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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
New hours and days

We always eat at Graystone at least once when we're in Sonoma/Napa. It's extremely reasonable, always good, and sometimes exceptional. However, our normal lunch date changed into a dinner this past week. Starting last fall, the professional staff that had worked alongside the students were moved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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  • Reservations
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Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We always eat at Graystone at least once when we're in Sonoma/Napa. It's extremely reasonable, always good, and sometimes exceptional. However, our normal lunch date changed into a dinner this past week. Starting last fall, the professional staff that had worked alongside the students were moved to other duties and the students took over the entire management of the restaurant.... More 

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Woodland Hills, CA
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33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I've come here over a few days for cooking classes and good food. The chefs are incredible and it is just such a site. The way they cook and teach is so imaginative and delicious. Make sure you check the schedule for classes offered. The café, wine bar, & charcuterie is incredible. The building is so gorgeous and has so... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We have visited the Culinary Institute of America several times. Our favorite things to do there are 1)The cooking demos - These are amazing. They do a good job of showing you how to make a delightful dish. One can interact with the chef and ask questions during the session. They then serve a generous sampling of the dish of... More 

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Scottsale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a must see while you are in Napa. One of the oldest structures in town and great restaurants and retail store within.

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Woodridge, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

After going throughout the CIA and seeing a cooking demonstration and then checking out the store, we worked up quite an appetite . Had an excellent meal at the CIA -chefs in training. They are doing a great job!

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The food and wine pairings class was absolutely awesome! Our instructor helped us match flavors, sauces and wines (we worked with six core wines). This is a fabulous session, worth every penny - and a terrific way to further explore a love of wines. The facility itself is a fun trip of history worth checking out as well (formerly the... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

I went here for dinner with a group and we had a set menu. It was supposed to be a four course dinner with wines for each course. It turned out the first course was passed appetizers. The second was a small salad. They changed the third course without telling anyone. Desert was served without wine. I would never go... More 

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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We loved the whole experience, particularly that everything was done by supervised students. Good value, great produce and service, but the ambiance and the uncomfy chairs were a negative. (Take a cushion!)

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Famed chef, Larry Forgione is the teacher in charge of this CIA student run restaurant whichever serves food grown at the farm across highway 29 from Greystone. Students also work the farm. The restaurant is open for dinner on week only and the prix fice cost ($85, $125 with wine) ma seem high but is more than reasonable for this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

Dinner was very good. I had short ribs which were very tender and tasty. Great desserts also. Very nice student server and was on top of our needs.

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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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