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Greystone Steakhouse:
San Diego’s Best Steak Restaurant

Stone Monuments

Actions lead to events and such magnitude of events are recorded as history. History correlates to vivid memories that are everlasting and survive with the infinity of time itself. Heroes are soldiers of fortune to dictate how time itself is spent that birth Legacies.

Greystone Steakhouse is the pinnacle of a Legacy, originating from the grapes that inspired our creation, ambition and aptitude to survive and grow every season such as the Greystone Vineyards located in Napa Valley.

The original architecture of Greystone Steakhouse was designed in respects of the Winery Greystone Cellars constructed in the Napa Valley in 1889.

“Our concept was to build a Steakhouse that combined our love for the Wines of the Napa Valley. Greystone was the perfect name as it brought a historic tie to the Napa Valley. We originally replicated the Stone facade from Greystone throughout the original design of the Restaurant.”
-Kevin Ward, Proprietor


With its solid native stone edifice rising from its terraced hillside site, Greystone has commanded notice and attention since its 1889 construction. Physically solid, stately and even formidable, Greystone has, nonetheless, felt the influences of socio-economic changes over time.

Greystone began as a business concept and brain-child of William Bowers Bourn Jr. His father, William Bowers Bourn Sr., had amassed a fortune from the shipping company he co-owned with Captain George Chase and especially from his Empire Gold Mine profits during the mid-1800s.

The younger Bourn was a savvy businessman in his own right who created an even greater financial dynasty than his father. Bourne’s entrepreneurial aptitude helped him recognize the potential of a facility like Greystone.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, Greystone Cellars is enjoying a renaissance in purpose and popularity, but perhaps its most sentimental adulation is found in a circa 1900 C.W.A. brochure: “Whoever visits Napa Valley must inevitably have his attention called to ‘Greystone,’ our magnificent stone cellar which is a landmark for miles around, and which, for centuries to come, will be an enduring monument to its builders and owners” — and community.


Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, The CIA at Greystone is housed in a magnificent stone winery building, which was built in 1889 as Greystone Cellars. In more recent history, the Greystone building was known as Christian Brothers from 1950 until 1990, when the CIA purchased the property. The beloved winemaker of the Christian Brothers, Brother Timothy, was an avid collector of corkscrews, and his collection, one of the most impressive in the world, is on permanent loan to The CIA at Greystone, and the inspiration for the Greystone Cellars® wine labels.

Greystone Cellars® Wines?Since 1995, one of Greystone’s neighbors, Markham Vineyards, has been producing a small amount of Greystone Cellars® wines exclusively for the CIA, under the stewardship of Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls and President Bryan Del Bondio.

With the national launch of Greystone Cellars® wines, the CIA and Markham Vineyards bring the highest-quality California wines at the best possible value to a larger audience. Greystone wines are approachable, easy to drink, and befitting their connection to the CIA, enhance the culinary experience of any meal at which they are served.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Greystone Cellars® wines will benefit The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, a not-for-profit institute of higher education.

Greystone Legacy

Producer: Kimberlee Nicholls
Vineyard: Sourced from high-quality growing regions across California.

“Heroes are remembered but Legends never pass.”
-Greystone Steakhouse

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