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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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....
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.
As usual the food and the service was excellent. A must stop whenever we're in Carmel.
The food was good but expensive, about what you would expect in Carmel. It was worth one visit, I don' t think it's worth a second trip. Service was very good, their drinks from the were very good.
We have been to Grasing's twice, once for lunch and this time for dinner. Both times we have left not only with a great dining experience, but more importantly a treasured Carmel memory. Meal was top drawer, Martini's were some of the best ever (which is really saying something), and service was just perfect. We brought our golden retriever, so sat out on the patio, but that didn't take away at all from the ambiance as this place has it in spades. The inside was lovely and romantic, and the bar scene was jumping. What more could one ask?
We had a delicious dinner with our family. The calimari and leek appetizer was a favorite as was the fresh Alaskan Halibut. One of the boys loved the sea bass as well. Great service and a good wine list.
we had the Caesar salad, paella and bone-in veal chop. all very good.
in the paella, they use orzo instead of rice, but it works well. nice rich seafood broth.
the veal was one of the most tender cuts of meat i've ever had. garlic mashed potatoes had a silky smooth texture.
we enjoyed a polish mule cocktail (in a copper mug) and the montagna cabernet.
our dog was cozy and comfortable at our feet.
Every thing about this restaurant is outstanding. You just can't miss coming here. Worth the price!
Grasing is fantastic! Every time I am in Carmel area, I go there. Food is creative and flavorful, wine selection by glass or half bottle is outstanding, service is best in town. I recommend to anyone, especially foodies.
Food and service was good but not outstanding or worth the price. Salad was very good. Steaks came luke warm and bake potato was cold and tasteless. Service was ok but did not come around after the food was served.
For the price I would not go back.
We were in Carmel for 3 days for our anniversary and so glad we chose Grasing's one night. My wife had the Beet Salad and then the Abalone (first time) and she loved it. I had the Crab Cakes and Scallops and they were delicious. We also had a nice bottle of wine. We are from NY and when we entered the restaurant one of the Stanley Cup Final hockey games were on between the NY Rangers and LA Kings. I stopped to check out the score and for the rest of the evening the hostess would come back and give me updates. The wait staff and overall service were outstanding. We had a great time and almost went back the next night.....but wanted to try something else. Ended up not being as good as Grasing's. Would HIGHLY recommend it.
Not dog friendly in spite Of advertising. A cold patio and rickety tables were the option. We chose to eat inside W/o dog although she was a service dog undocumented, her owner a recovering cancer patient forgot the papers. Our server was excellent and so was the maple duck and wine options. The lamb very good but couscous very ordinary. On the whole not great experience for the price. Management might practice listening to their guests especially when disabilities are obviously present.
Service was impeccable. Husband's steak was terrific.
We have experianced very slow service, two times in a row. It could be the server, we had him both times; but waiting an hour and 15 minutes for an entree is not acceptable. The other comment I would make is be careful where you are seated, many tables are in a traffic pattern and you get bumped by servers all during the meal.
The Abalone and Duck were incredible... Delicious! Highly recommend !
I wanted it to be better.
Abalone overlooked, Paella soupy, artichoke dry. Tried the upsell on the water - lame.
After walking by this lovely looking restaurant, couldn't wait to try it! Booked for a late lunch after seeing a very creative sounding and 'adult' Grilled Cheese with Carmelized Onions and Tomatoes on the menu. Being a vegetarian, always looking for interesting choices! We were the only ones in the beautiful dining room, window table...perfect! Then...the food came. Meh...no...really...poor. I ate the good salad that came with mine and my husband said his fries were 'ok'. The grilled cheese was barely edible...the onions were not at all carmelized, the bread very poor, and the cheese..tasteless. Happily, the price was reasonable. I would not go back nor recommend. Too many other great options to put up with this kind of food:(.
Wonderful, wonderful Grasings! Would eat here every nite if I could! When in Carmel, do not miss a delicious and wonderful evening at Grasing's!
We visit Carmel frequently and enjoy many of the town's finer restaurants. However, up to recently, we have never eaten at Grasing's. So we gave it a try, and we were happy we did. The food was excellent--as was the entire staff. The restaurant has an impressive wine selection but also has a corkage policy--the best of both worlds. We will certainly return.
Nice ambience and enough variety on the menu to suit all tastes. The abalone was a rare treat and the veal chop was perfectly cooked. The wine list is amazing and the bar drinks were unusual and delicious.
Excellent ambiance, service and steak and lobster amazing!
Grasing's never let's me down. Dinner for my husband's birthday was truly special. Extra special touches like decorating the table cloth with birthday glitter, a birthday card from Kurt Grasing himself and Daryl and his staff were extremely attentive without being overbearing. The bone-in Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection and the Diver Scallops with Bok Choy over spinach ravioli was divine. I would recommend Grasing's with a big thumbs up!
We previously visited Grasing's for brunch and rated it 4-5 stars, We looked forward to returning since we were celebrating a special occasion, which was acknowledged by the Grasing's staff.
The cream of asparagus soup was very rich and hot. The goat cheese appetizer complimented the soup quite well. The fish of the day, sole was served with a lemon-pepper breading (which we were not told), had to be scraped off the very delicate fish because the person ordering it has a allergy to pepper. The veggie salad was healthy with large pieces of chewy vegetables. The eggplant sandwich was very tasty but the quinoa salad was completely bland (and we all commented that Whole Foods has better quinoa.) Overall lunch food--3.5 stars
I took my wife here to celebrate our anniversary.
The charcuterie appetizer was plentiful and delicious, with things we'd never tried before. Our entrees arrived hot and with great service. Dessert was nothing unique but still delicious! Our waiter was kind enough to help me slip a surprise present onto my wife's plate before it arrived. Easy to find location. If making reservations, be sure to request a seat in the bay window- it's the best in my opinion. Very, very good portions for the price!
Our hostess was very outgoing and made the start to our dinner engaging. Our server was new and you could tell. He wasn't fully knowledgeable with the menu. I expected the service to be much more attentive. No extra bowl or plate for my appetizer (paella which was delicious) so I had to use my bread plate which was taken away-along with my fork. My other critique is the tables are VERY close to one another - very limited private conversations. The main entrées however were delicious. Really good. The wine as well - terrific. My seasonal fruit crisp dessert (apple) was just so-so. Overall it was a nice evening and the food was very good. I'd recommend but I think I would try other restaurants in Carmel for a stronger comparison.
We enjoyed our lunch immensely. It was an eclectic menu and it was hard to decide what to eat! The ambience of the wood ceilings and the decorative chandeliers added to the atmosphere! My only issue is that I had the truffled/cheddar popcorn and while the flavors were good, it appeared that the popcorn hadn't been made just moments before and it may have been microwaved. It didn't have that fresh, piping hot flavor. I've had a variation of this dish before and where I had it at another restaurant the popcorn was freshly popped (not microwaved) and right out of the pan. A difference that you could really taste!
Fabulous service and menu. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
The food was good, but it did not live up to the price tag of the meal. I want great and memorable for those prices. Also, service was good but not great.
Grasings was wonderful. The restaurant is pleasing to the eye, the food was very good, and the meal was well paced. The wine list is exhaustive, but lacking in good bottles in the $30-$50 range. I really don't go to a restaurant to look at page after page of wine priced in the hundreds of dollars.
Disappointing evening. we were ignored early on and then had to listen to staff bicker all evening.
Great restaurant for a romantic honeymoon and birthday!
Excellent service and exceptional food, particularly loved the abalone entre! Beautiful restaurant, great wine list.