The Restaurant at CIA Copia

4.2
660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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!

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–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 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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Executive chef
Chef Polly Lappetito
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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, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
660 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
49%
Very Good
28%
Good
15%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined a day ago

Everything about this place was PHENOMENAL! It was a breath of fresh air after four days of wineries and overrated, overpriced restaurants and condescending servers. This place is fresh, fun and not for traditionalists. The menu is straightforward and dishes are accurately described. The wine choices are more than adequate and offer a great variety and even include flights of white/red/sparkling. The food! Fresh, bright, vibrant and expertly prepared and presented! We had the arugula salad appetizer that was just picked from the CIA garden, delicious. Also had the mussels with chiles and white wine and all agreed it was amazing. Two diners had pastas: shrimp tagliatelle and the sausage orrichette which were small but packed with flavor. One had the steak Diane and the other the chicken with summer vegetables, both were substantial in size and expertly prepared. We had two orders of the tomatoes, cucumbers and basil sides which were super crisp and fresh and delicious too. French press coffee and desserts rounded out the best meal in wine country in an open, bright friendly atmosphere!

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M
5.0Dined 4 days ago

1st timer
Service was over the top.
Great job by Kent!
Food was ridiculously yummy. Wine flight was perfect pairing. Will definitely be back

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ML
5.0Dined 5 days ago

My first time at the CIA Copia and I must say, we were pleased. We enjoyed a very nice dinner and wine in an inviting and modern environment. My only criticism would be the noise level, which rather than “energetic”, is noisy. All in all, a lovely place for a nice dinner.

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SS
4.0Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is my go to every time I have visitors from out of town. Good food, nice ambience, and very interesting surroundings, Love the garden with all the fruits and vegetables.

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OT
2.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The service was terrible.

If fish has bones, don’t tell us it doesn’t.

After the wait staff introduces itself, leave the customer alone. He practically took over my date.

Don’t describe - in detail - EVERY item on the menu. I will not recommend it to anyone.

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NS
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

A little open and well lit, probably better for lunch

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F
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Nice experience overall. Chicken had good flavor but was dry. Fish was good. Server was pleasant.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Meticulously prepared high quality food and impeccable service.
A must go to in Napa

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CI
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Everything was absolutely delicious. I understood that they change menus about every season. Would definitely return.

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A
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Very noisy, although to be fair many people seem to be unable to speak at a reasonable tone. Surrounded by yellers. Asked for another table and they moved us. Food was well prepared. Lamb chops were done perfectly. Not a large wine list, corkage fee $25.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Disappointing. We have had wonderful meals there before. But last night, although the waiter was excellent, the service was horribly slow -- took an hour between appetizer and entree to get entree. Salads very mediocre. Uninteresting dressing, and one was strangely paired with green olives and tangerines, which didn't work.. Lamb chops were wonderful -- perfectly done and well sauced. Fruit dessert was wonderful. Carmel custard grainy and paired with whole peanuts -- strange.

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PT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Fabulous experience! Food was scrumptious, excellent presentation, atmosphere very nice and clean and our server was delightful.

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DD
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Disappointing, Menu limited and the food was just satisfactory. Expected more. We loved the CIA at Greystone and thought this would be a similar experience. Expensive for what you get.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The service and menu selections were wonderful. I had the halibut which was delicious and perfectly grilled. We also had the mozzarella crudités, artichoke and herb fries. We had asked if the herb fries with aouli was same as what came with steak frites and we had a misunderstanding. They are the same fries but without the sauce with steak frites, so we had way more fries than necessary. My friends enjoyed their burgers and steak. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant for late Monday lunch on a holiday week. The sparkling flight was wonderful and well described.

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RW
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Wife and I were attending the Fourth of July Salsa and Stripes show at the amphitheater at COPIA and thought it would be easy to just eat at the restaurant there before the show. What I did not expect was the absolutely first rate dining experience we had. I am retired from owning restaurants for over 35 years (yes I survived!) and like to think I know what I am talking about (although my wife would disagree!). Had 5:00 reservations Sunday evening so I can't comment on what a busy seating would be like, but again what a great experience. After we were seated Jared, our server (more about him in a minute) welcomed us, handed us our menus, and asked if we would like our Merryvale Napa Valley opened........with NO corkage on Sundays......win!! The great thing about Jared, besides his dance moves, was his ability to be present when needed, and not when so needed. In other words he made sure that we were well taken care of without being intrusive. A rare quality in a server indeed. I had mentioned that it was 5:15 and the show started at 7:00 and he timed our meal to perfection.
Started with the roasted artichoke hearts done in garlic olive oil with toasted nuts and a couple herbs that was simple yet perfectly executed. When Jared came to clear the plates, he noticed that I was poised with a hunk of bread ready to sop up more of this deliciousness and left my plate alone. I don't know how many times servers try to grab my plate away before I am done sopping.
For entrees my wife who is gluten intolerant and had a lot of gluten free menu options to choose from, had the seared halibut with a lovely rattatouille and I had a pasta dish that included fresh chick peas, veggies and italian sausage that was simply incredible as well as mouth watering. Unfortunately no room for dessert, although they looked wonderful. Let me also mention how reasonably priced the menu is.

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SJ
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Good quite good, some items a bit salty. Service very good and nice ambience. I’d return.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The open air kitchen is very noisy, the chefs lack self awareness about their surroundings. I ordered the Fresh Mozzarella Crostini to start. The crostini was burnt (black around the edges). I was surprised the chef and waitress had the courage to serve it. Portions are huge. My roasted chicken was a tad over done but flavorful. Service confused but we were told they were short staffed. The best thing about the restaurant is the wine list. Friendly staff but they need some organization.

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DG
1.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Never again. Ordered the Special, which was Salmon. Was fishy tasting and no seasoning. Also had the artichokes, not good. Place is WAY OVERPRICED. Not worth the money. Server was great in the beginning, never saw him again until he brought the check.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Anniversary trip. Food and service were excellent, but experience doesn’t compare to Graystone setting.

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SS
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food preparation was outstanding. Could have used some side plates for the bread and butter. Likewise, teaspoons to stir the Latte and Cappuccino had to be requested.

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F
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My husband took me out for my birthday. This is a lovely place. I had a delicious Pronzino fish it was fresh and flavorful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The bartender went out of his way to make us a cocktail when we weren’t sure what we wanted.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Pasta portion super small. Mussels awesome!!!

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R
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The food was outstanding. I wasn’t expecting the quality I received. Honestly, I haven’t had a meal this good in a long time. We sat in the kitchen area and watched the line, and every dish that left the kitchen looked fabulous. The head cook, Osiris (sp) was crazy talented. I’d follow him around the valley wherever he works! Thanks for a perfect evening. The staff was knowledgeable and the service impeccable. Loved it. I’m a Napa local and will be back. The ONLY thing I’d say is that there are zero vegetarian options on the entree list. There are lovely vegetable starters, but no entrees. That surprised me. I’d love to see them add one.

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BH
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great atmosphere and service; inventive and flavorful cuisine; well prepared cocktails; wine list highlights Napa and local vineyards; dining room nicely furnished; exhibition cooking adds excitement; prices were a value compared to other local restaurants. Will return!

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NK
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I took my Aunt here to celebrate her 92 birthday and the staff were very attentive to her and surprised her with a special dessert. She had a wonderful meal and enjoyed sitting near the lovely garden. It provided us both with something to remember!

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ET
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had reservations for Sunday brunch. The garden out front already set a mood. Such a cute and well kept garden of herbs, veggies and fruits. It had cute little seating areas throughout. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, it felt like a very sleek and modern hotel lobby with a bar. The dining area was to the right with the same feel with an open kitchen. The food was amazing. Chef DJ and his crew of chefs were great. Had the best biscuits I’ve ever had in my life. Great service, great food.

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R
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had an excellent lunch at Copia.
We started with the baby carrots from the garden next to the restaurant. They were excellent.
The pasta with sausage had a very nice slightly spicy sauce. My wife had a very nice hamburger, prepared medium rare as requested. And homemade chips!

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SM
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Got there too early, but they sat us straight away. We opted on sitting at the counter so we can see the chefs at work and chat with them. Food was excellent, great drink suggestions. Everyone was friendly and the service was top notch.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Friendly service but slow and not attentive even though there were only 4 tables seated.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

A joy to talk with the chef’s. Delicious food-loved the artichoke appetizer, Petrale sole entree, and panna cotta.

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G
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Creative, delicious food. Ample portions. Great value. Excellent service. Glad we found the CIA Copia.

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L
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Father’s Day celebrations with family and friends. Thank you for a wonderful host. Food is good but portions was a little bit small. We loved The ambiance and people working especially our waitress. So friendly.

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SO
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Since the CIA has taken over Copia in Napa, this was my first opportunity to visit. Lunch on a Friday afternoon was easy to book, the restaurant is large and was not filled to capacity. Like the restaurant at Greystones up valley in Saint Helena, the food was first class. We started with Crostini with super fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula and followed with a salad of crab and shrimp. Dessert was a delightful rhubarb clafouti. Not inexpensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

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K
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The service was excellent and the food was good. I ordered the mussels and they were huge.

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K
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

overall was good in every respect except service. Cocktail delivered not as ordered. Second round of drinks may have been forgotten because they took 20 minutes to arrive. Ordered Ribeye, was served a filet with explanation that they were out of Ribeye. Manager returned again with filet along with explanation that the filet was actually a ribeye which it was not (like I just feel off a turnip truck). I again refused filet and asked to re-order. In the meantime all other guests continued with their food while my next order was prepared. Ordered Noochi, all good once it arrived.

No acknowledgement by staff for errors and delays at conclusion.

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G
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food at Copia was very good, and the service was excellent. I had the scramble which was seasoned perfectly and very flavorful. My date had the fried chicken and waffle and the chicken was crispy on the outside and very moist on inside. Great experience!

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R
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The mussels were, as advertised, spicy - and they were very good. They were the largest mussels we've seen.
We had the "whole fish", a Bonzini, and it was exceptional. It's served bone-in.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We (girls night out) had a 6:30 reservation on a Tuesday night. They were having a special event and couldn’t find parking. Had to park on the other side of the bridge near Soscol. Food was very good. Service was slow. It took 20 minutes to get our cocktails.

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LJ
1.0Dined on June 4, 2018

It was awful. They had a prix fix menu and each dish was worse than the other. Absolutely no flavor, dishes were cold. I thought maybe they would redeem themselves with dessert. No such luck Russian teacakes so hard they shattered when you tries to get a piece off. You could have lost tooth if you tried to bite it. So dissapointed, we had family from out of town, I was so embarassed. We go there often and usually I love the food, this was disgusting. After i let the guy who came and asked, I told him and he got permission to comp us the dinner.

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