The Conservatory at Greystone
The Conservatory at Greystone

The Conservatory at Greystone

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ciarestaurants.com/california-campus-restaurants/the-conservatory-at-greystone/
  • Phone: (707) 967-2300
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Larry Forgione
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Conservatory Restaurant is located in the Williams Flavor Discovery Center, the small building to the left as soon as you enter the driveway for the Culinary Institute of America.
A word from The Conservatory at Greystone
Led by Culinary Director and famed American chef Larry Forgione, “The Conservatory” will “crop-up” at CIA Greystone featuring a multi-course set menu both created and served by the students. Over the course of the semester these students taste and cook their way through CIA Greystone-Krug farm and kitchens. Friday and Saturday of each week this student led farm-to-table restaurant with emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability and simple preparations will be featured at the Williams Center for Flavor Discovery.
CIA’s Farm-to-Table Cooking in America is a conservatory-style educational model for students who want to be part of a community working to create healthy, sustainable and delicious food systems.
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The Conservatory at Greystone reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (26)romantic (13)notable wine list (12)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (6)scenic view (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A dining experience
    Winerdiner
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was the most unique, interesting dining experience I've ever had. The multiple small courses combined for a unique and delicious meal. The chefs were incredibly accommodating to our parties' dietary restrictions. I definitely would would go back to this restaurant, as well as trying the other Greystone restaurants and offerings.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dinner
    LCLee
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Ate Prix fix 9 course dinner for $ 75, wine pairing-$ 40. Food served were farm fresh, looked and tasted good. Ate Armenian Yogurt on Crostini, Poached Taramasso Egg on crispy leek strings, confit garlic, and cauliflower puree, Ricotta and Mascarpone Ravioli with shaved duck proscuitto & beets & fava beans , Perfectly seared Halibut with artichokes, fennel frond & cured olive tapenade. Husband had spiced slow roasted pork belly, I had the Roasted beets on polenta - beets very sweet. Drank Preserved Meyer Lemon, Mint, Lemon Verbena and Lavender Tisane Tea, ate Strawberry Shortcake and dessert of espresso Truffle, lavender shortbread & white pineapple Strawberry. Artisan bread with butter served. Wonderful meal in Napa Valley.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A FOODIE GEM
    local
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    What a delightful experience! The students were professional and charming. The food was absolutely incredible! We did not do the wine pairing- as the menu is $75pp, and the additional wine is $35pp. A little steep for our budget- but the food was worth it
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly Disappointing
    TablemannersVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The young and energetic staff at the Conservatory provided excellent service, but the food was a bit of a let-down. The portions in the multi-course tasting menu are very small, more like a series of amuse-bouches than actual dinner. Most are tasty, but several definitely miss the mark. The wine pairing was very good, however.
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  • Not a good experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Was really looking forward to this outing with my family. I think the place was too formal and the food portions with wait tiny. I had to go home and eat another dinner after spending hundred dollars per person
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  • An evening of delight
    ChiaPop
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    How many superlatives can be used in one review? Intimate setting; welcoming hostess; knowledgeable and attentive waiter & servers; and above all an impressively delicious menu and wine pairing. A three-hour journey with friends through an amazing culinary experience. Each artfully prepared, presented and explained and perfectly paired with a wine or innovative cocktail. A truly special experience and the perfect conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable day in the Napa valley.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dining experience
    Tb77
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our group of 6 enjoyed all 7 courses. The servings are just right so you can enjoy everything presented without being too full after. Not for picky eaters....you must be somewhat adventurous with trying food you wouldn't/haven't eaten before. You won't be disappointed though. I can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor, Presentation and Pairing
    Vicky
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My daughter was a "CIA" graduate and we went there to celebrate. Not disappointing! We have traveled a lot and this was definitely on of my top favorite meals (more of an event than a meal). Beautiful presentation. Be sure to do the pairings!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary Experience
    Dallas
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The service was first class from the time we stepped in the door. The presentation and food were excellent. The staff were on loan from the Hyde Park campus and demonstrated the highest quality of service and personality/character. This was an anniversary dinner and it well exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend Greystone for any special occasion.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Evening of Food
    hinala
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great experience. The students are delightful and attentive. The food is prepared by students under the expert guidance of master chefs; they are involved in cultivating and harvesting the farm fresh produce. Wonderful to watch a new generation of chefs in action.
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  • Students preparing & serving
    PTMahoney
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A fun experience. Students prepar and serve the "farm to table" meal. The food is very good-excellent and the students do an overall great job. The value for a 7 course meal with wine pairing is exceptional. It's enjoyable watching students learning how to opeate a high end restaurant with the best supervision possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely great dining experience.
    BonesVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Absolutely great dining experience. The food the location a very nice night. Eating the food of future Hot Chiefs at this point of their careers, I am the lucky one. The service, fun….these young people are Chiefs not waiters. I will be back the next time I am in the area.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very different
    weedge
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great opportunity to try different, unusually prepared foods you may not order elsewhere. Everything was fantastic . The portions are very very small. Service the best anywhere in napa valley.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food and service were great. Everyone really cared about those they were serving and preparing dishes for. Food intolerances were dealt with expertly. Thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well trained professionals
    Rafa
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    From the moment we are greeted at the door, seated at the perfect table, brought two perfect glasses of champagne, each of us having our own server for the next four courses, stunning decadent dessert arives accompanied by two student chefs (Alexis and Conor) to make sure we enjoyed our experience! Truly a WOW factor and to think the average age is 20 years young! The chef/instructor really has it going on! Cheers
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Excellent overall experience ! Very great choice to dine .very quiet excellent service and great way to try food that you would not normally eat at home !
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wonderful place to experience great food and service!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was almost exactly what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was almost exactly what I was looking for. I was hoping for a very elegant dinner for my date and me. It was that and more. There was only one very minor error and they corrected that quickly and with many apologies. The food was very nice and some memorable flavors. We are still talking about the meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a lovely evening.
    JAlley
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This was a lovely evening. Great food and company. A night we will never forget.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    JessJess
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    It was fun to talk with the students and try their food. It was all very good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Very disappointing!
    BayCVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were looking forward to this given the other positive reviews. It was so disappointing that it was actually quite puzzling. Several of the dishes were very poorly prepared and most of the dishes seemed conflicted with components fighting for supremacy. The wine pairing was just plain boring and service was sorely lacking. I had to remind the staff to bring me my wine pairing after the course would arrive and the mignardises was served with absolutely no offer of coffee or after dinner drinks. There is a large glass door through which you can observe the kitchen. "Students," laughed, talked and took pictures while Chef Forgione appeared to supervise. It gave the impression of kids fooling around and the quality of the food matched.
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  • Didn't live up to expectations...
    jwong
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I had lunch at the CIA many years ago and I remember being knocked over by the wonderful food. We were looking for a place this year to celebrate a birthday and we thought about going back to the CIA. It wasn't until I went online that I realized that there are two restaurants at the CIA, the Wine Spectator Restaurant and The Conservatory. Since I couldn't remember which I visited those many years ago, we chose The Conservatory since it sounded more special. Well, the short of the story is that we chose incorrectly. It's not to say that the Conservatory was bad, it just didn't live up to my memory of a fantastic dining experience and even though the food was good it didn't wow us.
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  • Great Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Great experience , very enjoyable night , would recommend it to all friends
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dinner In Napa Valley
    BIgE
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We enjoyed our dinner for six immensely!!! We will recommend to all of our friends that visit Napa Valley. One of our dinneers is an international traveler, and food and wine expert. He commented that "this is the best dinner value in Napa Valley." Keep up the good work and extend your days as much as possible. Thanks again for the greatest dining experience. Emerson, Randi, PJat, Irerne, Ray and Joanne. 12/13/2013
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greystone dining
    DrDiane
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This is the farm-to-table concept restaurant of the CIA at Greystone. The entire dining experience is managed by students - front and back - and was professional and tasty! The prix fix menu offered variety and was great with wine paring. Best octopus I have ever had! Went for a birthday, and this made it really special!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took my husband for his
    Wendy
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    I took my husband for his birthday and the words from him were "this is the best meal I have ever had".
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    2ducks
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    A great place to have a nice and quiet sit down dinner. It is a pre-fixed meal, so you won't have to think about much. The food is well presented and you can tell they went out of their way to do so. Portions are just right and you sample many dishes. It is a great experience. The only drawback I can say was when the check came out, there is a service charge added to the bill. it was like $24 for two. The staff told me opentable should have notified me about this charge, but I guess I didn't see it and that was the only surprise. Otherwise a highly recommended place to dine.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Great dinner!! Special occasions or not, food was great, service very friendly and the room was lovely.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    TexasWineLover
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    My wife and I were in Napa for our 10th Anniversary and I was looking for a special place for our anniversary dinner. I tried making reservations for both the French Laundry and at The Conservatory about two months in advance. After trying (and failing) to get into the French Laundry I was happy that I had booked The Conservatory as a backup. In fact, our experience and food there were so wonderful I was happy that we ended up there instead. The Conservatory offers a prix fixe menu with about 5 - 7 courses (You can also order different wine flights with each course for extra $$$ per person). Each one was more delicious than the next. I highly recommend dining here before everyone finds out how wonderful it is!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Conservatory
    Napavisitor
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Excellent addition to the CIA. Really enjoyed the expereience. The food was very good but you must enjoy there selections for the evening. Truly enjoyed the wine pairings. Wonderful evening.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    Seoulman
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This was a special dinner that was prepared by the students. The students all grew and raised much of the food, and were advised by Larry Forgione. An amazing experience with super value. If it is available, you must try it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special night out
    PamaveVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    It's a seven course tasting menu. If you are up for a surprise, you won't be disappointed. Everything was fantastic and the service was amazing!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best overall meal experience
    champa2
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Anniversary dinner with my wife. Chose the prix-fixe menu with wine pairing. All wait staff were very attentive and our waiter in particular was very willing to answer questions about the institute and to explain the wines served, as well as, the individual courses. Made the whole dinner an experience. That being said, the food exceeded the experience. And the pairing of the wine was spot on. I was impressed with all six courses, especially the oysters and the short ribs. I would highly recommend dinner at the Conservatory to anyone.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Farm To Table
    LuckyLotusVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    What a pleasant surprise when I ran across the Conservatory on OpenTable. It is a relatively new program and new concept that is true farm to table where they take it even one step further and they even plant and farm many of the vegetables and herbs used in the dishes. Anything not from their own farms is from local farms and meats and fishes from local purveyors. Overall: I absolutely love the farm to table concept and this program and would do it again in a heartbeat especially since the varying menu will offer a completely different experience each time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under the radar....
    jmaurerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    This was one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. Food, service, presentation, wine pairings were all impeccable. Seven course prefix meal with wine pairings was a bargain based on what you got for your Napa dollar. Thomas Keller should be looking over his shoulder...this place knows food and wine! Thank you for such a memorable evening!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CIA Napa Review
    Asianfoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I think this is a restaurant that offers a unique experience. However, for the price, one can easily find better and more professional cooking elsewhere in the Napa Valley. My appetitizer dish (lamb) and main course (beef loin) are too salty. Otherwise the favor is good.
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  • Fantastic Dinner!
    NapaFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Excellent dining experience! The students are so passionate about the food & it really shows through the menu. We will definitely be back!
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  • The experience was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The experience was wonderful ! We found it by accident while looking at the menu at Greystone.The service was great - the pre fix dinner was above our expectation. One of the dishes we had was Colorado lamb chops what was the best lamb we have had in a long time.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The conservatory
    Kebohs
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Fabulous tasting menu impeccable service! Loved it
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Conservatory
    JWisconsin
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Great meal in the nice smaller setting of the Conservatory. Not as large or hectic as the Greystone, and clearly a student-run enterprise but really well done. Multiple small courses, which apparently change with availability of fresh ingredients. Pacing is leisurely, which I found perfect for a night in Napa. Limited (compared to the main restaurant) but well chosen and moderately/fairly priced wine list with wine-by-the-glass available. A wine flight paired with the courses was an additional $40. The tomato salad and the single scallop courses were truly excellent. Would definitely do this again, it was a better dining experience than our following two evening's dinners in more traditional (and expensive) restaurants.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.