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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

Address: 2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: +1 707-967-1100
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Ranked #25 of 87 Activities in St. Helena
Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top chefs.
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Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top chefs.

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Santa Fe
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
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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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Shreveport, LA
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had 20 people who wanted to do a cooking class. CIA was an excellent choice. The chefs who helped us were very good. We had a complex menu of 15 items to prepare in 2 hours. Then we ate what we cooked. Watch out French Laundry! This was a great experience that lasted 3 hours. If you have the... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

We passed this this massive building when starting out on our first day of wine tours. Was able to get 545 reservation on the same day. Free valet parking. The waitstaff and chefs were all students of the culinary school and being closely overseen. The butternut squash soup and mussel first courses were excellent as well as the steak and... More 

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San Jose, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We have visited the CIA several times before and attended the terrific cooking demonstrations, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in cooking. We have taken the tour in the past, and found it good but not a must-do. This time, we had dinner at the Institute (prior reservations are a must). It is a prix fixe menu, which we... More 

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Fort Lauderdale
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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