The Restaurant at CIA Copia

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890 reviews
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Inspired by the Napa Valley and The Culinary Institute of America’s California farms and gardens, The Restaurant at CIA Copia offers a distinctive dining experience where simple, seasonally-inspired dishes are paired with a curated selection of wines, beers, and handcrafted cocktails. Interact with chefs in the beautiful open kitchen and experience true hospitality from our staff. The restaurant’s sleek and comfortable atmosphere is perfect for a celebratory evening or as a go-to hang out. Dine in the restaurant, order a drink at the bar, or grab a couch in the lounge. Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience and friendly camaraderie at The Restaurant at CIA Copia!

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Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It took a little before we were greeted by server. Once she did the service was great! Claire was very courteous and friendly. However there was a miscommunication on the corkage fees but the manager Scott resolved the situation to our satisfaction!
Will return!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday and had a spectacular experience. Amazing food, kind and helpful staff -- it was all you could want from a night out.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. The smoked trout salad was over the moon. The salmon was cooked to perfection.

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v
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My party of four all had the crab salads and we shared a cream brûlée. All the food was delicious.

The service was very odd. There was my party and one other party of four in the restaurant at the time I was dining with my family. The waiter had no personality and was slow at taking our order. She hardly came to help or see how things were at our table. I don’t know her name but she had dark curly hair.

If you fix the service the restaurant would be top notch. It was nice that we had time to visit but I was on a tight schedule. Being a restaurant with a CIA background I would think the service would be at its best. The hostess was nice and greeted us upon entry.

I want to come back but I hope service will improve.

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food, great service, nice area too

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MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Potato leek soup was tasty & Roast chicken was juicy & delicious. Appreciate good wine selections at reasonable prices.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the food at CIA Copia...one of our favorites!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and attentive and when they were out of the dessert we wanted the manager named Mark brought out two desserts for us to try and spent time at our table to be sure we were satisfied!!
I highly enjoyed the meal and service!

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HE
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great choices. There own wine Greystones is great. Can't wait to go back

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good. However, the portions were incredibly small compared to the price.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was incredible. Much better than I expected. King salmon and accompanying delicacies were superb. And the chocolate desert was amazing, deeply rich bittersweet with just the right amount of sweet.

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

I surprised my husband for his birthday and took him to ‘Wine County’ for a day. I reserved dinner here and it was perfect. We both enjoyed our meals tremendously, starting with the trout appetizer which was fresh and flavorful, he ordered the ribeye which was delicious (I had a bite, so tender!) & HUGE! (You can seriously share it with a few..!) I enjoyed the hanger steak which was cooked perfectly, we added the (appetizer) of crispy Brussels Sprouts which were awesome, seriously a meal in itself, and of course we had to add the fries with garlic aioli...seasoned & crispy - yum! (We had leftovers of everything to take home of course!)

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v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The excellent ambiance and service were over shadowed by the saltiness of the seasoning.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great food, great service 👍🏼

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service staff not great food terrific

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New waiter and he did great

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TC
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints.

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JD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talia and the staff at CIA Copia are fantastic. Brunch was amazing, and reasonable. The chicken and waffles was superb, and the steak and eggs was even better. We'll be back!

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J
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat at the counter to watch the chef and his cooks prepare dinners. It was so amazing to watch and the food was excellent.
Our only disappointment was to learn none of the cooking staff were students, they were either alumni and/or professionals.

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N
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us had a most enjoyable dinner. Most appetizers and entrees lend themselves to sharing. We started with two order of the "amuse bouche", the mussels and the brussel sprouts. We had the hanger steak, ducking (not on the menu - but often available) and a side of the delicious polenta. This was more than adequate for six of us.

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JE
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! Service was wonderful; food and menu were fabulous. We will definitely return when in the area. A hidden gem! BEST margarita I've ever had!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience - we went for the family dinner after our wedding - small group of 8. The hanger steak and the lamb was amazing, melt in your mouth and perfectly seasoned. Good choices of entrees for everyone to have what they wanted, nice atmosphere. Very good price for quality food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had lunch and it was difficult to choose. Everything sounded yummy - it was a great menu. The Brussels sprouts were amazing!

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service at the CIA Copia!! The menu was fresh and seasonal, and the food was prepared perfectly. We had Salmon, Beef Tartar, fried Brussel Sprouts with lemon aioli, and a Cheesy Marscapone Polenta - all to die for. The server was super friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere in the school was pretty neat. We were there on a Monday night and it was relatively quiet but I imagine in the summer it is a full restaurant since the location is prime. Highly recommend visiting if you’re in the area!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere.

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AC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service. My husband couldn’t stop raving about his steak!

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Made reservations for brunch thinking it would be packed, it wasn’t; we sat down fast, place was half empty. We got water quickly then waited, and waited- 10 minutes went by we had to call the manager as he walked by. No one noticed we hadn’t had orders taken. We had server come back apologize and still took time to get actual drinks. We had to order food quickly bc we weren’t sure when we would get that! It seemed they were short staffed but they were disorganized and led to a bad experience nonetheless. Food was good at least. Parking is still a nightmare.

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MW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While the good was good, it was not inspiring. The best part of the meal was the $13 tasting. Our waiter, while very nice, was inefficient and distracted. Felt that a "teaching" restaurant should be aspiring to perfection.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Small Portions, Way over priced, very limited menu.

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KJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food and excellent service. Next time I will come earlier to shop and browse.

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D
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice to see the Copia Building being reborn. We had a nice dining experience at The Restaurant - we chose to sit at the counter where you can watch the open kitchen. We had the special starter which included 4 tasty bites. For our entrees we had the veal chop (bone in) and lamb confit. Both were very good - note portions are large. The dessert was the only disappointment - the pecan pie was more like a bar which was a little on the hard side. Large wine list of course. Note that the menu changes so the on-line menu is only a guide.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CIA Copia was outstanding. We spent our anniversary dinner there and the food, service, and setting was wonderful. Both our meals were top notch and cooked perfectly. We were served our food fast and our servers were great. To top off our dinner there even served us a complementary glasses of champagne for our anniversary! We will definitely be returning!
Thank you for a wonderful night!

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the service was lacking. When we made the reservation, we listed we were celebrating a birthday. We we checked in, the group in front of us were also celebrating a birthday. They hostess wished them a happy birthday when she seated them. When we were seated, the hostess did not wish our guest of honor with a happy birthday. I had to remind them we were celebrating a birthday and then she wished our honoree a happy birthday. Most restaurants give the small desert for the birthday person, CIA Copia charged us for the one given to the guest of honor. In addition, we were there for brunch and they did not fill up our water glasses or ask about refills of coffee. The food was good enough to overcome the shortcomings in the staff, although barely. We enjoyed the other CIA at Greystone so I would be willing to give this place another try.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was lackluster and one of our dishes was very salty

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GY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both enjoyed our meals. The vegetarian entrée. The fish options. The interesting setting. Parking was easy. Highly recommend.

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g
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CISA Copia has excelled beyond all our hopes. It was great on our last visit but this time we were absolutely overwhelmed with the experience, We will return often for more of this restaurant.
The Chicken and Veal chop were extraordinary but starting with the brussels sprouts and Filet Mignon tartar started our meal on a high note.

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TC
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Order the chef’s duck if they have it, a special dish that isn’t on the menu. Great place to enjoy dinner in Napa and bring your own wine or order from their list which is reasonable both in price and selection.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The wine we ordered Caymus which was $23 per glass was served hot, of all places you would think anywhere in Napa would know what temperature wine should be stored. The meals were ok we ordered a steak which was decent and the lamb which was also decent but very rich the side dishes of beans tasted like cardboard, with no flavor and the mashed potatoes tasted grocery store bought. The flan for dessert also tasted as if it came from the frozen food isle in he grocery store. I guess with all the great restaurants and food in Napa our expectations were much higher.

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal at CIA Copia for Valentine’s Day. We have been here 6 or 7 times and it just keeps getting better. Highly recommend.

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. Restaurant is vey chic.

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