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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch in the Cafe

My friend and I stopped here for lunch on the way up to a stay in Calistoga! The food was very good in an exciting atmosphere! The wine bar look wonderful in the same room. Too bad we were driving awhile longer. This was not the main restaurant (they only serve dinner). The gift shop next door... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My friend and I stopped here for lunch on the way up to a stay in Calistoga! The food was very good in an exciting atmosphere! The wine bar look wonderful in the same room. Too bad we were driving awhile longer. This was not the main restaurant (they only serve dinner). The gift shop next door was loads of... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We had a delicious meal at the cafe at CIA during a day of biking around the wineries. The salad nicoise and buffalo chicken salad special were both tasty and reasonably priced. Homemade limeade was also very refreshing on a hot day.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Flat iron steak was as tender as a stick of soft butter. The cod was a solid #2. Pork was also good. Let me back up; the artichoke and mussels starters were quite good. There were 6 in our party and when the entrees came out we were surrounded by 6 well dressed staff who served us simultaneously. That doesn't... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you love to cook, this experience should not be missed! You are able to watch the students prepare the meals and it was unique to essentially "observe the classroom" of these aspiring chefs! The meal was delicious!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My companions and I arrived for lunch, we were not expecting much but were very pleasantly surprised. We sat at the counter so we had a birds eye view of food preparation, it was a smooth operation. Our waitress was very informative about the Institute's educational process, which culminates with working each station in the restaurant. The food was fabulous,... More 

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Beautiful place with amazing tasty dishes prepared by student chefs! I got a chance to try couple of few dishes (we shared orders) and was pleasantly surprised by right combination of flavors and consistency. Make reservation in advance. I expected prices to be higher since this place is nice.

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Napa Valley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I always go to CIA's when ever I am In a town that has these teaching restaurants. Inventive, expressive, fantastic service. Try it once and you will have a good foodie experience. Is it the best in Napa, no but is it eye opening and memorable. Def yes

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West Linn, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

the culinary institute is located in beautiful building! we had a front row table and were able to watch the kitchen. the graduating class did a great job and everything we ordered was great! they will give out the reciepes .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The historic Christian Brothers winery was stunning. Our lunch at the Culinary Institute was excellent - no question the best truffle fries we've ever eaten.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a comfortable, very serious restaurant operated by students on the point of graduation from the celebrated cooking school's Napa Valley branch in a striking building formerly under Catholic Church management. Our waiter was vastly informative on every subject with which we hit him. He guided us through a wonderful meal and was consistently attentive, pleasant, and helpful. Best... More 

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Address: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  St. Helena
Cuisine: American

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  • Address: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  St. Helena

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  • Cuisine: American

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