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Culinary Arts School restaurant?

I've heard that the students from this school run a restaurant but i can't find a website for it, and i don't remember its name.

Can you help me? And also, if you've been, is it good? Any recommendations?



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  1. Are you talking about the CIA in Napa or the CA Culinary Academy in SF (Cordon Bleu)?

    I've been to both. The SF Academy is on Polk street. I have gone for the buffet dinners a few times. Presentation is very well done but the food is not that good! I will not be going back. http://www.baychef.com/

    The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant in the Napa area was much better. It is a conventional restaurant with a great wine list and the tables face the open kitchen. Food was very good and pricing was about right, if not slightly overpriced since these are students cooking.

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    1. re: Hapa Dude

      I meant the one in SF. I thought they had buffets for lunches but maybe i'm wrong.

      From the baychef.com website you can't get any inf. about the restaurant. Do you know its name or a direct website??

      I didn't know about the one in Napa. I might try it!!



      1. re: Hapa Dude

        The cooks at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant are not students. They are paid employees.

      2. I've been to the one on Polk in SF several times over the past few years, always as someone's guest, because it would never be my choice... IMHO its overrated. Have had both lunches and dinners there, and yes it is buffet. The only items I enjoyed were the desserts. ok and maybe some of the apps. My experience is that whatever they serve in the back room on the steam trays is mediocre at best. here is the link to the restaurant... although there is not much info there. If you plan on going, you need to call the # and leave a message letting them know how many in the party, which date, and which seating -- they will return your call to confirm.


        1. There are a few in the Bay Area, one each at Laney College in Oakland, CCSF in San Francisco, one on Teasure Island, not sure which days of the day they serve lunches. You will have to call and see.

          These are close to San Francisco, but there are others that requires a little travel time.

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          1. re: yimster

            Santa Rosa JC's program has a bakery and serves breakfast and lunch.

          2. Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill (DVC )has a great lunch. I don't remember the name of the place. I am sure if you Google you can find it. It is very good food, good service, and almost cheap.

            1. I used to eat at the grill aka Tavern on the Tenderloin.


              1. As mentioned great presentation -- and great room...but I have to agree that the CCA's (in SF) buffet is only okay at best.

                There is one caveat...they do a prime rib dinner once a week (?)downstairs that is pretty good. It might only be once a month.

                1. Ate at the Culinary Academy restaurant on Polk years ago. The food was just like average hotel food.

                  1. Bistro 350, at 16th near DeHaro, is the other restaurant in the Culinary Academy empire (so to speak). It's sort of upscale French, and in a cavernous room. It has all the weaknesses of the food at the Polk location, but more expensive. My meal there had poor service and only average food. My office is just around the corner, so a lot of my coworkers gave it a try when the new CCA campus opened. We were all hoping for a change from the burrito/sandwich rut. Unfortunately, I would not recommend it.

                    1. ccsf has 2 restaurants for you to eat at

                      Ocean/Phelan - Pierre Coste Dining Room
                      Downtown 4th/Mission - Educated Palate

                      Lunch is served M-F in the Pierre Coste Room.
                      Lunch is served M-F downtown as well, but they are also open for dinner T-Th, and brunch on Saturday I believe.

                      IMO, food is better at the downtown campus, but both are pretty good for the price.