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Culinary Institute of America

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Address: 312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215-1261
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+1 210-222-1113

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We started the evening at the bar .... drinks awesome - bar keepers attitude leaves room for improvement Then we were seated at a nice table ... hostess was great - interior... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2016
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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558 reviews
187 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the CIA in Hyde Park, so we were excited about the San Antonio CIA. We were not disappointed. We went to the Bakery in the morning and then had dinner at the Dao Latin Gastro Bar. All of the bakery items looks wonderful and tasted even better. For dinner, we had grilled shrimp, empanadas, sea bass... More 

Thank CKT808
Austin, Texas
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a novice foodie, you want to know if you can handle a true food service experience. This one-day class will help you. Our group of 4 jumped in and were presented with an ambitious menu. Hold tight, trust your instincts and let your profile ring through. Fantastic day with fantastic results and will definitely be back with friends. Nice... More 

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San Diego, California
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Our visit for lunch was one of the best parts of our trip to San Antonio. We sat at the bar stools up by the salad prep area and showed up right when they opened so the students were relaxed and friendly. They spoke to us and were so interesting and friendly. It was fun to watch them cooks and... More 

1 Thank Ninascorner
Bridgman, Michigan
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We loved the pearl area of the city. This CIA has this cafe where we got a scone and a passion fruit drink the sat outside to people watch. We were there mid morning so did not try their resturaunt. Great food made by the students!

1 Thank Vicki R
Roanoke, Virginia
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the Pearl district on the River Walk. We were pleasantly surprised to find a CIA. It's restaurant week here and we had a wonderful 3 course meal at a great price.

Thank Donna G
North Conway, New Hampshire
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258 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Yes, this is a culinary school restaurant, but this is not amateur hour. Incredible menu, you cannot make a bad choice. Great service. Fabulously inexpensive. This was perhaps the best meal we've had in a week in San Antonio

Thank bluto011
Houston, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 9 August 2016

July 19, 2016, myself and eleven ladies made reservations at Nao, Culinary Institute at 5;30PM. When we arrived our table was not ready. Once seated we had to make the decision between Family Style or individual menu orders. Family Style is available only if everyone at the table participates. Decision made: Family Style which includes three family style small plates... More 

Thank mops339
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98 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We started the evening at the bar .... drinks awesome - bar keepers attitude leaves room for improvement Then we were seated at a nice table ... hostess was great - interior design lacks a little inspiration The food was exciting and exceptionally good; we tried new things and had a good time. Also the information about food/wines was really... More 

Thank nonameavailablehere
Tel Aviv, Israel
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711 reviews
299 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Here they offer some classes for lovers of cooking. Generally the class has 10 people with a Chef instructor. You can get the feeling of working in a restaurant, and try to be a chef for the day.

Thank Sharon_zz
San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

It is not easy to design a course with students who have a wide range of skills and experience, but the Institute pulled it off. I took the classic and contemporary sauces class and we had plenty of demos, time to cook, and most importantly -time to eat! Support staff was veryhelpful and I can't think of one thing they... More 

Thank Jane H

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