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.
Had a wonderful lunch and a culinary experience
It was a wonderful meal. So glad we made the trip to go there. The food was delicious and the service was superb!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
So much fun talking with all of the culinary students who work there. We stayed over 2 hours and were never pushed to leave.
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.
The food was amazing! Highly recommend others to try it out. Even if full, try out their desserts.
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.
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".
The setting and the food presented with stylish frenzy by tomorrow's rock star chefs overcome the agony of Napa traffic.
Fun place to experience. The food was delicious. They used interesting ingredients and paired them in unexpected ways. The cauliflower soup was amazing.