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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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Address: 2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: +1 707-967-1100
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top...
The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top chefs.
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Cooking Demo & Tour - What Fun!

We wanted a fun activity for our sisters' weekend, and the cooking demo and tour of the institute was perfect. The price of the demo ($20 each) was reasonable and we added the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Mill Valley, California
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Mill Valley, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We wanted a fun activity for our sisters' weekend, and the cooking demo and tour of the institute was perfect. The price of the demo ($20 each) was reasonable and we added the tour ($10) for a fun package. Our chef was personable, as was the student who conducted the tour. The site is beautiful, with several spots to take... More 

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Wayzata
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Gorgeous place to eat. Staff told us they were graduating in April so they were quite experienced at the end of February. Watch the tip: they already add it to the bill.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife and I were just driving by and decided to stop in to check it out. We took the tour($10). The building has a rich history which they explain in the tour. The staff was very friendly and it was something different than just wine tasting. My wife and I both enjoyed it very much.

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Spreckels, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

All personnel were friendly, helpful and engaging. Enjoyed overview of cooking class and tour of indoor and outdoor kitchens with Chef prior to commencing food prep. Main kitchen facility is very large with several prep, cooking and serving stations. (Wear comfortable shoes). Team approach to prepare recipes selected by CIA. Best part was hearing Chef's and classmates stories about their... More 

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Oceanside, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As I was driving along, I was blown away by this stone fortress. I had lunch in the cafeteria, wonderful food, even though they got it wrong. But I got free cookies. The cooking utensil store inside found me packing a few more items in my car besides wine. Wonderful stuff! Everyone was also so friendly. Not like in So... More 

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Santa Fe
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

With a long history, this huge (at one time the largest) stone winery in the country, which we visited when it was Christian Brothers, is now the home of the CIA. Except for a few instructors, the place is run by CIA students, and everything is just so! The food and service are impeccable and the ambiance is unmatched. We... More 

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Braselton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Delightful visit for anyone that enjoys the fine art of cooking. Attended the class on preparing and cooking crab cakes while we were there. If you want to eat, make a reservation well in advance. Beautiful architecture and scenic views. Highly recommend a stop. Lovely shop where you can purchase most kitchen gadgets along with some high quality cutlery.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

I went here for dinner with a group and we had a set menu. It was supposed to be a four course dinner with wines for each course. It turned out the first course was passed appetizers. The second was a small salad. They changed the third course without telling anyone. Desert was served without wine. I would never go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Dennis Jordan, Concierge at CIA Greystone, gave us an excellent tour. His knowledge, personal anecdotes, encouragement and humor made this a highlight of our day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The food was awesome! It was not too pricy (for two people, $110 minus drinks). The architecture alone is worth the visit. The rusticness and atmosphere of the place was amazing. Combine that with the beautiful backdrop (Napa Valley) makes the CIA a unique experience. We had three courses and each was better than the last. The staff was friendly... More 

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