The Restaurant at CIA Copia

4.3
775 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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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was poor and the food mediocre at best.

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LH
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a meal, two plates that were exceptional were the Potato Leek Soup and the Spicy Mussels. everything else was good but the soup was so tasty and the mussels were just out of this world good! The service we got was excellent, prompt, cordial, with great suggestions. Definitely a place I will be going back to.

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BH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Long waits for food, had to go looking for waiter to get a check. Food was mediocre compared to previous visits to Copia.

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SF
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jayne was an excellent server and was right on with suggestions for appetizers and main courses. She served everything with attention and in a timely manner, but didn't rush us. All four of us chose the delicious crab dishes. One had the crab eggs Benedict, the three others , the crab salad. Absolutely fresh and delicious!

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good as it was the last time I dined there. Great food - some of it not to my liking but I did find a couple of dishes that appealed to me. Service was excellent

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RS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very limited menu selections. Expected more variety. Service was good.

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JM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Menu selection was limited. Excellent service and interesting place to visit.

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l
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat at the counter and watched the chef preparing meals. Steve was great! The food was awesome. Potato leek soup was yummy and the pasta with pesto outstanding. Will come back when in the area!

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W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is lovely and very well presented. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and everything came out as expected or better. We had the bubbles flight and it was perfect with dinner. The wine list was outstanding as well. They catered to dietary needs and everything was very nice.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

I had the rock rich and the fish itself was tender but bland. It had a purée under that was good but it was sooooooo sparse that it was ... ..
My hubby had the pasta described by the waitress as a Korean stroganoff... it wasn’t. There was something up with the pasta my husband described as sticky....

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It has been awhile since we last visited The Restaurant at CIA Copia. My husband and I were a little deflated to see that they no longer had the drink cart or food presentation with the stamp card. The food was still impeccable but the restaurant lost that little charm.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Napa and decided after reading previous reviews to try CIA Copia. Our server was very helpful in assisting with our wine selection and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was amazing! We started with clams and mussels which were delicious. My husband had the steak and I had the pesto orecchiette, both were outstanding. If I ate beef that would have been the better choice though. We each had dessert and after dinner we were totally satisfied and not overwhelmingly full. Easy walk to many local places after.

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c
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Usually a great experience. Brought group for dinner. Our waiter was competent but not enthusiastic. Two meals were very poorly prepared. Fish extremely overcooked. Definitely not s good experience.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Tasty but overpriced food served by unprofessional staff.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

What a disappointment! We were expecting a school or student-staffed venue. Food was eh, service was very slow...would not recommend or return. Still don’t understand what it is supposed to be or why affiliated with Culinary Institite. So many better dining options in downtown Napa; don’t waste your time.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to entertain customers! We had a great experience. Wonderful service, delicious food, fun atmosphere. Loved it!

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CN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a business dinner. Everyone really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
565 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the professional restaurant of the CIA Greystone. Big picture windows look out onto the garden/outdoor patio area, very pleasant. There is some counter seating by the kitchen, but most are regular tables. Service is excellent; wine list extensive. Salad and soup were good if not exciting, but the Pizza Bianco with proscuitto was marvelous quality and perfect execution, with a great thin crispy crust. Do NOT miss dessert; the almond torte with huckleberries was marvelous and the coffee strong/black, just how we like it. Outdoor dining area would be pleasant on a nice day. Located on the ground floor of the Copia building, past the kitchenwares store. If you're tired of the noise and crowds at Oxbow, it's a relief to come here and relax in a quiet, sophisticated, full-service restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A running buddy recommended this place a couple of years ago and I finally made it there this year for my significant other's birthday celebration. He LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. The place radiants open, simple elegance. It was a quiet Sunday evening and the two of us got a table for four. Good thing...because we ordered/ate a lot! Our server was outstanding...informative, pleasant, attentive. We went with his recommendations of appetizer, main course, and dessert... He steered us right!! A very memorial experience...will definitely return.

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going there inspires or family to be better cooks a home.

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N
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Napa Valley. My friend was informed that CIA was amazing so we booked a reservation. We sat at the kitchen. It was the best experience to watch them cook and hear “Yes, Chef!” It gave so much more appreciation to the meal and what these wonderful people do to present their work of art.

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FF
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here for dinner once right after they opened. This was my first time for brunch. Food was AMAZING and our server was great fun! I had only wished they kept their original, unique way of serving as the first time I came where they rolled a cart around of their gourmet dishes. It was delicious then, too, and fun to have the cart roll by and choose something right from there to enjoy. Similar format as Dim Sum but very different at the same time. It was the first time for the friends that I came with and they LOVED it, too! I will go back!

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N
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a great brunch, the steak and eggs are excellent. The cheddar biscuit can be shared and is a good way to start.

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EK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The fact that they still don't have a bartender is ridiculous...the manager has to bartend. Next we sat down a party of 6 people. No bread nothing on the table...we waited 30-35 minutes before any food was brought to the table, had to ask someone...where is it? The place was not full. A person in our party was ill the next day. Had to say the flavors were bland. I have had lunch here which was pretty good, but dinner for us...most were not impressed.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This restaurant was well recommended and we chose it as our first time visiting the Napa Valley area. The cocktails were horrid! The food was okay, it seemed like the chef was trying too hard, very complex. The service was fair at best. Not a good experience for the price.

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F
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Wonderful food, service was very friendly. Chefs were interactive, funny and cooked up some delicious food. Would definitely recommend and will go back.

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DK
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to eat at the Culinary Institute. It was fabulous again. I highly recommend this place to eat when in Napa. I would do lunch one day and dinner another day.as it is that good and all fresh vegetables etc. Drinks are great too.

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a
Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a very nice meal here. Service got off to a slow start, it took quite a while to get drinks (there on a Thursday at 7 not sure if they were understaffed but it didn't seem crowded at all - the space is quite large though!) All our food was excellent and we enjoyed it.

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P
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised at our dining experience at the CIA. Food was very tasty. Our server was slow and not attentive which was our only disappointment. We would go back again.

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MG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was to the Greystone and your Hyde park restaurants and the experience was wonderful. Copia was just a disappointing experience. I was looking for someone to explain the food and experience and we had nothing like that. So sad.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The food was average, poorly explained on the menu and expensive with poor service.

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CL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good wine choices and beautiful space.

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FP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good experience and will go back for sure

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MG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Not impressed. The service was good but would not recommend or return.

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Having had an outstanding experience at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY, we were looking forward to our dinner in Napa. Although the service was fine and friendly, the food was very mediocre. When I complained about the heaviness, over cooking and insufficient sauce of the ‘autumn tempura’, the waiter gave a shrug and offered more sauce.
It’s a shame as this should be a showcase for the greatness of the CIA, and it definitely is not.
The noise level was also nearly unbearable.

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C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress and the manager made our special occasion memorable. And our food was incredible!

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LL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Copia and the restaurant at CIA. We had lunch with another couple for my birthday and we all had a really great meal! The restaurant was lovely, service impeccable and the food was just outstanding! We all plan to return for my husband’s birthday in December. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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AF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal with good food at a reasonable price. Would be great if they opened the gift shop a bit longer as part of the reason to come to restaurant is that it is in CIA.

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C
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprising neighborhood find. Lovely location and so much going on in the entire building. Can go from casual to special night. We had the bouillabaisse and it was delicious. Great service. Outside seating available. Wonderful garden. Could be a place to just sit a glass of wine and enjoy the location.

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JB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time. Enjoyed the wonderful wine list. But the star was the food. Superb juicy lamb chops, pork and duck confit. And the mussels are always perfect. We were really too full for desert but had it anyway. If your diet can handle the calories, worth the indulgence. Special shout out to assistant manager, Seth Johnson.

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