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About American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America
With a focus on the seasons and products of the Hudson Valley, contemporary and traditional regional dishes are brought to life at the American Bounty Restaurant in a truly honest and flavorful way. Rounded out with a first-class American wine list and comfortable warm service, this casually elegant restaurant sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
Dinner: 6–8:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
$31 to $50
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room
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With a focus on the seasons and products of the Hudson Valley, contemporary and traditional regional dishes are brought to life at the American Bounty Restaurant in an honest and flavorful way.
American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I took our son to American Bounty for his birthday, for the third year in a row, making a total of at least 5 visits to the various CIA restaurants over the years. It's always been very good or excellent, until now. The best I can say is that our server and the kitchen were having an off night. Alternatively, we got reheated left overs and the server was brain dead. So, are you wondering what was so bad? It started simply enough, when the server had to take our orders a second time. At least then he wrote them down. It's a shame my husband didn't get the mushroom-turmeric broth with lobster and cauliflower that had sounded so good. He did correctly guess, without remembering it from the menu, that he had been served a parsnip soup. Since it was quite tasty, he ate it without complaint, but he was pretty disappointed at not getting the soup he had such a hankering for. To make matters worse, my arctic char was just plain overcooked. Dry fish from a CIA restaurant??? Who let it out of the kitchen? In contrast, as my husband sampled the breast meat of his pheasant, he was delighted by how tasty and succulent it was. Unfortunately, the thigh, which should have been still more flavorful, was falling apart stringy and tasted like it had been fished out of a stock pot. It's also a shame my son never got the squash fritters he ordered, but at least his lamb shank was spot-on. Even re-filling water glasses was sub-par. The final fail at our table was the lack of a "happy birthday" treatment for our son's dessert, even though it was specified on the open table web reservation and confirmed with a phone call the day before. We related our experience to the maitre de as we left. Adding insult to injury, he said they would make it right next time we came, when, obviously, he should have done something concrete then and there.
Too bright. Food was good. Our waiter forgot things. I understand they are students so that’s why the service wasn’t top notch. All the appetizers and sides were delicious. The portions weren’t really uniform - some really small, some huge portions. The swordfish entree was delicious, but the pork porterhouse wasn’t great. Overall it was nice but maybe a little pricey for the experience. Happy we tried though.
Interesting menu options, new and fresh. Great combinations of foods, tastes and textures. We liked the different beverage options as well. I had the Orange vanilla soda. We liked the Parker rolls, taste and presentation, and the amuse-bouche was delicious. Service was prompt, but not rushed.... the timing was perfect. Our server, Mary, was personable and professional. Overall it was an outstanding dining experience. We will be back!
What an amazing restaurant. It’s been so long that we’ve been able to relax and savor each course as other places just try to get you in and our quickly. American Bounty was so relaxing and enjoyable with professional service and amazing food. It was worth the almost two hour drive during rush hour.
The atmosphere is very pleasant and conducive to the dining experience. Even with a full house the noise level was low and accommodating to table discussion. The food was seriously delicious and presented creatively. Rack of lamb was prepared as ordered with a very flavorful reduction. Sauteed halibut with bacon and mushrooms was outstanding. Assorted desserts were excellent.
We ( wife & myself)went here for a getaway dinner while visiting FDR birthplace. It was Hudson Valley Food week with 3 course meal at $32.95, but the menu was very limited with about half the entree choices with a surcharge of 4-8 dollars. Our appetizers were elk cappisio (+$4)and smoked salmon with quail egg. The elk was tasty and the smoked salmon was ok, but the portions throughout the entire meal were dished to feed my 2 year old grandson! Come on CIA, I’ve seen this consistent complaint from many reviewers, are you so arrogant to snub your nose at your customers?
We had swordfish (+$4) and lamb shank (+$4) the fish was good according to my wife, but I must say I found the lamb a little dry and thank god for the fresh rolls with butter to fill my belly.
I thought the best dish we had was a pumpkin cotta for desert. My desert, the chocolate tart was good but come on it was slightly larger than a silver dollar.
Our server was fabulous, this was the highlight of the dinner. He knew his dishes and when to check with us, etc.
I recommended American Bounty ( above) with much reservation. Hopefully the powers to be will read their reviews and adjust accordingly.
Our second visit to the CIA, first to American Bounty. Service was outstanding. Food was delicious. We went during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week which improved the value and made it more affordable. Overall experience was one of the best in the Hudson Valley we've had in many years.
I was back home and took my sister to dinner. We frequently go to Apple Pie. The Bocuse Restaurant wasn't available so I chose American Bounty. We shared everything and enjoyed it all. Server turned us on the the pre-fix menu which we appreciated because it gave us some extra dishes to try. I always love talking to the future chef's!
I wasn’t impressed, the apps were better than entrees but all in all I didn’t think the food was worth the price, it was bland and uninspired. We go to lots of fine dining/ upscale tavern type places and this is the worst I’ve had in a long time. The service and dessert were great however.
We had heard about the American Bounty restaurant from friends who had recently visited. We had driven by Hyde Park many times on the Taconic State Parkway and had mentioned many that we should visit the historic sites and have lunch at the CIA. We chose a quiet weekend to do booth. The combination of the setting, an absolutely wonderful food experience and the FDR Museum and estate made for a truly memorable experience. We can't wait to return to try some of the other wonderful food offerings and restaurant options.
Service was spectacular! Even though it was very busy, and apparently a number of students did not show for their shift because it was the day after finals, our student waiter was delightful. He really made our day with his pleasant demeanor and willingness to please. He will go far in whatever he decides to do in the culinary world. And, of course, the food was, as always, delicious , seasonal and creative. I have dined at the American Bounty many, many times over years and have never been disappointed.
Nice Restaurant Week meal at American Bounty. Service wasn't great but it's always hit or miss when students are serving you. Their HVRW lunch menu was great (it was their entire menu and better than the dinner menu IMHO), with no supplements (as opposed to their dinner menu or other CIA restaurants). The chocolate tart for dessert was amazing and the Parker House rolls are always great!
the food is superb but the portions have gotten smaller and smaller and even for Restaurant Week, the entree portions was more like an appetizer. The appetizer, while delicious, was hardly more than a mouthful.
They took a beautiful bar and minimized it to accommodate more tables. How unfortunate.
I realize margins are tough but now you have dissatisfied customers. The restaurant wasn't even half full.
Was there to celebrate my son's 22nd BDAY. My son, his parents, and a grandmother...all found great choices ...all were impressed with the variety of choices and the amazing food that was served. So great to be able to ask the waiter a question about a menu item - only to learn that a month before he was the chef in the kitchen who prepared it.
Great side story - my son wanted a root beer - they didn't have it...but the bartended went to work and via a combination of roots and spices made root beer! WOW
The ambiance was excellent. Not too noisy, good background noise. Food was well-prepared and tasty. Servers were very knowledgeable about menu items. Creative cocktails and local wine selections were thoughtfully paired with food. Portion size was just right, not too much, not too little. All items were fresh and hot when they were presented to the table.
I'd heard great things about the restaurants at the CIA. For the most part, you'd never know you were eating at a school training restaurant.
The food was delicious. The service was good. The timing of the service was perfect. The presentation was delightful.
It was definitely worth it. I would certainly come back.
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