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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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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous view of the napa valley, great little souvenir store, we didn't had a full meal but rather just nibbles and some gorgeous wine. Great spot to allows you to unwind and just enjoy the flavors and the landscape.

Thank PattyFirenze5
Roseville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous old winery, used to be Christian Brothers. It's a cooking school so you think ok I'm the tester, it could be good. Wrong. It was outstanding, creative, delicious!!! Go for lunch break from tasting.

Thank Steve R
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was great experience being at the CIA. Staff of chefs were great to work with and was fun being in the kitchen with them. Well run organization from my view as a guest. Nice campus and St. Helena is quaint town worth the stop.

Thank kearyo
Mount Shasta, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

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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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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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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

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    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
Good for
Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?