Savor The Culinary Institute of America

4.5
720 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Step into Savor and experience a meal inspired by ingredients and techniques from around the world. Your meal is created and presented by advanced CIA students under the guidance of our professional faculty, making for a truly unique and memorable experience. Build your own three or four-course meal in our intimate dining room or spend time at our bar and choose from our constantly changing dishes, classic cocktails, curated wines, or local craft beers.
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J
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed the opportunity to try high-caliber cuisine from these talented culinary students.
Awesome experience! Worth the money!

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a last minute reservation and we were apprehensive as it was our annual Valentine’s Day. The restaurant, service, ambiance and overall experience could not have been better. We really enjoyed our meal and the attentiveness of the staff. Truly recommend the restaurant.

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T
San Antonio
42 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When the CIA said they were opening a new restaurant and closing the original one, I was sad. I am sad no more! This place rocks! The risotto, pasta, fish and steak were delicious! The student waitstaff were knowledgeable and well trained! We cant wait to go back!!

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GP
San Antonio
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Small portions, flavor not the best for me either. Very small place.

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KW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Presentation was ok. Food was ok. The risotto was too salty. Fish needed more sauce. Portions were too small. Price was too high for this level. Since these are students, they need to lower the price.

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c
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Food was fantastic. Service was understandably slow since its a CIA lab.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service started out well and was very friendly setting the tone for a great experience. We opted for the wine pairing and felt it really enhanced the meal. Each course was delicious, and seemed to build off of the course before it even when the cuisine types didn’t necessarily go together.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food selection and wine pairing. Best soup I have ever had

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. Great flavors.

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DP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the plates were unique, attractive in presentation, and moreover delicious. Service was friendly. It was terrific to enthusiastic culinary students sharing their new skills.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Undercooked fish and no comp

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VA
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We started with the carrot soup, which was tasty, spicy and, along with the mussels, proved to be the high points of the meal. The $5 bread plate is two slices of grilled bread. The mussels were plump and well-prepared. The tartare had small clumps of fat in it. The ribeye was tiny and thin - maybe 3 oz. The pork schnitzel was overcooked, although the cucumber salad was bright and crunchy. The lowest point was the semifreddo, which was more like a pathetic cheesecake than semifreddo. We got the wine pairings, which were fair - the last glass was unalloyed sweetness - undrinkable by us.

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H
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an overall great experience. The food is well thought through and delicious. The ambience is warm and friendly. The students did a great job; this makes me look forward to the future of the foodservice world. Can't wait to go back

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Not too noisy. Well lit. Service was very timely. A great spot to enjoy a lovely meal

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FS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful experience at Savor. Food was very good and service was good considering it was the first week and CIA students were handling the duties. Only complaint is ambiance could have been a little better as it is very bright. Almost like in a cafeteria. Dimming the lights would make a huge difference. All in all, a welcome (and needed) addition to the Pearl!

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Exceptional food and service.

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SM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent option for SA--everything was delicious!

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C
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our food experience was very good. Each course was attractively presented and we enjoyed the blend of ingredients used.

We did find the scallop a little too salty.

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JQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful food! Amazingly delicious octopus with a twist; tried some duck and shrimp tacos, drooled at just the scent of them in front of me. Even the guac was a revelation.
Wish I could have eaten a bit of everything on the menu.

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DP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing. A bit pricey but was to be expexted at a place like this. The place was clean and quiet. As a place ran by actual culinary institute students the service lacked a bit. Also, everyones uniforms seemed lazily put together. None looked pressed or the white youd expect to see from chefs. They looked lime reused hand me downs.
Food was very good though. I recommend the pork belly and shrimp tacos.

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i
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

So the story is this week lace is operated by students and overseen by professionals. This is true but the feel is more like a room full of dedicated pros that care about the experience and enjoy all of it. Every dish we tried was delicious and beautiful. Our table neighbors had a similar experience. The CIA is top notch and all they produce is worthy. NAO will be redeveloped in 2019 and I’m confident that will continue their record of excellence. Well done.

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n
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible services, had to get our own water and waiter forget to put in our order... food was only ok

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Appreciated the chef visiting with foodie guests from Mexico,great to visit with attentive server about his student experiences and his aspirations...
Fun to explore/ share the different tastes on the menu...was a pleasant and special experience for our guests

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy to mingle with guests at other tables. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was tasty and generous. In fact, we ate only one meal and had the other one for dinner two days later.
Janet

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B
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The waitstaff is not well trained. On two occasions, waiters have tried to clear away my plate while others at my table were still enjoying their meals. This is rude and inappropriate.

On my last visit, the waiter asked the gentleman for his order first. I believe it is customary to ask the lady first what she would like to order.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This has got to be the best value in San Antonio, although I understand that the value is due largely to unpaid labor. Our waiter was gracious, accommodating, attentive, and intelligent. I think it' a great idea that you make future chefs experience and solve the typical problems faced by those on the floor. I was a bit disappointed that the place was billed as a no-tip establishment, but there was a mandatory 20% surcharge added to the bill to support the institute. I would have gladly donated 20%, but I would also have liked to signal our waiter that he did an excellent job. Normally, the tip conveys that signal, and it's voluntary. I think a better approach would be to let people tip, but let them know that the waiters will turn over all tips to the scholarship fund. That way it's still voluntary, we get to express our evaluation of the waiter's performance, and we still get to donate to the scholarship fund. The non-voluntary nature of the gratuity really rubbed me the wrong way.

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FF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great time, as usual, amazing food, great service, enjoyable wine, not rushed.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service, great food.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a visitor in town fir a convention, the reservation site was a bit confusing for putting in number of people and open table still did not show correctly when I come after I modified the reservation . Servers and greeters were great. Just disappointed that they did not have tea even though it was on the menu. Prices were reasonable for the food. Flavors were good.

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PK
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, would love to come back soon. Thanks for having us

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HC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food at Nao. It’s a special treat to interact with the staff who are all in their last semester of culinary school.

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C
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great location near Pearl Brewery and Emma. John was very gracious. We believe in supporting the local community and what a great way to do that by choosing a school for culinary arts. Minimalist decor, very relaxed atmosphere yet stylish. Decent wine selection.

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KL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, but the portion of 1/2 chicken was small. I think that it was a canary. The flavors were excellent. Server was nice, but server/student needs better training. We ordered two tapas and one meal to share... everything arrived at once. Too long to get my glass of wine. Water glasses never refilled automatically, and still had to wait too long after I asked.

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T
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner at Nao! It was interesting to speak with the culinary students and learn about their education. The food was excellent!

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff are students who are thrilled to interact with you and serve you. The menu is limited but the food selections we msde were delicious. Definitely a good value.

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r
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A totally unprofessional organization. I received a phone call from the restaurant at 2 pm on the day of our reservation, asking that I confirm our reservation for 715 pm, which I did. I added that we may be a bit late due to other plans, to which the restaurant replied 'No problem at all'. At 715 pm, we called the restaurant to let them know we had just left our hotel, which was 15 minutes away, and again the answer was 'No problem, thanks for letting us know'. Ten minutes later, the restaurant called back informing us that they were closing the kitchen and we were no longer welcome - a first for me in 30 years of travel all over North America. Needless to say, I'll never even attempt to eat at this sad excuse for a service organization.

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San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David provided great service and the food was delicious!

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n
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is nice. Good vegetarian and fish options. Nice ambiance. Service uneven, but part of CIA description of expectations.

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Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They start off telling you that you’re in a classroom but they aren’t giving any breaks on the pricing. This is an expensive menu for something that isn’t really all that.

The grouper ceviche has not “cooked” long enough. The Duck Flautas were great. The pizza was too heavy and greasy. The wine list is terribly restricted and even the high end bottles are not well regarded.

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HM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A real treat while visiting San Antonio. Yummy food. Waiter who was happy to be there, but wasn't overpowering.

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