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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2016
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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Nao had interesting food, but not as creative as I would have thought. The service was very average.

Thank 970marya2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Delicious lunch in interesting new Pearl brewery area. Lunch had chicken and waffles, wagyu burger and Mac/cheese in our group- all great and small portions! Finished w key lime pie and choc caramel tart!

Thank Allen B
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Quite impressive! Now to be honest I was a fan of the original Nao as well. But chef Garza hasn't disappointed with the new version either. 1. Style: The stye is very cool. They didn't make much of a decor change with the new Nao. The same cool, upscale south/central american decor is spot on. You feel like you're in... More 

Thank Rob M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

We attended a special version of chef demos for the Arriba del Norte celebration. The first was Jerky to Charcuterie with Chef McHugh from Cured making mustard with dark beer, pickled okra and country pate. Full of interesting details about curing meat and how his restaurant came to be, Chef McHugh kept us entertained. I was eager to try to... More 

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