The Boon Fly Cafe

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612 reviews
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Fun, lively, and vibrant, The Boon Fly Café serves modern rustic cuisine in a contemporary roadhouse atmosphere. Start your day with our signature Boon Fly donuts, and end it with our award-winning fried chicken or one of our nightly dinner specials. Resort guests and locals alike are drawn to the energetic vibe and satisfying cuisine that’s based on the agricultural heritage of the region.

Named for a Carneros pioneer named Boon Fly, who planted orchards and vineyards in the area in the mid-1800s, our café is a homage to local flavor.

Boon Fly, descended from settlers of the early New England Colonies, was part of the great tradition of wagon trains that brought many of the early families west. He was drawn to the farmlands north of the city and settled outside of Napa on a property that would become known as the Fly District.
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1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner for 6 following a business meeting and the reviews from all are outstanding. What a find! This restaurant is my new FAVE, the food and the service was excellent.

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KC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great evening with amazing service - food excellent

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S
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a gem of a restaurant. The ambience, staff and food are all 4 stars.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had the fettuccine carbonara and cheeseburger. Both delicious!! Service not so great. Bread they served was old and not edible to put it nicely.

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j
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is our go to restaurant on every visit to Napa Valley.

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JF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Pork Chop was overcooked and impossible to even cut. They took it back and redid another pork chop but
it was undercooked and raw in the middle. I was told it was medium. No one should eat an undercooked pork chop.

In there defense they did not charge me for the pork chop dinner.

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MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This restaurant is mediocre. With all of the great restaurants close by, I would not waste my time with this one.

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JM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the experience was fantastic - excellent service, delicious food in sizable portions (great value), well-made craft cocktails and a nice ambiance. This was my first visit to The Boon Fly Cafe but it will not be my last. We live locally and this is a treasure.

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GO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My leadership team and I visited this eatery while away and the food was amazing! You need to try the fried chicken for sure, but everything was really good. Desserts are nothing to shy away from as well. Make sure that you save room. It's a fun place, casual and the service is really good as well. I would definitely call this an hidden gem.

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DB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for the fried chicken. It was good, but the batter needs to be better seasoned.. Not enough salt and spices.

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LO
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

After many previous positive experiences at Boonfly, the Thanksgiving dinner was largely disappointing. My entire plate of turkey, stuffing, potatoes/gravy, and brussel sprouts was served room temperature--I sent it back and the 2nd time was only slightly warmer. The stuffing was dry, tasteless, and plain. The brussel sprouts were charred, not in a good way. There was barely any gravy or cranberry sauce, and about a handful of mashed potatoes. Fortunately, the celery root soup was outstanding and served hot. The seasonal little gem salad was great. Overall, the value was poor, not worth $65.00 per person because it was way below fine dining standards.

Worst of all, after being told there was no need to choose our 3rd course (dessert) in advance, we were informed that there was NO pecan pie or pumpkin pie after we finished our meals. So, we ordered the apple crumble and a pear/almond tart. As we finished our desserts, it became obvious that other tables were receiving pies!? The same waitress who served those pies had said NOTHING about it to us--we felt required to ask why the misinformation. She didn't know exactly why, and then proceeded to tell us that pies arrived from the other restaurant at the resort. She didn't seem to think it mattered at all, was very nonchalant about the error. Only because we had brought the snafu to her attention, and after we'd paid our bill, did she manage to offer to send us home with one piece of pie--2 of us had ordered the prix fixe turkey dinner!!

We're not picky diners--this was a kitchen failure. A proper head chef would never allow sub-par food to be served, or run out of pie on Thanksgiving, and then charge $65.00 per person. I have been a restaurant owner, and a caterer--this experience was sad. I hope Boonfly will get it together. It was one of our favorite food escapes.

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TI
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was awesome. We had our Thanksgiving dinner there and it was just perfectly cooked and presented.

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Thanksgiving. We had a lovely meal and great cocktails. The only disappointment was the apple pie dessert (we should have picked the pecan pie, it was delightful). We will definitely be back next year.

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W
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, casual, great for Breakfast lunch and dinner. Fresh hot donuts, paleo scramble, avocado toast, bacon Bloody Mary! Delicious flat breads, salads, food to share. Friendly staff always welcoming.

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OT
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, hearty, tasteful, delicious dinner.

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d
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was quite good but one dining companion thought her Ceasar salad was bland ( no garlic or anchovy flavors). Onion rings can't be beat, special flat bread was very tasty, and the filet special delightful!

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Cold, air blowing on us, we asked if we could move and they refused despite being half empty. The table we asked to move to remained empty during our meal.

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LK
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server!
Flatbread/pizza was lovely and delicious!
A 'cup' of mushroom soup was very generous and terrific!

Temperature of the restaurant was breezy cold - we needed to get sweaters until staff responded to request to change AC settings.

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RL
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is the star here. Everything we ate was outstanding. Absolutely the best flat bread I have ever eaten!

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DG
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you’re hungry, order the chicken - enough for two people or two meals - and it’s delicious. The flatbreads (pizzas) are all great. There is a sizable selection of options to share with your fellow diners like peppers or Brussels sprouts and the fries are amazing! Check out the dessert menu and share again. It’s all good. This is a fun, casual, refreshing spot that you csn’t help but enjoy.

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AU
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We sat at the bar. The food was very good. The restaurant is quite noisy. We were happy to be at the bar because it was quieter there than in the restaurant seating

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, great food and excellent service.

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BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual atmosphere with fantastic food. Amazing fried chicken!!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, spectacular service, stunning location!

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SA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our overall experience in my opinion was good, may not be the same opinion for half of the group who didn't enjoy their food (overcooked veggies/ drenching wet salads). Our server was kind and prompt. They celebrate birthdays here with a lit candle in a stack of mini beignet donuts (a pleasant surprise). I would give this place another try!

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S
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Unique food entries- food good but portions very small considering price- especially scallop

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PP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Able to carry on a conversation all whilst great service & tasty food came & went.
Thank you!

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PS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Fantastic service made for a perfect evening.

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MA
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Fun place to go and enjoy. Very good food

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RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had made a note with my Open Table reservation that we were celebrating mom's 70th birthday (she chose the restaurant based on the menu). Nothing special was done. Our server, though nice, was not very attentive and forgot my mom's glass of pinot noir and we had to proactively ask for our condiments and cutting knife for our food. I've been to Boon Fly before with friends just for everyday dining and had a better experience.

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had delicious food in pleasant surroundings with great service - what more can you ask?

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LL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here was fantastic. It took a while for our server to get to us and they weren’t really busy at all. Once he got to us his recommendations were excellent. The fried chicken was amazing and I was able to switch veggies without any extra cost or fuss. My husband enjoyed a glass of champagne while I enjoyed one of their non alcoholic drinks, which was a nice surprise and offering. Overall it was a nice dining experience.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few co workers and a kid... grabbing s bite.

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TT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was just ok. It was incredibly hot inside. The noise level made having a conversation almost impossible.

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X
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, really good!! Service great. Friendly, fun environment. Truffle fries were the BEST and the appetizers and main courses were excellent. Only letdown was the cherry clafoutis, which was disappointing (thus reason for 4 stars rather than 5). Expensive, but worth it.

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W
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Super menu. Great drinks. Love it here every time.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Definitely over-hyped. I thought this would be a nice place to take my mom for dinner but although we made reservations, we were limited as to where we were allowed to sit, the food was 'meh', and the ambiance was uninteresting and cold. The actual temperature of the restaurant was also extremely cold with air conditioners placed throughout the room blowing directly down on the tables (when I mentioned this they said it has to be that way for the staff). The wait staff was civil but that's the best I can say. Overall, the entire experience was not what I would expect from a good restaurant in Napa Valley -- definitely not focused on delivering a great customer experience, which is what the restaurant business is all about. Unfortunately, not so for Boon Fly Cafe.

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MO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious! The fried chicken was excellent. They steak was cooked to perfection.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and wine!

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were the noise level lol I had twin three year olds with me, and very much appreciated the wait staffs patience and understanding of them. Food was wonderful, especially the children’s menu and being able to put pepperoni on the flat bread, big hit with the kids. Will definitely come back.

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