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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
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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Houston, TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Napa Valley, California
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63 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I always go to CIA's when ever I am In a town that has these teaching restaurants. Inventive, expressive, fantastic service. Try it once and you will have a good foodie experience. Is it the best in Napa, no but is it eye opening and memorable. Def yes

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West Linn, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

the culinary institute is located in beautiful building! we had a front row table and were able to watch the kitchen. the graduating class did a great job and everything we ordered was great! they will give out the reciepes .

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Canby. or
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The historic Christian Brothers winery was stunning. Our lunch at the Culinary Institute was excellent - no question the best truffle fries we've ever eaten.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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14 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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35 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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781 restaurant reviews
1,459 helpful votes 1,459 helpful votes
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
11 restaurant reviews
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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  • 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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