BlackFly - St Augustine

4.6
1354 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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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. My favorite restaurant in St. Augustine.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Decor is 2000 era chic, with abstract marine life art and quite possibly the largest collection of free form suspended track lighting outside of Home Depot. With a wood panel ceiling and concrete floors the noise level is high. Most tables are tables (not booths) but seating is comfortable.

We had a solid 15 minute wait before a server (Daisy) was even able to acknowledge the table. It appears the hostesses seat waiters on an “up” system. In an “up” system, waiters get seated in a rotation as parties arrive, rather than being assigned a set grouping of tables (a “station”). As a result, servers end up being spread out all over the restaurant and criss crossing each other. In addition to being inefficient, it also causes multiple servers (who aren’t yours) to walk quickly past customers waiting to be greeted, apparently with blinders on. For hostesses, Up Seating is super simple, requiring zero actual critical reasoning skills.

Station seating allows servers to easily cover multiple tightly grouped tables, but requires smarter host/hostesses in order to fairly spread the customer load evenly to every server. The hostesses were hard working, handling seating, clearing and resetting tables, and serving water. If there was a front of the house manager I didn’t see one. It seemed like the poor hostesses were running the place.

My wife ordered the scallop entree and I chose the coconut split lobster tails. Despite the initial delay in being greeted, once the order was in the food was prepared and served reasonably quickly. Fresh baked bread made the wait tolerable.

The food itself was excellent. Very well prepared and presented. Among the best meals we’ve had in St.Augustine. You can tell when a restaurant is chef-owned, because the front of the house is an afterthought but, if he or she’s any good, the food more than compensates.

My suggestions: assigned stations, dimmer lighting, sound attenuation panels.

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LJ
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food great service

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MR
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times. Its definitely a high end restaurant but delicious.

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KB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything we ordered, from the appetizers to the deserts were as tasty and attractively presented as you could possibly hope for. A wonderful dining experience.

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P
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Food, service and drinks very good. Noise level was awful. Had to yell to be heard . Would not recommend because of the noise.

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SL
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip tibThe Black Fly. The food and service was awesome. The food was the best we had all week. We thought it was worth the long drive from North Carolina. We will be back.

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JB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s awesome as always,

The girls for servers are very very sweet and knowledgeable always have a smile and make you feel at home

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AS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu has changed selections more restricted but food is good

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PA
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Appreciated talking to Chef Dustin & our server Jessica was most helpful. Look forward to visiting St Augustine again for another great meal at Black Fly!

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for our anniversary. An exceptional visit...awesome food ,good service and an overall very enjoyable experience.
Would recommend to anyone seeking a quality experience. See you again.

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TP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went to Black Fly for a birthday dinner, was very nice and the food was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I normally LOVE this We were seated in a back room that I didn’t know existed. It was a little dingy and lacked the cool artwork of the main dining room. The food was also not as good as my previous visits.

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TD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was yummilicious!!!

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c
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!!
Professional staff and wait staff. Excellent food selection. Banana bread pudding was great.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us ordered the steak. It was tender and flavorful. Two of us ordered fish and were very happy with it. My Mai Tai was delicious and generous. My parents ordered aged whisky and rum and were very happy. The service was so good, I forgot everything and enjoyed the company of my family. Best restaurant experience in a while!

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JB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome as always. Thanx Mike for a great restaurant

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AB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal an atmosphere.friendly and professional staff.
One of our favorite places

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M
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and consistently very good. Our favorite dish is the coconut lobster which is to die for.
Waitresses are cordial and accommodating.

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RC
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eat here every time we visit Saint Augustine. Food is always good.

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JS
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oustanding!!! Complete dining experience.
The flavors are explosive and well matched. My wife had the scallop dish that was skewered with sugar stalks and I have the coconut crusted lover tails. Appetizers were conch fritters and a spicy chili lime shrimp dish. The dessert was a chef made deconstructed banana split. Need I say more. Vaughan (owner) was by the table to greet us and appreciate our business.
Unforgettable dining experience.

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DM
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to be in St Augustine on my birthday and we chose Black Fly for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the atmosphere was lovely. The owner is an artist so many of his paintings adorn the walls. We were seated in the back bar room which was quieter and worked well for us. We started with some excellent sushi and a delicious crab cake to share. Our entrees ranged from flounder to salmon and pizza for the children in our group. Everyone was happy with the food quality and presentation. Our server was one of the best we have had for a very long time.
We highly recommend Black Fly when you are visiting St Augustine. We will be back 👍👍

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th BD celebration

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time there (recommendation by friends we met there). The food was very good - the presentation of the plates was very nice. I always appreciate the owner and or manager stopping by each table to say hi and check on everyone’s satisfaction which was the case.

I felt like the ambiance/style of decor was a little stale but not unpleasant.

We look forward to returning and trying more from their nice (and diverse) menu.

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Miami
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had an amazing dinner. Will definitely come back.

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M
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is fantastic and we loved the craft cocktails. I'm not sure what happened, maybe because they were so busy or understaffed, but it took forever for us to get our food and drinks. It took about an hour after we ordered for us to get our food and each drink order took about 15 minutes. Our waitress was very good and helpful, and the food was worth the wait if you have the time. It was also very loud, but that seems to be the case at most restaurants these days.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always!

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were able to be here for a birthday celebration. Unfortunately it was also a graduation weekend. Our previous visits were much more enjoyable, as the ambient noise was ratcheted up several notches making conversation difficult. We realize that it is not the restaurants fault, but it did make our dinner less enjoyable. The food however was their usually outstanding fare. We thoroughly enjoyed the seafood special of the day and the salmon dinner. We will certainly be back on our next visit to St. Augustine.

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M
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

There were several large parties in the restaurant, so the noise level made conversation for us very strained. My dining partner had the monkfish special, which she said was prepared well and very tasty. I had the scallops, but they were slighty undercooked and not as flavorful as anticipated. Our server was attentive and pleasant, and the manager/owner? stopped by to check on things prior to the food arriving. I have been here many times before, as I lived in the neighborhood for several years, so I do think it was an off night for them. Food and service have been consistently good in past visits.

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M
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was fabulous ... the tuna dish is a must and seared scallops were perfect ... throughly recommend the restaurant

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PP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorite restaurants. Food is incredible and service always friendly.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great menu, interesting cocktails, good food. We've been here for the fourth time and were never disappointed. Depending on big groups sitting adjacent it can be rather loud.
All in all one of our favorite restaurants in Saint Augustine

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MC
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was spectacular. Had the special and the fish was perfectly cooked. Conch fritters were also very good.

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding dining experience! Food and service excellent. The "Firecracker Salmon" and "Sugarcane Scallops" were beautifully presented and some of the best ever. Both perfectly spiced and full of flavor. Most restaurants can't cook scallops, but the chef at Black Fly nailed it! Our waitress was very attentive yet not overbearing. The noise level rose as the night progressed making conversation difficult, but this is common in most successful St Augustine restaurants? Overall a wonder experience for our 34th wedding anniversary!

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VR
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Party of six so we sampled each other’s food! Fabulous and delicious!! Nice portions. Highly recommend the lobster Mac n cheese,

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Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was disappointing...tasteless and the chicken dish was like eating rubber. The service was non existent. The waitress was missing in action all night. We will not be returning!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, waitress Mackayla was super sweet and accommodating. We had the buffalo cauliflower dip it was AMAZING. My lobster was cooked perfect. Thank you guys!

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m
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best Ahi Tuna entree was the best I ever had in my life (and I love sushi). It was so good we made reservations for Saturday night and I am ordering it again. My wife had the sausage Asiago pizza and she said it was fabulous. This is now one of our favorite restaurants.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary here and excellent strawberry rhubarb martini, strawberry spinach salad, pink snapper and Kaluha moose cake to die for! My new favorite St Augustine restaurant! Highly recommend! Service and ambiance were great too!

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner was excellent. I had the lobster and my husband had scallops. I had read reviews about the noise level but we were not bothered although the place was not completely full. Would definitely recommend!

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