As first time Napa Valley visitors, the CIA-Greystone was highly recommended. We did the tour of the building and gift shop, but we came for the food. We knew it would be costly, even for lunch, because we knew we were going there for something we had never had before. If you are used to dining on California cuisine, you might not be impressed. We were. We received an amuse bouche of salmon & goat cheese on a crouton and white wine for purchasing items in the gift shop. Then we decided to do the 5 course starter for $9.95 per person with a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine. We knew we had picked the right place to experience new types of food! From there, we ordered the Blue Cheese & Prosciutto Terrine and White Anchovy Brandade Stuffed Artichoke. (I think my husband almost signed me up for classes after this course). And as a main course we had Prosciutto Wrapped Cod and the Petite Hanger Steak. We became fans. And dessert was a molten lava cake, which seems over-done everywhere. This was really a lava cake in every sense of the word. I wished I had my own! The wait staff were very attentive and gave our compliments to the professional chef overseeing the students. It was bar-none the best dining experience we had ever had. You should not come here if you aren't willing to open your pocket book or to try new things. This place is not for children when it comes to dining. Be sure to check out the building and if you're really lucky, get the full tour (we didn't) and watch the students cook. It also has a beautful view so if you can eat on the patio, do it!
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