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The Culinary Institute of America

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Address: 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone Number: 845-471-6608
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Activities: Dining, Leisure education
Description: Come and enjoy our award-winning restaurants and cafes, retail stores, and...
Come and enjoy our award-winning restaurants and cafes, retail stores, and public tours. Learn how CIA students prepare for exciting careers in food. See how everything we do supports our mission of providing the world's best professional culinary education.
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The C.I.A. is well worth experiencing. The chefs and waiters are all students or faculty of the Institute and very serious about the whole experience. Each of the restaurants is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The C.I.A. is well worth experiencing. The chefs and waiters are all students or faculty of the Institute and very serious about the whole experience. Each of the restaurants is beautiful to the eye. But the food is what it is all about. Every choice is excellent and the service is impeccable. We ordered appetizers, lunch and dessert and they... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This was a nice way to see the vast facilities of the CIA. It's an amazing campus and well worth the time to stroll the grounds, take the tour then dine in one of the restaurants because you will get very hungry watching all that food being prepared!

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Stow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We had confirmed reservations at the American Bounty on a Saturday evening. Other visits in the area found us nearby at 4:30 p.m. and called to check if there was any other availability at another of their restaurants. We were so very lucky to get in easily at the Italian Restaurant, Caterina. Just to be inside this magnificent structure is... More 

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Greater Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Visiting the Culinary Institute of America in Spring time all the way from Australia was a magical experience. This was my 2nd visit to the Culinary and my favourite stop over, the Apple Pie Bakery served up beautiful pastries as per usual. Having dined at American Bounty and the Bocuse Restaurant during winter, I decided to dine at the Italian... More 

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Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We took a tour of the cooking school. The school is clearly very nice, but the tour was a little bit boring.

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Perhaps it would have been better to plan the schedule around a lunch reservation at the excellent American Bounty restaurant, which I have done in the past. But this trip we were not sure about timing of our other Hudson Valley activities so decided to be spontaneous and eat at the cafe, no reservations. Waiting in line to get in... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

On this one hour tour, you will see kitchens in use and learn various facts as well as tidbits about the school & the culinary programs that are offered. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and my kids loved it. Why you are there - go visit the Apple Pie Cafe (run by the students as well as all of... More 

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Saddle River NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We sat for two hours and it was grand, choices were very different and the menu was excellent. starters were mussels with a sausage and fennel taste to it, salad had baby kumquats with beets, and the short ribs were sweet and succulent, but saved room for the desert which was a red velvet cake with a cream sauce and... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A great variety of restaurants including three unique and different staples, a café and occasional "pop up" provide most any type and price of food. And don't forget the outstanding gift, book and culinary supply shop.

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Centerport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner at the American Bounty and it was the night before graduation. The service and meals were lovely and we were invited to tour the kitchen, a memorable evening. 2 days later we returned for one of the various cooking classes, Bistros and Brasseries with Chef Johnson. We were organized into teams of 4 and ate what we... More 

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