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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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Address: 2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-9504
Phone Number: +1 707-967-1100
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The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top...

The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top chefs.

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Airy space with nice menu

The restaurant is one large room with plenty of room between tables and an open kitchen design. Service was friendly and accommodating and they have a full bar as well as a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
stephb68
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Melville, New York

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Melville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is one large room with plenty of room between tables and an open kitchen design. Service was friendly and accommodating and they have a full bar as well as a good wine selection. Dishes are well prepared and prettily presented. The menu was pretty varied and we all enjoyed our dishes. It was a tasty, enjoyable evening.

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Los Gatos, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had heard about this institute on various cooking shows (Julia Childs) and always wanted to check it out. Beautiful building! A few displays inside. Very nice gift/cookware shop. Checked out the bakery, mostly chocolate, not many baked items. You get a view into some of the classrooms, certainly world class equipment. We were there on a Sunday, so not... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We had a chance to visit Culinary Institute of America while visiting the NAPA Region. We heard about their cooking demo's and we were very excited to see how the professionals cook. We signed up an hour ahead of time and we really enjoyed walking around and having lunch just prior to the demo. The Chef (Josh Anderson) was amazing.... More 

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Paradise, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is a school for students to learn to cook. They also have a restaurant and a Cafe. The food is prepared by the students. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. We ate in the Cafe on this trip and it was a wonderful experience. We had a BLT, on fresh bake bread, and a wonderful Salad. Prices... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

The building is fascinating. We had a table of 10 and everyone enjoyed their meal. I would caution that the menu is very small, only a few entrees to choose from. But they were all delicious.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We went here for dinner so our meal was prepared and served by graduates of CIA (lunch is prepared and served by students). Make at 7:30 reservation in the summer so you can enjoy the amazing terrace with views of the adjacent vineyards and warm summer breezes. We had a miss for our pallets with the strawberry fois gras. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

We had the most amazing meal at the CIA Greystone! From beginning to end the food and drinks were amazing! We did go for dinner and were told the students work the lunchtime menu. My husband and I have had some pretty extraordinary meals, including the famed French Laundry and this was right up there with it (and at a... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

It would be a shame to forego a visit to the C.I.A. when visiting the Napa Valley area. Although we had previously stayed in St. Helena and had driven by the institute, we had not known that there was a restaurant open to the public. This time, following an article we had come across on the internet, we made a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The CIA is a "foodie's paradise". There is a cafe for a more casual eating experience or the formal restaurant. We had lunch in the restaurant on June 21st and sat at the bar as we had been told that it was the best seat if you wanted to watch the students cook. We were looked after by Romona, a... More 

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Novato, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The restaurant is pretty large, and the kitchen is located in the center of it...sort of. It's a fun environment, and knowing that the chefs and wait staff are students is fun. I've been twice now, and the food the first time was unbelievable - just outstanding. My entire experience was memorable, and for a reasonable price. The second visit... More 

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