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

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good food from bakery

I only tried some pastry at café and bought some dressing bottles from the shop. Impressed by students working at both places as they can give good explanation about food and products they sold. Food: great fruit tart and I especially like "tropical fruit" tart where they mixed at least 3... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We have been going to the CIA for many years and have always experienced excellent food and service. They have remodeled and have about 1/2 the seating as before. Service was really bad. People rushing all over but not appearing to accomplish anything except a parade when serving 4 dishes to a table. Had to ask for our champagne twice.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Excellent dinner. Extremely willing and helpful in accommodating multiple dietary restrictions including gluten and dairy free. Great service. : ) free dessert cause the new class was a little overwhelmed serving a full house for the first time. Keep in mind you are going to eat at a teaching facility.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was a nice stop after a long day touring the Napa countryside. The students who run the place are very professional. They serve Illy coffee products from Italy and have comfortable leather seating. We found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable. After your snack, stop in at the bookstore and shop for some fine ideas for your next... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I only tried some pastry at café and bought some dressing bottles from the shop. Impressed by students working at both places as they can give good explanation about food and products they sold. Food: great fruit tart and I especially like "tropical fruit" tart where they mixed at least 3 different fruits including mango, guava with pretty firm cover... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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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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Ohio
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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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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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  • 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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