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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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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Good for a Date (29)
Notable Wine List (27)
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Romantic (26)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Ordered steak medium which it was but outside was so char/ cooked it was hard. Steak knife pressure was ridiculous to get through!

To be fair been here tons. Love Alex and AAron. Always sit at bar.

But next time please better on my steak.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first time at Grasing's. We choose it because it was ranked high on Trip Advisor and it had abalone on the menu and my husband wanted to try it on this trip to California. We had a wonderful meal. Our server, Talia, was excellent--offered advice on menu items when asked, kept watch on us appropriately, etc. The food that we tried was great--butter lettuce salad, abalone appetizer, herbed halibut special and the lobster mac and cheese. All were excellent. The wine list is extensive but we are not wine experts so that did not make a difference to us. The atmosphere was very nice and elegant--were we were seated was fine and the noise level was minimal. Overall, a great experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

Come yearly from Manhattan Beach
To unwind and enjoy the veal chop with a lemon drop
They really care that things are just right

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a favorite stop when we arrive in Carmel.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

When family members called and said they had to come to Carmel for a business meeting the next morning, I immediately replied, "GREAT, we'll take you to Grasing's for lunch. Both of our guests are gourmet cooks and agreeable to eat familiar ingredients as well as try new things.

I decided to have a cup of the Potato Leek Soup prior to my crab cakes and let everyone taste it because it was so delicious. Everyone raved about the complex mixture of flavors. My guests ordered three different sandwiches and ended up sharing them as all were well prepared and served at the correct temperatures. Side dishes that come with a sandwich included green salad, quinoa salad, potato salad or fries. Again all were shared because they were prepared perfectly.

Service was excellent as usual - attentive, but not overbearing. Whether it's lunch or dinner, just
yourselves or with family or friends, you will always be happy at Grasing's!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Organic, Comfort Food, Fun, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The service was outstanding. The food was mediocre and disappointing. Sorry I took my group of business associates here. Wish we would have picked a restaurant with much better food.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 7 days ago

It is exceedingly rare to find a restaurant anywhere that offers the kind of attentive and thoughtful service we received on this visit. Being someone who has various food allergies, I am used to being treated like an inconvenience. Oh how I wish I was just being picky… My food allergies are real and very limiting, so for our server Mike to be so thoughtful, attentive, and to address all of my needs without me even having to ask (because I list all my allergies on my Open table note to the restaurant) he was fully prepared in advance for our arrival, and had alternatives for pretty much every dish they were serving whether it be appetizer, main course, or dessert.

I really cannot stress how rare this sort of attentiveness and compassion is in the service industry; Never once did I feel like I was being treated rudely or thoughtlessly. It was a lovely dining experience and our server really made all the difference. The food was quite good, my only complaint would be that the side servings can be a little on the small side, but other than that, and the really loud noise levels on a full night like Valentine's Day, we have no complaints.

Thank you to Grasing's and to Mike for giving us a lovely Valentine's evening. ❤️

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We first tried Grasing for lunch and decided to return for dinner. Extensive wine list. We found one of our favorite wines. The menu is quite varied with beef, pork, seafood and vegetarian options. The atmosphere was warm and cozy. Several diners ate with their hats on — a personal pet peeve in a fine dining restaurant. I would return.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my second time at the restaurant, and unfortunately I was disappointed for primarily one reason. Given the price point for most of the dishes, the value just wasn't there.
We started with a grilled artichoke appetizer that was so small it was hardly enough for one person. The crab and onion in the middle were barely visible. The special bone in filet was small for the price and was not very tender. The halibut chosen by my date was ok but not remarkable again given the price.
The evening was somewhat saved by the waiter who did a great job without being overly attentive. The atmosphere of the restaurant although busy that evening was another plus.
Given this overall experience I would not return and will not recommend the restaurant to others.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Crowded loud and very uncomfortable experience . Waiter was less than attentive. 15 minutes for drinks never asked if steak was cooked right couldn’t wait to leave.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We had a nice window table and our lunch was very good. Excellent service. The downtown location was perfect .

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food mediocre . Steak over cooked .
Expensive for the value .

Tags: Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Mike was a great wait person ; all staff were friendly and accommodating

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It took about an hour to get all of our orders served.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Grasings is a great restaurant that is consistently awesome. The food and service never disappoints. Im always pleased with my dining experience in the dining room or dining at the bar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Wonderful food, nice space & knowledgeable happy servers make this place a delightful experience every time. Also an extensive and varied wine list (40 pages worth).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

It had been several years since we dined at Graslings- we are glad we did . the salads were especially fresh and tasty - not over dressed and ample. Good selection on the menu ,and nice service .
will look forward to going again next summer - and to the bar area which appeared to be lively ,but low key.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Never disappoints! Excellent food and wide variety. Service is knowledgeable and professional, but still warm and welcoming. Superb wine list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We were early birds but had a great experience. Wonderful swordfish and scallops and freshwater prawns were on the menu and we took full advantage.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Two friends celebrating birthdays and visiting Carmel. Researched ahead of time and decided Grasings would be a perfect fit. Couldn’t have been more right! The ambiance was warm and inviting, the staff were all exceptionally friendly and attentive, wine was wonderful, food was exceptional! They treated us to Two desserts for our birthdays. We couldn’t have been happier!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very thoughtful service, excellent food and surprisingly nice ambiance- cozy- great lighting. Can’t wait to return. Portions in the large size - which in my experience is unusual for such good food and presentation. Could have split each entree.
Excellent experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great Beer, Vegan, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went for first time. Celebrating our Anniversary.
The table setting, service , wine list and food were all terrific.
We had the onion rings (small portion) as a starter - maybe better as a side with a steak main course. Steaks were cooked as requested, very good!
Wine assistance was wonderful - Chris was a big help in choosing the wine.
Nice touch was the celebatory dessert they did for us!

Definitely will return soon!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My wife and I came to Carmel for a birthday weekend. Ask the concierge if she knew of a good steakhouse. She recommended Grasing.I had an excellent steak. It will be on my list to eat every time we come to Carmel!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a great place for our birthday dinner. Having mentioned our birthdays on the reservation, there was a small decoration on the table, the server wished us a happy birthday, and the dessert we chose was on the house! The pork chop was out of this world and we enjoyed dinner seated by the window, which was an added plus. It was lively, but not so loud that you couldn't comfortably converse.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Hostess wanted to seat us at a 4 top table, I’ve worked in the industry and said we have no problem sitting at a 2 top since we are only 2 people. And she kind of gave us attitude as if we were the ones being picky when we were trying to respect the busy restaurant.

Also not sure why the Restaurant Told open table that we did not show up for our reservation.

Food was delicious, lobster Mac was good. Gin was tasty

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Grasing's was delightful! The food was absolutely terrific and their wine by the glass selection was excellent. Our special occasion was a get together of 6 old and dear friends. The hostess decorated the table with little silver cut-outs. Several of us had a salmon ceasar salad which included a hunk of salmon that was perfectly prepared and very generous. The meal was over the top delighted!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We ordered Calamari n Crab Cakes for Apps, follpwed by Chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries and Fish of the day.
All the dishes were perfectly made, tasted yumm! And left us wanting for more, although our stomachs were full. We succumbed to the desert menu n ordered the apple caramel pudding that was super moist n delish. I paired fish n calamari with a Reisling from Del Terra, Monterey that balanced all the flavors well.
In all a very satisfying experience.
Will come again, if in the area!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Handled a birthday party for my husband. Very good. Nice menu and good services

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This was a great "date night" locale! The food was amazing! I had the paella (the appetizer portion) for my meal and it was simply out of this world!!! I haven't had a paella any better! My hubby had the scallops and they were huge but tender and tasty! This was the perfect night out with my love!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for New Year’s Eve dinner. This is usually a tough night for restaurants because of the demands on staff and kitchen. Nevertheless, Grasing’s did a superior job. The food was very good but the service was superior, particularly our waiter (Mike).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Grasing's is our fav restaurant in Carmel!
Outstanding service performed by a well trained staff accompanied by delicious food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We got there early. Seated us at the bar. Made us feel very welcome and our food was all excellent.

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vip
 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great Carmel by the Sea find. Just off Ocean Avenue. Great bar area. Locals gather for drinks. Food is always fresh and delicious. Would always advise securing a reservation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very nice evening. Excellent food and interesting local wine list.
Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always dine at Grasings on our trips to Carmel. Shared the calamari and wedge salad on this trip - some of the best calamari anywhere! and those were great starters. I had the paella, which was marvelous and so chock full of seafood that I just could not finish it. Hubby had the prawns with angel hair pasta, and enjoyed every bite! Always a treat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was not bad but not very good. Nothing from appetizers or main course was notable or special. Waiter brought check while we were still eating. It was less than 60 minutes from time we sat down to time we left. Plus the place was 3/4 empty. The experience was no where near what we expected for $150. I would give a strong recommendation to avoid.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have been here twice. Great service and good food. Love the patio seating! Would love to see more gluten free options on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The best restaurant in Carmel...........hands down!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This place simply tries too hard to be more than it is. Food was very good, but not exceptional. Basics were missed: butter on the table was rock-hard cold and unspreadable on the very soft bread. Service was spotty. We inquired about our late starter; the server said that she forgot to put in the order, and that this was a problem she has. This problem was repeated when she did not return to take a drink order I asked for. Honestly, if a server cannot remember orders, perhaps she should write them down and check herself. Lastly, if a restaurant declines to serve tap water or filtered water so as to market bottled water instead, it should be honest about this: a little sign on the table stating “water is precious” is disingenuous or falsely pretentious. Could be a nice place, but needs to focus on fundamentals.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve - we frequent Carmel a couple times a year and always eat at Grasings. My filet was outstanding and my husbands prime rib was “ok” per him. My Caesar salad was disappointing but the side (Mac & Cheese) was wonderful. Our server was Al and he was outstanding, personable and funny. We were given a table next to the galley way and we felt a bit in the way.

A side note - we had lunch there the day before w/our dogs and the burgers were outstanding and great service as well (Melissa?) They were very accommodating to our dogs.

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