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The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
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Ranked #15 of 42 restaurants in St. Helena
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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78% Recommend
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Abbeville, Louisiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Can't say enough about the students, service and food!!! Everything was wonderful! We had the full course meal of the day paired with wine. Were not disappointed with any part of it. The students shared their life stories with us and upon leaving the chef came to visit outside with us. A wonderful experience and hats off to these future... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We took a two week vacation in San Francisco and area. Based on reviews in tripadvisor, I decided to make a reservation at Greystone. We arrived on time and were offered seating, however as we passed by the stone patio on the way to the restaurant, we thought there could be nothing nicer than sitting under an umbrella on a... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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85 reviews 85 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We ate lunch at the Wine Spectator Greystone restaurant. The menu was intriguing and sounded delicious, but we could only order one thing each. Everyone's plates looked amazing and tasted even better. Each bite was a new experience, as the flavors were so distinctive. We all left stuffed, but wanting more. This is worth a stop!

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We wandered in to this restaurant after driving by during a winery tour day. Fortunately they could seat us right away. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks. My husband's sole was fantastic. They also give out their recipes! We loved watching the open kitchen and students going about their evening tasks. Lovely old building with lots of history.

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Boulder, Colorado
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125 reviews 125 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

We went for an early lunch and was able to get a table on the patio. The view was over looking the Krug vineyards. Our waiter, Nathan, was great. We had a lot of fun talking to him about his experiences. It just so happened this was the day before graduation. I ordered the wine flight with both red and... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

Great lunch. Service is quite good (students do the waiting) and very attentive. Also, make sure you have dessert.

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Santa Cruz
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This place is amazing! We recommend taking the one hour tour to see the building and get the history. We were there on a Friday night (make reservations early) and the students of the Culinary Institute prepared the food and served. Very amiable and helpful.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The restaruant at the CIA is run by the student chefs in attendance here, under the stewardship of the CIA master chefs. The students are involved in all aspects of the restaurant, from the front of the house, to serving, to cooking your meal. I don't know who develops the menus, but the food is spectacular. I had potato crusted... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Went with a group of four total, the lunch was a three course seasonal meal. I had the clams and mussels appetizer, not a drop of the onion broth was left. The others had a delicious and gorgeous endive salad. For Entrees we had the braised chicken over broccoli and white beans, steak with a locally prepared sausage. The three... More

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Forney, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

It all started with the Vallet guy being rude and then telling us we were at the correct resturant, there are two on the property. We go and see the hostess and she tells us we aren't at the right one, but she is nice enough to walk with us to the correct resturant. After about a ten minute walk,... More

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