The Restaurant at CIA Copia

4.3
717 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 967-2555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Soscol Ave and Silverado Trail
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Parking details
There is a large parking lot directly outside of the CIA at Copia.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Entrees, rib eye steak and lamb chops,were phenomenal. Appetizers, Tempura Squash and Chili mussels, lacked flavor. Desserts also very good.

No corkage fee for Napa/Sonoma bottled Sunday and Monday

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NB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service staff is very friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent!

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CF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food is amazing! Service needs improvement across the board, very slow and not attentive. Hopefully they are working out the kinks!

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MS
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we plan to return. The service was very good and the food was as well. nice spot for dinner with friends or just as a couple.

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AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Checking out the gardens and other curios at CIA also fun.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were late to our reservation (went to the wrong CIA) but they were able to accommodate our party of nine in a private dining area. Very much appreciated

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K
San Francisco
343 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I hadn't been to the newest restaurant at Copia since last year and the food has improved and is excellent. It was a birthday lunch/brunch for a friend and we enjoyed mussels to start and then Dungeness crab benedict and a wonderful crab/shrimp salad topped off with a luscious almond cake. All quite wonderful and I'll look forward to returning.

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CF
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our first visit here and the food did not disappoint overall. My dish came out warm, not hot, which is a pet peeve of mine. Service was amateur - we had to refill our own wine glasses with the first bottle we bought. On the bottle of wine we brought, he broke the cork as he did not screw down as far as he should have. We will return and try again!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had been there for restaurant week and really loved it. The food was phenomenal. We were traveling back to Napa with friends who had never been so we took them to CIA Copia. It just wasn’t the same experience. I tried the House Chardonnay and it just wasn’t my thing. We enjoyed our appetizers. Two of us ordered the tagliatelle for the main. It tasted more like egg noodles and was the most bland entree I can ever remember ordering. I asked for something else and ended up getting the appetizer soup because everything else would take too long. Our guest didn’t like his tagliatelle either but was afraid to send it back. Do not the best experience for a pricey meal.

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LC
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Have always been interested in dining at the CIA in New York State but have never quite coordinated the event. We were visiting family and noticed a CIA Copia and it was surely worth the drive. The food quality was outstanding and the presentation was beautiful. I suspect that the service folks were students and paid a lot more attention to cooking procedures as the service was slightly less that expected, given the beautiful venue and fine preparation. Pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon was great as was the corn soup with chili oil. The desserts were outstanding. The chocolate "bombe" was delicious. A lemon bagna cauda was worth a taste as well. I'd go back.....and hope to visit the one in upstate New York. Kudos!

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

the dinner was bland. I had the rib eye and it was almost flavorless.... my date had the pork and it too was bland. Very disappointed.

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M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in every way! My last meal there was a Sunday Brunch. Our table started with two Buttermilk cheddar biscuits stacked with thinly sliced ham and a piquant jelly we all loved. Then we shared a breakfast pizza, eggs benedict, mussels with crusty bread, a frittata. Each was unique in flavors and ingredients. The illy coffee is always a treat brewed in individual carafes. Prices are very competitive for an upscale restaurant. I just hope it remains a secret place without crowds. Service is spot on.

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Had great service and staff was very friendly

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l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Crab Benedict was unbelievably great on a Model Bakery English Muffin. The fried chicken and waffles were perfect. The smoke salmon and avocado toast is a must try as is the burrata starter. The crepes were light, and fluffy. Can't wait to come back. Staff was great, and attentive. Loved walking through the garden before our reservation too.

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EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for my wife’s 40th Birthday lunch with family. Good selection of food and drink with reasonable pricing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and piping hot food.

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S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Excellent service! From appetizers to wine list to entrees and dessert truly an excellent experience! I had dined at Greystone CIA about 18 years ago but this is a different atmosphere. Very excited about professionals this school is training!

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ED
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks, and top-notch service. The grounds and outdoor seating are really beautiful too, hope to be back again soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food except the portion size was a bit small.

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j
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service experience was odd . . . After the hostess seated us outside, we sat almost 15 minutes on a quiet day with lots of staff moving around but without anyone acknowledging us. Someone dropped off water and I did everything I could to make eye contact with her and start talking to her, but she just walked off. Finally I flagged someone down, a waiter who apparently was not in our section. He was nice ( and we still tipped 20 percent because of course the wait wasn't his fault). Food was pretty good, big portions which I wasn't expecting, but the wasps (not honey bees) were bothering us constantly. There were literally two at our table the whole meal, and we just couldn't enjoy ourselves. So we asked for boxes for the 85 percent of our meals that remained, and took off early. Got home 90 minutes later to the east bay to see that they had thrown the dressing for my crab and shrimp salad just on the bottom of the box, so everything was wet and covered in aioli! Husband's fried chicken and waffles were also sitting in his gravy. So disappointing!

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NS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Restaurant was noisy and crowded - not what we expected from earlier visits. Our food selection was excellent although menu was very heavy on non-attractive vegs.
We might go back on a non-weekend night for the food but certainly not for the clamor!

Our waiter could not put thru our Mastercard Debit Card so another disappointment . We were given no advance notice it would not be accepted and wonder if he did it incorrectly.

Not a very satisfactory evening,

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waiters

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RL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always fresh and vibrant menu. I love the creative offerings and great service.

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N
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch at Copia. The steak and eggs were excellent, a most generous portion and great value.

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HR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambience and fantastic service.

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NV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We are Napkins that brought visitors from Connecticut and it was a very nice experience. Both the appetizers and entrees were very good and the service was excellent. My only constructive feedback is the moderately priced appetizer portions were too small for sharing. I would rather pay a little more for a bit larger sharing portion. We will definitely be back.

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AH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch this weekend! The food, service and setting was perfect!

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LK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visiting from the East Coast. Outside seating was beautiful. Wait staff had a few hiccups with drinks etc but overall a great experience. Fries were to die for and the burger was one of the best we ate in a long time.

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b
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, we went for an early dinner at 7pm and the restaurant was about half full when we left. All of our servers were charming and more than helpful. I can hardly wait to go again

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d
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend here, for a great salad. Nice to find
salad that works for someone who doesn't want too many calories. The room set up to enjoy conversation with friend. One problem was lunch was on a friday and finding parking was terrible. I parked almost a football field away in a lot across the street. Ok...you are saying, the walk will go you good...but just give yourself plenty of time to find a space and walk to restaurant. Please, do not bring your kids here...you can take them over to Oxbow where the noise will hide your childs screams!
Thank you Copia for still putting out good food. The room is excellent for conversation.

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ES
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. We where pleasantly surprised to find this great place.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience overall, food wasn’t anything super special but it was respectable

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SN
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

A very disappointing experience. I had been to the restaurant on the CIA campus on a couple of occasions and have always been very impressed so I was looking forward to how they would operate a professional kitchen. We got to the restaurant a few minutes before a reservation time and opted to sit in the bar and have a cocktail prior to dinner. The bartender was not very personable and didn't really seem to know what he was doing. We later found out that he was simply a busboy that was filling in. After we were seated a not-so-friendly lady came up and took a drink order. It seemed as though she was being disturbed by having to wait on us. I later found out she was the acting manager.

The restaurant was not busy at all as only about six tables had occupants but the service experience was quite poor. In addition the menu itself was quite limited which surprised me. Our server was friendly but had obviously not been well trained. I ordered a flight of red wine and when it was delivered our server identified the wines as a Pinot, a Merlot and a Chardonnay! At first I thought he was joking but he obviously didn't know what he was speaking about. Although the food was tasty it was not as described. I ordered a Steak Diane. I've had Steak Diane prepared at multiple locations and I know that this is a steak that has a sauce with Dijon mustard, mushrooms, Cognac and cream and is often a flambe. Also it was supposed to be a ribeye per the menu, and although I can't be certain I think it was just a tri-tip. I ordered it medium and it was quite well-done. And it was swimming in a very soupy jus. Clearly not Steak Diane! My wife had chicken that was tasty but the vegetables were quite overcooked. This was not the experience that I was expecting at a CIA facility.

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Y
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decadent food! Friendly and helpful staff, while maintaining an impressive air of professionalism. Excellent experience!

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AB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CIA menus are always creative and fantastically prepared. Don't hesitate to try them.

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LT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal. I sat at the bar so I could watch them cook. Everyone was so friendly and the food was amazing. I really enjoyed the local wine as well.

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KB
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were very much looking forward to dining at the CIA however the restaurant was in Napa. Your website needs to call attention to the fact that you're not eating at CIA when referring to Copia. It's quite a drive to get to Napa in traffic from CIA and we were late.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our first time at Copia and we started with the mussels which was awesomely spicy, which we savored the sauce with more bread. Enjoyed the lamb and pork loin with bacon. Also tried the prawns tagliatelle with pesto which were very fresh tasting basil.

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m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a family brunch. The menu was varied and interesting. Everyone tried something different and we ordered a couple of appetizers as well. All hits, and not a single miss. We expected good from CIA, but it was outstanding! Personal french-press coffee for everyone, homemade jam, and wonderful flavors. Highly recommended!

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AG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were looking forward the the dining experience. Hostess was lovely and tried to make up for some poor service. Artichokes were yummy but my chicken was undercooked. I wouldn’t recommend and will not go back. With so many options in Napa it just doesn’t measure up.

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