The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America
The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bocuserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 845-471-6608x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
    Dinner: 6–8:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 9
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America
Sleek and strikingly contemporary, this French restaurant is named for the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse. The Bocuse Restaurant re-imagines the execution of classic French cuisine through the lens of ultra-modern cooking techniques, brings a new style of casual yet sophisticated service, and offers a breathtaking architectural interior design. With an exceptional French wine list and innovative cocktail program, The Bocuse Restaurant is a unique and exciting, world class dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America reviews from OpenTable diners
371 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (275)special occasion (272)notable wine list (135)great for lunch (129)romantic (109)scenic view (101)good for groups (72)neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (18)hot spot (17)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • lovely experience
    Duffette
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Bocuse provided a lovely luncheon experience in a beautiful old mansion that now happens to house the top cooking school. It was a treat to be able to see the school and experience the cuisine from aspiring young chefs. Inventive, tasty cuisine with the majestic Hudson flanking the campus. It was a Saturday and the only restaurant open for lunch was Bocuse. It would have been nice to see the others operating as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very creative pairings
    Katimami
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated my daughter-in-law's birthday at The Bocuse. We enjoyed the unusual ingredients and pairings of these ingredients. The food was beautifully presented and was delicious. The portions are not huge, which, in my book, is a plus. You don't come away feeling stuffed, but pleasantly full. The whole experience is a feast for your taste buds.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely will go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I orders the beef tenderloin and it melted in my mouth, appetizers and dessert were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a birthday or anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We ate at Bocuse and enjoyed it tremendously. The atmosphere was terrific and I enjoyed interacting with the students as they gave great effort. Do a little research and come prepared with a game plan! See if you can review some online photos of the dishes or read other folks review so that you know what you're ordering... I think it will add to your experience. You can't go wrong with the beef tenderloin or the rabbit. All three courses give such a wide variety of flavors, it's a great treat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Excellent, Service Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our main waiter seemed to have a problem. We're not sure if it was language. He helped me select a white and red wine and just brought the red wine. He opened the red wine and had me check it and had the decanter on his table. We asked him where the white wine was and he seemed to not realize we wanted that too. He immediately went and returned with the wine and went through the ritual of tasting it. He then began pouring the wine in the cups but never decanted the red wine. After the meal we waited for quite a while for him to bring our check but we finally had to ask someone to help. The rest of he staff was fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful food and service
    Kathy17
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wonderful dinner with delicious food and presentation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My First Time, But Not My Last
    kathi
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My long time friend and I treated ourselves to a Bocuse meal because I had never experienced C.I.A. dining. Every aspect of the experience was memorable: Jason, our server, was very attentive, informative, and friendly, making recommendations that we had not considered, and educating us about beverage characteristics; the presentation of the cuisine was beautiful and photo-worthy; we both enjoyed the Torchon of Foie Gras appetizer, the Breast of Long Island Duck entree, the Nougat Glace and Lemon Bar desserts. The physical environment was elegant and the music was enjoyable but non-intrusive to conversation.(We had a female server for the appetizer, hence the private note below). I intend to gift my "foodie" spouse with a dinner here soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Bocuse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Fine dining with what almost seems like rehearsed staff because their synchronization is pleasant and delights anyone's eyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were celebrating our 48th anniversary and wanted a restaurant to fit the occasion. The servers very professional and extremely helpful in the selection of wine and describing the different food choices. We both had the lobster appetizer, which was amazing! My husband had the halibut and I had the fillet; entrées were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Dessert was very enjoyable. We look forward to coming back! The students were to graduate in two days. They have been well prepared by the CIA to delight the most discriminating palates. Congratulations to all!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lovely Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Lunch at Bocuse is a lovely experience and perhaps one of the great bargains in the Hudson Valley--a three course lunch of beautifully prepared and presented food with wonderful choices for $35.00. Wines are very reasonably priced. Service by eager to please CIA students is attentive and friendly. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Five star food and service. We even got a brief tour of the kitchen - probably because it had quieted down by the time of our late seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Delightful describes the presentation, food, students, and admosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • newlyweds
    105OVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was great. The brides's beef was ordered medium rare and came medium and they imediately replaced it with a perfectly cooked delicious medium rare steak. Rabbit was great. Foie gras perfect. Truffle soup was a broth and exremely tasty - light and flavorful. Perfect for early fall. Desert was wonderful - over the top. Lavendar ice cream made tablesid in 45 seconds was not only theater, it was great creamy ice cream and the other deserts were wonderful. Service was good, not polished - these are students - but attentive and helpful. enyoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date-night dinner!
    DiningInHudsonValley
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was fabulous and matched by the service and ambiance! Will definitely visit again as well as try the other restaurants available at CIA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    DaMinManVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went for a Saturday lunch with my fiance'. We are foodies and prefer fine dining. We always wanted to go to the 'Harvard of Chefs' for a meal, and we were not disappointed. The food was perhaps some of the best we've ever eaten, certainly rivaling meals we've had at Del Posto. The servers seemed a little nervous with some dropped forks, and things weren't coming off the table until the next course arrived, causing our server to struggle. The table side ice cream and treats were stunning, and delicious. HIGHLY recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Friday Night
    Partyof5
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    the The Cold Yellow Tomato Soup was a real find. I just loved it. I ordered the steak as an entrée and it was cooked to perfection and the sauce it was served with was delicious. Two members of the party ordered chicken and found it to be a very generous and very delicious portion. The Black Truffle Soup and the Lobster appetizer each received rave reviews also. Of course, the ice cream show, as always, is the perfect way to end the evening and it was wonderful. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, problem with service
    Stevie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Server was hard to understand and couldn't describe a dish for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice at tentative service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    You need to work on serving tea Felt like the French cuisine going after the English
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was great. We celebrated my wife's birthday and she enjoyed the food, the views, and the wonderful students who took care of us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BD celebration
    Dots
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my first luncheon at Bocuse Restaurant, there to celebrate a friend's birthday. What a wonderful experience. When making reservations I noted that it was a birthday lunch and asked if they could acknowledge my friend in some way. To our delight while waiting for our table side lavender ice cream to freeze !! a small tray of pastrries with a Happy Birthday note was placed on the table. Lovely touch (without even a reminder)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday nite out
    Diner46
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Easy to make...and change...reservation. Student wait staff were attentive and able to answer questions about items on menu. Lovely presentations...I enjoyed the tenderloin and my dining companions loved the halibut. A very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdaylunch912
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We enjoyed our experience at CIA. Beautiful campus and buildings. We felt that lunch was a shade overpriced and that the portions were a bit small, especially dessert. In addition, we would have liked our server to be more knowledgeable on our choice of wines that accompanied our entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountaindoctor
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The remodeled restaurant is now larger, lighter and the view of the student food preparation much better. The food is still excellent or even better than in the original Escoffier Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great experience, something that should be experienced at least once. Cost was higher than what I was really wanting to pay. Would not go back based on that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star appetizer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Bocuse is different from other restaurants because it is part of the educational program at the Culinary Institute. The ambiance and menu were outstanding. The opportunity to view the kitchen from our table added to the experience. The students were professional and enthusiastic. The only limitation was that our server, close to graduation, was not fluent in English and several times a supervisor had to assist her in explaining the dishes, understading our order, and finally in computing the bill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three generations delighted
    Kdmoon
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My Mom, daughter and I celebrated a major birthday milestone over a delightful lunch on Wednesday. We started with champagne cocktails, savored our prix fix meal and finished with a decadent coffee cocktail. The lobster appetizer and steak main dish were tops on our list. The tableside ice cream is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch experience
    floridafoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We loved having the students wait on us and being able to interact with them both about the food and about their studies. The food was excellent, service as well. The place is a bit noisy however, as there are all hard surfaces---something you find increasingly in young 'hot' restaurants. Loved it for lunch, but don't think it would be good for a romantic dinner.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one glitch
    chefscompanion
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    loved everything, except part of my chicken was raw. I didn't want to send it back because I had sent back the butter poached lobster last summer. I was eating with a retired chef who checked to make sure I was correct. I know I should have because that's hoe the students learn. I just didn't want any bumps or delay in the rest of the dining experience which was superb. I left the raw chicken exposed on the plate and the server looked liked they were shocked so I know they were aware. the severe forgot to give me a pen for the bill. I had none on me. I was given a pen immediately from another server when I asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eat at Bocuse
    Chach
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always exciting to go to Bocuse. This visit was day 1 for the new shift of students and they did not disappoint. Three cheers for the excellent preparation the CIA staff provides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!
    Annie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. It was very busy, a bit noisy--it was their graduation day. Some of the graduates' families ate there, in addition to other customers. We had to wait a little for our food, but did not mind at all. The student wait staff were so pleasant and earnest in their duties. Even though they were very busy they did not mind answering questions, or taking care whatever special request one had. The food was truly outstanding! Very nicely planned, great plate presentation, and best of all--tasted wonderful! It is pricey, so may not be ideal for a quick casual lunch, and it is not meant to be . However, the food is well worth the price. Judging from what we experienced, our dining future will be in good hands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Active
    Mema
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was wonderful as was the service. There was a lot of activity and our table and it was very close to another one but felt very private. Service was perfect. We never waited for anything but it was unobstuctively delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ronniek
    RONNIEK
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was the first time dining at the CIA . Others had said the service and the food could be spotty. I thought it was wonderful. A big comfortable room. Great look and colour. The service was wonderful. All the food that came out looked and smelled wonderful. It was a wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocuse is the Best!!!
    zippy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Bocuse is the French restaurant at the Culinary Institute. For those who love French food and appreciate excellent service in a beautiful environment then Bocuse is a must. My husband and I have eaten there on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is prepared by students and is served by students. Their goal is to give each diner a wonderful, unforgettable dining experience. The food is exquisitely prepared and each dish is a work of art. The menu changes from time to time but whether I've eaten Alaskan char, tuna, filet mignon or duck, it's all been a delectable treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • normaandbarry
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The presentation was terrific The service friendly and attentive Some of the combinations of ingredients were not pleasing to my taste
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent culinary adventure. Very nice place for a special occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is my second time to Bocuse within a a short period of time because the dining experience is wonderful. Previously I had never been to a French restaurant because I thought the food would be heavy with creamy sauces. That is not the case with Bocuse. I recommend the Prix Fixe meals, but even at the regular prices you would not receive such a wonderful meal at such a great price at any other restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the Hudson River Valley
    brucefrank
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    If we only had one day to spend in the Hudson River Valley (typically we stay longer, however), we would undeniably choose Bocuse as our single dining destination. Excellence is obviously the goal of both the kitchen and front of house, and is invariably achieved. We were fortunate during this visit to be seated next to the preparation area, separated only by glass - it was a marvel to see the precision and attention to detail of each of the team, many of whom are students. At least 3 people were involved in preparing my wife's innovative dessert, the exotic Nougat Glacé. Prices, including wine, are very reasonable for such an unforgettable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    JRD63
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Celebrating our daughters birthday. Well rounded selection of interesting appetizers and entries. Get the table side ice cream- it comes with a bunch of nice extras.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • School never tasted so good
    Amafoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent, creative French cooking, new ideas, classically prepared and well presented!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish we hadn't waited to try CIA
    Nikki57
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Impressive wine list , delicious cocktails ... Fresh ingredients expertly prepared. Lobster appetizer and heirloom tomatoes were excellent. Dramatic dessert preparation . Entrees were " good" but didn't live up to the first and last act. But definitely can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.