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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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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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Very nice, instructive place

The place itself is neat. The "museum" part is very instructive. Unfortunately, the prices in gift shop are not attractive at all.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
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San Jose, California

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Granite Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended a class that highlighted local wine and cheeses and how to best pair them together - it was amazing! The 2.5 hour class flew by - the instructor was very knowledgeable and was able to speak to the many different levels of people in the room - many people had wine knowledge or cheese knowledge - but there... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our wine club went there for a cooking class. I was a little skeptical as to how it would be, as were many of us. It turned out to be a very interesting experience. All of the CIA staff and instructors were very helpful. At the end of the class we all ate the food we prepared and received the... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The place itself is neat. The "museum" part is very instructive. Unfortunately, the prices in gift shop are not attractive at all.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I love this place. The trainee chefs are either cooking or waiting tables. The food is of the highest quality and at reasonable prices. They also have a very well stocked wine cellar. The surroundings are fantastic and the view from the terrace is stunning. I recommend booking a table ahead of time as this place is popular, especially at... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We often go to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. They have a nice cafe (The Bakery Cafe) and restaurant. They also have food demoes. Since it was December, our purpose this time was to visit their store for Christmas shopping. We always enjoy shopping at their Culinary Store. We liked the Gingerbread house at the store. We also... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

The CIA has been a tradition for us. I love cooking and cooking tools. Watching the aspiring chefs in the restaurant is motivating. Years ago, they even printed out their mussels recipe for me! That was the hospitality touch! I have used that recipe repeatedly over the years. Don't know if they still do that.... This time, we enjoyed the... More 

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Jnb
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Behind the neoclassical lines of the CUM is a quirky mix of chef equipment, an impressive collection of corkscrews and the little restaurant which serves arguably one of the best mac & cheese in America. How I don’t know they do it, but when I looked at my place after offering a taste to my companions the plate was bare... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

The CIA at Greystone is an awesome place to visit! The building itself is beautiful, and historic. The staff are all friendly and informative, and the store is great! We went back on Saturday for a demo on tortellini. It was awesome! For $20 you get to spend an hour or so learning tons about cooking, getting to taste for... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

This is a must if you visit Napa! What an experience. Sat at the cooking area bar so we could watch the chefs in action. Absolutely amazing meal from top to bottom!! Highly recommend!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Incubating future great chefs, meals at the CIA are always memorable, and quite varied. The menu changes with every rotation of students, so each visit is unique. With an understandingly fine wine list, the diner can choose amongst the best of vintages, grown & bottled in adjacent vineyards.

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