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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574
800 333 9242
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Ranked #30 of 81 activities in St. Helena
Type: Classes/Workshops
Activities: Leisure education
Description: The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top chefs.
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Tyrone, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Interesting place to stop for lunch or dinner, food is always interesting and good, lots to watch the "students studying", and kitchen stuff to buy. Just north of St. Helena on the left. Stop in ... worth the trip. The place looks like a castle - have fun here.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It was the most expensive lunch of our trip. I wouldnt say it was not worthy, and the trip to Santa Helena was definitely wonderful, but there are other options in the vineyards nearby that should be considered first.

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Sacramento, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a must-do on your next trip to the Napa area. We dined here at the Conservatory for a girls' trip and will never forget the delicious food and great service during our 7 course dinner. It costs $75 for dinner or $115 with wine tasting but well worth it; it's all about the experience. It's a farm-2-table program... More

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Herald, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The impressive CIA at Greystone is set into a hillside overlooking Highway 29 in St. Helena. Formerly the wine and brandy cellars of Christian Brothers, it has been a premier cooking academy for two decades. Facilities or activities open to the general public include weekend cooking classes ranging from a couple of hours to several days, periodic cooking demonstrations, guided... More

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Los Alamos NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Enjoyed the Sunday afternoon tasting, the chef was most entertaining. Gift shop had great kitchen gadgets 45 minute student led tour most interesting.

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Clearwater
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Third wine country trip within the last four years and everyone included a stop here for a bite to eat. This is a place not to miss if you are there as it is always mind blowing good from the food to the service. I loved it and they did a beautiful Happy Birthday on our dessert. We had the... More

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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

History here at old Christian Brothers estate now with the Culinary Institute students taking classes, training, and leading tours and tastings. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed so we enjoyed a wine and chocolate tasting while talking to the student server who shared insights from his experience there. Enjoyed the tour of the barrel room, kitchens, gardens, and all! Nice shop... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I had been here previously and enjoyed my meal, so I returned with some friends. The setting is spectacular in a monastery turned winery turned culinary institute. This trip the food and service were marginal, particularly at prices that were not deserved. I would go have a drink on the patio again, but I wouldn't have a meal here.

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London
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

We popped in to try and find some lunch the weekend before Christmas and were pleased to find that the cafe and shop were open. The food from the cafe was lovely and filled a hole. The shop was huge and had lots do interesting items from gifts to things for the kitchen. The main building is very grand and... More

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This was one of our best trips to the Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives course put on by Harvard School of Public Health and Culinary Institute of America. Dedicated teachers and the opportunity to prepare and sample so many healthy items was the highlight of this trip. The course left enough time for wine tastings at the end of the day.... More

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