The Conservatory at Greystone, St. Helena, CA
My dinner experience here at the Conservatory has vastly exceeded my expectation. Not to be confused with the Wine Spectator Greystone restaurant in the main building, this new addition to the academy offers a very different experience. The prix fixe menu is strictly farm-to-table. The 6 course dinner features only seasonal ingredients that were farmed and harvested by the student chefs themselves.
Conservatory dining room is quite intimate. There were no bar area and only a handful of tables. The restaurant only open for weekend dinners therefore reservation is a must. Dinner was a fine dining affair as opposite to the upscale casual setting at the Wine Spectator. Service was good and sincere although some of the student servers still need to review their table setting guide.
Everything I have had that night was outstanding. Every dish was well put together and the wine pairing worked wonderfully. With a modest $65 price tag, dinner here is really a steal. I bet a lot of people would be more than happy to pay 2 or 3 times more for a meal of this quality. Look for a good place to celebrate your next special occasion that wouldn’t break your bank? You are looking at the right place.