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

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  • 103
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  • 8
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Try Greystone, the Conservatory, or both!

We ate at both The Conservatory and the Wine Spectator Greystone. Both are very good, but entirely different. The Conservatory is their high fine dining restaurant. We really enjoyed the Tasting Menu with wine pairing. Everything was very well executed, and it was fun hearing how the budding chefs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We ate more than we should have. We enjoyed five courses and a bottle of wine. The food was excellent. The wait staff was superb. A late reservation allows you to enjoy the full day prior to the grand finale here at the CIA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We ate at both The Conservatory and the Wine Spectator Greystone. Both are very good, but entirely different. The Conservatory is their high fine dining restaurant. We really enjoyed the Tasting Menu with wine pairing. Everything was very well executed, and it was fun hearing how the budding chefs and sommeliers got into food.The service is top notch at this... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I did a four day boot camp cooking course here, which allowed me to not only experience the facility "behind the scenes", but to eat there daily as well. Sometimes it was my cooking, but sometimes I experienced the expertise of the professionals in the restaurant. The highest quality ingredients are used, the beautiful presentation is incredible and the restaurant... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Went looking for an illy ristretto espresso and ended up with a lovely sandwich and amazing desert as a bonus! Beautiful location, great service and amazing food! I will make this a regular stop whenever in Napa Valley area.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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