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“Most Restaurants Closed on Weekends”

The Culinary Institute of America
Ranked #1 of 2 Food & Drink in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come and enjoy our award-winning restaurants and cafes, retail stores, and public tours. Learn how CIA students prepare for exciting careers in food. See how everything we do supports our mission of providing the world's best professional culinary education.
Rochester, New York
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90 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Most Restaurants Closed on Weekends”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

I've been to the CIA several times before but didn't realize it must have always been on a weekday. We didn't realize only two of the gourmet restaurants are open on Sat requiring previous reservations and anything more casual is closed. Everything is closed on Sunday. There are no tours on the weekend. We realize this is primarily a school but people also travel considerable distances to visit the famous CIA and to have nearly everything closed on weekends is very disappointing. With so many students and staff it would seem someone could figure out how to arrange schedules so at least the restaurants could remain open. Many colleges manage to also provide tours on weekends and it would be great if CIA could manage that as well.

Visited September 2013
5 Thank mtroc
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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews
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“Excellent Lunch...And Apple Pie to go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We had a fabulous lunch here on a week day. I was surprised how busy it was. Lunch was delicious and a nice portion size. Service was also very good. But the absolute highlight was the Apple Pie that my friend had pre-ordered for pick up. We took it home and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited September 2013
Thank DMSinYYC
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tallahassee, fl
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35 reviews
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“SO much has changed in the last 30 years!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We would frequently come to CIA 30 years ago, yes 30 years ago, for the student pepared and served French meals at the Escouffier Room. It was prix fix and a delightful, educational experience.

Much has changed ! It's more like a disney theme park for foodies now. The Caterina De Medici restuarant was fine for lunch. The food was good and the Manager in Training was delightful. Our servers were so pleasant, but clueless and far from the services level I remembered from the past.

The same service issues plagued the American Bounty Room for dinner. The food was disappointing, with the exception of the Corn CHowder, which really was embarassingly poor, was just okay. The servers who were weeks away from graduation were sweet, but ineffective,

Visited August 2013
3 Thank testdiver
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New York City, New York
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Bocuse Restaurant: the food was delicious, but the service was appalling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

It's important to remember that this is a school, and that the students wait tables as well as cook. Our party of four had a dinner rez at 7:30. We receive a glass of wine, water and bread (but no butter) fairly soon, placed our orders maybe 20 minutes later but were then ignored for an hour. No "amuse bouche". The people beside us came in a half hour after us and were already on their entree before we got our waitress's attention again.

At that point, the whole establishment descended upon us, with food, wine, apologies, nearly excessive attention. Complimentary digestifs after dinner.

But the tip was still included in the bill. And we were a little grouchy; this was supposed to be the highlight of our Hudson River Valley tour.

PS: It's really hard to find

Visited August 2013
2 Thank JKFinNYC
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San Francisco, California
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344 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Paul Bocuse Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

a veritable, classic french restaurant in an area of diners and pizzerias. a great find.
the view from the contemporary dining room into the wide-open kitchen offers glimpses of young people going about the very serious business of preparing fine food with great care.

all staff are students of the institute, and what they may lack in experience they more than make up with enthusiasm and dedication, both in the kitchen and the front of the house. a must visit in
Dutchess County.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Fredontheroad
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