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Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant

2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574
+1 707-967-1010
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Ranked #19 of 42 Restaurants in St. Helena
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Price range: $25 - $100
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Deer Park Road
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English first
Brea, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of the all time best. Never go to Napa without going to Greystone Restaurant and Culinary School. The dining is always excellent, the wines divine, do have a designated driver and try the wine sampler. The restaurant itself is a feast for the eyes, and the food a gastronomical experience. We always manage to take some classes while there... More

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Carol Stream, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Greystone is a classroom for soon to graduate Culinary Institute students. Each must rotate thru every position in the restaurant including wait staff. The "yelling" that some reviewers mentioned is the faculty chef shouting out instructions to the many student chefs working in the open view kitchen that allows diners to see them in action. It's part of the unique... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Venue...Bistro style with a very good view of the open kitchen. The structure causes it to be a little noisy, but tables were well spaced. Service was excellent. He was only two weeks from graduation at the Culinary Institute, would have preferred chefing to serving, but saw the importance of the wait experience as a time he would interact with... More

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568 reviews 568 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's not just staffed by the students, but by professional chefs, including the instructors. Very cool inside, like a Tuscan castle. The entire kitchen is central and open so you can observe students. Pro tip - get the charcuterie app, one of the best I have ever had. You can taste olive oil too which is cool. And free valet... More

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Carmel, Indiana, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The food at Greystone was quite good. Our dessert was amazing! The service is a little peculiar -- kind of slow and not quite right -- but they are students from the CIA who are there to learn so it kind of makes sense. Definitely worth visiting.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Had a great Dinner, Great service, and very close to where we stayed. The CIA folks are ready to go out and start their own deal. Really liked this place !

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Honolulu, Hawaii
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I had heard great things about this restaurant but also read some recent reviews that said when they transitioned to students having a larger role than the supervising professional chefs, the quality went down ... my friend and I did not have that experience at all. The food quality was fantastic - every bit from the appetizer, salad, entrees, and... More

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Davis, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We have driven by Greystone many times and admired the grounds and building and finally decided to give it a try. We were served by a CIA student named James who recommended that we start with the Greystone Garden Salad, which was delicious. I ordered the Brick–Roasted Chicken and my companion decided to try the Wild Pacific King Salmon. They... More

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Austin, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

While the restaurant has good food and attentive service, I do not think that it is exceptional comparing to other good restaurants in the Napa valley. Still, i would recommend this place because of the excellent location and the view you have, especially when seating outside close to sunset.

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Murphys, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We were looking forward to our meal at the CIA. As might be expected the grounds were impressive with the large stone building set into the green hill side. We arrived 45 minutes early to explore the other parts of the CIA beside the Wine Spec. Greystone restaurant. The store has an impressive assembly of cooking utensils and a ton... More

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