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“Amazing experience”

Gatehouse Restaurant
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Ranked #18 of 51 Restaurants in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 26, 2013

I was here for a business dinner and it was amazing. The service was great, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere was beautiful.

Thank richboys
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

My husband loves trying new restaurants, so on a holiday trip to Napa with family, he wanted to give the CIA a try for lunch between touring wineries. We had reservations and only had to wait a few minutes to be seated - right next to the door leading to the restrooms. We waited quite a while to order, and then another long wait for the first course. I had the Little Gem Lettuces salad, which was quite good, then for my entree, a pork ragout, which was just okay. None of the four of us dining was really impressed with our meals, especially considering we were eating at a restaurant run by the CIA.

My main complaint was the incredibly s-l-o-w and indifferent service. We had to ask for every thing; more water, more bread, the menu, the bill. We had been hoping to have time to tour more wineries, but this meal dragged out to more than 2 1/2 hours (and the restaurant was not at all crowded) and we weren't finished until late afternoon. If it had been a memorable meal, this would have been okay, but we just wanted to get out of there. A huge disappointment.

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1  Thank MD_Uniqueid
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had the 3 course price fixed menu for lunch with samples of five wines. The butternut squash soup was wonderful and the chocolate lava cake was outstanding. The wine tasting is average, but a nice way to experience a variety of vineyards. Beautiful, open kitchen. Fun to watch the chefs at work.

Thank Kimberly S
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The institute had just re-opened a day before we dined; it usually is not open in January when we visit the Napa Valley so this was an experience we were looking forward to. The dinner service, meal and wine pairings were outstanding. The only downside was that the steak meat had not been butchered correctly and consequently was a little tougher than it should have been -- although the sauce was excellent. As this is a culinary institute and chefs are acquiring skills of chefs from ordering/butchering/preparing/etc. gourmet meals we accepted this but did mention it to the waiter who quickly called over the head of the institute to talk to us. They were more than willing to give us another piece of meat but we opted not to do so. Overall, the experience was enjoyable and hopefully the institute will be open in mid-January 2014 so we can dine there again.

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Thank Happytraveller604
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

If you have a big wallet and if you are in need of kitchen supplies this is the place. High quality on all goods and you can find the most famous brands of anything here. The building itself is an attraction so just some kind window shopping is worth the effort to get here.

Thank kurtinge
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