The CIA's (Culinary Institute of America) West Coast campus resides in the former home of the Christian Brothers winery - an ... More
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
The CIA's (Culinary Institute of America) West Coast campus resides in the former home of the Christian Brothers winery - an imposing three-story 101-year-old building. This is a masters-level training center for working, certified chefs. For $12.50, visitors can take part in cooking demonstrations and sample the chef's creation. Visit the website for demonstration times and days. CIA's Campus Store stocks an impressive supply of cookware and cookbooks for the serious cook. You may also want to dine at the campus Wine Spectator Greystone restaurant - the view of St. Helena from the terrace is grand.
The entire meal was cold....from soup to the Hangar steaks we ordered. There were 2 adult, 2 children who ordered off kids menu. The pasta they ordered was like glue, not to mention being stone cold! The service was about the worst! We had to get up once to ask the waiter to bring us water. The salads were so small for the price they were hardly visible!
Never again. I wish I had that $205 to take to another restaurant, for sure!
We went for our anniversary upon the recommendation of friends. The valet parking was a nice touch but we were very disappointed in the dress of the clientelle (sweats? tees? flip flops?). For the price they are commanding they should consider enforcing a dress code. The establishment was beautiful and cozy but the service was unacceptable. The server never once came to check on us and forgot to bring us the coffee we had ordered. I'm sure the menu fluctuates but the night we went it was geared toward french selections and seafood. The cocktails were in very small glasses and we debated as to whether there was any alcohol in them. The portions were tiny and not very warm. The worst part was when they seated a family with 2 small children next to us (and several other couples who were trying to enjoy a romantic dinner). The children were not happy to be there or thrilled with the choices on the kids menu (this place has a kids menu??) so they became grumpy (which I don't blame them).
We always go here when we visit the valley. Its the best for both price and a treat to ourselves and our kids. The service is one of the most excellant aspects of going here. The food, always delicious, fresh and innovative. Deliciousios!!!
Sitting at the bar is the best bet so you can see the professional chefs artfully prepare some world class food in front of you. It was quite the show and of course the food and drink were top notch.
For lunch I think it is best to try a variety of small dishes with a little wine. If you enjoy fine food, and great attention to service this is your place while in Napa Valley.
On my next visit this will be my first stop. Make it point to visit. You won't be disappointed!
My girlfriend and I gave each other the gift of a meal at Greystone for Thanksgiving. I had taken some continueing education classes there, and our last experience dining was very nicely done. However, this time, as we watched the plated foods being expedited from our ringside seats,we saw a waiter with his hands busily scratching different parts of his head then delivering plates. We ordered the daily assortment of appetisers which had a very nice tuna tartar, a toast with some good pate',salt cod that was very bland but for some choriso oil, some o.k. potato leek soup w/truffle oil, and a beef carpaccio. Maybe worth $15, but not $20. The flight of chardonneys we tried was also waaaay overpriced for what little sips we got. I next ordered a half dozen Quilcene oysters. The oysters were nicely shucked but were not much bigger than Olympias. Most oyster bars will give you an extra if the shellfish are small-but I guess it must be "by the book" here. Our entrees came next, and my $28 Black cod was barely warm, maybe 4 ounces on a bed of overcooked Chinese greens with a vapid miso broth. I had to eat fast before it got stone cold. My girlfriends hanger steak was ordered medium and came rare with a cold red center. The risotto was again luke warm and the plate itself was room temp. The meat was tender, but I could tell she was not enjoying it,and would not send it back, because she did not want to make a fuss. As far as service goes we had to keep calling the waiter back so we could give him our complete order. The bread and olives were nice. All in all, the $125 we spent for a mediocre meal and leaving hungry on top of that did not make for a Thanksgiving to remember.
We expected this place to have some students preparing food, but instead we were told that all food was prepared by professional chefs.
The lunch was good, each of us had a different meal, but we both thought lunch was very expensive for what we got. All we had was the main course (pork and fish), and a $10.00 glass of wine each, we split the desert and the final cost with tip was way over $100.00. The meal was good, I give them that, but I'm not sure it was fabulous.
When eating expect to see more plate than food.
The atmosphere was very nice, big, open and the service was very good.... but it didn't 'wow' me. Lots of helpers, but we had to wait at the end of our meal for the coffee.
There was almost no wait when we first arrived, but then we did go mid-week.
What a delightful experience! The atmosphere was very relaxed, fun and interesting and the food was marvelous. We especially enjoyed the "heavenly" onion soup--light, delicate, delicious! Great selection on the menu--appealed to our entire crowd of 10!
Our waiter recommended great wines--good value--paired well with our food. We were pleased with the entire staff's friendliness and willingness to share recipes upon request--loved walking to each station to observe food being prepared. We will definitely go back and recommend to our friends as a "must do" when they visit Napa Valley.
One of the best dinner we have had in a while -- and we live in Las Vegas where there is no lack of great restaurants. Everything from the appetizers (chief's selection) to the desserts are great :)Dinner is a little bit pricey but it's definitely worth it! Will definitely go again when we are in Napa.
My wife and I spent the evening here for a retiremnet dinner. A great selection of food and wine were offered. The atmosphere was outstanding. Would have liked to see more people dress a bit nicer, but that's a sign of my generation. My wife and I are going back with her mother and grandmother for her mom's 60th birthday at the end of August. Neither have been here before. It's quite an impressive view from the road as you turn and begin your way up to the restraunt.
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