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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574
+1 707-967-1100
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Ranked #27 of 85 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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Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Visited on 10/18/2014. 3 in our party. Made reservations via open table. We arrived early and was seated as a table become available. Take note! The young entrepreneurs, sommeliers and chefs are really enthusiastic and it comes through in the excellent service and food. We had the crab soup which was outstanding as was the amazing olive oil from Verona... More

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Calgary, Alberta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This building really has everything a true culinarian in Napa Valley could want. Beautiful architecture among the vines, affordable wine, amazing treats and many wonderful books, gifts and kitchenware. We took the tour, and it was well worth the $10. The guide was informative, and having recently graduated from the school himself, very knowledgeable. It is great to be at... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We were busy and dinner reservations didn't fit our schedule. Sunday Tasting on the Terrace was FABULOUS!!! The small plates were each delicious - larger than many dinner servings we had at other places. Food was expertly seasoned. Chef Gina and her staff were amazing. Don't miss this if you are still there on Sunday afternoon. Bring your appetite. Views... More

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Crescent City, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Ok...we're "Foodies"...Master Food Preservers and members of our local Food Council. During a very busy visit to Napa for business, we made time to visit the "CIA". LOL! Yes, you can buy a t-shirt that guarantees second glances! The out of the way visit was worth it just to see the huge collection of wine cork screws and pullers and... More

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Portland Oregon
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We attended a one day training school as part of a group of 70. The teaching kitchen easily handled us all and we prepared an amazing 10 part lunch. The facility and teachers were world class and the whole experience excellent. Obviously our self prepared lunch was gourmet!

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We stopped here upon advise of our driver from the Beau Wine Tours and this was a great advice! Very interesting building, spectacular collections of wine bottle openers and simple, but delicious lunch by all the proper rules of culinary fortress! We did not try the wine bar, but bought a few souvenirs with a mysterious logos of CIA !!!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Although we were unable to dine here, I saw enough to make me want to enroll in the two year program and cancel my flight back! The store is amazing...more cookbooks and food literature than I've ever seen in one place. Incredible selection of quality equipment for the kitchen and many hard to find gourmet ingredients kept me in the... More

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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We have been to CIA many times over the years, this last time was different. An up grade has been made to the store, dining bar area and restaurant. The changes to the store and restaurant layout were not the problem. As we came into the kitchen accessories store and then into the bar/café area we saw the new counter... More

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I have been to San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma many times however, on this occasion, I decided to incorporate my two passions: Food and Wine and took the five day bootcamp. Greystone is a beautiful building set in the picturesque town of St. Helena and the grounds are all that anyone could expect. The chef instructor was very knowledgable and... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Prepared and served mainly by students, our meal was really superb. The server was able to make good, interesting recommendations and the wines were excellent. If at all possible, sit on the terrace. The views and ambiance are amazing in the evening. Be prepared for prices that are generally much higher than for other student restaurants, but it is worth... More

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