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Grasing's

4.4
1405 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, Steak
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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 from 5:00 pm.

Our bar is open daily from 11am.

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.
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Phone number
(831) 624-6562
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
German Perez
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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.
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Private party contact
Nora Sande: (831) 624-6562
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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.

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Cross street
Sixth & Mission
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Parking details
Most street parking in Carmel is 2 hours until 6:00pm, everyday.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1405 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on July 27, 2014

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.

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2014

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.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2014

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.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2014

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!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2014

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....

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2014

As usual the food and the service was excellent. A must stop whenever we're in Carmel.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2014

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?

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

Every thing about this restaurant is outstanding. You just can't miss coming here. Worth the price!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2014

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.

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2014

Service was impeccable. Husband's steak was terrific.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

The Abalone and Duck were incredible... Delicious! Highly recommend !

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2014

I wanted it to be better.
Abalone overlooked, Paella soupy, artichoke dry. Tried the upsell on the water - lame.

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1.0Dined on June 4, 2014

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:(.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2014

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!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2014

Excellent ambiance, service and steak and lobster amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2014

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!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

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!

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2014

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!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2014

Fabulous service and menu. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2014

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.

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2.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Disappointing evening. we were ignored early on and then had to listen to staff bicker all evening.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Great restaurant for a romantic honeymoon and birthday!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

Excellent service and exceptional food, particularly loved the abalone entre! Beautiful restaurant, great wine list.

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