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: (707) 967-1010
  • 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
108 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)special occasion (51)notable wine list (38)scenic view (37)good for groups (36)romantic (28)great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (16)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (10)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Hogwarts of dining
    DrBob31VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    An incredible place with great food and great service from young people who aspire to be great in the culinary world. One cannot beat the ambience which reminds me of the Harry Potter locale. Everyone here is dressed like a chef, scampering in all directions, cooking, serving and going out of their ways to be pleasant and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre service
    Aloha
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is not a romantic restaurant. It is very loud. The food was good. Every course they brought the item to the wrong person. The orderes were obviously put into their system incorrectly but one would think they would figure that out after the first course or at least before dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique experience
    mnfrrVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Since all of the chefs and wait staff are "in training," there are some flaws in both. But it is definitely a very unique atmosphere and ambitious menu. The butternut squash soup with duck confit was excellent as were the lamb ribs, though the polenta side was not creamy and the olive flavor was overwhelming. Two of our diners had the sugo and had mixed feelings about the dish. Foccacia bread made in house was excellent and all food was fresh and nicely presented. Worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but awkward service
    Awkward
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This was our third visit to Greystone, and we continue to love it. The food is wonderful and I love that the menu is different each time we return. My concern would be the service. I understand that these are students so I always go easy on them. However, it can be so awkward. The gentleman that seated us and got our drinks for us this visit was fantastic. Great personality, talkative, fun. Our actual server though had nothing to say. From the time he came to our table and just stared at us, I knew it would be awkward. I think lots more training and guidance is needed on how to speak with the guests. He didn't even ask us what we wanted to order - honestly, just stared at us until we started to speak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great culinary experience
    Foodiewbudget
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loved the food, and that is the point. Somelier was amazing with her wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for our girls trip!!
    Roxcg
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My friends and I decided to try this restaurant on our recent girls trip. Great choice! The students did a wonderful job! Food was good, service was great, ambiance was wonderful!! Not as polished as a five star......this IS a school......but these students are well on their way! Good luck to all if them!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner!
    LetsGoBlues
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This dinner was nothing short of incredible. My wife and I both are in complete agreement from start to finish of this fine meal. The service was awesome. Everyone was very nice, very quick to get you anything you want and they do it with all smiles on their faces. This is a top notch restaurant. Definitely coming back here again on my next trip to wine country.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    2nd2no1
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good food but not over the top memorable. The descriptions on the menu didn't quite match the food that came out - it was very good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Evening
    Dmoney
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took my son and daughter here for my sons 16th birthday. He wants to attend the CIA after high school as his career choice. The food was exceptional. From the first course to dessert, no of us was disappointed. What made our evening even more special, the head chef brought our party to the kitchen and discussed the CIA with my son. Each of the chefs signed a toque for him wishing him a happy birthday. The service was spot on and my son was blown away by the whole event. I can't recommend this place enough. It was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Excellent pairing, food choices, and presentations. Butternut squash soup and mussel first courses were wonderful as we're the main courses. We just didn't have room for dessert but they looked wonderful. We sat next to the appetizer preparation station. The students were supervised closely and each dish was checked before serving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    rjfoodsnob
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Over the years Greystone has always been one of our go to places when visiting Napa. Overall a fun experience with good food. This time we were a little disappointed, several of the dishes being "over the top" too salty. With the tips going toward the student program we will continue to make it one of our dinning places in St. Helena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Napa valley
    Cupcake
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We have been here a week vacationing in Napa country. We have eaten at most of the " renown" restaurants. This meal was absolutely the best!!! We walked away raving on how wonderful everything was! We also love the fact the tip goes towards helping the students in the program. What a gem! I would and have recommended it to everyone we speak with!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    Allan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We dined for supper at Greystone last Saturday evening. The entire experience was first class, from the well-crafted cocktail to the beautifully prepared food to the outstanding service. The Culinary Institute's students pretty much do it all, and they do it exceedingly well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected More
    Skutchie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I was very disappointed by this experience. In a region where there are a lot of good choices, I found the menu to be less than imaginative, the service to be amateurish, and the actual food to be tasteless. I ordered the potato crusted cod, and thought it was terribly under seasoned. As a group we were uniformly disappointed in the food. The space is attractive, though I think that they could do more to bring interest to it to the patrons.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enthusiastic Service
    Leebur
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was great watching the CIA students prepare, staff and serve. They were really helpful in making menu/cocktail selections. The service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of Attitude
    NotImpressed2
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The restaurants' staff's bad attitude began as soon as we arrived. We asked to be seated in a different area of the restaurant and the maitre di' immediately huffed and puffed and gave attitude and asked us to wait. We were soon seated in a better area of the restaurant but then the many untrained wait staff now were upon us. From reaching over one of us to place silverware to several wait staff talking to you at once or each asking how everything was, the service felt juvenile!!! But the worst part of dinner at the CIA was the food. So salty parts of the steak and spinach dish was inedible and the pecan cake dessert was a total disappointment. The wine pours were very inconsistent and never generous -
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Do
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    nice way to end your wine country tour with a relaxing diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    Lynn
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Enjoyed food, service, wine. Only negative .......a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One time experience
    Crissy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The Wine Spectator Restaurant at Greystone is more about the wine. The server students will tell you they chose to study there for the wine experience and we had an amazing but expensive bottle of wine. The food we ordered was not as amazing but good and the trip there was worth a visit The interior is beautiful, service great and some very nice ones to select for a price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Served by students
    Napagem
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We truly enjoyed the student chefs and servers. The food was delicious and the school is worth a tour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely worth it!
    kyfoodie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I would recommend that anyone who loves good food and unique dining experiences come to the Wine Spectator. Don"t miss out on dessert!!!!! Very interesting to watch the students learning all aspects of becoming great chefs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • CIA-Greystone-yes
    dinewrite
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second visit to Greystone (2007 & Oct 2014). We wanted to return and brought friends this visit. Key points: The food was excellent (I'd give 4 1/2 stars if possible), from appetizer (mussels) to entrée (most of us had seafood), desert, espresso. The service was a bit out of sync; friendly and polite, but just a bit confused; e.g. forgot a before dinner drink so it was 15 minutes before it arrived (but provided it for free). Maybe too many servers for our table which confused the issue. We like the atmosphere and love the food. You just need to understand that the servers are in training, working hard, but might just miss an item. They did work hard to make it right. We understand and this place is still special to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must stop in Napa Valley
    tharryb
    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.
  • Expected more . . .
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Recently, my wife and I had dinner here. I had visited this location previously and the food had been very, very good at the time. That is why I took my wife there on this visit. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing dinner. The dining room was very nice. The appetizers were very good, but the entrees were so-so at best. Nevertheless, the staff removed the entree costs from the final bill (eventhough we did not verbally complain) sua sponte. The fact that our reservation was at the end of the evening may have been one of the causes of the problems. As an aside, I would strongly suggest that you do not sit near one of the larger tables as they tend to be very noisy, bothersome, and boisterous.
    • 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
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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