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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
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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
Excellent Restaurant, Cafe, Cooking Demoes and Culinary Store

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Fremont, California
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Vero Beach, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Seattle
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Had lunch in the cafe on a slow afternoon. I ordered the duck confit salad (I love duck confit salad!) and my companion ordered the French onion soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The salad was just jumbled unevenly on the plate, no presentation whatsoever. The greens were tasty, but the pieces were so enormous I had to cut everything... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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34 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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14 helpful votes 14 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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  • 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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