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The Conservatory at Greystone
The Conservatory at Greystone

The Conservatory at Greystone Details

  • 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: Californian, Contemporary American, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the whole experience, from the location to the concept to the food to the service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Eight out of nine courses inedible, either too salty, tasteless or flavors that did not work together. Gazpacho had too many incapatable favors, the vegetable lasagne was too salty. The fish was tasty but over cooked and the elk mignon was cold. The cheese course was great, but the dessert, a basil cake with watermelon jelly was a failed experiment. The servers on the whole were pleasant however could not answer questions regarding there own menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "While visiting Napa and Sonoma, my significant other and I had they joy of visiting the gardens that supply the institute at Krug. The agricultural director was very friendly and informative. He suggested that we attend a dinner at Greystone . We happily jumped at the opportunity! The servers were a bit nervous but overall with the ecception of one , very attentive, friendly, but not over bearing. The courses were presented beautifully. We found the starters to be borderline pretentious and some what forgettable. However, the three entrees were outstanding. The flavors were exceptional yet simple and the preparation perfect! We did find ahair in our food and some of the dishes were too salty. But overall kudos to the students and faculty!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Hats off to our future chefs of America! We truly enjoyed our evening! Food was delicious! Wine outstanding ! Loved meeting the students and listening to their explanations of foods served. Everyone was so friendly and upon leaving the chef even came out to speak to us! If ever in the area be sure to stop!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A wonderful place for foodies to experience delightful farm to table delicacies prepared and served by students. The restaurant offers a tasting menu with or without wine parings; no ala carte menu is offered. Therefore, this is not the place to take a picky eater. The wait staff does inquire if anyone in your party has food allergies, as they can make substitutions if necessary. The wines were delicious and skillfully paired with each course. All courses were beautifully plated and sumptuous. Although most food was served at the appropriate temperature, some items were not hot when they should have been and a dessert course featuring ice cream, had melted."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything about our dinner was amazing! The food presentation and quality top of the line. Service outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Extremely impressed by the food quality in the dishes served. Very tasty and unusual combinations made the night really incredible."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Delightful & delicious meal. All eight courses fresh from the garden and quite tasty, innovative and pleasing to the eye. Soon to be CIA grad sommelier was engaging & knowledgable about wine pairings. From the kohlrabi vichyssoise to shrimp & grits then finishing with black cherry cake, every bite was perfection. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious . The wine pairings were excellent. The students did a great job presenting the wine and different courses."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a lovely experience we had. All the dishes were beautifully prepared and delicious. The service was excellent. Since everything is prepared and served by students under the watchful eye of their instructor, there isn't a detail missed. I love that the food is farm to table. You know it's fresh, local, and the dishes will be cleverly thought up. I highly recommend it when you are looking for a nice meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It was fun watching the students interact with us. We were fortunate to have students from the East coast. They were charming, creative, and bright."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The menu changes every weekend so you don't know what you'll be having until you're there. These are students who are creating the meal and students serving you. The food was fantastic! They came up with a unique tasting menu of foods that were in season right then, very creative pairings!!! On the service, it was good too, just remember these are students so it's not going to be perfect and sometimes they seem a little nervous, but they really try!! We would definitely come back again and recommend it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Wonderful place to experience great food and service!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a lovely evening. Great food and company. A night we will never forget."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It was fun to talk with the students and try their food. It was all very good."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Great experience , very enjoyable night , would recommend it to all friends"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I took my husband for his birthday and the words from him were "this is the best meal I have ever had"."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great dinner!! Special occasions or not, food was great, service very friendly and the room was lovely."
    Dined on 11/2/2013