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The Culinary Institute of America

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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
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Mount Shasta, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Friendly, helpful staff. Unusual and hard-to-find cooking tools abound here. Lots of cake baking equipment. Small, but good, selection of books.

Thank Djini3
The Villages, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

very disappointed. Service was sub par. Frequently had to ask for and wait for necessities like silverware. Risotto was great which allowed the not terrible rating. Steak was served Medium rare without any information from server.much better to ask first. However my husband liked it that way so it worked. It was so tough and chewy that we couldn't eat... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

John Ash was spot on in his pairing class. Mr. Ash exhibited great acumen describing how to make wine and food combine to make wonderful things happen. This is a must take class for anyone really interested in making wine and food special.

Thank FroderickF
Saint Hyacinthe, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was fully booked. We sat at the bar. The tomato toast with burrata was flavorful. The fish with vegetables was cook to perfection. The chocolate ganache ended the meal with panache. Every plate served with the best wine pairing. I will go back for sure!!

Thank ORANGE35
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

My husband had eaten there 20+ years ago and raved about the food. We went for breakfast after failed attempts to make dinner reservations online. When we arrived, we asked if we could possibly have lunch or make reservations for dinner and were told that the culinary part was closed for the season and they were moving the restaurant into... More 

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Calistoga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Meal and service were outstanding. Loved sitting outside, beautiful setting. I am a local and continue to return for special occasions.

Thank Marlene E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We toured the CIA and then attended a cooking demonstration. It was very enjoyable and we got to sample the dish with a wine pairing. The cafeteria has great foods (like fresh tomato soup) and incredible desserts to die for!

Thank Sue P
Sonoma County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

The amazing stone building will pull you in. The main entry is at the southern end of the large parking lot. The culinary shop features chef-level items, from the smallest paring knife to largest pan. The cookbook section hints at what the Culinary school values for its students. Enjoy a patisserie or other item made on site for a break... More 

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Anderson, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

The depth of flavor was unbelievable! The wait staff was amazing, knowledgeable and our waiter had actually attended classes at the CIA. The food is rich! Delicious, but so rich. The building was old and beautiful, rich in history. There was a loud, Loud roar from the kitchen, I'm assuming it was the exhaust hoods. The kitchen is open, so... More 

Thank Lori S
North Hollywood, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

I love to cook and especially love beautiful food! Shop their bookstore and then grab a delicious dessert in the Apple Pie cafe! Yum!

Thank Cherie H

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Location and Contact Information
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?