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About Permanently Closed - Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Dine at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone at the student-run Gatehouse Restaurant. To learn more and to make reservations, please visit: https://www.opentable.com/r/gatehouse-restaurant-saint-helena

2555 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:

Cross Street:
Deer Park Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 967-2370

Website:
http://www.ciarestaurants.com/california-campus-restaurants/the-wine-spectator-at-greystone/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Private Party Facilities:
Inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, our menu features a bold interpretation of world flavors, daily hors d’oeuvre, and an award-winning wine list. Learn as you sip by selecting one of our “Lessons in Wine” tasting flights. Terrace dining with spectacular vineyard views is available in season.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (5560)
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Scenic View (3307)
Good for Groups (2983)
Great for Lunch (2769)
Romantic (2495)
Neighborhood Gem (1104)
Hot Spot (857)
Great for Brunch (690)
Kid-friendly (552)
Vibrant Bar Scene (291)
Late-night Find (149)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Worth the Drive (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for a Date (11)
Authentic (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Casual (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Outstanding Value (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2016

This is the second time we have been to the Greystone Restaurant at the St. Helena Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Both visits have been wonderful.

The setting is in a large stone dining room, with rough stone walls. The stone and the size of the room makes the restaurant quite.

The food is wonderful and the service is enthusiastic. Cooking and service are provided by students at the CIA. The dishes feature fresh ingredients. The food is creative and excellent. I look forward to another visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Had a wonderful lunch and a culinary experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2016

It was a wonderful meal. So glad we made the trip to go there. The food was delicious and the service was superb!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The food was AMAZING! Best place we ate and we ate at some high end restaurants in the Napa area. Great value for the food. Wait staff was so professional. Loved it and cant wait to come back again! Thank you for a great time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Have tried getting into this restaurant many times, but always end up being in the area during the schools break. Finally made it this time and it was amazing!!!!
Unique atmosphere, interesting spices and overall awesome meal.
Clearly the next great chefs will be coming from here.
They also told us they're relocating to another building and changing to a tasting menu. Can't wait to try that experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was outstanding! The steak was cooked perfectly! The Brussel sprouts were amazing as was the braised rabbit tortilini. The wine pairings accentuated the meal. Josh suggested an awesome Christmas inspired dessert that topped off the meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We are never disappointed when we dine at Greystone - the food is always fantastic and the students are always fun to speak with - the entire wait staff was comprised of chefs graduating this December - fascinating insight into their training and where they have been hired. We always choose a variety of offerings from their appetizer menu - every dish is a piece of art. The only criticism we have is that everything came at once to the table - if you want to savor your dishes ask them to not bring it all out at once. A must for anyone visiting Napa - visit their kitchen/gift store, their little gadget museum and watch students create stunning chocolate art.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Very interesting to observe this dynamic. The food, was very good and well presented although the service was a bit lacking. Given that these were soon to be graduates of the Culinary Institute, it seemed they should have been farther along in their skills.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

So much fun talking with all of the culinary students who work there. We stayed over 2 hours and were never pushed to leave.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2016

On of the hidden gems in Napa Valley is the Culinary Institute of American which is located at the old Greystone winery. To see what the future chefs of the country are doing this is the place. Highly recommend the mussels for a starter, it is the best in the Valley. We invited some friends and they enjoyed the experience. Everyone enjoyed their entries and unfortunately we did not have room for dessert. The only downside was the patio was closed. When the weather is nice the patio is the place to be, the view of the valley is breathtaking.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Outstanding Value, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The food was amazing! Highly recommend others to try it out. Even if full, try out their desserts.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

My family and I had such a pleasant experience here. We visited many years back and I'm happy to say the quality and ambiance has remained excellent. The food is delicious and inventive and interesting with different flavor profiles. The staff is very accommodating and helpful. It is a school so you can tell that the staff are still "in training" but everyone is professional and the service is what you may find in a top restaurant. I can't wait to come back again in their new space.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

As a restaurant operated by the Culinary Institute of America, it is staffed by students, seniors, both in the open kitchen and on the floor as wait-staff. I found the students friendly, knowledgeable and more attending than your normal restaurant staffers. The Food Was Great! Well presented, Californian style (I'm old school east coast), cooked as requested, and served with gusto as three of the staff brought our three meals out at the same time. As our meals finished, their instructor came around to the table and asked us to review our meals and experiences with the staff. I expect to see at least one of them on a future episode of "Iron Chef".

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

The setting and the food presented with stylish frenzy by tomorrow's rock star chefs overcome the agony of Napa traffic.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Fun place to experience. The food was delicious. They used interesting ingredients and paired them in unexpected ways. The cauliflower soup was amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2016

We toured the Culinary Institute of America which culminated with the Wine Spectator Restaurant. It is staffed by graduating students both in the kitchen and front of house at lunchtime. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. The choices were exotic, complex and very impressive. The waiters were friendly, professional, and attentive.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Nice restaurant to combine with leisurely wine tasting in Napa.
Parking was a bit crowded.
Sevice was excellent, and the food was very good.
Should allow at least an hour for lunch here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 1, 2016

What a fun dining experience! My husband and I enjoyed the open restaurant style where we could watch the chefs in action preparing the food. When we were finished dining I asked what was the ingredient in the dish I ordered. The waiter quickly responded with the information and offered to give me a copy of the recipe. All of the recipes used at the restaurant are available for you to take home with you.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Great food. Service was great, but didn't see the servers very much.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 25, 2016

I go to Greystone every time I am nearby. The food is always to-die-for but honestly it wasn't as good as I remember it. The entire visit was not up to the caliber that I have come to expect. Perhaps it was just an off day.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2016

The service was a little slow,but the wine choice recommended was outstanding the food was served hot and was delicious.The dessert menu was very well presented,The students did an excellent job and knew the answer's to whatever questions we asked great luncheon.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2016

We always enjoy the eager, enthusiastic students preparing and serving the creative food. It's a tasty show!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Day two since reopening. Scarce waitress. Food just ok and overpriced. Great spot to eat but realize you are helping people learn and will have some bumps in the road.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2016

We went the first day of the updated restaurant. Still putting things together, no patio service, no kitchen seating and limited indoor seating, reservations only as we saw several people turned away. Menu was limited compared with pre-update visits. Food was good, wine was good but waiter not as knowledgeable and had to go check. Lunch is provided by students, dinner with professional cooks, at least that's what we heard. Enjoyed our visit and looking forward to next time and hope the kitchen and restaurant is at 100%.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2016

The restaurant is smaller than I anticipated it being, which was a nice surprise. The food was an interesting mix of safe dishes and things you would not expect. Everything was delicious, but not over-the-top "WOW". I would experience it at least once for sure!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Super friendly staff! Excellent service! We had the fixed menu on a Friday night for $57 per person and it was worth it! For $26 more, there was wine pairing with each course. We started with the most fancy Rice Krispies treat and dates with sparkling wine. Then a watermelon salad with miso dressing - the best salad I've ever had, pleasantly surprised with the pickled watermelon rind! My New York steak was cooked exactly as I wanted! Finished off with the most delectable chocolate dessert. The plate presentation were creative and beautiful. I'd come back again and again, no doubt! Thank you for an excellent dining experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Outstanding Value, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Went for a Birthday lunch, sat outside only problem yellow jackets, one got in my lunch and died. Enjoyed the meal, service and outside seating. Will go again soon, live in Calistoga.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Really enjoyable lunh. Food well prepared and service was outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 6, 2016

Having dined at Greystone many times but just not recently, it was quite a surprise to see that the restaurant is only a shadow of its former self. As a demonstration kitchen in the past, it was a disappointment to see all the different work stations closed. Food was good but small portions There are much better restaurants so keep this in mind when selecting a place for a nice meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2016

As always we were delighted with everything. The students are busy, but take time to answer questions and describe what they are doing in various areas of the kitchen. We love visiting regularly and hearing about their excellent training, and ambitions in the culinary world.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 6, 2016

Great showcase for grad students .. All on serving that day, were grads on Fri... Outstanding plate presentation .. Flavors on point as well.. I would go back..

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2016

It has been quite a few years since we've visited the Greystone, and now I know why. The service was not good, at first the waiter came every few minutes while we tried to decide on wine to go with our meals. The menu is much more limited than it had been in the past, along with the wine list. The food was ok, but not spectacular and I expected more for the price. Then our waiter disappeared and we couldn't even get him back to pour our wine, we had to help ourselves. We had to ask someone else to get our waiter in order to get our check.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Restaurant canceled on us and never bothered to call

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 2, 2016

The menu options were good but the food was exceptional. Everything from appetizer to dessert was scrumptious. Each course was presented beautifully and prepared with great attention to detail. I was very pleased with the entire experience, but stunned with the value for the price. Serendipitous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Staff was very attentive and friendly. We sat outside and the view was lovely. Food was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Food was fresh and delicious . Our waiter was very informative . Every staff was friendly and knowledgeable !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2016

My husband and I dined here during our vacation, on which we were lucky to have many delicious dinners. CIA didn't quite live up to our expectations.

The presentations were beautiful, and of course the view is absolutely gorgeous.

However, the food wasn't really that great. We had a panzanella salad and artichoke dish for appetizers which were very good, well seasoned and well cooked. The entrees (ravioli and Moroccan chicken sandwich) were either unevenly seasoned or too acidic. Given the price point, we really were expecting something better.

The servers were very nice, though no one asked if we wanted another glass of wine (so we decided not to order any more). Also, I asked what is in romesco sauce and he listed a few ingredients and then said he wasn't really sure (and did not return with an answer). Again, they were very nice, and also timely with bringing and clearing dishes and checking in.

Given the cost and the meal, it was not worth it and we would not return.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Something has changed about the CIA regarding the quality of food and service. There are so many excellent choices in the area that are now a far superior experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Fantastic dinner as always! It was our anniversary and a special evening at CIA. Thanks for the memories - sad to hear it's closing in September 2016.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 27, 2016

I guess we had such high expectations of the CIA given all that we had heard about it and its notoriety as part of The Culinary Institute of America. The food was excellent, no doubt, but the two areas of noteworthy observation were: 1) we were seated appropriately and the service out of the box was excellent. After being served water and a glass of wine, our order was taken. We each ordered an appetizer and entree. The appetizer arrived shortly thereafter and was eaten neither too slowly nor too rushed. Our first course dishes were removed and then we waited a good 15-20 minutes before our entrees were brought to the table (a pasta dish and a pork dish). 2) The menu was extremely limited - 1 pasta/vegetarian dish, 1 beef dish, 1 fish entree, 1 pork entree. No chicken option and really, just one variation on the above meal options. For such a large kitchen with such a reputation of culinary excellence, I think we just didn't understand the timing between appetizer and entree and didn't understand why there was, truly, such a limited selection. The food was beautifully presented and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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