Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America
2555 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574Neighborhood:
CalifornianPrice: $30 and under
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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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.Continued
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Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since May 20, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
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!mustang6560Dined on 9/13/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CIA NapaRichDined on 9/12/2014It was an outstanding evening, we had a guest chef which was an alumni from the CIA.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'll never go back!WorldDined on 9/11/2014We 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.
- Excellent SurpriseOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/4/2014Everything 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spectacular!!MikeDined on 9/3/2014My 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:
- califoryanDined on 9/2/2014This 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:
- a guide eats at CIAguide4wineDined on 9/2/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good eveningOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/29/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Disappointed.LouBVIPDined on 8/29/2014Sad, 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!
- Must try at least once, often is OKBistroHomeCookDined on 8/29/2014If 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neat setting & Good FoodTimmerDined on 8/28/2014Set 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:
- Don't miss the corn soup!dragonladyDined on 8/27/2014very 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Little DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/27/2014My 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 foodDreaDined on 8/27/2014Loved the menu options and food. Great environment and views. Fun and unique cocktails.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Bit PresumptuousOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 8/27/2014I 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 %.
- The bestfoodiecleDined on 8/27/2014The 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:
- Lots of characterpalmdesertdogDined on 8/26/2014Dining 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bucket ListOnceTwiggyDined on 8/23/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary celebration!Anni44Dined on 8/22/2014Have dined here many times. Pleased to see the renovations! Our server was very pleasant and attentive and gave us good recommendations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingculinaryhappygoluckyDined on 8/21/2014We loved watching the student chefs cook! The food was outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Irene1HBVIPDined on 8/20/2014What 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:
- Fabulous experienceCheriDined on 7/25/2014You 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food from Chefs in trainingkimephDined on 7/25/2014Neat 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:
- Good experienceSkipVIPDined on 7/25/2014Although 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch at GreystoneSanRamonNigeDined on 7/24/2014We 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:
- DineforfunDined on 7/23/2014Food 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
- Club1136Dined on 7/23/2014Glad 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, but expensiveGleisonDined on 7/23/2014The 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:
- Too much fussingcanuckatlargeDined on 7/23/2014The 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:
- Part of our CA tripsdgubbsDined on 7/22/2014The 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:
- only oklisaDined on 7/19/2014i 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:
- Enjoyable dining in wine countrytreat4friendsDined on 7/19/2014To 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing atmosphere and foodBest4diningDined on 7/18/2014Made 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:
- great choiceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/18/2014If 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic ServiceAJSMDined on 7/18/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Second bad experience at GreystoneLuv2travelDined on 7/18/2014Despite 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.
- Big bang for big bucksjfpfDined on 7/17/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Seeking new superlatives !!!IbennauDined on 7/17/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not as good a a few year agoNapaFanDined on 7/15/2014the 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.
- less than hoped foreatwellDined on 7/15/2014We 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: