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Rancho Cielo / Drummond Culinary Academy

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710 Old Stage Road, Salinas, Ca 93912, Salinas, CA
(831) 444-3521
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Department Head Council Meeting

Decided to schedule a luncheon for our organizations Department Head monthly meeting at Rancho Cielo. Some of our directors had not been there for a meal. The chef prepared a great meal of chicken picata, a pasta seafood plate and a vegetarian plate. I was unanimous, an excellent meal, great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Manny G
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Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Decided to schedule a luncheon for our organizations Department Head monthly meeting at Rancho Cielo. Some of our directors had not been there for a meal. The chef prepared a great meal of chicken picata, a pasta seafood plate and a vegetarian plate. I was unanimous, an excellent meal, great service and a great location.

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Salinas, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My wife and I have only had a chance to go twice. Both occasions were simply awesome. The scenery is great, the interior decor is very cool, the service can not be topped. Our meals were just exceptional. Clearly, all patrons were having a great time (no, I don't mean dancing on the tables! Just a very deep appreciation for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

For the past three years, I've dined at the DCA on several occasions. The program, which serves at risk youth, is an incredible chance for students to obtain skills and career opportunities that otherwise would be nearly impossible. The dining experience is by far one of the best in Monterey county. The service, efficiency, pleasantness, liveliness, ambience, and the scenic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were greeted at the door by one of the students, and were warmly welcomed by one of the managers. The waitstaff were very helpful, explaining menu items and refilling our beverages. It felt like the entire team was taking care of us, not just 1 or 2 people. What a phenomenal program- though you'd never know it's a unique... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We took our birthday kids for dinner Friday night. Service excellent, food excellent Hard to get a table. So call early to get one. We plan on going back since it is right down the street and the sunset are beautifu

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Central Coast CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you are going to be in Salinas on a Friday night the Drummond Culinary Academy warrants a visit. The culinary students are at-risk young people who want to turn their life around and under the direction of Chef Lee the food that comes out of the kitchen is as good as anything you would get on the Monterey Peninsula.... More 

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Prunedale, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The food was beyond delicious with so many flavors. The ambiance was fabulous with breathtaking views. The students exceeded my expectations in all areas. Chef Paul was gracious and took the time to share details of the meal, the preparation and genuinely interested in our feedback. If you haven't experienced The Drummond Culinary Academy....what are you waiting for? It's not... More 

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Monterey, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We love Friday night dinners at Rancho Cielo. In addition to amazing meals and the best view of Salinas in the evening, you also get to meet the fantastic success stories of Rancho Cielo, who not only serve you, but also prepare the meals! Don't miss this experience, it's a great value as well!

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Marina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We sought out a special place to celebrate our grandmother's 80th birthday, and though this is only our 2nd visit, we were welcomed like family. We MUST first thank Sarda for her beautiful hospitality, then Ana, Arthur, Norma, Ruby, Robert, all of the students and volunteers - everyone was SPLENDID! The meal was superb, and the venue cozy and perfect.... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

DON’T MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DINE AT: DRUMMOND CULINARY ACADEMY, RANCHO CIELO, MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA It’s probably too late to enjoy a meal at the Drummond Culinary Academy this school year as the Graduating Class of 2014 will be serving its final gustatory creations on the first Friday of June. (During the school year you can enjoy dining here every... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas, Ca 93912, Salinas, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: (831) 444-3521

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  • Cuisine: American

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