Grasing's

4.5
2373 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
DINING UPDATE: Please call restaurant if desired reservation is not available online.
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, Cal Stamenov 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.

Please contact the restaurant to request dog friendly 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 2373 people are saying
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TimP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They take pride in the restaurant. Employees do like working there and it shows in the food and service.

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CarlinL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We come every year and this was another great meal at Grasings. Covid has impacted the experience as it will and sitting outside diminished the attentative nature of the service staff a bit. Prices are higher than normal but this is everywhere.

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vipRazorback
San Francisco
249 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant!!! Service could have been more attentive, but the food was fabulous. The sommelier helped tremendously with our selection. Great restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outside patio was filled with dogs on the night we were there. Should be someway to have all the animals together in one place. We thought they were intrusive.

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vipSydneyH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic would recommend it highly

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FunCyn
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephen our server was delightful and professional. The meal was delicious.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great spot for a perfect meal! It is always a must-have when we’re in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Food was amazing along with the service.

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LindaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here at least once during our Carmel stay and have never been disappointed!

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Gerry
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and superb service. We also appreciate the anniversary greeting card and desert. A nice touch! Thank you!

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vipLynF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Our New Year’s Eve celebration at Grasings was disappointing. We have eaten there many times in the past and had a great experience but on New Year’s Eve the service was horrible. We waited at least 20 minutes to have a waiter come to our table and then he only came because we flagged him down. Service did not improve as the evening progressed.

Additionally, when we reserved, we were not told that this would be a prix fixe menu. I was informed several days before New Year’s Eve that the prepaid prix fixe would be $175 per person and at this point it was much too late to find another reservation. I would never eat at Grasings for New Year’s Eve again.

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AdamK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grasing's has been our "gold standard" for many years.

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vipBonnieC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grassing is a restaurant that’s always consistently excellent from outstanding service to wonderful food.

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JackL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grasings continues to shine in Carmel's competitive restaurant market.
I have eaten there several times over the years and never been disappointed!

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vipsmallportionsbigattitude
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I checked‘special occasion’ cause we were looking for a post holiday break….we stumbled in here 3 years ago, liked a lot, service is awesome but… this place is pretty pricey,
My tuna was great, my wife’s chicken, um….undercooked
It happens
Just for the price, expecting a bit more…. And lots of choices in Carmel

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JoAnnN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside in the covered patio area, despite cold and rainy conditions. It was fine: great heaters, and good enough protection from the drizzle. Food and service were wonderful. Prices are high by our standards, but this was a special occasion for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We had the potato chips with filet bits, swordfish, and the pork chop. All were excellent!

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BenjaminH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful staff, in particular Brian.

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CynthiaS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a quiet romantic place to celebrate 41 years of being together during the time of covid- an outdoor, outstanding tasty lunch was our reward for choosing this amazing place to celebrate our life together.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Meat was overcooked.
The filet mignon was boring.
At least the wine was good.
Not worth the price.

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KarenH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Eggs Benedict was served lukewarm, potatoes dry and hard, fruit cup had a porcelain bowl chip 1/2” across w jagged edges in the fruit.
Beet Salad dressing cloyingly tart and vinegary with goat cheese liquid lying at the bottom under the green salad.
Adding more goat cheese liquid on top helped a bit but still too couldn’t eat much. Walnuts, plain, not glazed.
Staff reduced bill by 50% but would rather have a meal we could rave about.

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NoelY
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time loved the food and service was excellent i would recommend this place

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PatriciaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch on the sidewalk was delightful. Crab cakes and French dip were both delicious. Service was a bit disorganized but very nice and we were not in any hurry.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The staff went above and beyond to make it a wonderful experience!

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vipSonomaGourmet
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Grasing's is my husband's favorite restaurant in Carmel, and we've tried a bunch! This trip, we came to celebrate baby's first Carmel Christmas. The ambiance inside was romantic (beautiful lighting, quiet) and the service was excellent as usual (bread for the table, milk for the baby, 3 wines for us to sample before we picked). The cocktails, wine, appetizers, and entrees came quickly and were generously sized. We loved our meal, and blessedly our baby ate everything we put in front of her. We went home with 3 very full bellies. Thank you Grasing's for another memorable date night!

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viplosgatosdiner
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I little disappointed in the gem salad. We split it as a starter. We each got one all chunk of pear and very little blue cheese. We asked for it to be lightly dressed but still a bit over dressed. Just a small blip. Entrees where delicious as always.

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vipginab
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service , wonderful food and ambiance .. loud customer only issue , not restaurants fault!

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Jennifer10
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good… it was quiet where we were sitting. Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was not warm/hot.

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vipScott
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we were reminded of why Grasing's is our go to restaurant while in Carmel. Delicious food and wonderful ambiance, what could be better? Superb!

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vip2picky
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner on the outside patio with heaters and it was wonderful. Excellent food, drinks and service.

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marks
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great. A little pricey but that’s what you do once in a while.

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ColetteO
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Bar service and drinks were outstanding. Laura, our bartender was great with recommendations for the dinner menu and pre-dinner cocktails. Dinner was above-average. Abalone appetizer was disappointing as it had zero flavor. Maybe infusing the cooked abalone with the vinaigrette would have helped. Filet mignon was cooked to perfection. The wine list prices were exorbitant - even taking into consideration taxes paid during the last Presidents’s administration. Very familiar with both retail and restaurant wine pricing, having spent over 2 decades in the wine and spirits industry. Prices seemed way over the norm for almost every region and wine varietal represented. Don’t think it helps sell wines when restaurants price wines for higher profit margins, over focusing on selling wine and getting customers to try wines they’ve never tried. I get that iconic brands, vintages, Top 100-rated wines on the list are higher priced. But, overall the wine list prices were discouraging if you wanted a decent wine, regardless of region or producer. Very off-putting to the entire ambiance to the dinner. Steven, our waiter was very good and attentive at the appropriate times. The WineList pricing was a definite mood killer. Too bad!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👏👏 Excellent!!

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vipSuzGroth
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to be back and to see Cal Staminov at the stove. I planned to stay tuned to see what happens. This has been a favorite location for many years due to the crazy good wine list, lovely menu and superb atmosphere. Now, it’s a new era with a fantastic chef.

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LaneH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal! We went there to celebrate my birthday and had a lovely time. Had the steak tartare as an appetizer, which I’d never had before but was just delicious! My son and I both had steaks - both done to perfection; my husband had the portobello mushroom dish with a lobster tail and loved every bite. We each splurged on dessert with the pairing liquors and were blown away by how the recommended liquor complemented every bite of each dessert. Hats off to Cal Stamenov; so happy he’s continuing to make delicious food since his departure from Bernardus.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere and service was great. Great bar for cocktails prior dinner.

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vipJlove
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Spent over $50 for a filet mignon and it was over cooked, dry and very little sauce. Tasted more like burnt pot roast than a premium priced filet. Onion tart removed from menu and was the whole reason we always return. The abalone appetizer tasted fishy…nothing like it used to. When we shared our complaints we were given one free dessert….which was not very good either. We still spent $275 for dinner for two and liked none of the food. Wait staff is incredibly nice but we will not be returning. Sad to see the changes in the chef and the menu have altered the quality of food.

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JCBLOVECARMEL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Carmel by the sea multiple times a year. This place offers the best food, service and ambiance in Carmel. Staff is professional and attentive, menu is delish. We've never been disappointed. Oh, and cocktails are top notch.

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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 2373 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.