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“Good food, nice setting, overrated”

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $85
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Deer Park Road
Description: Enjoy an innovative menu inspired by bounty of Napa Valley with seasonal ingredients sourced from the CIA's own farm and other local purveyors. Our California wine list, noted for its depth, enhances the dining experience, while the spectacular landscape and vineyard views set the stage for a rich and satisfying dining experience.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

There were no students at this time of the year so presumably the food and service was all provided by regular staff - the food was very good and the service was just acceptable. It did seem expensive relative to the quality; for this price, it should have been a legendary experience, which it was not. The starter "Today's Temptations" was a pleasing sampling of essentially multiple amuse bouche; this was excellent. For first courses, we had butternut squash soup, beef tartare, and "little gem" salads - all very good. For main courses we had pork ragout (unremarkable), pan seared striped bass (good), and duck with gnocchi (good). We had to repeatedly ask for everything, from water refills to bread to milk for the coffee at the end; the dining room was not busy but the servers were simply inattentive. I was expecting much better.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We were fortunate to stop and have lunch at the Greystone Restaurant, part of the Culinary Institute of America, on one of our trips to Napa. What a pleasant surprise! We ordered a wine flight along with our lunch and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. When eating there's a full view of the kitchen and we were able to watch the instructors and students prepare meals for the restaurant patrons. A truly enjoyable experience!!

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Students need to practice on someone and this is a great place. Wonderful wine, fabulous food and a spectacular view.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

The rich history of Napa, culinary arts & wine make a mark on the world-famous CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in St. Helena which is home to Wine Spectator's hub star, and you'll be participating in a historical experience in addition to a dining extravaganza. I had a butternut squash soup for starters and a crispy-skin salmon entree' with creamy risotto and perfectly prepared asparagus. Loved their bread/olive/olive oil presentation and dining outdoors is a strong recommendation if possible. Portions were generous. Dinners with soup/salad are about $50/pp, then wine on top. Reservation recommended. Dining room can be a little loud, bar is in center of room, acoustics in historical space demanding for the number. This is one of the places people from all around the world will seek out to make their culinary dreams come true. You should too!!

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This restaurant had been on my bucket list and it did not disappoint, even though our party of six ate there on a Tuesday night (a quiet night, even in this food capital). The room is beautiful, with stonework that had guests wandering around the room like it was a museum or architectural gem (which it is). The starters gave a glimpse of what was to come: the "flight" was enjoyed by all and eaten on a different order by each. The olive oil sampler was fun - a very California touch. The corn soup is magnificent and we all took a copy of the recipe home; I can see why the restaurant does not rotate it off the menu. The dinners were delicious and inventive- what you would expect from one of the best culinary programs in the world. Dinner choices were varied; duck, seafood and beef and all were shared around the table. Service was professional and friendly - we enjoyed the company of a long time staff member who loves working with students.

Thank Lindsay F
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