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) 471-6608
  • 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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The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America reviews from OpenTable diners
401 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (308)special occasion (284)notable wine list (141)great for lunch (137)scenic view (109)romantic (108)good for groups (84)neighborhood gem (56)hot spot (32)great for brunch (19)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Graduates Perform
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We were so fortunate to have a group of graduating CIA students serve us at lunch. They made an excellent example of just how wonderful CIA can show off the abilities of the students and how the students have benefited from their experience at CIA. The meal was delicious from the beginning to end. Highly recommend the Chestnut Soup which has a foam of apple cider and bits of pear. Delicious! We also stayed for dinner at American Bounty which paled in comparison to La Bocuse in both service and menu. We will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocus at CIA excellent
    Eggbeater
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It is amazing to think that all the food is made by students. There is so much talent at CIA-Bocus it is unreal. We had 3 appetizers, Crispy Octopus was beyond words, Lobster Scallop Sausage - flavor of Lobster and Scallop came through with no problem and the Torchon of La Belle Farms Foie Gras was very good, though I am not a fan of Foie Gras. It's a texture thing. For entrees we had Venison, Short Ribs and Duck. There were no complaints on any. The Short Ribs fell apart and the flavor was to die for. The Duck was very tender and flavorful. It is expensive but well worth the price. We did not leave asking ourselves what we had but rather how amazing the flavors were and when will we have a chance to go back. Our waiter made some very good wine selections to go with the meal. Very impressive for students. CIA teaches them very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great concept small portions
    luv2eat
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is a great evening out to sample the work of the students and talk to them . The night would have been perfect if the portions were not so small.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but lousy service
    kfj1VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    When I reserved a table at Bocuse for a special occasion, and knowing it was part of the CIA, I expected everything to be perfect. I realize that the staff is in training, but to receive poor service is inexplicable. The waiter had little to no clue on the dishes and had difficulty determining whether certain dishes would be appropriate for a diet limited due to medical reasons. Additionally, no mention was made of the dessert special another waiter explained to an adjoining table. Unfortunately, this was a low point in an otherwise great day in the Hudson River Valley.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French food and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Had a delightful evening at this lively restaurant. The service was outstanding as was the food. The waiter provided excellent and efficient service. The food was tasty and unique. We enjoyed chatting with the people next to us and had a lot of fun with the question box on the table. Dessert ice cream was made tableside while we nibbled on a few outstanding mini desserts. Totally enjoyable evening. Even had a kitchen tour! A definite must do when visiting Hyde Park.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CIA, Bocuse
    NYCTravellersTwoVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The experience (food and service) was much, much better the two previous times we dined at the CIA - once at Ameican bounty, once previously at Bocuse. We assume this was just an off night, maybe since it was very close to graduation. We wil try again in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our lunch on the 21st at La Bocuse was really wonderful. I have not been to the CIA in Hyde Park in many years, and so visiting their extensive campus was great. The restaurant itself was excellent and fun to be served by staff who will be out in the food world working for great restaurants around the country. Food was perfect...would go back in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocuse lunch
    kate
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    our party of 5 thourghly enjoyed our lunch & the high level of service and attention. our only complaint is 3 of our entrees (all the same selection) arrived lukewarm. despite that fact the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch mid week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Food tasted great. Our biggest concern was the main server who kept his proximity to us so close that we felt we couldn't really have a conversation. We also asked several questions about the food in terms of preparation (simple) and the answers were less than satisfactory. So all in all it was a more uncomfortable situation than not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine dining the way it should be
    shotzie
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    It's not perfect but the whole reason for the school and resteraunts is to train people to be chefs, servers and managers. These are not people waiting for their big break in another business, they are people who want to be there and this is their profession. As a result the food is first class and the staff is learning to be attentive, friendly and professional. If it's ambiance and good food in a parklike setting you want then this is the place go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocuse restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Our Bocuse Restaurant was very pleasant. Do not think that this is an inexpensive alternative place to eat though. Our lunch bill for two, with only one person having a glass of wine, was $125.00. We will return again when we want a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining & Fine Service, Second to None
    outtonight
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    When we couldn't get a reservation to the CIA's famously popular American Bounty restaurant, we opted for Bocuse. Snippy reviews criticized the interior decor, as if that was important. My sister and i were enchanted by the food, the service, AND the decor. The prix fixe lunch menu was imaginative, and the service by a soon-to-be-graduate was professional and delightful. Our many questions were answered with a quiet friendliness and dignity. The room is bright, and the comfortable seating makes you want to savor the experience over another cup of delicious coffee. A wonderful place if you are touring the Hudson River Valley sites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened???
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Having had a fantastic dining experiences at The Escoffier Room in the past, we were excited to dine at the newly refurbished and updated CIA French restaurant, Bocuse. We arrived promptly for our reservation and were seated at a wonderful table. The restaurant is beautiful in a modern trendy sort of way, but the noise level was so high, we could hardly hear our wait staff. Seems everything in the décor of the restaurant is a hard surface, nothing to help absorb the noise. The food was not what one would expect from one of the top cooking schools in the world; there are half a dozen restaurants in a 10 mile radius that serves the same. The service seemed to be rushed; we could hear bickering among the wait staff that seemed more suited for working a chain restaurant, not a high-end dining establishment. Having dined previously at the CIA and with firsthand knowledge about what a storied and wonderful event it can be, we are left pondering the question, what happened? We will try again before passing judgment. But if this is what fine dining has become, it is a sad day for all of us that love to experience the art of dining.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • French cuisine at its best!
    IreneT
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is a teaching restaurant for students at the Culinary Institute. I recommend lunch here since you are able to see the beautiful views of the Hudson River. Inventively prepared modern French food that is lighter than when the restaurant was still the Escoffier. Prix fixe is a great option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server Tori was a doll, a real delight.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Tori is graduating next week and if this is the caliber of student you are turning out I highly applaud you. The food was great, as usual, but her excitement was contagious. Where she's going after graduation and her plans and her energy was admirable. Keep up the great work at the school and thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner
    Patricia
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We were a party of four and two of us had dined at Bocuse previously. Restaurant is beautiful and service was excellent given these are young students getting ready to graduate within a few weeks. Favorites were the grilled octopus appetizer, duck, poached fish, and mocha dessert. Least favorite was the sour dough bread. Too dense and sour. Overall a lovely evening at the CIA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal
    satisfiedguest
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful meal at the Bocuse. The selection was excellent as was the food and service. We have always enjoyed our CIA visits both for special occasions and evenings out. We certainly recommend the CIA to anyone who wishes to have a first class dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night with friends
    Gauge
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food, wine and service. We really enjoyed talking to the students about the food and their futures after CIA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    Barbara
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was our first experience at Bocuse (second at the Culinary Institute). All four of us enjoyed our dinner, wine and the service was excellent. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real disappointment
    ALSMVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We were looking forward to dining at Bocuse. What a disappointment! The food portions were minuscule and under seasoned. The service was very amateurish. Our server kept neglecting to bring the silverware for each course until after the course was served. She offered a dessert (carrot cake), but neglected to tell us there was a surcharge for this selection. She specifically asked if we would like the cappuccino with our dessert, then neglected to bring it until the end.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    kks16
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Took my parent's for their 75th birthdays and they loved it. Great service and views. So lucky to have this gem so close to us. Can't wait to go back. Don't forget to stop by the apple pie bakery before you leave to take home some goodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing compared to previous dining's.
    ciaregs
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The new rendering of the Bocuse Restaurant loses much of what was good about the Escoffier Restaurant. The Lighting is harsh and the noise level disturbing, probably due to a lack of sound deadening materials. We have been going to the CIA for over 30 years (since we live in Poughkeepsie) and this was a disappointment. The duck breast was flavorless and the overall offering somewhat below the level we were used to. We will continue to come, but primarily to the Bounty Restaurant. Please bring back the Lunches in the Kitchen series, which were always enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Restaurant Week Experience
    Anna
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We went during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. It was a great way to experience a restaurant we wouldn't usually visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    Amore00
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Foie gras should not be served. Very inhumane to geese and ducks. Restaurant was very loud and did not have a good ambiance. More like a diner than a culinary school restaurant. Liked the former Bocuse better. Service was lacking. Ordered wine that was not available at the restaurant. Server made a substitution without consulting me.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bocuse
    Kelly
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent excellent excellent! We tried all new things and were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Shelf
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Always special. The desire of all to do a superior job -- from the kitchen to table and beyond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An education for the diner
    BOTU
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food was very good, but the garnishes just seem to get carried away offering little in the way of taste. Seemingly unlikely combinations actually highlighted the flavors, but because the portions were so minimal, they only served as window dressing and not really a part of the dish. Hole punch sized veggies? Micro greens probably placed by tweezers? Small dots and swirls to small too small to recognize their flavors. Is this what fine dining has become? While our primary server was wonderful, the other students for front of the house were on top of each other. I missed the amuse bouche, and while I thought the mini candy dessert sampler at the end was nice, we got 2 pieces of everything, but we were a party of 3.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleased, As Always
    surpriseme
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Went there with my boss and his wife. They had never dined there before. All was as expected. Service was very attentive and the food was "spot on"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blessed
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food was good, portions too small. Left feeling I could eat another meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    saddeclineVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    It had been years since I had been to the CIA. The food was interesting and delicious and the "student" wait staff extremely competent and charming. It was a beautiful day in the Hudson Valley, which didn't hurt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 star restaurant at a 2 star price
    Foodietobe
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Although this is a training ground for future chefs, our experience was that everyone was already well trained. Excellent food, excellent presentation, excellent service. The Table Side handmade ice cream was unique and special. We were there for lunch and afterwards we took a stroll through the campus and enjoyed the beautiful view of the Hudson River valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week menu (&meal)
    MisterBill99VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was the first time that I had remembered to make a Restaurant Week reservation as soon as reservations opened up (2 months out), so we finally got to eat here for HVRW. The menu was great, their full menu with a few $ supplements (which sadly were higher than their normal supplements when they do the menu for $45 mid-week, per their website), but still a good deal. Food was very good and well prepared. Service was friendly with a few glitches (they swapped the medium-rare and medium-well duck breasts), but that is to be expected given that you're being served by students. My biggest complaint, the bread should have been warmed, it was served cold. Ask for a table with a view of the kitchen if you enjoy that sort of thing (I do).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Students Superb at Bocuse.
    ChefsTipVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    http://food.lohudblogs.com/2014/11/10/hvrw-fall-2014-the-bocuse-restaurant-culinary-institute-of-america-in-hyde-park/ Formal review. Everything is fantastic....presentation is amazing. beautiful plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The energy in the room was palpable. Young culinarians about to start their careers full of hope. Always one of my favorite dining experiences!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on the river
    SueP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Every year 4 or 5 of us women take a ride up the the Culinary Institute in the fall for lunch. This year it was the French restaurants turn. The weather was beautiful, the parking easy. We had a very delicious, relaxing lunch. I had the duck, which was good, but could have been a little more crisp. Other than that, everything was very good. I had the tomato salad and it was excellent. We tried several desserts. Everyone with me enjoyed their meal very much. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a great time & learnt much from the waitress about the food we had, how food was prepared etc. Already planning our next visit with other friends who could not come this time. Food was excellent , love the asian flavor added to the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    dramateacher
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Lovely food, lovely presentation. Modernist Lemon Bar to die for!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was delicious, beautifully presented. The servers were friendly and happy to answer all our questions. We had a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    Fresser
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    It is always a wonderful experience dining at the CIA and the support staff is 110% on top of things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Our male server should receive a "D-" for the service he provided. I have been there many times, twice this year with my first experience in 1983, and his knowledge of how the ingredients in the sauces was horrible (he had no clue what went in one of them) He was personable, but served me from across the table. A big No No. Completely opposite from my last visit. He seemed to care less as he was graduating in a few days. This is disappointing. I guess one bad experience could be expected for the numerous times I have been there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.