Wine Spectator Greystone

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For a special occasion this is the place to go. Definately a splurge but worth it! We spend about 125 total for two when there, but the experience and food is worth it. Go a little early and walk around the school or visit one of the cooking classes.

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★★★★☆

For a special occasion this is the place to go. Definately a splurge but worth it! We spend about 125 total for two when there, but the experience and food is worth it. Go a little early and walk around the school or visit one of the cooking classes.

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Oh, one of my very favorite spots to sip a glass of wine at their outdoor seating space. Specially on a sunny day, this is the spot!

They have very good food. The tidbits menu, paired with wine (I can't remember what it's called) isn't all that. But most of the food is pretty good.

I would have given them only 4 stars, but the atmosphere outside really sets the stage for a nice meal.

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★★★★☆

Oh, one of my very favorite spots to sip a glass of wine at their outdoor seating space. Specially on a sunny day, this is the spot!

They have very good food. The tidbits menu, paired with wine (I can't remember what it's called) isn't all that. But most of the food is pretty good.

I would have given them only 4 stars, but the atmosphere outside really sets the stage for a nice meal.

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The food is steadily going down south at this restaurant. service was just so-so and i didn't even bother to try the flights/tasting menu because i knew those were always the worse whenever i'd order them.

i honestly can't say that i'll be back. i can only take so much disappointment.

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★★★☆☆

The food is steadily going down south at this restaurant. service was just so-so and i didn't even bother to try the flights/tasting menu because i knew those were always the worse whenever i'd order them.

i honestly can't say that i'll be back. i can only take so much disappointment.

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What a dining experience! I love restaurants with open kitchens where I can see the chefs at work and also see how clean everything is. The dishes were delightful and the souffle was yummy. The WINE was spectacular and felt like the entire evening was an art.

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★★★★★

What a dining experience! I love restaurants with open kitchens where I can see the chefs at work and also see how clean everything is. The dishes were delightful and the souffle was yummy. The WINE was spectacular and felt like the entire evening was an art.

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For a special occasion dinner out with my husband, this is my favorite place to go. We splurge when we eat here...and I think it's so worth it! The chef's temptations are delicous little bites that are worth the $10 or so that we've paid for them. I love it and can't wait to go back! When we go, my hubby and I spend on average about $120 I think? We try it all though...and don't do it very often due to our budget.

5
★★★★★

For a special occasion dinner out with my husband, this is my favorite place to go. We splurge when we eat here...and I think it's so worth it! The chef's temptations are delicous little bites that are worth the $10 or so that we've paid for them. I love it and can't wait to go back! When we go, my hubby and I spend on average about $120 I think? We try it all though...and don't do it very often due to our budget.

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Although the price of the meal is fairly expensive, it is well worth going to. I have eaten dinner there with friends several times and have never been disappointed with their attention to detail such as the pureed soups and chocolate writing on the dessert plates to wish you happy birthday.

5
★★★★★

Although the price of the meal is fairly expensive, it is well worth going to. I have eaten dinner there with friends several times and have never been disappointed with their attention to detail such as the pureed soups and chocolate writing on the dessert plates to wish you happy birthday.

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Greystone Restaurant is located in the lovely wine country. It is a cooking academy with an eloquent dining area. The chefs and servers are students, but you won't know it because they are extremely professional. The foods are delicious. You have to try their sampler appetizers and the non-alcoholic drink, Unpearable... yummy. A little pricey but you'll have a wonderful experience.

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★★★★★

Greystone Restaurant is located in the lovely wine country. It is a cooking academy with an eloquent dining area. The chefs and servers are students, but you won't know it because they are extremely professional. The foods are delicious. You have to try their sampler appetizers and the non-alcoholic drink, Unpearable... yummy. A little pricey but you'll have a wonderful experience.

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This is the one of the restaurants that everybody should try at least once! Very creative menu that changes often, only uses freshest produce and meat! Great service and attention to detail is superb! Great place for special celebration such as birthday or bridal shower!

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★★★★★

This is the one of the restaurants that everybody should try at least once! Very creative menu that changes often, only uses freshest produce and meat! Great service and attention to detail is superb! Great place for special celebration such as birthday or bridal shower!

Pros: Great service, delicious food & wine!

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I first tried Greystone only because I saw it on someone's internet blog claiming it was one of the best restaurants they had been to. I took my fiance there for her birthday two years ago and it was EXCELLENT. Everytime we have gone to Napa, we always stop by Greystone for either lunch or dinner. This place never disappoints us. I don't understand how the person who reviewed two down from me complained about their reservations because they are always spot on for me. Either call or make one online. It's not rocket science. I was call to comfirm a week or few days before the date and always get a nice greeting and comfirmation. Service there is always excellent and very attentive. One thing we always get is the manila clams. The broth is so good and you can barely taste any of that "seafood taste" you usually expect from clams or other shellfish. The scallops are absolutely wonderful and so are the chicken/steak. If you love dessert, you will love their creme brulee and chocolate molten lava cake. Also, you get complimentary olives and fresh bread to start off your meal. You can't lose with this place and we never have, so do yourself a favor and go to Greystone.

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★★★★★

I first tried Greystone only because I saw it on someone's internet blog claiming it was one of the best restaurants they had been to. I took my fiance there for her birthday two years ago and it was EXCELLENT. Everytime we have gone to Napa, we always stop by Greystone for either lunch or dinner. This place never disappoints us. I don't understand how the person who reviewed two down from me complained about their reservations because they are always spot on for me. Either call or make one online. It's not rocket science. I was call to comfirm a week or few days before the date and always get a nice greeting and comfirmation. Service there is always excellent and very attentive. One thing we always get is the manila clams. The broth is so good and you can barely taste any of that "seafood taste" you usually expect from clams or other shellfish. The scallops are absolutely wonderful and so are the chicken/steak. If you love dessert, you will love their creme brulee and chocolate molten lava cake. Also, you get complimentary olives and fresh bread to start off your meal. You can't lose with this place and we never have, so do yourself a favor and go to Greystone.

Pros: EVERYTHING: Service, food, atmosphere.

Cons: Nothing at all.

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I've been to Greystone twice in the last year and everytime I take the drive up to the Napa Valley, it relaxes the senses. I've enjoyed the food/wine and atmosphere. The service is top notch and the food a good value. I'm going up again shortly.

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★★★★☆

I've been to Greystone twice in the last year and everytime I take the drive up to the Napa Valley, it relaxes the senses. I've enjoyed the food/wine and atmosphere. The service is top notch and the food a good value. I'm going up again shortly.

Pros: Beautiful atmoshpere with good food.

Cons: Large restaurant, gets a bit noisy during peak dining times

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I was in charge taking a group of 8 to a nice wine country lunch. I had been to this restaurant & was comfortable going again. I email the reservations desk 3x as directed on the web site in early Dec. for late Jan. event. Never got an e-response. Started making calls & took notes on 8 calls to two responses. Only kept calling because every time I seemed to have the res. dialed, I'd get a perplexed call to confirm. Could not reach ANYONE over the schools 2 week break so I tryed to find a manager. Called a friend, graduate of the school, who said what everyone at the school had said, "Good luck, the restarant is run by Wine Spectator and really has nothing to do with the School!" So, I went to the source and got the turce responce that WS Greystone Restaurant is not on The Wine Spectator's list of recommended restaurants. Re; what another reviewer mentioned here, these are not CIA students, my friend who graduated from the school informed me that she never worked in this place nor did any of her fellow students!
On another note, the lunch was better. We were escorted, by a very nice concierge from the front desk up an elevator to an accessible (My group were seniors) entrance were seated promptly, though the young lady lacked warmth, at a very nice table. Our server was friendly but could have been more helpful to my, admittedly sometimes befuddled, group. Again ref. what another reviewer wrote, the appetizers are not a good value, this menu takes wine country pricing seriously, other high end spots don't fall into this trap for lunch. I had 2 app.s, Apple Salad & Steamer Clams (in red sauce, not steamer broth & with a tange that must have been vinegar, none of this made apparent by the menu) for a satisfying lunch. Others in my group had the French onion soup & raved about it and the scallops & oysters were also good.
For dinner prices, & the weight of being associated (if by location only) w/CIA I want alot. This doesn't stack up!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was in charge taking a group of 8 to a nice wine country lunch. I had been to this restaurant & was comfortable going again. I email the reservations desk 3x as directed on the web site in early Dec. for late Jan. event. Never got an e-response. Started making calls & took notes on 8 calls to two responses. Only kept calling because every time I seemed to have the res. dialed, I'd get a perplexed call to confirm. Could not reach ANYONE over the schools 2 week break so I tryed to find a manager. Called a friend, graduate of the school, who said what everyone at the school had said, "Good luck, the restarant is run by Wine Spectator and really has nothing to do with the School!" So, I went to the source and got the turce responce that WS Greystone Restaurant is not on The Wine Spectator's list of recommended restaurants. Re; what another reviewer mentioned here, these are not CIA students, my friend who graduated from the school informed me that she never worked in this place nor did any of her fellow students!
On another note, the lunch was better. We were escorted, by a very nice concierge from the front desk up an elevator to an accessible (My group were seniors) entrance were seated promptly, though the young lady lacked warmth, at a very nice table. Our server was friendly but could have been more helpful to my, admittedly sometimes befuddled, group. Again ref. what another reviewer wrote, the appetizers are not a good value, this menu takes wine country pricing seriously, other high end spots don't fall into this trap for lunch. I had 2 app.s, Apple Salad & Steamer Clams (in red sauce, not steamer broth & with a tange that must have been vinegar, none of this made apparent by the menu) for a satisfying lunch. Others in my group had the French onion soup & raved about it and the scallops & oysters were also good.
For dinner prices, & the weight of being associated (if by location only) w/CIA I want alot. This doesn't stack up!

Pros: handsome dining room, good location

Cons: Reservations process, Customer Service, Over All Experience

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I went with a group of five last Saturday night. Our reservations were for 8pm, we arrived at 7:30pm. At 8pm we were shown to a table that was closer to the kitchen than the dining room, even as we were seated, servers were asking us to move our chairs so that they could get by. We moved as far as we could, but found that 3 of the 5 seats were under very hot, very bright lights. We asked for a manager and asked for another table. We were told that the wait would be 45 minutes. We told the manager that that would be unacceptable, if she could not do something in less time, we'd be happy to leave. She said no, she'd be able to sit us sooner, and absolutely we were not to leave. At 8:30pm I checked in with her, and once again, made it very clear that I did not want to be sitting down to dinner at 9pm. She said our table was just about ready, and for us to be patient. At 8:50 we still were not seated.

Now, had the manager been honest with us, had she said it was that table or nothing until 9pm, we would have been perfectly happy to leave and eat somewhere else. At 9pm our options were significantly more limited.

If you are looking for a special meal, there are better options. Especially with a group.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with a group of five last Saturday night. Our reservations were for 8pm, we arrived at 7:30pm. At 8pm we were shown to a table that was closer to the kitchen than the dining room, even as we were seated, servers were asking us to move our chairs so that they could get by. We moved as far as we could, but found that 3 of the 5 seats were under very hot, very bright lights. We asked for a manager and asked for another table. We were told that the wait would be 45 minutes. We told the manager that that would be unacceptable, if she could not do something in less time, we'd be happy to leave. She said no, she'd be able to sit us sooner, and absolutely we were not to leave. At 8:30pm I checked in with her, and once again, made it very clear that I did not want to be sitting down to dinner at 9pm. She said our table was just about ready, and for us to be patient. At 8:50 we still were not seated.

Now, had the manager been honest with us, had she said it was that table or nothing until 9pm, we would have been perfectly happy to leave and eat somewhere else. At 9pm our options were significantly more limited.

If you are looking for a special meal, there are better options. Especially with a group.

Pros: pretty surroundings, lovely outdoor patio for a drink

Cons: really bad customer service, the group tables are awkwardly placed and uncomfortable

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Who are these people writing mediocre reviews of this place? They must either not enjoy food or have been too drunk on wine-tasting to remember. This restaurant was ridiculously fantastic in every way. To start, the building itself is amazing, this massive castle-like building. The ambience was very nice, as you dine in what used to be a wine cellar. Thus, the dining is mostly in one very large room, so it was a tad bit noisy and not exactly intimate. However, the service was good, very attentive, and not at all kitchy. Then there was the food--obscenely good. We started with oysters in a Romanescu sauce, and I mostly wanted to marry it. Ten I had the lamb, which was cooked to perfection and so very tasty. The rest of my party agreed that the food was absolutly top-notch. For dessert we shared an enormous, decadently delicious chocolate souffle. My one complaint was that the wine list was a little pretentious and rather expensive. I had a couple wines by the glass which were only above average. But otherwise, it was a really fantastic dining experience. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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★★★★★

Who are these people writing mediocre reviews of this place? They must either not enjoy food or have been too drunk on wine-tasting to remember. This restaurant was ridiculously fantastic in every way. To start, the building itself is amazing, this massive castle-like building. The ambience was very nice, as you dine in what used to be a wine cellar. Thus, the dining is mostly in one very large room, so it was a tad bit noisy and not exactly intimate. However, the service was good, very attentive, and not at all kitchy. Then there was the food--obscenely good. We started with oysters in a Romanescu sauce, and I mostly wanted to marry it. Ten I had the lamb, which was cooked to perfection and so very tasty. The rest of my party agreed that the food was absolutly top-notch. For dessert we shared an enormous, decadently delicious chocolate souffle. My one complaint was that the wine list was a little pretentious and rather expensive. I had a couple wines by the glass which were only above average. But otherwise, it was a really fantastic dining experience. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Pros: Really amazing food

Cons: A little pricey

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Service was okay, food was way way way over priced for the taste. Seems as though master chef just throws sauces on meat with a combo of vegetables that either match or not. My veal was tough. The over all ambiance was that of a nice restaurant in Disney Land. All who worked there seemed miserable. THere was a manager yelling at her staff on the floor. The bright spot was the wine list.... For a wine spectator list I was suprised that they had blurbs about the wine on list. ONe of them even insisted that I have champagne or sparkeling with my meal. I guess I am not cool enough for them. I would not recommend this place to anyone. over all this had a yuck factor of 8 while I would give the experience a two of five. Best part of the meal was leaving

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★★☆☆☆

Service was okay, food was way way way over priced for the taste. Seems as though master chef just throws sauces on meat with a combo of vegetables that either match or not. My veal was tough. The over all ambiance was that of a nice restaurant in Disney Land. All who worked there seemed miserable. THere was a manager yelling at her staff on the floor. The bright spot was the wine list.... For a wine spectator list I was suprised that they had blurbs about the wine on list. ONe of them even insisted that I have champagne or sparkeling with my meal. I guess I am not cool enough for them. I would not recommend this place to anyone. over all this had a yuck factor of 8 while I would give the experience a two of five. Best part of the meal was leaving

Cons: managers yelling at, staff

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The ambiance was great - as was the parking. But the food was terrible. We enjoyed very little of what was served in the three course meal. The wine was average but the main courses were terrible. The dessert was mediocre and at the end of it, my fiance and I left feeling we did not get anywhere near our $100 worth out of that dinner.

Very pricey, nice atmosphere but mediocre food ruins this. We're never going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The ambiance was great - as was the parking. But the food was terrible. We enjoyed very little of what was served in the three course meal. The wine was average but the main courses were terrible. The dessert was mediocre and at the end of it, my fiance and I left feeling we did not get anywhere near our $100 worth out of that dinner.

Very pricey, nice atmosphere but mediocre food ruins this. We're never going back.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: food, food, food

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Overall it was an excellent dining experience with so much to chose from. For a lunch hour, very noisy.Food was excellent along with our experience with the cooking lesson. Plus it's right down the street from Duckhorn Winery - WOW!!

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★★★★☆

Overall it was an excellent dining experience with so much to chose from. For a lunch hour, very noisy.Food was excellent along with our experience with the cooking lesson. Plus it's right down the street from Duckhorn Winery - WOW!!

Pros: exc. wine list, exc. food, exc. service

Cons: not for kids, champagnes-more varie, great parking

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If you didnt like anything that the Greystone has to offer, the mansion was still a place to visit. But of course, we went there for the food. The food quality ranged from good to very good, but at the price they charged (especially in the wine country), that kind of standard was expected. It was just missing the wow factor. The services, though adequate, was a little cold for a high-end restaurant. Overall, it was a unique place to dine.

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★★★★☆

If you didnt like anything that the Greystone has to offer, the mansion was still a place to visit. But of course, we went there for the food. The food quality ranged from good to very good, but at the price they charged (especially in the wine country), that kind of standard was expected. It was just missing the wow factor. The services, though adequate, was a little cold for a high-end restaurant. Overall, it was a unique place to dine.

Pros: Great view, Impressive mansion

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You can see the whole valley from up there. The waitress seemed annoyed and irritated throughout, like we weren't ordering enough food and wine and we weren't doing it quick enough. She trying to refill our already full wine glasses every 5 minutes - very pushy ! The open kitchen atmosphere is amusing but really didn't see anything nearly as impressive as you'd see on the Food Network. We thought the "tastings" option gave us some very good and unique items and would recommend it to others. Our main course a long time to arrive - about 30 minutes after we finished appetizers. The food was good but they overdosed on the garlic. Overall this Wine Country/Cal cuisine is looking a bit tired (not to mention how irritating it is to eat a nice meal amongst a bunch of tourist slobs in shorts and t-shirts).

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★★★☆☆

You can see the whole valley from up there. The waitress seemed annoyed and irritated throughout, like we weren't ordering enough food and wine and we weren't doing it quick enough. She trying to refill our already full wine glasses every 5 minutes - very pushy ! The open kitchen atmosphere is amusing but really didn't see anything nearly as impressive as you'd see on the Food Network. We thought the "tastings" option gave us some very good and unique items and would recommend it to others. Our main course a long time to arrive - about 30 minutes after we finished appetizers. The food was good but they overdosed on the garlic. Overall this Wine Country/Cal cuisine is looking a bit tired (not to mention how irritating it is to eat a nice meal amongst a bunch of tourist slobs in shorts and t-shirts).

Pros: view

Cons: service

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Our waitress was a young *chickie doo* that acted like a highschool drop out. She was lacking in any restaurant/service knowledge and seemed distracted (perhaps boyfriend problems?). I ordered oysters on the half shell. They were neither fresh nor plump. The 'back bay" smell was extremely strong and the taste was the same. The rest of the meal was typical fare that one finds at any tourist restaurant and was certainly not outstanding nor did it warranted the high price. The noise was overwhelming and the background horn music reminded me of of a kid practicing.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our waitress was a young *chickie doo* that acted like a highschool drop out. She was lacking in any restaurant/service knowledge and seemed distracted (perhaps boyfriend problems?). I ordered oysters on the half shell. They were neither fresh nor plump. The 'back bay" smell was extremely strong and the taste was the same. The rest of the meal was typical fare that one finds at any tourist restaurant and was certainly not outstanding nor did it warranted the high price. The noise was overwhelming and the background horn music reminded me of of a kid practicing.

Cons: Very harsh & noisy, overpriced/over rated, Horn music at dining?

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This was the most outstanding dinner experience I've had in the overpriced and often-snobbish wine country.

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★★★★★

This was the most outstanding dinner experience I've had in the overpriced and often-snobbish wine country.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly yet classy

Cons: Hard to get a table

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Don't go to this place if you are looking for standard lunch fare. It appears they only offer one menu and price for both lunch and dinner. This means you can drop $20+ per entree at lunch. The food was pretty good, especially the venesan and fish dishes. They serve good iced tea and offer plenty of bread. The building that houses this place is awesome and decor is colorful and open. The open kitchen comes off as a chef training camp.

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★★★★☆

Don't go to this place if you are looking for standard lunch fare. It appears they only offer one menu and price for both lunch and dinner. This means you can drop $20+ per entree at lunch. The food was pretty good, especially the venesan and fish dishes. They serve good iced tea and offer plenty of bread. The building that houses this place is awesome and decor is colorful and open. The open kitchen comes off as a chef training camp.

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It was somewhat interesting to watch the CIA trainees at work, but actually, they seemed pretty bored by their work when I was there.

Don't get the "tastings" option, as it is a terrible value--they give you four tiny tiny morsels for $8.50. The main dishes were a better value.

The food was pretty tasty overall, but again, not a good value.

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★★★☆☆

It was somewhat interesting to watch the CIA trainees at work, but actually, they seemed pretty bored by their work when I was there.

Don't get the "tastings" option, as it is a terrible value--they give you four tiny tiny morsels for $8.50. The main dishes were a better value.

The food was pretty tasty overall, but again, not a good value.

Pros: decent food

Cons: small portions

 

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