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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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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“pasta” (13 reviews)
“lamb shank” (7 reviews)
“tiramisu” (7 reviews)
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American, Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

2  Thank SpookyandSamson
Chef_Kelly_EAT-WELL_, Owner at Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Betsy0621
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Tena1776
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

6 of us had dinner - every single person raved about what they had ordered. My salmon, that i asked them to put on their arugula with cherries and goat cheese salad, was spectacular. In a perfect world, you eat dinner at Flying Fork (unless...More

Thank HRH921
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I'm Italian so I am a pretty harsh critic when it comes to authentic Italian food... so I can tell you truthfully that this is by far some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten. And I have lived in some of the...More

Thank Levin R
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Great food and outdoor dining experience. Way above par for a small western Colorado town. Local produce and drinks to boot!

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We eat here every time we are in town (12 years) but noticed last year Kelly didn't always cook. We stopped ordering when we found out Kelly wasn't cooking that particular night... We took a chance tonight when we ordered and it wasn't Kelly 😢...I...More

1  Thank funnymountaingirl
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

What a great find in little old Paonia. The wait staff was friendly, the food was delicious. They offer a really tasty selection of dishes, and several specials. We were there in off season, but from the sounds of it, in the summer, make sure...More

Thank Wade S
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We stopped in for dinner on a Sunday night and were seated on the patio which was lit with fairy lights and full of pear and plum trees. I would love to visit in the summer to see all of the gardens in full bloom....More

1  Thank SarahCPCO
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Okay, very confusing on where to enter this building if you are going for the restaurant. The pasta dishes we had were good, but not outstanding. The salad I had was very good, as was the dessert that we split. HOWEVER, when I asked the...More

1  Thank Birdylover
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
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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