A highlight of the St. Helena dining scene is the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant (2555 Main St., 707/967-1010, www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/wsgr , Sun.–Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., $21–34), better known to its friends as “the restaurant at the CIA.” Here the world’s top aspiring chefs practice their craft.
It’s easier to get a reservation here than in Thomas Keller’s hallowed halls; with several big dining rooms, the CIA  can seat large numbers every night. And the ever-changing menu highlights the best of each season.
If you get the right table, you can watch your food being prepared in the open kitchen. The wine list highlights the best of Napa Valley ’s vintages, and the student chefs plan menus with an eye to wine pairings.