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Culinary Institute of America

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Address: 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone Number: (210) 222-1113
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Excellent New Version of NAO:Latin Gastro Pub

Quite impressive! Now to be honest I was a fan of the original Nao as well. But chef Garza hasn't disappointed with the new version either. 1. Style: The stye is very cool. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Quite impressive! Now to be honest I was a fan of the original Nao as well. But chef Garza hasn't disappointed with the new version either. 1. Style: The stye is very cool. They didn't make much of a decor change with the new Nao. The same cool, upscale south/central american decor is spot on. You feel like you're in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We attended a special version of chef demos for the Arriba del Norte celebration. The first was Jerky to Charcuterie with Chef McHugh from Cured making mustard with dark beer, pickled okra and country pate. Full of interesting details about curing meat and how his restaurant came to be, Chef McHugh kept us entertained. I was eager to try to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

If you are into cooking, baking, food in general.. you need to stop here. If you are really into it.. look into the Boot Camp classes. Completely and totally awesome. I attended the Baking and Pastry camp and it is well worth the money. I learned more than I ever thought and the best part was tasting everything! The instructors... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went here for a kitchen skills bootcamp. I expected to see demos and then do the skill myself. Instead we had a classroom component that consisted of powerpoint and talking for about an hour then we were set loose in the kitchen with a menu to cook after we were split into groups. It was very stressful to work... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This pleasant restaurant is located in the fun Pearl District of San Antonio and staffed by students of the Culinary Institute of America. The cuisine borrows from Central America primarily. While there were many young people working hard in the handsome open kitchen, there was just a single staffer serving as both hostess and waitress in the fairly large room.... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Our family enjoyed a water taxi ride to the Pearl District to have dinner at this gem. I am a foodie and we were not disappointed. Very good service, beautiful plating and interesting menu. Beautiful decor.I highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was a fun night out with some fellow foodies. The menu is very eclectic. The food tasted great and was presented beautifully. The staff was very helpful in describing dishes for us as well. It was a great foodie adventure that I highly recommend. The price was not all that high for the quality of food that you receive.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have to admit I live nearby so this is a spot I go frequently. The atmosphere is interesting, new, and upscale. You can wear jeans or a suit to dinner here. The food is fantastic, a great modern take on South and Central American cuisine. The front and back of the house staff are all from the CIA and... More 

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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The class was a gift and what a gift! Each person received a chef hat, apron, instruction, group and personalized instruction, and a parting gift. All participants enjoy the fruits of their labor at the completion of the class - excellent meal! Only downside was that their store is only open Monday through Friday and these classes are conducted on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Of course it's new. Almosat all the staff are students. Try a cartel cocktail, tequila, mezcal cucumber and serraano pepper, it's a kick. The scallops were incredible.

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