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
177 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)special occasion (103)scenic view (77)notable wine list (68)great for lunch (67)great for outdoor dining (64)romantic (58)good for groups (48)great for brunch (21)neighborhood gem (21)kid-friendly (13)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of character
    palmdesertdog
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dining at the Culinary Institute is a unique experience. Beautiful setting in an old winery formerly occupied by the Christian Brothers. But besides the ambience, the food is good, too. Well prepared and nicely served by the students. My wife's petrale sole was particularly good. One should experience if you have time while in the Napa Valley.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucket List
    OnceTwiggy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have always wanted to eat the Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America. It was everything I had hoped for. The food, the service, the ambiance all wonderful. My husband's chicken however, was a too salty for his tastes. I had corn soup, sole and Pavlova for dessert - all wonderful and perfectly prepared and presentation. I highly recommend it. I had forgotten my gift certificate at home and had my daughter take a picture of it. They honored it without any hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration!
    Anni44
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have dined here many times. Pleased to see the renovations! Our server was very pleasant and attentive and gave us good recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    culinaryhappygolucky
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We loved watching the student chefs cook! The food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irene1HBVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    What a SHAME! We've been to this restaurant before, & we liked it that's why we keep on coming back BUT, this time they have the WORST food in the entire Napa Valley!! The beef loin was tough, tasteless, burned & worst of all...the meat was not even FRESH (both my husband & my plates too)! We will never go back nor recommend CIA to our friends! Service was bad too, our wine glass is always empty, server don't come around. Gave us the bill WITHOUT asking us for dessert..OMG!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous experience
    Cheri
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    You do know your in a training environment. Parts of that is fine others not so good. The food is excellent. Sometimes you have to remind servers of the next step.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food from Chefs in training
    kimeph
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Neat experience to visit the C.I.A. in Napa Valley. The restaurant is run by current students who are nearing the end of their 21 month training. Half the class runs the kitchen while half runs the front of the house. Our waiter had already spent his 6 weeks in the kitchen and was in his 3rd week of serving. He forgot my wine and came off as a novice server, but was very accommodating and took the wine off of our bill. He filled us in on the program and explained his inexperience with serving, but was very pleasant and added to the fun of the experience. The food was mostly great with the exception of my salmon being a bit undercooked, which they corrected quickly. We enjoyed the food and the experience and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Although clearly a teaching environment the service was attentive and the server/students went out of their at to please. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Greystone
    SanRamonNige
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a party of 5 and there was menu selections for everyone. The food was great but the service was lacking. Our waiter completely forgot one order and also missed a dessert order. Their fish entrees were outstanding, well prepared and nicely plated. I would have liked to see a few more choices on the menu for lunch. Overall a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dineforfun
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food very average . Waiter forgot to offer desserts so we we went straight to coffee where the choice was simply caffeinated or decaf. A lot of staff but seemed to lack attention to any detail. Appreciate they are students but did not get a feeling of energy or dynamism
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Club1136
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Glad we had lunch here. The food was wonderful and our servers were very friendly and attentive to our needs. If weather permits eat outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but expensive
    Gleison
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The restaurant is very good, but offers little food for the price. I like the dish I have and the dessert too! I didn't like the coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much fussing
    canuckatlarge
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The philosophy seems to be to impose flavors and unnecessarily complicate the food. The padrone peppers were cooked to perfection, but instead of a simple great sea salt, had a Greek spice mixture that overpowered. The minestrone had grilled portabello mushrooms and pesto--again too much. The grilled salmon, which was excellent, was paired with potatoes with barbecue sauce, which was truly bizarre. My table mate and I stopped at that point, before potentially suffering further unwelcome surprises on the dessert menu. A teaching institution with this reputation should concentrate on three ingredients, maximum per dish, unless absolutely necessary, and celebrating the beauty of natural food flavors, not masking or obscuring them.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Part of our CA trips
    dgubbs
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The CIA is a great establishment. I've always had a great meal there. The café and access to the bookstore has enhanced that experience. I was a bit disappointed to find out the permanent staff had been laid off and the CIA only operates during term. Its the bottom line approach that airlines use and that means if we come out in November the CIA probably wont be an option. Another aspect of the new management style is less seats so be warned..its harder to get a seat so book early.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • only ok
    lisa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    i had the polenta and lamb ribs, the waitress could not explain the dish properly, i had asked was there a bigger piece of lamb with the ribs or was it just small piece of rib, she answered yes, she also never ask us how our meal was, we both left half the food on our plate. its over prices and not a 'foodie' place to go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dining in wine country
    treat4friends
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    To personally honor their service to the Lake County community, we treated our friends Lou and Caroline to dinner at CIA Greystone Saturday night July 19th. We had treated our son and a family friend to dinner at Greystone once before and knew Lou and Caroline would enjoy the food and atmosphere. I had the braised lamb ribs, my wife had the steak, and both Lou and Caroline had the Petrale sole. We all enjoyed our entrees and enjoyed watching our friends eat theirs with gusto. We chose to share two desserts, coconut tapioca with mango sorbet, and reveled in the flavor and textures. Lou and I each had a glass of white with our entrees that complemented dinner. Once again, Greystone delivered flawlessly with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing atmosphere and food
    Best4dining
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Made a reservation based on the beauty of the powerful exterior presence, this combined with the fact it is a cullinary school, sold me. Our dining experience was nothing less than fantastic, I had the best ribs I ever ate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you want to entertain folks from out of town with an eclectic experience, this is the place to go. Everyone was very satisfied with their lunch and the flight of wine was a nice compliment to our meal. The choices were much better than previous visits. The appearance of the food was excellent as was the taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service
    AJSM
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went here for lunch on a visit to Napa. We had a reservation so were seated quickly in there spacious dining room. They made a mistake making my daughter's meal and they were falling over themselves apologizing for having us wait longer than expected. They gave us a free glass of wine and appetizer to compensate. We didn't ask for any of it or complain, they just did it on their own. My only complaint would be that the dining room was very hot, but we still had a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend Greystone for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second bad experience at Greystone
    Luv2travel
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Despite having reservations and the resterant empty we had to wait 20 minutes for table. I ordered an appetizer of muscles which was average. My husband ordered a steal sandwhich which was so tough I thought I would choke having a bite. We sent it back and were not charged for it but didn't want any replacement. Waiter was great. This resterant used to be great but not now. Will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Big bang for big bucks
    jfpf
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I struck the jackpot in my three course choices with the Red and Green Garden Salad, the Mushroom Ravioli, and the amazing Coconut Tapioca. I couldn't have asked for a more delicious lunch but do think it was a bit overpriced considering the personnel are all students now. You'd think they could pass along the savings a bit more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seeking new superlatives !!!
    Ibennau
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My initial visit to the Culinary Institute was in December of 2013 while I was out visiting my sons and grandchildren over the Christmas holidays. My eldest had previously attended a wedding & reception there, and raved about the experience. I drove up from Los Gatos, salivating almost the entire way, only to discover that the restaurants were closed for the holidays. Having returned to the Bay Area I wasted no time in once again hitting the road to sample for myself what had been described to me as a "dining event" rather than a good meal. At this point I'm afraid that there aren't words to describe either the food, the hospitality, the presentation and the excellent wait staff. To paraphrase your former governor......I'LL BE BACK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good a a few year ago
    NapaFan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    the food was very good but their dessert menu was less than inspired. Frankly, the CIA should be ashamed for the dessert menu they put forward. All chefs should know how to make a good dessert... and not the standard items you usually see... creme brulee, chocolate lava cake etc... Also, we went in July and it was not that hot outside but the restaurant was very warm and kind of spoiled the experiance. I know it is an old building but figure it out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • less than hoped for
    eatwell
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We arrived early for our 2 PM reservation. Wine ordered at the bar while waiting for our table was not what we ordered and more expensive when we checked our bill. Our server tried hard but there was a language issue, one of the two meals was quite cool, the food was otherwise excellent though the service was very slow. Other tables around us, seated sometime after us had finished their meal (one meal was sent back) and the people were leaving when our meal arrived. All in all not quite what we expected for the price. Even considering the somewhat cold food of one meal, the food was excellent but rates only good in number one above as a part of the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet