2555 Main St, Saint Helena, CA | Directions 9457438.514750 -122.484014
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:30 AM To 09:00 PM
All hype and little substance – 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.
Our experience – 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!!
A Not So Secretive CIA. – 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.
The view was great.... – 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).
Mr. – 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.
excellent – This was the most outstanding dinner experience I've had in the overpriced and often-snobbish wine country.
Where's the lunch menu? – 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.
average – 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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