The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

4.8
2943 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Our students are excited to welcome you back to The Bocuse Restaurant on May 25! Seating is limited, and reservations are REQUIRED. To protect the health and safety of our team, and out of courtesy for other diners, masks are required unless you are eating, and additional protocols for visiting our campus have been put into place. Learn more at https://www.bocuserestaurant.com/location/bocuse-restaurant/.

Sleek and strikingly contemporary, The Bocuse Restaurant is named for the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse. Here, CIA students re-imagine the execution of classic French cuisine through the lens of ultra-modern cooking techniques under the instruction of world-class faculty. Enjoy casual yet sophisticated service alongside an exceptional French wine list and innovative cocktail program during your unique and exciting dining experience.

Support The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2943 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Michael
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bocuse is always a wonderful time to see what the students are working on, highly recommend

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SusanM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience.

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JenniferD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the 4-course prix fixe lunch on Saturday June 12 at Bocuse. Everything was delicious, the ingredients both familiar and new to me, creatively presented and prepared to perfection. Every course was a delight for my senses, the flavors bursting and combining in unexpected and delicious ways My waiter Trevor was great - friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items, cocktails and wine menu and for recommendations on where to go in exploring the CIA campus (hunt out the little chapel behind the library!) Everyone else involved in the service was wonderful - efficient, friendly and helpful. The tables were spaced so it never felt crowded. Everyone wore masks when not eating. Bocuse and American Bounty are currently the only restaurants open. Can't wait for the everything to open up again - It's a stunning campus and a great dining experience.

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SingingPrinc
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Hannah was very accommodating, pleasant and attentive. We enjoyed the unique food offerings that we ordered. A wonderful evening.

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barrodct
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single bite was amazing. Highly recommend.

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GreatDiningBW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to return to the Culinary Institute. Wonderful lunch. All students were on top of their game as you can see by the impeccable service. The courses were served elegantly. The presentation of food almost made it too beautiful to eat!!! We were not rushed, and enjoyed every bite. We are four friends for over 60 years, and enjoy getting together for lunch at nice places with great food and excellent service. We will be sure to come back again! Thank you to all the students in the front and in the back for making our lunch extra special!!!

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Joyful
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed the diverse menu and the excellent service.

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vipSamanthaB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful afternoon! The food and service was excellent and it was fun
conversing with the CIA students!

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HollyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there was a wonderful experience We loved all the food and its presentation
Our servers were engaging and knowledgeable. We enjoyed seeing the goings on in the kitchen
The building and the grounds are beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and top quality food

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orcuttNYC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you very much.
We look forward to coming back to try your other restaurant!

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EileenP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience. Oysters, calamari, roasted chicken were outstanding. Preparation was perfection. Safety precautions were taken seriously and plenty of room between tables. Sensible touches including bag to store mask while dining, sanitizer and placemats printed with menu.

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ChrisS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding value. Beautiful campus. Delightful and professional students. Glad to experienced it!

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jessek
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All food was delicious. Great service My only complaint is that the dessert portion was minuscule. I saved room for it and then walked out hungry.

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WPFoodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our experience, the CIA is always a wonderful place for everything from large group dinners to intimate dinners with friends to date nights! The students never disappoint in the preparation or the service. The charity events have been particularly well-done! Make your reservation - you won't regret it!

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TeresaOkane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels and the burrata tomato salad were absolutely wonderful. The entire dining experience was lovely.

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carolanne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great . the service the waitress knowledgeabe about the food.

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JoeC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu selections were interesting and varied. All our choices were delicious. Service was excellent. Delightful experience!!!

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lokinvalitchfield
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The service was oversolicitous and unpolished , forgiveable of course as the students tried hard but could still use a lesson or two in professionalism .
The major disappointment was the food - really abominable .
Oysters already dressed in vinaigrette obscure the taste of the mollusk and Salmon Carpaccio was over marinated to the point of being tough and tasteless . Dover sole? Howabout a dried out, badly presented fish sausage with a mystery (scrambled egg ? ) filling . Bernaise was good and the bread and butter were first rate however . Sadly , not enough to justify the long drive .

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HelenS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food has improved significantly. Service always the best

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Masonofnyc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server described each menu item, that we subsequently ordered, perfectly. Service was beyond good. The quality of our selected menu items was perfection. I highly recommend this as a dining experience to add to your bucket list. The setting is beautiful and the dining room is just perfect for the enjoyment of the food and dining companion.

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vipAliYu
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The service, while attentive, was not intrusive. The servers were all passionate about their work.

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PeterP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Japanese beef was overcooked for the requested medium well.

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NancyK
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. A meal to remember.

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Travelingmom
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bocuse is a great place to dine. We are so happy it has re-opened and enjoyed a terrific menu.

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Bergs
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. We were 4 special friends celebrating a milestone birthday. One had been there before. The others had not. We are all certain to return. The food was totally awesome. The flavors and textures melted/exploded in your mouth.
Service was friendly and helpful.
Great job. So glad that you have reopened.

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MicheleM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a beautiful lunch. The service was impeccable. I loved all the options on the menu. My Watermelon salad was delicious. The Dover Sole was a little bit dry, but I did opt out of the Hollandaise sauce, so that may be why.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre wedding anniversary day

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Tomato salad, crab cake, duck, and strawberry soup were delicious.

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vipAmbience
New England
68 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Dishes are beautifully presented. Some unusual combinations of flavors but all worked except for curry in the carrot cake. Service was attentive.

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Mark
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere! The CIA is back better than ever!

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AndyP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Initially our waiter was nervous but eventually he settled down and was very helpful. Please let me know when the italian restaurant will open for our next visit.

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LeticiaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food at the Culinary Institute is always a marvelous and delicious experience. Do not forget to visit the Apple Pie Bakery!

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gerardo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very good value. Although the servers were inexperienced, they made up for it with very attentive service. Attractive decor.

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KatherineM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some dishes were way portioned larger than others regardless of course order. If you happen to choose the 4 small dishes for the entire course you leave still hungry. Price of four courses is advertised as a different price on opentable. However the servers were very understanding and allowed another choice when my boyfriend didn’t enjoy the ingredients in his dish. Wait time between courses were long.

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EdwardR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Enjoy the student chefs. They try so hard to please.

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susanl
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary with a lovely luncheon at Bocuse. The flavors, creativity and presentation were excellent. My husband found the servings to be on the small side. The service was personal and friendly. I informed the server of my wheat allergy, and still the appetizer description, and his knowledge, did not prevent a mishap with a wheat filled order! There should be an allergy guide in the menu, please! Fortunately, our guest was able to switch with me and disaster was averted.

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Berkshireduo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoy the Bocuse Restaurant the best. The American Bounty pre Covid did not seem unique to us & the Italian restaurant did not seem as special as it seemed from the decor, pre Covid. The Bocuse yesterday lived up to its reputation.

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vipMartyb33
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was first class, from the service, to the ambiance and certainly the food. As good as any food we have in France. The students were delightful, enjoyed talking to them and learning about their experiences and plans for the future. We will be back!

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kathyn
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal in beautiful setting.
All staff worked together to present a memorable lunch.

FAQs

The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America is rated 4.8 stars by 2943 OpenTable diners.

The Bocuse Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ciarestaurantgroup.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.