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Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery

101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
+1 970-527-3203
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (14 reviews)
“lamb shank” (7 reviews)
“tiramisu” (7 reviews)
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American, Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again, we dined here during our stay in Paonia. It's a local hot-spot. The food was reasonably priced and good, but a bit heavy this time. I hope whoever buys it can continue the good work of the current owner. It's a gem of...More

Thank intlwanderlust
Reviewed 1 week ago

This us my favorite Paonia restaurant. The food is consistently delicious and out f the ordinary. It isn't the same old burgers and fries with head lettuce. It's delicious, interesting, fresh and they try to do local as much as possible. We're in Paonia twice...More

Thank Carolyn A
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Great ambiance, decent meal. We took some friends for a birthday and it was quite expensive. My meal was as good as something I could've made at home--oily and bland. My boyfriend's meal was better than mine as were the meals of the couple we...More

Thank itwasfunwhileitlaste
Reviewed 7 August 2017

The Flying Fork Cafe has been serving fine cuisine and local wines in Paonia for well over a decade. Due to a downturn in the local economy, it no longer serves lunch. Dinner is available -- and worth every mouthful! The garden is ideal once...More

Thank Ellen D
Chef_Kelly_EAT-WELL_, Owner at Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Hi Ellen, Thank you for the wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed my cooking :) The garden is a heavenly place, so enjoy sitting out there in the cool summer mornings with my coffee as I plan the days prep and chores. It's going to...More

Reviewed 5 August 2017

I used to think D'Anna's Cafe Italiano in Bellingham had the best Italian food in the US (yes, including NY) and then in June Phil and I were invited to eat at Flying Fork Cafe and Bakery in Paonia, Colorado. Hands down THE BEST restaurant...More

1  Thank Lili M
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Was a little hard to find the door (seriously). Food was wonderful. Wine excellent! Service laid back but friendly and helpful. Finished off our wine in the outdoor garden. Surprising little oasis. Will come back again.

1  Thank Keith_Rebel979
Reviewed 24 July 2017

I'll cut to the point: the mushroom ravioli is the best pasta dish I've had in CO. It's rich with a nice tang from the blue cheese. Excellent. Don't miss it.

2  Thank Dane S
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a good ravioli dish here, though the pasta special was bland, excellent salmon. We just felt unwelcome by the owner, who had to send her staff out to insist our children stop playing in the garden.More

3  Thank SpookyandSamson
Chef_Kelly_EAT-WELL_, Owner at Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Hi, I'm the owner and manager and I am a He so I'm assuming the "she" you wrote about was maybe one of our servers or a hostess. Nonetheless, I'm sorry to hear that you felt an "unfriendly vibe" here at the Fork. I've been...More

Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Great food! Husband said it was some of the best pasta he's had recently. And that says a lot as he loooves Pasta! The courtyard was a hit for the kids to run around in while we parents enjoyed a longer dinner.

2  Thank Betsy0621
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Highly recommend eating outdoors under the twinkling lights. Pride in the Menu, generous proportions. Delicious!

1  Thank Tena1776
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Paonia
  • Phone Number: +1 970-527-3203
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One of the more established restaurants in the North Fork Valley - The Flying Fork has a reputation for using the freshest, most local ingredients available. Owner/Chef Kelly Steinmetz uses the words "Simple Elegance" to describe both the cuisine and the ambience at the Flying Fork Cafe, located at the corner of 3rd and Main St. In Paonia. Dinner is elegant and packed with flavor. Choose from an assortment of pasta, braised Colorado lamb, NY strip steak, fresh fish, homemade Lasagne or fettuccine. Plus daily specials. "Being able to set up this restaurant from scratch is a dream come true," says Kelly. He keeps his eye on the "complete package" - flavorful food, outstanding service and a pleasant ambience, which is enhanced in the summer by outdoor garden seating under the fruit trees. With any meal, enjoy wines, beers, spirits and hard cider from around the North Fork & Colorado. In the bakery, sample a delicious cinnamon roll with bing cherries & walnuts or a hearty muffin with a cup of fresh roasted organic coffee. Pick up a loaf of artisan style bread, a dozen homemade cookies and stuffed focaccia breadsticks to take home. Cooking it up with Passion & a Whole Lotta Goodness since 2003.
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