This time we waited almost an hour for our food. The wait seemed interminable. The fact that we were there so early and our wait was so long made me wonder if there was a major hiccup in the kitchen. I liked the food, and the service was excellent but the length of the wait make me hesitate to put this on my favorite list.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2014

We were saying happy birthday and bon voyage to our grand nephew and his wife and this place was perfect in every way. The relaxed pace of the service, the absolutely delicious food, and the casual but charming room were exactly what we wanted for this special occasion.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2014

I had the goat burger and the sweet potato fries. My sister had the enchilada bowl. Both were delicious. We were there on a Saturday for lunch and had been preceded by two large groups so our server warned us that the wait was going to be a while and it was. Fortunately, we had a lot to chat about so it was fine for us to have a long, luxurious lunch. The food was very good. The goat burger was incredible--very tender, very juicy. I am also gluten free so I had it lettuce wrapped and it was great. The sweet potato fries were gluten free as well which is unusual. So, they were accommodating for food sensitivities and that was very appreciated.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2014

The menu selection was unique - all our questions were answered and we had a hard time choosing since everything sounded wonderful.

Everything was well prepared with wonderful flavors and combinations.

Great for foodies like me.

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3.0Dined on January 11, 2014

My daughter was going on a date for a dance to Black Sheep and showed up 8 minutes late for her reservation. They had given their reservation to someone else! No calling, no waiting... Nothing. I had tried to call the restaurant to let them know they would be a few minutes late and all I got each time was a recording. Then they told them they could try some different "lesser" restaurant. My daughter stuck to her guns and said they would wait and please try to get them in quickly. They did try to get them in Nd food was good. NOT happy with reservation debacle!.

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2014

side items remain the best (fry bread, etc)....stick to this place for lunch the menu is better

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3.0Dined on January 9, 2014

We had reservations so when we arrived we were able to be seated immediately. However, it took over 10 minutes for the waitress to acknowledge us. Once she took our drink order we waited another 8-10 minutes just for our sodas and water to arrive. Then there was the appetizers which arrived nearly 30 minutes after that. Delicious but beware... very small portions (fancy but small). Nearly 45 minutes after the appetizers, our food arrived. Wonderful food and flavor but plan on a 2 1/2 dinner (even if the restaurant isn't full).

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2013

I've been to this place several times and it is always fantastic. I always get fantastic service as well as amazing food

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2013

Rare find in an area with few real restaurants. Open kitchen, all fresh ingredients, great cocktails!

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2013

The wait for our meal was. Embarrassingly long.
The food when it finally arrived was very mediocre.

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