Dining at The Culinary Institute of America is a culinary adventure like no other. The stunning campus, high above the Hudson River, provides the perfect backdrop for a unique dining experience. At the world’s premier culinary college offering associate and bachelor’s degree programs in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts and culinary science, CIA students cap their education with real-world experience in the college’s five, award-winning restaurants. Under the guidance of expert chef-instructors, students provide delicious food prepared to the highest standards. It’s an experience not to be missed! While reservations are usually in demand, there is almost always room for more. To ensure your place at the table, make reservations by calling 845-451-6608, (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or make reservations online.
The CIA Restaurants
The Bocuse Restaurant—Opening in 2013
At the brand-new Bocuse Restaurant—opening in 2013—you will experience French cuisine looked at through the lens of modern culinary techniques. The restaurant concept pays homage to the great French Chef Paul Bocuse, who is considered the father of modern French cuisine and was honored by the CIA in 2010 as Chef of the Century. The stunning interior, created by world-renowned restaurant and hotel designer Adam Tihany, only adds to the experience.
American Bounty Restaurant—Celebrating Food of the Americas
The cultural heritage and regional diversity of foods of the Americas (North, Central, and South) is brought to life in the imaginative cuisine at this award-winning restaurant. In addition, Bounty highlights the culinary riches of the Hudson Valley. The ever-popular restaurant has earned the prestigious Restaurant & Institutions Ivy Award. You’ll find the Bounty on the first floor of the college’s stately Roth Hall.
Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici—Authentic Italian
You’ll feel like you’re visiting Tuscany when you enter Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, located in the magnificent Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine. The á la carte menu features the seasonal ingredients and authentic flavor combinations of this much-beloved cuisine as well as a diverse selection of Italian wines, beers, and apéritifs. The smaller, casual Al Forno dining room has an antipasto bar, wood-fired oven, and views of the kitchen—perfect for a light meal. This Ivy-Award winner was twice named “Best Duchess County Restaurant” in Hudson Valley magazine’s annual “Best of the Hudson Valley” awards.
St. Andrew’s Café—Local and Sustainable Fare
The award-winning St. Andrew’s Café exemplifies the farm-to-table movement. The á la carte menu highlights locally and sustainably sourced ingredients prepared using both American and European culinary traditions. In 2009, St. Andrew’s Café received a two-star certified restaurant designation from the Green Restaurant Association. Outdoor dining is available in season.
Apple Pie Bakery Café—Sweet and Savory Café Cuisine
The Apple Pie Bakery Café showcases the talents of the CIA’s baking and pastry arts students and faculty, and features sumptuous baked goods and café cuisine. The full menu is available for takeout or to enjoy in the relaxed, reservation-free dining area. The Café was voted “Best Desserts” and “Best Lunch Spot” in Hudson Valley magazine’s annual “Best of the Hudson Valley” awards. You’ll find the café on the first floor of Roth Hall.
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CIA Gift Cards
At the top of every food lover’s wish list is a CIA Gift Card!, It’s the perfect way for your favorite foodie to experience the CIA and bring the world of food to life. You choose the amount you wish to give, from $20–$3,000. They choose how to use it. And, they never expire!
Fuel Your Passion for Food at the CIA
If you have a passion for food and a craving to learn, the CIA is the place for you. We offer a full array of resources for the food enthusiast including, cooking classes, cookbooks and DVDs, and culinary essentials for your home. Want to be kept in the loop about all things culinary? Sign up for our newsletters and find out why there is always something cooking at the CIA.
Learn What Goes On Inside the CIA
The CIA offer public tours given by current CIA students on Monday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Tuesday–Friday at 4 p.m., when classes are in session. Tours cost $6 per person. Reservations are strongly suggested. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 845-451-1588 (Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Group tours (groups more than 20) for restaurant guests may be schedule by calling 845-451-1544.