Grasing's
Grasing's

Grasing's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grasings.com/
  • Phone: 8316246562x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch is offered daily, Monday thru Friday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

    Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm. Enjoy a weekend brunch with family and friends and take part of “The Endless Brunch” at Grasing’s. Enjoy any brunch entrée plus unlimited mimosas for only $19.95 per person.

    Dinner is offered nightly, seven days a week, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
    Our bar is open seven days a week from 11am until 9:30pm.

    [We pride ourselves in using sustainable local and organic products. Much of our seafood, meat and poultry are hormone and antibiotic free, brought up humanely in a sustainable environment.]
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: German Perez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We believe that a passion for food is at the base of every event. Accomplished and inventive, Chef Grasing continually rises above the expectations of each client's palette with menus that present engaging flavors in an artful presentation.

    We pay attention to details. We know the success of your event depends on it. We attend to those details in order to achieve our goal of providing you with the perfect event.

  • Private Party Facilities: Celebrations at Grasing’s Coastal Cuisine dazzle the senses. With our enchanting location, rooftop patio and two separate dining rooms, Grasing’s will make your event truly memorable -- be it a corporate function, garden party, bridal shower or wedding reception. We will work closely with you to prepare a menu that is both exciting and satisfying. Starting with our seasonal Contemporary California cuisine, we can help develop a menu catered to your individual taste. We’ll also help you select wines, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverage selections that nicely compliment your menu. We will be happy to assist you with all of your meeting and party-planning needs. Create your own fantasy, and let Grasing’s events expert take care of every detail. Planning a holiday event? Book your holiday event at Grasing’s prior to December 1st and receive a 10% discount off your final bill. Please contact us or visit our website for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Maguire 8316246562x
  • Special Events: Grasing's has always been a venue of choice for special events since it first opened its doors 12 years ago. Having hosted events for high profile clients such as American Express, The Gap, Lexus, Cartier. Contact us to help you plan your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sixth & Mission
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Most street parking in Carmel is 2 hours until 6:00pm, everyday.
A word from Grasing's
Grasing’s, located in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, lies along the Pacific Coast in Central California in Monterey County. It is 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 350 miles north of Los Angeles.

Celebrity chef partners, Kurt Grasing and Narsai David, truly created a gem. Fancifully designed in warm hues and modern art work, Grasing’s sets the stage for entertaining that is at once festive and intimate. From friendly and professional service, an award winning wine list and seasonally inspired cocktails to the fresh and sustainable local ingredients are only a few reasons why Grasing’s still receives rave reviews from the press. Just recently, Grasing’s was awarded “Restaurant of the Year” and “Business of the Year” by the Carmel Business Association. Chef Grasing was also honored recently by the American Culinary Federation and received an award for “Chef of the Year”.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Grasing's reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)notable wine list (62)special occasion (61)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (47)great for outdoor dining (27)great for lunch (26)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)great for brunch (9)scenic view (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Excellent food mixed up reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Grasing's food is always excellent and the service was outstanding. The only glitch was a mix up in reservations, but they fixed that with near zero hassle. All in all, a memorable dinner with good friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmel charm
    girlsnight
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a delicious lunch with a fun server! The patio is tucked in near a couple shops which is soooo Carmel. Very fun!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If you are looking for a romantic restaurant with excellent food, this is the place to go. The restaurant is charming and beautiful. The food and service were excellent. My husband orders duck frequently and he said that this was the best he has had. When I made the reservation I said that we were celebrating a birthday and when we were seated our table had birthday confetti on it and a card. Such a nice touch. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    Susie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Avoid patio! Lackluster service situated in a path to stores where babies are seated throwing sugar packets and food. Maybe indoors is better but be sure in reservation that patio is avoided. Way to costly to sit in a dark pathway next to children who should be in bed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I often ask myself why?
    GlennVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Why do restaurants place tables in traffic lanes, next to bathrooms and kitchens? Why do restaurants seat more guests than they have wait staff to properly serve? Why do restaurants consider a table of four or six more important than a table of two? Why do so many restaurants have an excellent kitchen and chef while maintaining a front end (including management) that doesn't operate at the same level? These are just a few of the questions I asked myself after dining at Grasing's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    CharlieTSJ
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Welcomed by hostess and seated in preferred, wonderful, window location. Table was decorated appropriately and a personal welcome card from the owner and head Chef, R. Grasing was waiting. Waiter Alan was attentive, courteous and informed on all menu items and specialties for the evening. The food was wonderful! I thank Grasing's and their entire staff for making this a memorable occasion. I shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOt impressed
    BellaBitesVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Maybe we hit this on an off night. The service was lack luster and our food was overall blah. Both our dishes arrived at the table cold! Sorry but duck and a bone in filet should be least moderate temps….not cold. Hear great things about Grasings however we could not recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Main courses with appropriate spices and thoughtfully paired with sides and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a gem.
    Love2dine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We are part time Pebble Beach residents and have just been to Grasings for the first time. What have we been waiting for!!! We had a certain Santa Lucia Pinot Noir in mind we wanted to try and our waiter Mike was quick to find it for us. He was a real pro and made our evening fun and engaging. The sea bass was fabulous, the rib eye good, the ambiance excellent! We are in our 50's, enjoy great food and casual upscale environment. This is the place! Cozy, lively bar scene, and excellent patio dining too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our third time
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to Grasings three times now trying different menu entrees. Can never decide which one because the menu is so varied, and everyone sounds delicious. We will have to go back to try more. We loved our table and our service. Each dish is decorated and is an adventure to eat. Thank you for making our son's visit home even more special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful find in Carmel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ambiance, service, and food was outstanding. Warm welcome as you enter..never felt rushed. Seated at a nice table for two adjacent to the front window facing 6th Street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problem?
    TOOBAD2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our waiter was terrific and everything was delightful until after food was served. Hard time getting drink service and when one of the dinners wasn't right (steak overcooked) we got it replaced with tooooo rare. That one went back and we were offered a third steak. Not the waiters fault. He tried his very best. The Kitchen and Bar must have been short staffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grasings, Carmel
    MegCVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were completely turned off by the hostess stand. They did not have our table ready on time and would not let us sit at the bar. There was an attitude. It is a shame because the food was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a top notch restaurant
    Santino
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A very friendly staff, and of course Kurt Grasing himself. The whole dining experience at Grasings is unforgettable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good option in Carmel
    Bayfoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Pleasantly surprised with this restuarant. The duck was tasty as was the beet salad. The waitress Paula was personable and service oriented--I hope her establishment appreciates her! They had a very nice half bottle wine list which is hard to find but a testistomony to their attention to detail.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ggddd
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you are allergic to dog dander, be aware they allow dogs
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jane
    Jane
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service was impeccable, accommodating us arriving much earlier. The sommelier was helpful and knowledgeable and the food, absolutely delicious. We congratulated ourselves on finding it in a restaurant-rich environment! Already have recommended it to others seeking a great place for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find! Going back in 2 days!
    MookieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    From the greeting by the hostess to the good bye from the host, we felt welcome at Grasing's. We made a reservation for 2 days later as we exited this cozy gem--we needed another opportunity to try the many appealing offerings. I had the heirloom tomato & burrata salad, which was lovely with the balsamic reduction. My husband had the warm spinach salad which he thoroughly enjoyed. His filet was done perfectly; my only disappointment was that my Kansas City Steak was a little more than medium rare. But I did not send it back because it was still quite tasty. Looking forward to discovering more dishes and bring treated so kindly when we go back tonight.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    foodandwinegal
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We eat frequently at Grasing's and always enjoy the experience. Whether it is for lunch or dinner, the selection and quality of the food is outstanding. Love the location and atmosphere too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Fabulous
    EvelynVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We eat at Grasing's everytime we are in Carmel. The food and service is always fabulous. We brought friends with us last week. They were equally impressed. Thank You for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Ambiancefan
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Grasing's always hits it out of the park with delicious fresh food, great service and on top of all that it has charm charm charm. It is one of the very best restaurants in Carmel. I always like to meet friends there because we can talk and I feel surrounded by beauty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice in Carmel
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We liked our dining experience at Grasing's and found it to be a good choice on our first evening in Carmel. The food was excellent but service a tad slow. Fortunately, we were on a vacation timetable and very forgiving with a 30 minute wait for our first glass of wine and orders to be placed. The pasta entree was good and the crab cakes were passable as an entree. The butter lettuce salad was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Chose Grasing's from reading the other reviews. We shared small plates so we could sample more of the flavors, nothing disappointed. We had not had abalone in a long time, it was well prepared, creatively served but we did not think it was a good value. Glad we ordered the small plate, it would have disappointed as an entree. It should be noted that the patio, where we dined, is pet friendly. We reserved thinking we would be traveling with our dog, which we opted against, and the staff had a dog bowl with water awaiting our pet. Thoughtful planning on their part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar menu is excellent too
    MJLFROGVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Probably the best restaurant in Carnel - the food is fresh and prepared excellently with pride. We had an excellent dinner one evening and a late lunch on another day in the bar where Gina's cocktails were great and the food was good. We even went back another afternoon time for excellent calamari and different cocktails by Gina. The people are all very friendly and hospitable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Consistently excellent
    MargotVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Set in a quintessentially charming Carmel-by-the-Sea building, right off Ocean Ave., Grasings consistently serves delicious food on tables set with refined white tablecloths. The menu offers a wide spectrum of choices, and the wine list is extensive. Servers are professional, polite and very accommodating. We have greatly enjoyed the many meals over the past 15 years at this beckoning endroit. This time, our friends who joined us & who have dined in most of the world, proclaimed Grasings as one of the best restaurants ever!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    CandFL
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great dinner with the family! Highly recommended. Amazing steaks, great local seafoods... abalone on the menu! Desserts were awesome, too! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still One of Carmel's Finest
    LoveGrasings
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Grasing's continues to be one of the best restaurants in Carmel. The service, food, wine list and overall environment makes you feel good about your decision to dine there. I would go back over and over again. Steaks were cooked perfectly but I will definitely try the Paella next time. You will not be disappointed...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fine
    Wailea1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Classical good great California food and ambience very nolagiable waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food!
    FoodJunkieee
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Dinner was great. Ambiance was amazing. Service was spectacular. One of my favorate food spots in Carmel hands down!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uh Oh
    BigEVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The problem with this restaurant is bathrooms which are located outside of the restaurant. And it was worse this time because the ladies room was not working so my guest had to go "around and about" to find it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really wanted to love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our experience started off great, beautiful space, attentive staff. Appetizers (butter lettuce salad and onion tart) were both among the best we've had. Then things got a bit off. Before we were done with appetizers, they brought our main course. It was very awkward as they kind of shoved everything on the table wherever it would fit. Anyone could have seen that we would have been ready in just a few more minutes. The main courses (turkey sandwich and crab and avocado benedict) were really a let-down, very ordinary. At the end of our main course, they brought us the check. There was no offer of coffee or dessert. We felt very rushed. It all seemed strange for a place that has won all of these awards and seemed so elegant otherwise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Again
    FastidiousVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The half bottle of wine we ordered (the least expensive but most well known) was not available so they offered us two more expensive wines. (Bait and switch?) Each of us got one slice of bread and when we finished it we were asked not if we wanted more but if we were done with the bread. The San Pellegrino was not chilled so we had to ask for ice. The bowl for shells for my Paella was too small to hold the shells and apart from the shell fish there was no chicken or other fish but only spicy sausage which made the dish more spicy than it should have been. The room was quite warm but they had neither A/C nor even a fan to cool it. But the waiter was cool, or should I say cold, we were never asked if we enjoyed the meal. Never again.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Second visit here. Food and menu not up to what it once was. Service was friendly but very slow. Someone was allowed to bring a non service dog to lunch even though it was only the patio. Not pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food, Yea! Atmosphere, Boo!
    jalyss
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were seated in a room with three large parties (we were 2) - with reservations - and proceeded to eat in an atmosphere slightly quieter than a rock concert. We literally couldn't hear one another speak from 2 feet away. The waiter mentally calculated his tip & I couldn't even get an ordered drink before my dinner arrived. We would have left, changed tabled, etc. if we had realized how unspeakably uncomfortable the $75 meal was going to be. To be fair - the food was utterly delicious, but beware of your seating arrangement.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My wife and I have eaten frequently at Grasing's over the years and are always pleased with the entire experience. The extensive and reasonably priced wine line allows us to try special wines and the food it always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our Second Visit
    Pamela
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We needed to come back because there is so much to choose from on the menu that sounds too good to pass up. The presentation of the dishes is perfect with the freshest of produce. The tomatoes alone could make me come back for more. Excellent service and we need to go back to try more dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food in Carmel
    carmelrez
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Carmel has lots of good restaurants but very few great ones. In fact, Grasings is the only great restaurant in Carmel. They often have Abalone, which is a treat and everything on the menu is prepared beautifully. The scallops were served in a delicious sauce, the heirloom tomatoes tasted of a past era and the steak melted in your mouth. Our east coast friends were greatly impressed. We've never had a bad meal at Grasings in six years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Experience
    FancyCatVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We started with the onion tart which literally melts in your mouth. Next was the abalone appetizer - 4 delectable medallions on the freshest greens. Just the taste we came here for. The sea bass on great northern white beans with spinach and mushrooms was complex and delicious. It comes with bacon which we omitted. We finished with the Caesar salad which was disappointing. Even the anchovies we requested didn't help the bland dressing. We would still recommend this restaurant; it's truly a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memories Made Here
    Food4thotVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A Wonderful welcome as we walked thru the door into a softly lit room full of warmth, cozy ambience, and quiet elegance......the dinner wasn't bad either......starting with the scrumptious crab cakes, followed by a delicate Sea Bass with lobster sauce, and topped off with a decadent hot chocolate cookie.....a perfect anniversary dinner....
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint Resturant
    NOFoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was our first time to Carmel. Didn't realize there were no addresses on the buildings but had no problem finding this resturant. The menu had something for everyone. The food we chose was light and very flavor able. Being from New Orleans we are used to incredible food and flavors and are never sure what we are going to find in other areas. Would recommend this resturant to anyone visiting the Carmel by the Sea area. Wish we had more time to have a cocktail at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.