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

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ciarestaurants.com/california-campus-restaurants/the-wine-spectator-at-greystone/
  • Phone: 7079671010x
  • 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 Wine Spectator 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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Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (74)scenic view (53)notable wine list (52)great for lunch (45)good for groups (44)great for outdoor dining (39)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (18)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • CIA Greystone
    CaDelSole
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a great restaurant but since it is a teaching institute sometimes the menu is better than other times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must stop in Napa Valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Always an interesting adventure to eat at Greystone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service by students
    TulsaCharlesVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Creative menu, beautifully served and prepared by students at the Culinary Institute of America. We've eaten here several times before when visiting Napa Valley and will always return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    3ofus
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife at the fish and it was very bland to taste. There was no seasoning on the fish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My fav restaurant
    catt
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It's always such a delight to come here. The food is the best. The students are awesome and professional. But it was disappointing that the outdoor patio wasn't open for dinner. It was 82 degrees at 5:30 (Oct 11th )and was just perfect for being outside and enjoying the view. That was a big mistake to keep it closed. Staff said it would be too cold to sit outside. Maybe compared to the Sahara desert but seriously?? Otherwise it was a good night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CIA Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and service were excellent at the Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. The students really do a nice job at providing fine service and the food was well prepared. The menu offered a nice variety of appetizer/entree options and the wine selection was quite good, although a bit pricey. Would recommend this to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had eaten at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY but never at the Wine Country location. Glad we made the reservation. The location is magnificent and the food and service outstanding. If we're ever in San Antonio we must try their third location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Zman
    Zman
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I'll have to say, having dined at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY and then have the opportunity to try the west coast equivalent, it's a totally different vibe out west. A little more laid back and less pretentious. My wife and I had driven over from Sonoma, after a day of sightseeing and vineyard tours and we were ready to dine. While we did get there a bit early for our reservation, we sat back, enjoyed some wine and people watched. To our surprise, we were told that a table was ready and we were seated on the patio, where we were able to watch the sun set and then see the moon rise. The food was great and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • remarkable
    brunom4
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great view for the valley, excellent food and friendly staff. Asked for the outside tables at 17:30.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • to much garlic
    ArlibarliVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our food had to much salt and garlic. I expected better tasting food. The manager should come to the table to see how we are doing and if everything is as expected.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great on Many Levels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Historic site, great scenic views and a young and energetic kitchen and wait staff. What's not to like? I had the chicken. The skin was golden brown, lightly seasoned, neither greasy nor dry. Add a glass of wine and a shared desert and it was a very satisfying meal. These soon to be graduates are definitely ready for prime time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A magical end to a perfect day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our first visit to Greystone exceeded our expectations. The ambiance was warm and inviting. Our cocktails were made perfectly to our expectations. The sweet corn soup with the crab salad was sweet and luscious. The table loved the salads with the fresh greens, charred corn kernels in a dressing, creamy with the perfect bite. The presentations of the entrees wowed us. The beef was perfectly cooked medium rare and presented in a gorgeous tower of grilled vegetables and a crispy risotto cake. The salmon and sole were luscious and the Corona beans were a hit. The spinach and ricotta raviolis were delicate and perfect bites of goodness. The pastry chefs executed brown butter pecan cake, apple tartine and meyer lemon pannacotta fabulously. Divine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really special experience
    asianfoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    after making the school tour, guided by the student of this campus, it's made the dining experience even better! the restaurant is ran by student as well, but senior students, who knows what they are doing, unlike some of the other restaurants making weird combos with ingredients. . Me and my bf are used to the European restaurants. So this was the best place we found during our trip is Cali. Or maybe we were just not lucky. the potions are just right for us, not too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Learners
    TheBigHaus
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Although we had a great view of the kitchen, we were seated with the bathrooms behinds us. Plus one of the chefs had bad BO that hit my nose and overpowered my wine. Good for us he wasn't there long. Now, about food & service. We arrived but they were not ready at 5:30 to seat. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't care for our seating, but the wait staff was attentive and personable. Our first course, mussels and meatballs. The mussels outstanding and the meatball missed the mark. It lacked spice & texture. Second course, loin of beef on a bed of risotto and kale. The beef was cook to our specification, but the risotto looked like a hash brown, lacked salt and the kale was way to salty. Keep learning students, you still have a ways to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique experience!
    themrsimon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    If you can turn off your need for completely perfect service and embrace the opportunity to support students in learning to serve at a fine dining restaurant, this is a truly enjoyable experience. The food was excellent. Highlights included the garden salad with popped quinoa and the garlic sauteed spinach, though everything was lovely. The location, in a gorgeous old stone winery, was romantic. The wait staff were charmingly imperfect (they are students!) but eager to please. The faculty guiding them were poised and competent, leading to a unique learning atmosphere. Truly enjoyed our visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an awesome experience
    trio
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I would recommend this restaturant highly. The staff is very attentive and the food was excellently prepared. Since it is a teaching restaurant you get food that shows a lot of pride. You are not allowed to tip but they add a flat 17% which i s used for scholarships. I think this is such a a great idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed this visit
    GinnySVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We have gone to Greystone many times and absolutely loved it. This trip we found changes that disappointed us. The menu has less choices; the service was not friendly; we felt very rushed even though it was not a busy time. Waitpersons standing around in groups talking personal business. My soup was delicious after it was returned for not being warm. Entrees were excellent but nothing special on the dessert menu. It was definitely not the experience we were accustomed to and we hope that this is not what we may expect in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time here!
    OpenMindedVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The worst dining experience we have ever had! Don't waste your time at this place. EVERYTHING about this was terrible. I had read other reviews and should have believed them. Don't go, you will be disappointed. There are so many other choices in the area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Good wine
    FWoionde
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our second visit to Greystone @ CIA, Napa, CA. We dined on an evening when previous CIA graduates (that now work at B Cellars) prepared the meals. The menu they prepared was inspired and the food was sensational! It was every bit as good as our previous dinning experience with the student chefs preparing the meals. It was more fun watching the student chefs but other than that, it was a great evening. I would highly recommend Greystone to anyone that visits Napa. It embodies the wine country feeling and attitude though it's one of the noisiest restaurants that I've ever dined in but it is worth the visit as you get wrapped up in your party and your meal and the noise isn't as prevalent. And remember, it was built in the 1800's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well......
    DebbyDowner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our server was not very attentive. Fortunately there was a fellow who was responsible for filling our water who took over for her. The food was not as wonderful as past experiences there. It was fine, but not fantastic as it has been in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No students - poor service
    wiskelly
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We choose to go on Sept 25, 2014 because 2 former students were supposed be preparing a special meal. Instead, there was a winery that hosted the night with their own chefs and they used a wait staff that was trained to serve banquet style, not take individual orders. The staff was friendly, but the service was slow because they were not trained well. One server said they were trying something new to keep the restaurant open while the students were not there. It was quite expensive for only an ok meal. Very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went to this restaurant because my daughter is a CIA graduate from the Hyde Park NY school. Those restaurants were wonderful. To keep this short, our server was inattentive and unfamiliar with the meals or the wines that were paired with it. My husband had to send back his steak because it was cold. I could go on but won't. All this for 174 dollars. They add the gratuity to the bill so in reality service doesn't matter. My advise skip this experience in CA and visit the NY school
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GO ELSEWHERE TO EAT
    lscamera
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Extremely disappointed. After hearing and reading about the CIA we were very excited to be going to the Greystone for dinner Thursday, September 25, 2014. For a restaurant with the notoriety that it has, the service was pathetic. We waited and waited, waitress after waitress just kept on walking by. Finally a waitress shows up to take our drink order. Not even water delivered. When we asked her about the menu she couldn't even tell us what the food was. When she walked away my husband and I said to each other...she doesn't even know what's on the menu or how it is prepared. For the price of a bottle of wine....no one even bothered to pour our glasses. My chicken was dry and the vegi's were so smoke flavored they were not edible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A St. Helena Must-Eat Restaurant!
    mustang6560
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A friend spent two years at the CIA developing her craft, so we were anxious to give it a try ... and it was well worth it! We had the prix fixe menu along with the wine pairing and it was delicious -- a grilled octopus app, a rare ribeye entree and chocolate truffle cake dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CIA Napa
    Rich
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was an outstanding evening, we had a guest chef which was an alumni from the CIA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll never go back!
    World
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had to wait 25 minutes past our reservation time. The excuse for the wait was that people were lingering too long. This was not true because we were finally seated at a table that had not been occupied during this time period. After finally being seated, we waited another 20 minutes for someone to at least take our drink order. No one ever approached our table to ask if we wanted anything. Our efforts to gain a server's attention were fruitless! We left our table and asked for the manager to explain the problem to her. She profusely apologized, but the damage was done. We have dined here for the last 12 years. The quality of our last meal was lacking, but we wanted to give it another chance. We will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very disappointed in the place. The food was ok. When we had our dessert which was peach tart tatin and when I bit down into it I had the pit still in there. I saw stars and almost cracked my tooth. I showed it to the waiter and he apologized. No one else ever came over to see how I was.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Everything very very good. Great Menu in Variety. Waiters perfect in give us additional informatoin about the plates and wine. The taste of all plates simply wonderful. Excellent cost.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!!
    Mike
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our second anniversary with dinner here, and we were absolutely blown away! Every aspect of the experience was phenomenal, starting with the rosemary focaccia bread, through appetizers, main course, and dessert. The chicken I had for my main course was the juiciest, most delicious chicken breast I have ever had, seriously. This was our first trip to Napa and we're not sure when we'll be back, but we hope to return and when we do, you can bet we'll come back to Greystone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • califoryan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was a highlight in our trip to California. The food lived up to expectations, the lamb and the beef were delicious, as was the wine. Particularly liked the wine taster that helped made up our mind. The service was also excellent and their suggestions of dessert wine really hit the spot. Our only regret is not have been there before night time to admire the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a guide eats at CIA
    guide4wine
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I recommended lunch at the CIA to my guests that were visiting from London. They wanted a unique experience. I am a wine tour guide. When I dropped them off, to my surprise they insisted I join them, and CIA accommodated the change in reservation graciously. Our waiter was witty and informative. Our food was good but not great, but we had a lot of fun watching them prepare and the hustle and bustle. I have eaten here before and had excellent food. And they are learning! I had a chicken with peaches and the peaches were very underdone, and the farro underdone. But I'm quibbling. We had a lovely time and I would absolutely come again. The valet parking was especially helpful as one of my guests had mobility issues. great staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went there for dinner and had a great time. Everything looks good the staff went out of their way to please us. The only item I would say needs improvement would be the cost. It seems a bit much to charge when you don't have actual chefs cooking your food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed.
    LouBVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Sad, I've always looked forwarded to my trips to Napa with a stop at CIA, this was the most disappointing dinner I had this visit. Disappointed not got the the food or service, but the venue. It was increadbly HOT in the dinning room I nor my wife could finish our meals ( and they were delicious)...the sweat being perfused by the guest in the room could have offset the California water shortage. Cool down the dinning room!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try at least once, often is OK
    BistroHomeCook
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you are a foodie or LOVE to be a home cook, you must enjoy the great food , enthusiastic chiefs, waiters, and staff (students soon to graduate) that operate the restaurant at CIA , in St. Helena , CA. They pour their hearts and souls into providing you with the " best they can". We took cousins there for lunch on a beautiful Napa afternoon. Outstanding in every way. Recommendation , " have a great time".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neat setting & Good Food
    Timmer
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Set in an old winery, this location has a lot of history and very neat ambiance. The menu was limited, but excellent food. I wish we would have sat out on the deck though, as it was VERY warm inside. Wouldn't need to stop by every time I was in Napa, but I would most certainly make this a stop if you've never been there before. Staff are students, and did a great job. Fun to chat with and overall a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss the corn soup!
    dragonlady
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    very relaxed atmosphere, helpful and approachable staff--the waiter explained all of our questions about the food and we had an opportunity to chat with the supervising chef. excellent food; don't miss the corn soup or the chocolate mousse dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I were really looking forward to the experience, but were disappointed. It was a Wednesday evening before Labor Day and the restaurant was a bit slow. The highlight was the outdoor dining area with great views of the Napa Valley. However, the server was very nice, however the overall service and food quality wasn't what we expected. Our salad/soups were delivered quickly, but then we had a very long wait for our entrees and the entrees were cold.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Drea
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Loved the menu options and food. Great environment and views. Fun and unique cocktails.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bit Presumptuous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I think it's rude to automatically add a 17% gratuity for a single diner. For a Party of 4 or more perhaps, it's okay. The policy statement indicates that it's for chef whites and cap and gowns for the graduates. It also indicates for activities. Excuse me, but when I went to college, I had to pay for my cap and gown, whether I graduated on stage or graduated in absentia. It is more appropriate, I think, to have suggestion boxes where the diner has a choice between 15 % , and a check off box for 20 %.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best
    foodiecle
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is amazing. Everything ordered at our table was wonderful and cooked perfectly. I had the roasted chicken and have never tasted a chicken this good before. I mean, it's chicken, right? I've had chicken tons of places and nothing compares to how tender, perfectly flavored and paired with farro this chicken dish was! I ate everything on my plate as did everyone I was with. The portions are just right. We made reservations to visit the restaurant on our vacation to Napa and I am glad we didn't miss it! I am still dreaming of the chicken ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate