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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 #18 of 42 Restaurants in St. Helena
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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78% Recommend
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English first
Palm Desert, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Reserved for lunch here. Nice experience. The building itself is magnificent, the old Christian Brothers winery. If nothing else, stop to see the building and grounds. As an extra added attraction, lunch was quite good. My wife's petrale sole was excellent. The service, provided by the students, was very good. We were tempted by the almond and olive oil cake,... More

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New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Entering the building, we were looking forward to a culinary treat. Unfortunately, the restaurant was not open and we had lunch at The Café. We found that lunch was quite expensive-a platter of cheese had some almonds, jam, and very small slices of 4-5 different cheese, The meat platter had very small servings of meat-each platter nicely presented but not... More

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Newport Beach, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had booked a reservation at the CIA for lunch on our first wedding anniversary. We sat by the kitchen and had a wonderful meal. We enjoyed an heirloom salad, corn soup, & brick roasted mary's farm chicken. The food & friendly service was definetly worth returning for. There were a few groups of intoxicated women dining in the restaurant... More

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San Diego, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

While it was hard to get information about when to visit CIA, and what kind of activities (tour, classes etc) that you can do there- it was worth it when we got there! We attended a a demonstration class for $20 a person on a Sunday. We wanted to do more but they dont have many classes available in July.... More

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Be sure to check the CIA website for when the restaurant(s) are open. They are closed a significant number of times in August (session break for students). Just be sure to check.

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Abbeville, Louisiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Can't say enough about the students, service and food!!! Everything was wonderful! We had the full course meal of the day paired with wine. Were not disappointed with any part of it. The students shared their life stories with us and upon leaving the chef came to visit outside with us. A wonderful experience and hats off to these future... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We took a two week vacation in San Francisco and area. Based on reviews in tripadvisor, I decided to make a reservation at Greystone. We arrived on time and were offered seating, however as we passed by the stone patio on the way to the restaurant, we thought there could be nothing nicer than sitting under an umbrella on a... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We ate lunch at the Wine Spectator Greystone restaurant. The menu was intriguing and sounded delicious, but we could only order one thing each. Everyone's plates looked amazing and tasted even better. Each bite was a new experience, as the flavors were so distinctive. We all left stuffed, but wanting more. This is worth a stop!

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We wandered in to this restaurant after driving by during a winery tour day. Fortunately they could seat us right away. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks. My husband's sole was fantastic. They also give out their recipes! We loved watching the open kitchen and students going about their evening tasks. Lovely old building with lots of history.

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Boulder, Colorado
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144 reviews 144 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

We went for an early lunch and was able to get a table on the patio. The view was over looking the Krug vineyards. Our waiter, Nathan, was great. We had a lot of fun talking to him about his experiences. It just so happened this was the day before graduation. I ordered the wine flight with both red and... More

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