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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 Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "I had heard such great reviews of this school and restaurant. Needless to say, I was looking forward to enjoying a good meal. My first course was not very good. My boyfriend enjoyed the mussels. Both of our main couses were bland and cold. We were looking forward to trying the chef sampler but were informed they have simplified their menu and no longer offer it. Menu is very limited and not very impressive. Service was not great either. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful birthday lunch for my mother and sister. A very special event that they will always remember. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "It was an uneven experience. Amazing mussels appetizer, shining soup course, uninspired entree and dessert a confused target of creativity and poor execution. Sad to say we were not inspired by our $100 lunch (before wine), and to be fair, we were holding it up against Hyde Park. Yet, the food was uneven. Great appetizers, average entrees (though properly executed, not above average in flavor) and a clean fail on the 'slow baked mousse' which was dried out not creamy and the ganache cookie was hard and asked why me? The whipped cream garnish was perfectly rendered. The waitstaff, while courteous, were no improvement against the ordinary kids working in town."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was our first time - we wanted to try some place we never have been to before. We shared the salad and added the chicken confit - delicious. The salad is grown right on the premisses. For my main course, I had the potato crusted sole - the outside was light and crispy - very nicely executed. The panna cotta was absolutely divine - so many textures and flavors complimenting each other."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Reccommended by a friend, it's so worth it. A beautiful view, and the students who do all the service are great. But, where you really win is the food which is amazing. A fantastic experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a great food experience that I was not sorry to forfeit a Oyster BBQ trip to Drakes Bay. Loved everything from the food, service and the ambiance"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I moved to the US in Jan and just spend this weekend (mid April) in Napa. Had dinner here on Friday evening and I have to say it was the best dinning experience of my stay here so far. The chefs in training and the people who cook and serve the food under the guidance of "Andre The Giant". We both had the beef and we were both well impressed, the flavour of all the ingredients was outstanding. I will definetly be visiting there again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a delightful dinner at Wine Spectator Greystone at CIA in St. Helena CA. The meal was very good. It was fun to see all the training of chefs and servers. It is worth the occasional clumsiness to watch these new students in action. Our server, while young, was kind and funny, Nicholas did a great job."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "An excellent food and drink facility. Everthing operated by culinary students."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "CIA is a school ... and these kids are at the top of their class, competing against each other to be the best. They are heads and shoulders above most of the chefs in the rest of the world."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Very nice place for lunch if you have the right attitude. Students are the servers and while they do not have a professional servers polish they are obviously working hard to learn the business and we really enjoyed discussing with our server his future plans. Had a great table on the patio and the salad with home grown lettuce and chicken confit was great. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Professional kitchen and wait-staff have been completely replaced with CIA students. Menu is completely different, and much smaller with few choices. Food quality decreased significantly. Interior redesigned with much smaller dining room. Patio view still great."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The beef quality was less than desirable. We returned it and got another plate of the same. It was poor quality meat. The cooking was good, but it felt like they bought a 2$ piece of meat and cooked it. I had high expectations and was highly disappointing. We know food and their attitude was alright and they were supposing that we had a problem with our nose... No one proved to know food in the house, not even the manager came to see us. We would have expected a compensation if this happened somewhere else. I guess their EGO was too big. Yes, wine, the list, the choice was amazing. The new sommelier is great. I will recommend against this restaurant to all my friends planning to go if I don't hear from the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were there on a Friday and the food was exceptional in all aspects and extremely well priced, we will be back and will bring others. I would like to make it over on a Saturday and enjoy the patio, see you soon. Thank you, Dr. David Martinez Dr. Christina Mota"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The Greystone Restaurant at CIA is OUSTANDING! The wait staff are students of CIA and were on point with everything. My group felt like the students made the experience extra special with their attentiveness to every detail. The food was outstanding. It's a somewhat limited menu but the choices offered for first, second, and third courses were wonderful. My group ordered different things and everything tasted delicious. Best dish was probably the mussels in an onion and fennel suasage broth."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We brought our son from out of town and it made his visit very special by goint to the CIA for lunch. Can't wait for more out of town guests to come for lunch again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food is outstanding at a reasonable price. Wine prices are near winery prices."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food is out of this world but what really makes this restaurant special is that the servers are also chefs. We spent a fair amount of time talking about the dishes and what our chef/servers were going to do after graduation. Defiantly make reservations online prior to going as they were turning away walk-ins (no available tables for lunch). This one is a must in Napa"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We both started with the mussels and clams in veggie broth with carmelized onions and fennel sauage. YUMMY! The juice was just great. Followed that with the potatoe crusted cod served with fresh sauteed baby sorrel and tiny mushrooms. Dessert was the meyer lemon panna cotta with assorted citrus for my friend and a brown betty with butterscotch ice cream for me. We sipped champagne flights to accompany all three courses. Total was $165, which includes a 17.5 % gratuity which is automatically added to your bill. The waiters were all second year students of the CIA and very knowledge on everything. I could not stum them with a question and they were toally forthcoming. GREAT PLACE. Limited menu, it changes every season."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of the CIA, been there many times, and support it fully. This time I took a guest from Europe and even though the food was as outstanding as ever, the overall service and attention to detail was totally lackluster. Service was indifferent, like a diner. There was not the usual congeniality of the wait staff in talking about the food or program. In fact, several waiters couldn't tell me what the ingredients were in some of the dishes they were presenting. I assumed that maybe these folks were new students. No, they are about to graduate. Later I found out that "the place is now totally student run", whatever that means. No professional supervision? This is the first time in many, many years that the CIA misses the mark."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The Greystone Restaurant in the heart of Napa Valley was a wonderful place for lunch to celebrate my birthday. We were unable to take advantage of their outdoor dining because of the rains, but we could tell that on a sunny day it would provide a beautiful view of the valley. Our wait staff couldn't have been more attentive or informative. We learned so much about the wines and the school itself. Yes, this is the show place for the Culinary Institute of America and everyone associated with serving and cooking are students. That is why the gratuity is added onto the bill---the tips go to the scholarship fund since students cannot accept them. I would have liked a few more choices but understand that quality and not quantity is the goal."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "A little over priced compared to other culinary institutes Lots of mistakes made during our experience but overall Enjoyed our meal. Was disappointed they did not share information that tours were not available when I called and asked as they We're closed for tours due yo a wedding. There seemed to be a lot of miscommunication issues."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great setting for a wine country meal and served by eager CIA students trying to impress with their knowledge and enthusiasm. Very good wine list, which one would expect given the location and served at proper temperature. If any criticism would be the noise level on a busy Saturday night was more than anticipated due primarily to the acoustics, which of course are a function of the setting and part of the charm. Overall had an excellent meal and enjoyed the experience with my party of 6. Not sure if that is why they tacked-on a 17% gratuity but watch your bill."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was very good but not spectacular. Unfortunately our server was a very dissatisfied student and was not shy in sharing her feelings. Her service was neglectful and the timing was very poor. If it had not been for a fantastic bottle of cab and very good entrees, we would have left. I am happy to say our server was completing the program shortly after our visit. We were seated upfront beside the waiting area yet the restaurant was not busy so we missed out on watching the chefs in action. However, the atmosphere was pleasant and the other servers were very nice."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This was a special occasion and we were treated exceptionally well. We arrived a little early and got a nice table towards the back. It was a Friday night and the culinary students were serving and preparing the meals. They were very friendly and knowledgable and did a great job. The food was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "First off, the place is amazing and I am not just talking about the restaurant. The setting is beautiful. The bakery shop is a little treasure. The store is a virtual paradise of little kitchenware items that all budding home chefs would envy. The meal was wonderful, the waiter enthusiastically described every item on the menu I was unfamiliar with. He was pleasant and cordial. He was near perfect and seemed to get distracted only once. He forgot about me after serving the main course. Someone on the expert staff must have noticed this. He soon rushed over and apologized. Everyone was friendly and professional. Bravo! His assistance were excellent and kept me well hydrated. They were very professional. Finally, the food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "First time at the restaurant. The server did not come by for 20+ minutes once we were seated by the hostess. Once water and wine were ordered, it took an additional 15 minutes to receive. The appetizers took an additional 30 mins. The main complaint...Our server's response to my inquiring about taking a look at the patio seating was, " The patio is not open for the season, but if you buy this ($200) bottle of wine, I'm sure you could take a look around." Very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I loved the food and she liked that she could taste the hundred dollar wines by the oz."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had gone to Greystone several times 6 years ago. The food & service was excellent. We went back in March 2014 and now they have students as servers. The menu is also very limited. Our server recommended the steak which we told him we wanted rare and it was cooked medium rare. We asked for coffee with dessert which he never brought. When they had actual waiters years ago the service was top notch with a varied menu. This time was very disappointing. The food and service is not what it once was. We won't go back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Apparently there have been big changes at the CIA since the last time we were there in 7/2013. This used to be our favorite lunch spot but no more. We used to love sitting at the bar overlooking the cooking but that's no longer an option. Also, the menu was more limited than usual. You can't see the cooking from the regular tables. I recommend going somewhere else in Napa. CIA just isn't interesting or fun anymore."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Everything was first rate. Since this is a teaching school, the only recommendation is that the server should always serve the lady first. In most cases, the man was served before the woman. Call me old fashioned, but that's the way I was brought up."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I love dining at Wine Spectator Greystone! The perfect way to end your day in Napa or Sonoma."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is probably one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever been to. We sat outside on the patio overlooking the vineyards. The food was fantastic as was the service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The highlight of our week at Napa was going to your restaurant! We would love to visit again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Went with several friends and we were disappointed. It was wonderful. The food was prepared perfect. The service was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We made reservations and did not realize we made them for wrong date. We showed up and the manager was delightful. He found us a table and treated us like we had made reservations for that night. We all enjoyed the dinner. VEry decorative and very tasty. Thanks for great service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The service was a little slow as we never received our bottle of wine until half was through our first course... therefore we paid corkage for a nice bottle of wine which was 3/4 full by the time we left. It was a nice dining experience which we both enjoyed.. food was delicious too. Staff were nice."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our food was fabulous and varied, done to perfection. Our server was a student and very charming, which made up for his lack of serving experience. At first it felt a little noisy, but this calmed down by the time we were eating. We were unhurried, but don't try to rush through this dining experience. The bartender made a fabulous cocktail, and of course, there was an extensive and varied wine list."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This place was very large, housed in a beautiful stone building. Our student waiter was very sincere and helpful. The food was very good, but the menu is pretty limited. We were expecting it to be prix fix, but that had changed in the last two weeks. This info wasn't yet on the website. There's a large open kitchen in the middle of the dining space where it was fun to watch the chefs in their toques doing their thing. The noise level was very high. Overall, a great experience and worth doing."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was my 4th time at Greystone. In the past it has been everything one would expect ; however this time I found it flat and unexciting. The food was very good and our server was fine. I missed being able to sit at the counter to watch the food preparation. I missed the bar and that particular portion of the atmosphere. There was some bumping around, as though the students/wait staff weren't sure where they should be or going. I had talked Greystone up so much to my guest due to the past that I felt a bit embarrassed. I was told that the school had made some recent changes and that that was probably partly due to our experience. I feel as though, like so much these days, the economy has a lot to do with fading ambiance."
    Dined on 3/11/2014