Grasing's

4.6
1775 reviews
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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.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply elegant!!!!

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CB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The beet salad was delicious. I had the special of the night. Black cod with sweet pea ravioli. Fantastic. My friend had the seared scallops. Absolutely wonderful. Service from all staff was exceptional. Very attentive. Our waiter knew the menu and describe the dishes with great detail and experience.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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S
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Used to be the best restaurant in Carmel. Food seemed not as good as it used to be. Steak with potato chips was tired. Very busy night so slow service.

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SH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect ambiance for quiet birthday dinner for two. Expansive $$ wine list, efficient menu, delicious food. Great service, all in adorable Tudor cottage in Carmel.

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j
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The warm spinach salad at Grasing's is the main reason we keep going back! It is the best we've ever tasted (and we order it everywhere we go!). The steak dinner I ordered was very good. The sea bass dinner my husband ordered also was very good. The best part of the meal, though, was our waiter, who was personable and hospitable and knowledgeable.

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JM
Phoenix
88 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and presentations. We wanted to try a few things with the desire to taste test before booking a future private party. We had their mussels, fresh harvest salad, double thick pork chop wrapped in bacon, with their appetizer size paella. Mussels were in a nice broth great for dipping the slice of garlic bread it came with along with the delicious dinner bread they serve. The salad changes with the season and this had mixed greens with slices of raw beets and lovely strawberries, goat cheese and a mustard vinaigrette dressing. Although the paella and pork chops didn't compliment each other, on its own, each was delicious. The pork chop was moist and flavorful and sat on top of a terrific creamy polenta. The flavors of the balsamic reduction and the bacon and baked apple... wow. Looking forward to having that again. We like the idea of the paella as part of the appetizer selection and is a perfect size for two people to enjoy. Nice and moist with lots of good seafood and meats. For dessert we tried their chocolate chip cookie cake... served with ice cream it was just the right size and ending to an excellent meal. We later got a tour of our room choices for our event and looking forward to their new rooftop with retractable ceiling panels. Lovely tree overhead.

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TC
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grasing's is always reliable with delicious food and a lovely atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation. Our waiter was truly outstanding!

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SS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great service, what else is there to say !

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food.

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VV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my sister there for brunch on Mother’s Day and everything that day was perfect. Ryan was our server, very kind prompt individual. I had the specialty cocktail which was a sparkling lavender lemon drop (absolutely delish.) I feasted on the green eggs and ham risotto (Amazing) and the eggs benedict which are ridiculously good and I consider myself a benedict connoisseur. From start to finish my brunch was superb.

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MR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

A big disappointment on our anniversary evening, a great FOH team but the kitchen don’t care at all and there is no one making sure of quality control!
Very sad for such a great looking place with such a professional FOH staff!

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v
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choice for a slightly upscale experience. Attentive wait staff, terrific food, wine list, while pricey has good selections, including half bottles which are perfect for two. Several different dining spaces make it less loud than other spots.

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AD
San Francisco
172 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite! Consistently excellent.

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JM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, from the service to the food. Would definitely return.

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P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we’ve eaten at Grasings we’ve been more than happy. The food, wine list and service have all been superb! The bartender is excellent too!

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B
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent food, service and ambiance. We’d definitely return.

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D
Brighton
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is quite superb, right up there with the best we’ve had. Service, menu and ambiance perfect

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! It’s a regular stop on our visits to Carmel. Amazing food, great service and a charming atmosphere.

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ED
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the outstanding service, impressive wine “book” to the abalone appetizer and swordfish special, short ribs and steak .... this is a solid place where the selections are done well!

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A winner every visit!

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k
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! The best steak I’ve ever had. Cooked perfectly. The charcuterie plate is a great way to start as well. I eat there every time I come to Carmel. By far the best restaurant I’ve eaten at here. Only thing I didn’t love was the side of Mac and cheese- it’s very runny. They keep the restaurant very warm inside but otherwise it’s a fantastic place to eat.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ate in the bar area for a little more casual ambiance. Table by the window was great. Mostly ate off the bar menu which was good.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The dinners were cooked perfectly. The service was very good. The only problem we experienced was the bone in filet mignon lacked flavor. The seasoning was non-detectable although it was cooked perfectly.

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TF
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We should have dined elsewhere for celebrating our anniversary. Mediocre.

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is spectacular , as well as the food. It was delicious. The ambiance is perfect. Our wait staff was excellent. Highly recommend. Very popular. Very accommodating. Definitely would go back.

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TR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience with an exceptional wine selection . Ryan guided us in choosing a fantastic wine in the maze of choices. Unpretentious atmosphere with delicious food ( I had the Alaskan black cod- beautiful!). We were there for a special anniversary which was acknowledged by all staff at each encounter. Highly recommended!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Wine is reasonably priced.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Order steak instead of other menu items

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is impeccable. The food is very good and the place itself is comfortable. Very adult but not stodgy.

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Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was outstanding. Place is jammed with tables and energy. Sweet ice was quick and fast for a packed house. Wine list to die for. Fresh quality appetizers and main course. We will be back.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Honestly, I was very disappointed in the service provided by our server. We chose Grasing's specifically to have a special night celebrating a birthday and the service was sub-par.

I'm blanking on the name of our waitress, and perhaps it was because she was young (she told us she is 25) with very little serving experience, but we left very disappointed. She made us wait a long time before even greeting us, failed to even go over the menu or the night's specials, delayed bringing out our food, did not even stop to check-in with us after we started our meal, took so long after we finished eating to clear our plates that we had to ask a separate server to bring us a dessert menu, and would disappear for long periods of time in which we would think she went on break. Then after bringing us the dessert menu, she disappeared for another 10 minutes before checking back in - such a long wait that we decided not to order dessert at all.

The waitress even knew we were celebrating a birthday, which you would think would lead her be extra friendly and attentive - but it was not even moderately so.

Very disappointing.

However, the food itself was impeccable - compliments to the chef, and the manager of the night was very professional and friendly.

if we had a different server i'm sure we would rate Grasing's with 5+ stars.

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F
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Impressive wine list. Be prepared to pay top dollar but worth the experience.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful and tranquil dining experience. The staff was extremely friendly and the food extraordinary. We went for my birthday and the personal touch they added was delightful. If you are looking for the perfect appetizer look no further than the chophouse chips. The filet was melt in your mouth and the chips light and crispy. I had the scallops which were perfectly cooked and the vegetables so fresh. All around this was a superb dining experience on my birthday.

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W
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful we got the table we wanted and the service was amazing. Our food was prepared perfect and was so good. We will be back.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great evening, great service and great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here for our 1-year anniversary. The environment was great, our table was ready, and we even had a personally signed card from the chef, congratulating and welcoming us. Our waiter was friendly, professional, and added to our positive experience.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Wife was very very ill after dinner. Ruined the rest of our vacation.

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