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About 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.

NW Corner of 6th & Mission Ave.
Carmel, CA 93921
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood, Steak

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.

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.

Cross Street:
Sixth & Mission

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 624-6562

Website:
http://www.grasings.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Most street parking in Carmel is 2 hours until 6:00pm, everyday.

Executive Chef:
German Perez

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? Please contact us or visit our website for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Nora Sande: (831) 624-6562

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Grasing's has always been a venue of choice for special events since it first opened its doors. Contact us to help you plan your next event.

Grasing's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (33)
Notable Wine List (31)
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Romantic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Casual (8)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Seasonal (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My Thai salad was disappointing (chicken very tough) so this is the reason for less than excellence in this category. All other visits our food has been superb! Grasings is our favorite restaurant in Carmel!

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 4 days ago

I recommend this restaurant for a special night out. White table cloths set the mood. The service was great: friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. The steaks were perfect doneness (thought there was no choice of sauces as per the menu on Open Table), the grilled vegetables were just the right amount of crunchy and the salads were not over-dressed. The crab bisque was very good and not too rich at all, highly recommend. Great choice in Carmel/Pebble Beach, we'll return on our next trip.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 5 days ago

Great neighborhood place to celebrate & have a great meal with attentive, engaged service. We will definitely be back!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This place is precious. I loved the food, the service and the ambience. Our server was amazing and gave great recommendations.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Extremely disappointed. I was traveling with one vegan and one vegetarian. This restaurant was highly recommended for vegetarian and vegan options. The very meat-centric menu said at the bottom "ask your server for vegetarian options." Good so far. When we asked for vegan and vegetarian options she looked dumb-founded. She was not aware the menu stated that. She was not informed about ingredients such as eggs and cheese in recipes. She speculated that there were only "one or two things" we could probably order. She said she tried several times to get the chef to provide some options but was rejected twice by the kitchen. After about 45 minutes she said the sous chef was willing to provide us with some sauteed seasonal vegetables. We quickly left after sharing one entree (the grilled portobello), and two sides (sauteed mushrooms and onion rings). It was harder for my vegan and vegetarian guests to eat here than almost any restaurant in memory. And the kitchen was epically unhelpful. Even simple things that would not usually be something to complain about - waiting ten minutes for our reserved table; needing to ask 3 times for olive oil as a butter substitute for the bread) - added to the experience of dissatisfaction. Ironically we fled to the small, funky Julia's in nearby Pacific Grove, recently touted by Food and Wine as the best vegetarian restaurant in California, and had the absolutely best gourmet pizza we had ever eaten with personal attention from the inspired and thriving young chef. This was a vegan pizza chock full of foraged wild mushrooms and spinach and white sauce with a black truffle crispy crust. Literally unforgettable. So all is well that ends well!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely location, great food, wonderful service, extensive wine list...life is good!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing meal.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Dinner at Grasing's was outstanding. Service by Mike was superb and the menu choices plentiful. We enjoyed the lasagna and the prawns in addition to the Dungeness crab cakes and warm cabbage salad. Enjoyable dining experience overall as ambience was just right and noise level is low. Expansive wine list. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were quite disappointed overall with our whole experience here. It was a Saturday night so maybe when busy the weekend after thanksgiving standards slip. We reserved a table and were seated at a cramped table for two next to the stairs. It was busy and I asked that we be moved to a table not adjacent to a throughway. We were reseated in a better location but it was unfortunately busy with several large tables. We certainly felt we got less attention from our server having waited at least half an hour to order after been reassured by our server we were next after he opened a bottle of wine for a different table. He proceeded to help serves dishes to another table and take a dessert order from the table next to us before he finally took our order.
After an hour we received our starters. I had the filet and chop house chips. The steak was perfectly cooked but approaching cold and the presentation was unimaginative and ridiculously large amount of chips.
After starters were removed the server returned with menus which was confusing as we had not yet received our main. He realised his mistake and took them away again. After another long wait we received our main which was nice but by this point we had been in the restaurant for about 1.5hours.
All in all very disappointing service with potentially nice food options which are let down by presentation and length of time to receive. Expected this place to be a bit more polished in all fronts so my rating reflects this.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We ordered the Halibut dish. The fish was bland and there was only a small amount of beans and potatoes with it.
The meal was unsatisfactory and expensive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Nice contemporary food menu, prepared and served well. Very consistent. Very, very lengthy wine list. Nice, friendly vibe.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A wonderful evening with a diverse menu. Something for everyone. Great wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was great and the food was excellent. My only concern was it appeared a little overpriced for what we got, but that might have been because it is well situated in Carmel. I was also a little disappointed that my "stirred" Manhattan had ice floating in it, but I can't fault a restaurant too much for the lack of skill of one of their bartenders. The creme brûlée for dessert was also quite good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They were very busy, being a Sunday evening. Our table was outside and the provided heaters just barely kept us from being too cold.

Some of the food was really delicious - could not have asked for better. But on one plate, the vegetables were not hot - probably sitting on a hot table in the kitchen too long.

Worst of all was the service! Our server was a very nice young man. But he did not pay enough attention to his customers, at least in our location. (Another table, as we were leaving, made the same complaints that we had made) At the start of the meal, things were really busy. By the end of the meal, most of the people in our area had left. (We were seated about 8:20 PM.) Yet the service was still slow! As we were waiting for our dinner dishes to be removed and to get the desert menu, I notices our server spending long periods of time simply talking with another table around the corner from ours, just chewing the fat, not discussing the food. I finally had to wave at him to get his attention. Yes, he did than promptly come over and get us started on the next part of the meal. But he repeated this talking with the same table continuously. It was very clear that we were very unhappy, and out server may even been the one who alerted the person who appeared to be the dining room manager, to come to us and profusely apologize for our service, and he gave us our desert and coffee free. But by then, I had simply had it!

I believe that this is the first time in my life (I am 83, so that is quite a while) that I have specifically given a tip of ZERO, and made a point of making it clear on the bill.

We have dined here in the past and have been VERY PLEASED with their service and food. And I hope that management will do something to assure that our experience will not be repeated, so maybe it will again be a very nice place to have a really good meal, served by professional servers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Our waiter Al was pitch perfect and the ambience highlighted all that Carmel has to offer.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our recent dinner at Grasing's was a special occasion. It was for our 50th wedding anniversary. I had alerted Grasing's when I made the reservation. When we arrived they were prepared and wished a happy anniversary and seated us at a table by the window which had been decorated for the occasion. The staff was very friendly and attentive. But the best part was the meal. It was superb. I can't recommend Grasing's highly enough.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food. Beautiful restaurant. Wonderful service. Spectacular!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent anniversary dinner. Attentive service, great food and wine. Lovely atmosphere.
Very friendly. Handwritten note and little hearts on the table was a very nice touch. Very enjoyable and special. Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a great dinner. It was our anniversary and they had cute hearts on the table and a card from the staff and also gave us a dessert. It was a lovely evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always great food. Friendly employees. Solid, consistently excellent restaurant!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Party of five, Every plate was beautiful and desirable Very satisfied with the quality of entrees.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Grasings has, in the past couple of years upped their game and consistently stayed top notch. The menu is prepared and executed to perfection. Grasings wait staff is excellent. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and possess great timing skills. The wine list is notable, both by the glass and bottle. Cocktails are skillfully prepared.
I without hesitation recommend Grasings for a dining experience that won't disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wish we lived in Carmel! This restaurant never disappoints. The calamari appetizer is lightly fried and has fried leeks also, we usually order it. The crab cakes are all crab, no bread crumbs; you'll get two so enough to share. Two huge, wonderful lamb chops with lots of veggies. The duck was perfect too. The Napa cabbage salad is my personal favorite, I order it every time I come here.
The lemon tart is tart, like the inside of lemon meringue pie. The chocolate espresso
walnut cake has an espresso/walnut light crème filling.
You'll be happy with anything you order.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had dinner in the bar (good people watching) where you can order off the bar or restaurant menu. It is one of the few restaurants that serve abalone (excellent!). Also, the crab cakes are great! The service was efficient and friendly. We have eaten here a few times and always look forward to another great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Lovely night from beginning to end. Look forward to coming again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was fantastic. Perfect after a long day about town. Service was spotty. Pleasant enough at first but visibly annoyed when members of our party requested to split several entrees. It was less about $$$ and more about hunger level but we felt written off from the moment we placed our orders.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was slathered in sauces. Yuk.
Wine serving was generous.
Ambience was lovely save for the table beside us which hosted the loudest people on earth.
Bread selection plain.
Very expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went to Grasing's for my girlfriend's birthday. We had reservations for a Saturday night and were seated right on time. Decorative birthday confetti and a card had been placed at our table prior to our arrival, which was a nice touch. The fresh caprese salad was tasty. My steak was good, but not outstanding for $52. Unfortunately, my girlfriend's sea bass was disappointing (not what she expected), and had to be sent back to be fully cooked; she didn't finish it.

No complaints about the service staff, who were competent and friendly. To their credit, Grasing's offered us two complimentary desserts (chocolate creme blulee and assorted sorbets) which were both good.

All in all, it has a nice atmosphere, but I felt it was somewhat overpriced for the experience. For nearly $200, I was expecting at least "very good".

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I talked to the restaurant several hours before we arrived and left a note on open table that we were celebrating a 50th birthday. We had no less than three different people tell us happy anniversary, we had hearts all over our table and did not even get a dessert. We were basically ignored when we tried to say something. Quite a disappointment for a $500 dollar dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

All downhill after the excellent fig appetizer. Over cooked abalone, over cooked ahi...sauna conditions making us nearly sick, 85+F
If you want to overpay for average to poor food and get a sauna treatment, this is your restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The restaurant was good but somehow the reservation got made for the 27th rather than the 20th so when we arrived they had no table for us and they had to seat us outside on the very chilly patio huddled under blankets and heaters. I've noticed a glitch recently with Open Table that I will enter a date for a reservation and it will then roll over to another date. Twice at least I've had to go back and modify a reservation when it shows up wrong. Maybe your IT department needs to check on this?

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Ira at the bar was incredible - thanks for making it a great experience for a solo diner.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food and selection. The cocktails were well crafted and had a twist to original recipes. Highly recommend making reservations as it was very busy for dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This used to be one of our favorite local restaurants. Brought a group in from out of town and thought they were going to get the kind of experience I have seen in the past. Service was slow and inconsistent throughout the night - inlacing the 30 minute wait to get a cocktail. All of the meals were over cooked, some were sent back 3 times in an effort to get them right - all were cold. The final killer was when I got the check and they charged extra for blue cheese olives in one of my guests drink - seriously? I just paid and left since I was already embarrassed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Lovely white tablecloth restaurant with excellent service, big wine list, terrific bar and great menu. Quite pricey but a very lovely experience.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent food. Great selection of wines and cocktails

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Grasing's is our go to restaurant for special occasions, lunch with friends or just for a great meal.
The servers are knowledgable about the menu items as well as the specials. When asking about wine to compliment a specific dish, the servers will ask your preference in taste and suggest an appropriate match. Not only do they then pour you a taste, they do not merely select the highest price wine when a less costly one will please you.

Often times Kurt Grasing is on hand to greet his diners and make sure everything is to your liking . Grasing's is an excellent and well run restaurant worth visiting frequently.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Service by Kayla was terrific. Friendly and great recommendations. Love the duck and veal chop. Great favors. Excellent restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Had the artichoke stuffed with crab as an appetizer. Crab stuffing was good, but artichoke was EXTEMELY dry and leathery like it was off the vine for a few weeks, even though these are grown locally. Had the $56 rib eye and it was another disappointment -- all at the table said it wasn't as good as the one we cooked from Costco about a week earlier since the cut didn't have much marbling and had a skinny flap. The side carrots were very sweet. On the mixed drink, I couldn't taste or feel any alcohol in the $16 mixed drink we ordered so that was a third and final disappointment. Servers were friendly, ambiance was gorgeous and romantic.

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