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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 #25 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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Rochester, NY
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92 reviews 92 reviews
14 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We stopped by to have a look. the restaurant was closed because it was between semesters, but the cafe was open. There was a wonderful exhibit of corkscrews! and superb chocolate for sale in the gift shop. If you have any interest in cooking whatsoever, don't miss the bookstore. It has to be one of the best cookbook stores anywhere.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

So my 9 year old boy wants to come to CIA after high School, and boy he loved IT!! We looked around in the class rooms and Wine cellar!! fun!!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Took my husband here for his 40th birthday at the end of June. I was hoping it would be a special treat for him. We really did enjoy the atmosphere, watching the chefs get their instructions. The food was good, but not great, especially considering the price. I felt it lacked seasoning, but it was presented well, and ingredients seemed... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

when I was a student, I remembered this vaguely as the old Christian Brothers wine label winery. And now it is change to CIA at Greystone. This is my 2nd visit. My 1st was about 2 years ago. We went on a weekday, and they welcome guests to sit in on cooking demos but you need to be quiet. There's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Fantastic classes at one of the best cooking schools in the world. This was my second class and it is always intimidating coming but the chefs do a great job making you feel comfortable. They have such passion for what they do and it comes through with a great experience. I learned more in this short time than I have... More

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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We enjoyed the tour & a demo. Unfortunately we did not have the right timeframe for dinner in their fine-dining restaurant (run entirely by the students). I would love to do thar next time we are in the Napa area. This is a lovely facility that they should be proud of & is worth checking out! Our lunch in the... More

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Kentucky
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4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Our four day trip was to do a lot of wine tasting but on our drive to a winery we spied the CIA. You must stop! Interesting building, shop, and a great quick place to eat for lunch.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We enjoy going to cooking demos here with the last one being in February 2014 President's Weekend. We also visited in December 2013 when we enjoy going to the restaurant for a holiday meal as well as going holiday shopping at the culinary store. Great place to go. There is also a cafe by the store. There are also classes.... More

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New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Stopped at the cafe for lunch between wineries. The cafe lunch menu was average but the wrap I ordered was very, very good and very reasonably priced. Huge kitchen supply store also next door.

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Jeffersonville, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is a treat for anyone who would like to be "Wined and dined" by staff. The students are helpful and friendly-sharing their stories and experiences. Not to mention the farm fresh food and drink!

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