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Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America
Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ciarestaurants.com/california-campus-restaurants/the-wine-spectator-at-greystone/
  • Phone: (707) 967-1010
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday:
    Lunch - 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Dinner 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Sunday and Monday CLOSED

    Closed March 1 and 8, 2014
    April 8, 18, and 19, 2014
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Deer Park Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America
Local seasonal ingredients are the inspiration for the restaurants Modern American Regional cuisine. Hand-crafted tables surround the kitchen offering views of the students and professional chefs. Enjoy the unparalleled panoramas of the Napa Valley Vineyards from the Terrace.

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Diner Reviews
  • "i had the polenta and lamb ribs, the waitress could not explain the dish properly, i had asked was there a bigger piece of lamb with the ribs or was it just small piece of rib, she answered yes, she also never ask us how our meal was, we both left half the food on our plate. its over prices and not a 'foodie' place to go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "To personally honor their service to the Lake County community, we treated our friends Lou and Caroline to dinner at CIA Greystone Saturday night July 19th. We had treated our son and a family friend to dinner at Greystone once before and knew Lou and Caroline would enjoy the food and atmosphere. I had the braised lamb ribs, my wife had the steak, and both Lou and Caroline had the Petrale sole. We all enjoyed our entrees and enjoyed watching our friends eat theirs with gusto. We chose to share two desserts, coconut tapioca with mango sorbet, and reveled in the flavor and textures. Lou and I each had a glass of white with our entrees that complemented dinner. Once again, Greystone delivered flawlessly with great food and service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Made a reservation based on the beauty of the powerful exterior presence, this combined with the fact it is a cullinary school, sold me. Our dining experience was nothing less than fantastic, I had the best ribs I ever ate."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "If you want to entertain folks from out of town with an eclectic experience, this is the place to go. Everyone was very satisfied with their lunch and the flight of wine was a nice compliment to our meal. The choices were much better than previous visits. The appearance of the food was excellent as was the taste."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Despite having reservations and the resterant empty we had to wait 20 minutes for table. I ordered an appetizer of muscles which was average. My husband ordered a steal sandwhich which was so tough I thought I would choke having a bite. We sent it back and were not charged for it but didn't want any replacement. Waiter was great. This resterant used to be great but not now. Will never go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I struck the jackpot in my three course choices with the Red and Green Garden Salad, the Mushroom Ravioli, and the amazing Coconut Tapioca. I couldn't have asked for a more delicious lunch but do think it was a bit overpriced considering the personnel are all students now. You'd think they could pass along the savings a bit more."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My initial visit to the Culinary Institute was in December of 2013 while I was out visiting my sons and grandchildren over the Christmas holidays. My eldest had previously attended a wedding & reception there, and raved about the experience. I drove up from Los Gatos, salivating almost the entire way, only to discover that the restaurants were closed for the holidays. Having returned to the Bay Area I wasted no time in once again hitting the road to sample for myself what had been described to me as a "dining event" rather than a good meal. At this point I'm afraid that there aren't words to describe either the food, the hospitality, the presentation and the excellent wait staff. To paraphrase your former governor......I'LL BE BACK."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "the food was very good but their dessert menu was less than inspired. Frankly, the CIA should be ashamed for the dessert menu they put forward. All chefs should know how to make a good dessert... and not the standard items you usually see... creme brulee, chocolate lava cake etc... Also, we went in July and it was not that hot outside but the restaurant was very warm and kind of spoiled the experiance. I know it is an old building but figure it out."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We arrived early for our 2 PM reservation. Wine ordered at the bar while waiting for our table was not what we ordered and more expensive when we checked our bill. Our server tried hard but there was a language issue, one of the two meals was quite cool, the food was otherwise excellent though the service was very slow. Other tables around us, seated sometime after us had finished their meal (one meal was sent back) and the people were leaving when our meal arrived. All in all not quite what we expected for the price. Even considering the somewhat cold food of one meal, the food was excellent but rates only good in number one above as a part of the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Service was great! Very friendly staff, excellent food, an overall pleasant fining experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I brought friends visiting from Japan, who were keeping their expectations low for "American cuisine." By the end of the meal, I think they both wanted to give the chef and service staff a hug. What a perfect culinary escape from wine and grapes all day :D"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I was really hoping for more. It's not that anything was bad, just that everything was ho-hum plain. The food was cooked properly, but had very little flavor. Every meal at the table lacked seasoning and tasted drab. I know the chefs are still students, but they should be doing better by now."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "So disappointed with our meal overall. The flank steak was so Tough and oily. The ravioli was average. The salads okay. The ambiance was lacking cpared yo previous visits. Subpar at the very least."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Greystone. Talking with the students, who comprise the wait staff, was unique and enjoyable, and it is now an entirely student run restaurant (under supervision of the teachers), so the delicious meal was cooked by the students as well. The menu is a bit limited, as they are all still in learning mode, but there was enough for my husband and I to choose from. We had a delicious garden salad, I loved my raviolo (although I ate it without the mushroom brodo sauce), he loved the salmon, and we shared a wonderful slow baked chocolate mousse. The presentation of the food is lovely, and I would suggest that as long as you like at least one entree on the menu (see the website), you will have a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Fabulous food-everything was just perfect. The attention provided to all aspects of our dinner was outstanding. I'm going to have to try all the CIAs!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Nous avons adoré notre expérience. Il y a eu quelques faux-pas (concernant le gluten free) mais le service était bien et la nourriture délicieuse."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I'm impressed with the food and selection paired with sparkling and flight wines and spirits. Each savory bite was delicious! Worth a drive up to have lunch before wine tasting. Very casual, relaxing setting."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Given that this is an institute of culinary learning one would think that they would seek feedback on the meals, presentation and performance. The staff were delightful with meal presentation artful. We both had the salmon filet salad with the salmon prepared medium rare which was off putting. We asked to have the salmon prepared well done and returned it to the kitchen. They returned, apologized, and gave us a new salad still prepared medium rare. We ate the cooked portions of the salmon and greens, and enjoyed an excellent merlot. They would benefit from surveying their customers on site, plus understand that all tastes are not alike, especially when it comes to eating raw salmon."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at the Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America. Myself and my significant other had a romantic evening and what a great way to end a beautiful day after wine tasting all day in St. Helena. The food was delicious. Served and arranged beautifully. I am an vegetarian - had plenty to choose from and ordered the salmon. Perfectly cooked. Our server was polite and helpful. Got additional help from a wine expert when we had additional questions about the wines. Would for sure go back. Loved the ambience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This is my second time to the CIA. It's a gem in the wine country. There are so many great restaurants in wine country but CIA is special. The building is beautiful, the view from the outside terrace is amazing. Food is fantastic. Prepare your wallet but it's worth it."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Visit the CIA for a wonderfully prepared gourmet meal, great ambiance and excellent service! When family or friends visit us from the east coast, the Culinary Institute in St Helena is a must visit stop for dining as well as a visit to their inspiring cooking shop!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It is an amazing experience. Everything was wonderful. Definitely be adventurous and try something you haven't tried before. We had lunch and ordered a salad and an entree. The salad was free and definitely not run-of-the-mill fare. The duck with polenta was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The beverages were refreshing and the desserts were innovative, delicious, and a holistic experience for all senses. If you're visiting the Napa Valley, definitely stop by for lunch! The weather called for outdoor seating, but the ambiance indoor looked inviting as well. It's also family-friendly as we saw quite a few parties with multiple generations."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Was recommended by family who had eaten dinner here so was unsure of how our lunch experience would be and we were all incredibly happy with our experience here. Service was awesome, ambiance was great, and food was amazing. Most of the table got the beef brisket sandwich which was served on Naan bread, other orders consisted of gnocchi stuffed with mushroom, and I ordered the seared salmon salad which was awesome served with skin on and very crispy. My boyfriends parents and mine were meeting for the first time and it was a perfect setting, with round tables good wine and awesome service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had wanted to dine at Greystone for quite some time. We made reservations for our 45th wedding anniversary. Nothing disappointed us. Our server, Katie, was delightfull. The history of the restaurant is amazing. The service was impeccable. The food was wonderful. Everything we ordered was well presented and prepared. Not one disappointment at all."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our 3rd visit, over 16 years.. both previous times were special, and so was this celebration lunch. Nice menu, outstanding service by a waiter for whom nothing was too much trouble. (He even arranged for us to have a printed recipe copy for one of the dishes we particularly enjoyed.) There is a big contrast between the relaxed patio dining, with its scenic views and outdoor peace but warm air and remote service, and the cool inside dining room tables surrounding the open kitchen, right on top of the action, watching the busy team of chefs and staff making the meals. Alas, the noise level inside is very high, with little obvious attempt to make it less acoustically brash, and this very much hindered our conversation and relaxation."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had recently read some (not so flattering) reviews of Greystone, and had some concerns. Our experience was wonderful !! had requested an outside table by the rail for an Anniversary luncheon. and everything was ready for us. We were also treated to champagne and a specially decorated dessert. In short we were made to feel very special in every way. our service was well attended and the duck we had was excellent. Kudo's Greystone. You'll continue to be our first choice for that special meal out."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had a great lunch at the CIA at Greystone, service was perfact! As good as any restaurant we ever been at. Food very good, ask the students questions, they are very informitive"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed an excellent weeknight dinner at Greystone and the food and service provided by the CIA students was excellent. I ordered the meatballs with poached egg for an appetizer and it was very tasty and satisfying plus it was a large portion. My entrée was the potato crusted petrale sole with a meyer lemon beurre blanc. The fish was perfectly cooked and the entrée was more than enough to satisfy my hearty appetite. My partner chose the Wild King Salmon which was served with some unusual smoked potatoes that were delicious. I also ordered the flight of three top notch Napa Valley Cabernet's that were served as three 2-ounce pours for $25. I found this to be a great way to taste some of the best red wines from the area."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Main courses were excellent, but the garlic mushroom appetizer had very little garlic and was ovely salty. Service was good, not great. We dined at the CIA in New York a few weeks ago and that was a superior experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food amd service are great. The wine list is exceptional. We tried the Premiere Napa Vallley flight. We loved all - in particular the 1999 Volker Eisele so much that we ended up driving to their family vineyard (which was also fantastic). Staff are very friendly and helped entertain our boys (7, 4). Outdoor view of Napa was also fantastic for lunch. I would like to go back for dinner."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "After being seated, we waited for 15 minutes, while waiters rushed back and forth..... looking busy. Asked Maitre'd why no waiter, he stated someone would be with us, in a minute. The waiter was apologetic and nice. I ordered the battered filet of sole , which tasted like Mrs. Smith's frozen dinner. My friend orderded lamb, which he said was very good. We both ordered carrot cake for desert, which would not win any awards, in my opinion. I don't know where these people, who left five stars, dine on a regular basis... MacDonalds? 17% gratuity l. VERY noisy... all orders are yelled out to the chefs, who are standing five feet away. LONG walk TO and FROM the parking lot. I would not recommend The Wine Spectator, to a friend."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This has to be one of the worst meals I was ever served. I ordered the crusted sole which was served on a plate with spinach & white beans. Needless to say the liquid from the spinach & beans made the fish soggy. It was a very bland meal with no seasoning apparent. The servers were friendly but seemed rushed, disorganized, & not attentive"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was tasty (nothing outstanding) and the scenic view of the Napa Valley is beautiful, which I am assuming is what we paid the high price for. The total cost for four of us to have lunch there was outrageous, and we didn't even have dessert!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "FANTASTIC. We go here every time we get a chance when visiting the Napa area. Food is great and the people that are working there are so kind and helpful. It is a must to see."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Went here on a Saturday night after a day of spa treatments and wine tasting. Passed by the Culinary Institute of America and said, "Oooo, let's try this - it must be good!" Well, $140 later we were both disappointed. Our server barely looked in our direction while both he and the water/bread person attended to numerous other guests. The starters that we ordered were amazing - Mussels & Beet Salad - but both of our Entrees - Beef and a chef's special gnocchi - let us down. We will not be returning and will advise our friends to avoid the place. With so many great restaurants in Napa, don't waste a Saturday night here like we did."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed our experience. Food delicious and waiter/culinary student was superb. The spectacular view was our favorite feature....sit on the patio."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Students do an excellent job - cooking and serving. Decor a bit dated."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The thin slices of duck breast started out very good. When I got to about the 5th slice, the piece had something tough in it. While I tried, I could not swallow that piece. I then ate parts of the few small pieces that were left. Needed more substance on that plate. Dessert was very good. My friends liked their chicken and skirtsteak. This was my 5th time at the Greystone, I was not happy with the meal. I am from Chicago."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and evening there seven years ago and thought since we were visiiting the area again we woulduld try again. We were very fisappointed in the experiece this time. The students did not have the same professional air about the,most seem less than interested in serving,etc. and the meals from start to finish were only so-so in taste and presentation. The prices were reflective of an upper level dining establishment however the product was not delivered as expected. Unfortunately we will not return or recommend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We began with salads and they were delicious! The ingredients were so fresh and the dressing as well. The bread and dipping olive oil was also very flavorful. We both had the steak flat bread and it was great"
    Dined on 6/20/2014