Grasing's

4.5
2315 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
DINING UPDATE: Grasing's is open for outside dining and limited inside dining Monday through Friday for lunch, nightly for dinner and weekend brunch. We will continue to over our to-go food service with curbside pick-up throughout the day and delivery available from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM daily. Please continue to visit our website a https://grasings.com for updates menu, holiday offerings and hours of operation.

Grasing’s, located in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, lies along the Pacific Coast in Central California in Monterey County. Celebrity chef partners, Kurt Grasing and Narsai David, truly created a gem. From friendly and professional service, an award winning wine list and seasonally inspired cocktails to the fresh and sustainable local ingredients.

If you will be dining with your four legged friend guests are invited to enjoy the heated patio, where we offer cushy dog beds and our doggie menu. Please contact the restaurant to request patio seating.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2315 people are saying
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vipPatrick
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a spectacular weekend at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, we stopped at Grasing's for lunch on the drive home. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The service was wonderful, and the food and wine equally terrific. We will be back in Carmel the week of November 8, and will most likely return to Grasing's, next time for dinner.

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peggyL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we hit a snag with some rain and we happened to be sitting outside the restaurant was very accommodating. The food was astounding.

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AntonioR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the red cabernet wine paired with the steak was amazing, as well as the bread pudding!

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RandyC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to place in Carmel for special occasions, they never disappoint.

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vipJOHNW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We have given numerous trys over the past years and again they fail. The hostess tried to put us at a table right in the middle of the passage way when there was no one in the dinning room. The server had to be asked if there were any specials. After the meal which was ok not great, but after the meal we sat at our table for what seemed like 20 minutes before our server returned. Overall just not that great.

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vipspot
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating

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RobertB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. They were very busy but kept us informed when our table would be ready. The hostess did a great job! We will definitely return on our next trip to Carmel!

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BrentF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was great and the wine was perfect. We split the heirloom tomato salad and Chicken Club, both very tasty.

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Mike
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, noisy table of six were too loud for this room

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vipVEGAS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Brian, was outstanding

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vipronr
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Our experience at Grasings was ruined by two factors. The first is their apparent disregard for Covid protocols. Our server and others were wearing “chin masks”. Masks worn below the nose and mouth are not face masks. And, our table was within one arm length of the table next to us - no social distancing. I had to ask the table next to us if they were vaccinated.

Secondly, service was very poor. Our glass of wine was delivered as I was taking the last bite of my entree. A meal with out wine is not he same.

This is was our first and last visit to Grasings.

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RDBD
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Pleasant and great service but the room being in the back was not great. Understandably we were placed there because one of our party was in a wheelchair we had to accept being near the disabled entrance. But waitstaff very attentive, and food very good and we had a good evening.

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vipDinner
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good but felt a little rushed to order and get out. At these prices I like to linger. Our waiter had many tables snd 2 were large groups - so felt I needed to yell at him when he scooted by because no eye contact from him. Would like to see the menu with a little more variety and at least one pasta special every night. We’ve eaten here for years but now think we will make this our go to lunch place and try somewhere else for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to take our elderly parents to Carmel for the day and started with a wonderful lunch at Grasings! They absolutely loved it and couldn’t say enough wonderful things about your food, service, and ambiance!
Mike made our experience even more special with his warm and friendly personality!

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vipChickfitllc
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best prime rib around!! Eric the Sommelier was knowledgeable and helpful….

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vipChristine
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and fun outdoor location on a sunny afternoon!

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vipAmie
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was outstanding. It was my friend’s birthday and when we arrived there was confetti on the table and a birthday card from Mr. Grasing himself! Our server was great and had amazing cocktail recommendations. The food was also perfect. Great afternoon and they made the occasion special!!

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vipfastdoced
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Manager was very helpful with encyclopedic wine list. Couldn’t have had a better experience!

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vipCharlieW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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daninpd
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a cozy table for two on a quiet patio to celebrate a anniversary. The wait staff was attentive and unobtrusive serving a delightful meal. Don't miss the calamari appetizer. For a salad course the roasted beet salad would actually make a nice, light lunch. Our two small dogs joined us and were welcome, with the wait staff pointing out available pads and water and bowls we could use that they couldn't touch for food safety reasons. Overall a wonderful experience.

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Shortrib
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would go back here again. Really great flavors,

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JillJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Check in was smooth and we were offered the choice of two tables. Service was slow, but that seems to be the norm with staffing difficulties during Covid. The real issue was the food quality. I ordered Prime Rib medium rare which was the special of the day. What was serviced was not medium rare at all but well done. I considered sending it back which is something I never do; but honestly was hungry and with the service so slow any replacement was sure to be at least 30-40 minutes out. Very disappointing.

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vipMarshaL
Fort Lauderdale
66 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and we sat next to a couple that turned out to be from Miami as we are. We had a lot of comments and it was fun to talk to them while eating really good food.

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vip8managerski8
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike and the team were great at finding my wife sweet wine and taking care of my sons birthday.

All the food, service, and wine was top notch.

Truffle fries were a winner with kid.


We will be back for more good food!

M

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nice place but food was very mediocre. And for the price, I definitely would not go back. Had peach salad and pork chop.

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vipNancyB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We've been to Grasing's many times over the years and it was always great. Our recent lunch was extremely disappointing. My husband ordered the salmon special which was dry and flavorless. The accompanying vegetables were not as advertised and overcooked. The chicken on my chicken club sandwich was bland and difficult to eat because the bread was too soft to support the sandwich. There are so many options to choose from in Carmel so sorry to say we will not be returning.

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MichaelM
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going there for our Anniversary and got there early for drinks at the bar. Great selection of spirits and wine at the bar. Great service and seating.

We were seated with a great view at a front window that was decorated for an anniversary, seated next to other “special occasion “ tables for birthdays. Great touch!

The wine selection came with a three inch thick binder of choices, which was amazing. Appetizers were excellent, as well as the main dish and sides. Dessert was excellent and came with a wide selection of after dinner drinks.

We never felt ignored or hovered over and never needed to ask for anything, so the waiter was perfect!

Can’t wait to go back again!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I requested outdoor dining, however I didn’t know it was going to be down the street. I understand the difficulties restaurants are experiencing being fully staffed during COVID-19, but the wait for service and our meal made it an unpleasant experience.

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vipFionaB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! They made it special for our anniversary!
Fiona

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charcuterie plate was excellent. Staff tried as best they could, but they were visibly understaffed as each table in our section commented on how slow they were attended to.

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SJmiller5
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd time having dinner here in the past year and both times everything has been amazing. For this most recent visit, the Flavors, creativity, food temperature, attention to detail were all extraordinary. The service was extremely pleasant, prompt and attentive. Highly recommended

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vipLGdiner
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great local place that really caters to groups with dogs and also has exceptional food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nothing bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. Got there right when it opened so service was fast.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointing. This was our 20th anniversary and we booked this way in advance. We requested a nice table and noted it was a special anniversary. We were seated in a not-special table next to the server station. It took 20 minutes to get water, 45 minutes to get our cocktails. We started with the onion tart which was good but took an hour to get. In the section we were in, the staff brought bread to others but no one offered it to us. I ordered the lobster tail and the Filet and Chophouse chips. My husband ordered the Ribeye. The lobster was over cooked and very chewy. Also hard to remove from the shell. The Filet and Chophouse chips was not edible at all. It didn’t seem like filet, it was gristle and hard chewy pieces that seemed like overcooked scraps of fat. The chips were so greasy. I actually bit into something hard in the meat. The ribeye was good but the service and rest of the dinner were very disappointing. Very surprised they would treat a long time customer this way who was celebrating a milestone anniversary. After this disappointing experience, we probably will not be returning since there are so many great places to go in Carmel.

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NancyS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We expected excellence and it was mediocre. My husbands steak was over cooked and my veggies were ice cold. The corn chowder was good. Not going back.

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lsand
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Grasing's is delicious and beautifully presented. The service is stellar. We had the crab cakes and they were just that, not overly stuffed with other ingredients. Our server helped us with the wine and was excellent in every way. A very nice dining experience, highly recommended.

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MaryW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant is lovely and one of my favorites but when I cannot find anything on the menu that really appeals to me then that is not so wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

When we arrived the hostess had us wait for 5-10 minutes before she sat us outside in the ally which was used to seat their patrons with dogs. There was a dog drinking fountain along with dirty dog beds. The food was very good. The service was horrible except for the bus boy. We sat with food and no silverware for 3-4 minutes. Once our leftovers were boxed we than sat for 20 minutes until we saw our waiter. I think it was due to use being the only patrons in the “dog house” again the food was real good.

Ryan-

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vipAnnie
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and service!!!

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vipMarsgirl
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Drinks & Dinner & service Compliments to the Chef! Paella fabulous & Salmon delicious.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Grasing's using the Order Online button. Grasing's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 624-6562.

Grasing's is rated 4.5 stars by 2315 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.