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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 #14 of 40 restaurants in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Santa Cruz
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Went with a group of 8 and all agree that dinner was amazing! We had the student choice tasting menu. We had mushroom soup w a parsnip macaron filled with mushroom creme, a pickled pear salad, grilled swordfish (which was cooked perfectly) with a wintergreen pesto and a cauliflower medley followed by pana cotta for dessert with white chocolate and... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Service could have been a bit better, but overall meal was great. Servers couldn't open the bottle of wine that I ordered and ended up dropping the cork in the bottle. Instead of opening a different bottle, they tried to spoon and seive out the pieces of cork. Needless to say, they did not get all of the cork out... More

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Napa, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was one of the best meals we've had. We are locals, and have been to many of the Napa area restaurants, and thought we'd try out Greystone. Gorgeous setting/building (despite the pouring rain outside). The food was simply awesome! Loved every course! Service was fairly good (though could have been slightly more attentive, given that only five other tables... More

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Went to CIA with 8 of my closest friends to celebrate a birthday while visiting Napa. Food was wonderful, the price for a multi-course meal with wine pairing was reasonable, service was outstanding, atmosphere wonderful, overall a great experience!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Had a really enjoyable evening at Greystone. New concept to us that we were introduced to on out visit no Napa Valley and we'd certainly be keen to visit the Culinary Institute's campus in New York (can't say I ever expect to be in San Antonio). The building is beautiful. Built in 1888 and steeped in tradition. Impressive architecture and... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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205 reviews 205 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

eating at the culinary institute of America in napa is definitely a unique experience to foodies. the building looks like an old castle and with the vines around the scenery becomes even more impressing. we had reservations for the outside terrace for lunch and weren't aware that inside you can sit on the bar and see all the cooking process,... More

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