Savor The Culinary Institute of America

4.5
756 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
* Savor is currently not taking reservations due to Student Spring Intercession. Dinner service resumes May 10th*

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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PM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The students running Savor are smart, attentive, and talented. The 4 course meal was a tremendous value and very, very tasty.

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DW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the diversity of the menu. Flavors were balanced. Only disappointment was the chocolate cake. Peanut and berries dessert was delicious.

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p
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried everything on the menu and it was all excellent (most notable: apple radicchio salad, sprouts, tagliatelle, steak tartare, scallop & risotto, curried carrot soup, schnitzel, ribeye, snapper, chocolate balsamic cake w/ lemon basil ice cream!) All staff was awesome, with exeptional service from Raoul and Jacob (thanks for the kitchen tour!) Made my dad's 91st birthday very memorable, thanks & congrats to the graduates!

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c
San Antonio
43 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner at Savor was outstanding. The food was delicious and presented very creatively. Savor puts most professional dining experiences to shame. We cannot wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jacob was our server and he was professional and just plain wonderful. I am obsessed with the pace potatoes and wish I could have had them for dessert! Great food, great atmosphere, excellent service and a delightful tour of their kitchen completed the evening.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Husband and I ordered the ribeye. We both ordered it medium. His came out medium rare and mine came out well done!! The ribeye was rather thin as well. Drinks were rather pricey; $12.00 for a Manhattan. Our friends just found it fair as well. I will say the pork schnitzel, which I had a bite of was excellent and my friend loved it too. Adding a 20% tip was also a bit forward. Granted it goes towards scholarships but still, WOW.

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CL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great evening out w friends! Food was wonderful. Service was a little slower than a standard restaurant but it was nice to not feel rushed. Seemed a little slower than necessary at times. Great atmosphere.

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WG
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This reservation was last minute and we had no idea what the menu would be, and I'm so glad we took a chance on Savor. My husband and I truly enjoyed the entire evening. Our diet is gluten free and dairy free and the chefs were highly accommodating. The food was delicious, the staff, very attentive, and our drinks were wonderful. We'll definitely go back.

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PZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great dinner prepared by our future Chefs. Great balance of flavors,presentation and execution. Being a Chef myself of over 35 years I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Cocktails top notch also.

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TW
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a unique and fun experience! I thoroughly enjoy this and will be back!

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Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente lugar. Son alumnos a punto de graduarse como chefs.

Una experiencia deliciosa.

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DA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Mostly good food but horrible untrained service. Way overpriced. Noisy. Open style seating.

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WG
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food beautifully presented. My ONLY complaint: if you ask if I want bread for the table, tell me there is a charge. I do not want to discover a "hidden" charge when I get my bill. That aside, I will be back!

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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MA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a true foodies destination. I understand Savory being a teaching environment and with that being said the students do an excellent job.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We loved every minute of it!! The choices on the menu were varied enough to make all four of us happy!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A few too many kinks in the experience for a good recommendation. Risotto was partly underdone, schnitzel perhaps one layer too thing (too much breading, not enough pork), and berry crisp was ice cold. That with a $300 tab (for four people) was a bit too much. But I'd guess that, given that this is a teaching restaurant, the quality will go up and down. Certainly nice variety on the menu, good wine list, good service.

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j
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The space is really beautiful, quiet, well lit, with nice visibility of the kitchen
The service was warm, friendly and attentive, although a little pressured at times
The food was overall OK at best. Lots of really strong flavors that didn't necessarily go together. A couple of really odd flavor combos as well. Some dishes came out cold, others correct.
Although the option of 3 or 4 courses with fair pricing was appealing, ultimately none of the dishes were attention grabbing in a good way so I would not go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Connor our server was awesome, friendly and very accommodating. My friend and I celebrated our birthdays, and received a delicious surprise of the yummy cheese platter. Food presentation was perfect and the quality/quality was fabulous. Highly recommend Savor!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 5

Portions way TOOO small

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. What a great experience. Food was outstanding and ambiance was great

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CV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food I had was excellently prepared. However, the portions, especially the third course (steak). Other than that, everything was great.

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KD
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food selections were great! We enjoyed our evening at Savor. Professional staff, great location.

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MB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The experience was very fun. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about all aspects of our meal. We asked about the coconut cake and he said it was a vegan recipe but wasn’t advertised as vegan. Very interesting!!!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was terrific, but the air conditioning was out! It was very warm and uncomfortable in the dining room - wish they had let us know beforehand so we could have changed our reservation to another night.

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HS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only complaint was that my husband was still a little hungry and made a sandwich a couple hours after.

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SN
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

ambiance was great. Steak tartare and the carrot soup were very good. Scallops and fish were over cooked. Overall it was good enough to return as I’m hopeful they just haven’t worked all the kinks out with new
Restaurant.

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BR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It is nice to support the CIA students. Food was hit and miss, but overall tasty with right sized portions. Service was SLOW, it took nearly two hours to get through our 3 course meal. Having said that we would go back again. They have menu that is totally new once a quarter.

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M
Amarillo
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was exceptional. The only downside was the service, the server seemed to not want to be there and tried his best not to wait on us or any other table that was his. It was strange because the other servers were so attentive. I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday in my reservation and upon check-in and watched another table get a nice little cake for their birthday, and we got nothing. It was just the inconsistency that was the worst part.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Small plates -will try a side next time. Didn’t try dessert. Waitress was good! Hope it makes it as overall the quality of restaurants in the pearl don’t match the prices. Really miss Ill songo

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Each course was delicious and uniquely made.

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was so much fun - the tasting menu gave lots of great options. Everything well prepared!

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Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was looking forward to returning to the CIA's new restaurant. Having dined at Nao last year, the food and service was out of this world. Unfortunately, my experience was far below my expectations While the students have changed, their level of proficiency certainly should have been as good as their predecessors. The waiter was somewhat knowledgeable but didn't convey confidence and experience. The food was okay but not exceptional and part of the blame has to go on the staff mentoring and overseeing the students. I cannot recommend this restaurant in the Pearl District; there are many better alternatives.

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BS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great experience. I loved how excited the students to share their experience. How willingly they shared their hopes and dreams, and their fears. The food was exceptional, and we had some 'wow' moments. I loved how the chef (student) took the time to explain how they made the basil ice cream. Our initial order had one mistake, but was rectified immediately so we did not ding them on that mistake. Overall, I loved this place. I did go into it with the idea, that this was their final semester, but a student restaurant none the less, however, they pleasantly surprised me not only with the ingenuity of the dishes (the roasted brussels sprouts!) and the friendly fun service.

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AA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great! I would recommend to others

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CA
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This birthday dinner was top knotch

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J
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 14, 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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San Antonio
44 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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
46 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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

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