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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 #29 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Vancouver
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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Belmont, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Nice setting. Food quality varies quite a bit. We ordered from the cafe and some food are really tasty and some, like the soup, is just way to salty to drink. I think they are prepared by the students there. It think more QA is needed before they serve the food. All in all, experience for the food is just... More

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Rochester, NY
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14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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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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5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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