BlackFly - St Augustine

4.6
1310 reviews
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Seafood
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 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 Brown. 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.
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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food prepared exactly as ordered. Delicious!

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RC
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great. Owner came out and spoke to everyone. Service was awesome.

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CA
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! We go every time we are in St. Augustine.

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little pricy but excellent food for each of the 4 of us, all who ordered a variety of different menu items. We saw food being delivered to other tables and heard some rave reviews on the pizza being taken home by two different customers in their take home box.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Noise level so high that conversing was difficult. Food was okay, my salmon was over cooked.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black fly was a great place to bring small kids. We enjoyed the fried shrimp, which was very lightly fried. I had a spinach salad with the fresh catch (Corvina) which was light a tasty. I have 2 autistic children and the staff was warm and welcoming, didn’t seem bothered by some of the noises they were making. High recommend for a quick lunch or dinner.

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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always amazing in this restaurant! The dessert is inctredible! The service was great too. The restaurant itself is crazy noisy. It was difficult to carry out a two person conversation because of the noise. Other than that, 5 stars!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were outstanding! We will continue to have this as one of our favorite resaurants in St Augustine. I would call the noise level "uncomfortably loud" not "energetic". My only concern was
although we had reservations, we were shown to the back room which we felt was undesirable - a bit of a hole in the corner. We have dined here many times and didn't even know that room existed. I know now to request a room in the main dining room. When I voiced my concern I was told there were 3 tables available in the main dining room but they wouldn't be any quieter. My friend and I looked at the available tables and thought each of them was far superior to the one in the back room. Our party was moved. I'm not sure why they would choose to seat someone at the least desirable table when others are available.

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were sat down immediately and our waitress was friendly. It was very busy due to Prom going on so its harder to judge speed of service. But we did have to ask for another drink and wait a long time for 2 sushi rolls which were just average. Sushi rolls were about like ones you would get from Publix. I would be willing to eat there again and try different food. The restaurant has nice ambiance and you can tell everyone is trying hard to accommodate everyone. Overall I give 4 stars.

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Y
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it so much we went back the very next day! The coconut lobster was fabulous.

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding experience! George was a very personable waiter, the drinks and food were terrific. As the restaurant sat more folks, however, the noise level got a bit out of hand.

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SS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Great restaurant but tonight was an off night.

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B
Jacksonville
57 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was perfect! She allowed us time talk, have drinks & apps, then was patient with our order.

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb! The waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable. I will definitely go back again!

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OT
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, but the noise level was very loud and intrusive. You could hardly have a conversation with the person next to you without repeating yourself or raising your voice. There were wood panels in the ceiling, bouncing the sound from every table around the dining area. While the food is very good, this detracted from the overall experience of dining out.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit of a non descript building on the A1A outside of town. Upon entering the BlackFly branding is all over and it’s pretty cool. The artwork on the walls is really neat. Service was super attentive, friendly and accommodating from the host to the waiter. We happened to be there on martini Monday when there are discounted drinks. I had a dirty martini that was good and olivey and generous in size.
For food we had the fresh catch (Mahi) cooked up with some nice seasonings and vegetables. Also had scallops perfectly seared, light and fluffy. These were served over a corn medley loaded with a hint of hotness. The flavors were outstanding.
It’s a cool little place definitely worth a visit.

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NB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed, thoroughly. A place for special occasions.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the ambiance and the service were incredible.

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LW
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 1

Acoustics are deafening. Our night, service was particularly slow. Food was prepared well and presented beautifully but compared to the description, seasoned on the conservative side.

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JG
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service from Makayla. Good food and Great Drinks!!

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DY
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and first class friendly service. Wonderful experience

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BD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceeded expectations. Great seafood

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CM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish special was off the charts! I can’t wait to go again.

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GV
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We actually ate here 3 out of 4 nights in St. Augustine. The food is fresh and they have great choices. If your like salmon, get the dynamite salmon dish. The banana bread pudding was amazing! The staff is very professional.

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DW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on point, always a good time.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Impossible to have a conversation without shouting. But the food was so excellent, we would come back!

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CM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!!

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S
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Too noisy. Fish undercooked (raw) in the middle. Slow un attentive service. Chaotic.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, outstanding service! One of my favorite restaurants in St. Augustine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!
The owner understands the customer!
Servers are very attentive.
Wine selection is deep.
Calamari, Shrimp, flat iron steak, lobster, fresh fish that we caught all done to perfection.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meals and great service. Presentations were outstanding.

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GS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. First time visiting St. Augustine. Not necessary, but I would recommend reservations for quick seating. The food was great, but be prepared to pay a higher price than what you may be use to when dining in a retail restaurant. I would visit again the next time in St. Augustine.

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Extremely loud due to large table with very loud occupants next to us. Service was very slow. There was not much lobster in the lobster Mac and Cheese. Caesar salad was very good.

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MK
Savannah
44 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had one of my college friends in from Atlanta and he loved everything about our favorite Resturant in St Augustine.
The service ,food and management is always superior.

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CR
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

2nd visit in as many nights while on vacation. Simply outstanding, my wife and I each enjoyed the salmon dish.

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w
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we come to BlackFly often when we are in SA and always love it . we just dined here 4 days ago, during this stay, and returned again this evening with some friends who had never been here. I, once again, had the chili lime shrimp app and the salmon entree. both were incredibly delicious, as always. those two dishes are so creative and so flavorful!!!! one of our friends had the same and was equally as pleased! our other friend had the mushroom soup and raved about it. he also had the pork chop, which he said was excellent. unfortunately this time my husband was not very happy with his entree, as he always has been in the past. he ordered the flat iron steak(which he has not ordered here before) and it had much to be desired; very small, tough and not cooked as ordered. very disappointing. our cocktails and wines were excellent as always. we certainly will return, as we do love BlackFly-will just skip a flat iron😁!

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a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! This is the second year we’ve gone to this restaurant when visiting St Augustine. Our waitress Mikaila ( spelling?) was fantastic, the food superb. Would definitely recommend. And I hope to go back!

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CR
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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CS
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a very good dinner on the light side--drinks and then 2 starters apiece. Everything was tasty, but the shrimp starter was a stand-out--the sauce was amazing. We managed to hit when the restaurant was busiest (it thinned out by the time we were done), so service was a little slow, but we didn't mind.

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GP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food with enough choices for even the pickiest of eaters. Portion size and food presentation is also excellent. One of our group is very critical of food and could find nothing about her choices that didn't suit her. She stated several times that the scallop appetizer was by far the best she had ever eaten and she raved about the mushroom soup. I have eaten out with this person many times and this is the first time she did not have a complaint about the food.

While our server was very polite and congenial and allowed us to settle in a bit when we first arrived, we thought she could have taken our drink order a bit sooner. Also we were "penalized" with an extra gratuity when we asked for separate checks for three couples. While I understand why an automatic gratuity might be added to a check, I do not like the practice and had our service been poor I would have challenged the 20% that was automatically added.

We will eat here again and look forward to it.

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