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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 #17 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Our first night's dinner in Napa is always at the CIA. The food, the wine, the ambiance are exquisite and we wouldn't miss it

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Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We had stopped for the tour of the Culinary Institute, but decided to have a lunch at the cafe. Perfectly made juicy chicken sandwich, great presentation, exceptional desert for a very modest pricing. Very pleasant students - chefs. Highly recommended!

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Westerville, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It was a really nice experience and the food was good but...it was just ok. For instance, I had layered filet medallions that were supposed to be medium rare but, they were all overcooked. Our waitress was nice but, not engaging and did not come back to check on us and was difficult to track down. It did not seem... More

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Denton, TX, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Loved the Chocolate! Especially enjoyed the tour of the historic building and the wine museum on the second floor. Great history on California Winemakers.

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Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The setting and dining room are exquisite and the student servers could not possibly be more eager and accommodating. Interesting to talk to them about their studies. Also went on a student led tour and attended a cooking demonstration. The campus store rivals any gourmet kitchen equipment shop and probably has a better cooking book collection than most. Delicious fascinating... More

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The kitchen store is fun to shop in. They recently remodeled to add a chocolate kitchen and a full Viking Kitchen. The CIA is a true landmark in St. Helena and is a must visit. The restaurant, Greystone, is a great experience too.

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Collingwood, Canada
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27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Having eaten a number of meals at various CIA restaurants, one thing I can say for certain is that you can expect to receive the best in service and food. The students, who cook and serve, make a very determined effort to provide the best and their professors watch them. All the service, from arrival to departure, was excellent and... More

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Palm Desert, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

Reserved for lunch here. Nice experience. The building itself is magnificent, the old Christian Brothers winery. If nothing else, stop to see the building and grounds. As an extra added attraction, lunch was quite good. My wife's petrale sole was excellent. The service, provided by the students, was very good. We were tempted by the almond and olive oil cake,... More

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New Jersey
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101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Entering the building, we were looking forward to a culinary treat. Unfortunately, the restaurant was not open and we had lunch at The Café. We found that lunch was quite expensive-a platter of cheese had some almonds, jam, and very small slices of 4-5 different cheese, The meat platter had very small servings of meat-each platter nicely presented but not... More

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Newport Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had booked a reservation at the CIA for lunch on our first wedding anniversary. We sat by the kitchen and had a wonderful meal. We enjoyed an heirloom salad, corn soup, & brick roasted mary's farm chicken. The food & friendly service was definetly worth returning for. There were a few groups of intoxicated women dining in the restaurant... More

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