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Permanently Closed - The Conservatory at Greystone

147 reviews
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$50 and over
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Set on the stunning Culinary Institute of America's California campus, The Conservatory at Greystone in Saint Helena offers new American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and regional wines. Served by students, meals are flawless and presentation is unforgettable. No details are overlooked and a diner will be able to walk away feeling like royalty.

The menu at The Conservatory at Greystone changes according to the seasons and the choices are often limited to those within the prix fixe menu. Most run six courses and can be accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings. Based on the farm to table concept, The Conservatory at Greystone is the ultimate gourmet treat. With head chef Larry Forgione directing operations, this is known as a marvelous secret in Napa Valley.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Friday - Saturday
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 967-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Larry Forgione
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Conservatory at Greystone can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (707) 967-2300
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Parking details
The Conservatory Restaurant is located in the Williams Flavor Discovery Center, the small building to the left as soon as you enter the driveway for the Culinary Institute of America.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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FoodieTyff (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Unfortunately, this restaurant will be closing soon. It is a farm-to-table pop-up restaurants with CIA students cooking under the direction of legendary chef Larry Forgione. This is one of the best kept secrets in Napa Valley. The multi-course tasting menu is $85 without wine pairings, $135 with carefully, thought-out wine pairings with each course. There is no better value in Napa Valley, and the food is outstanding. Go while you still can! It is a shame the CIA will not be offering this experience any longer.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

A lovely experience for my boyfriend and I. We are both in the Food & Wine, Hospitality Business and really appreciated the whole experience. Angel and the staff were very inviting. The enviroment is lovely and the food and wine pairing were delightful! Thank-you Ted for the hospitality! Cheers ~ Marilyn

TazimR (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The menu was outstanding. The staff was professional and courteous, they really added to the dining experience of The Conservatory.

The restaurant location and atmosphere adds to the experience of visiting The Conservatory. I was so impressed with the design of the menu and the concept of the restaurant. The ingredients were amazing and the presentation of each course was beautiful. I look forward to dining again at The Conservatory. Definitely a perfect dining experience.

viking1 (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Two people onewith wine pairing, theother with two ounces of wine, $290. Minimal portion of tastings. Food not impresive. Told the chef that i almost broke a tooth on chicherones, but no accomodations. Cutethat students are young and shy.

Davestreat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Outstanding meal and service. Really appreciate that this group of chefs and future chefs have chosen to work at a farm, prepare the food, and present it in such an artistic and delicious way. Have tried to get into that fancy French place for four years, but never again. It can't be any better than this farm to table dinner. A must for foodies. Put it on your calendar for a wonderful treat in wine country.

Pt4all (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Food is definitely beyond farm to table. students at the CIA are milling the grain they are making cream and butter from milk and all that effort definitely shows in the exquisiteness of the food prepared great experience

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

From beginning to end, my date and I loved the whole experience. Every staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. Definitely a group of people we would love to meet again. The food was absolutely to die for. If that were to be our last meal then we'd be completely happy. Looking forward to dine there again when we get a chance. By chance if the staff can read this...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Zinman (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

A very expensive tasting which did not include wine. To add their recommend wines to each course the cost increased by 70%. My expectation was this would be a graduate level CIA tasting; I felt it was a Sophomore practice session. This did not represent our future chefs very well.

SebastianF (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

The food was amazing, the corn chowder was delicious, and the steak prepared to perfection.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

The CIA students at The Conservatory were a wonderful group, so eager to please and describe wach of the 7 courses and wine flights with expertise and passion! I had recently dined at the CIA Hyde Park location which was superb, but the CIA in Calistoga is very, very special indeed. My daughter and I will always keep this dinner as a fabulous memory. Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

It was fun and interesting to watch the kids spread their wings and do their very best to serve. They all provided a wonderful experience! The food was interesting and excellent!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Delicious food and pairings! Up and coming chefs serving and putting together the dishes! So lovely and personal!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

The conservatory is wonderful!

The Culinary Institute students do an amazing job with the menu and every course is a delight. They were also incredibly helpful and gracious about cooking around some food allergies my wife and I have.

The portions are both amazing and plentiful. Many tasting menus are delicious but include portions that are too small, but that is not a problem at the Conservatory.

The seven-course meal is terrific, but it does take a little while. My wife and I moved fairly quickly (we did not drink any alcohol), and it was a still a 2.5 hour event for us.

But this is a special occasion restaurant, so lingering over the sumptuous meal is part of the delight.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

It was a great one off experience but would not go again. Very pricey at 170$ per person. I found the plate in great need of proper seasoning. The place is beautiful but loud when the dinner service gets going. Un-rushed which was nice but the servers could be more knowledgeable about the plates and the wine. I would prefer the main dining room at Greystone but as I said a good one off experience.

vipJeanandrich (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

The Conservatory offers interesting, gourmet food in a unique and fun atmosphere. Since all the food and wine is served by the students, talking to them about their program and what they want to do in the food industry adds to the dining experience. On the night we were there all the students were from the Hyde Park,NY campus, in St Helena for a semester. We had a six course tasting menu and chose the wine pairing. The wines were well selected and poured so that the wine and that particular course came at the same time. The Conservatory is the small building to the left in the lower parking lot (it's not obvious where it is). Reservations are a must. I know there are a lot of good restaurants in the wine country, but be sure to put this one on your list.