Grasing's

4.5
1676 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Californian
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.

What 1676 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere
Great service

Report
Helpful
JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food and service is always the best. Outstanding for dinner. Jerry

Report
Helpful
SF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Another quaint restaurant in Carmel. It has a great ambience and the service was excellent. The meal was very good, but not great.

Report
Helpful
RD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here both nights we were in Carmel. While the wine list is a tad overwhelming and can even be intimidating, Mark, our waiter, did a great job pairing our meals with a bottle of wine that was just eeking out of the reasonable range and made the entire dinner fabulous.

The duck was excellent along with the salmon special (pinot noir) and the steaks (bone in ribeye and new york) were very tender, cooked to perfection and went well with the Cab blend picked out for us.

The portions are ample, so while the prices may seem substantial, so are the plates and the tastiness. No one left hungry. Definitely on our "to back to" list next time in Carmel.

Report
Helpful
EW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Expensive Mistake. In deciding to dine at Grasing's, we focused on the 5-star raves, not the 1- and 2-star pans and that was an expensive mistake. If we were handing out grades: C- food (poorly prepared and/or presented; bland, bland, bland; dishes that presumably were intended to be hot were lukewarm (even the coffee)), D+ service (worse than indifferent), B+ ambiance (beautiful, but noisy). The next table ordered one of the same appetizers as we did. Theirs arrived in a beautiful presentation, ours looked and tasted like sludge - lukewarm sludge. Maybe the heavy tourist traffic in Carmel allows this place to be hit-and-miss (even for diners on the same evening) and not suffer the consequences. Our experience was definitely a miss. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Carmel -- pick any of them over Grasing's.

Report
Helpful
PY
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff service and food are always excellent. Ira and Aaron are T.H.E best bartenders on the Central Coast!

Report
Helpful
CS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Grasings to celebrate an anniversary. Such a wonderful atmosphere. The GM personally congratulated us and ensured that everything was up to par. The food is superb. The wine and drink menu is great with a lot of options.

Report
Helpful
CM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated our 25th anniversary here. Great food, great service and fantastic wine list. We’ll be back for sure.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great but for the dog next table. It told to us it was a service dog but it was clear it was not. I am sure if I bought a toddler even if well behave people would not like.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is my favourite in Carmel. Everyone working there seems happy to be there, they understand customer service. The food is delisious! They make you feel welcome!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really like this restaurant but wish they (along with other restaurants) would start using black napkins instead of white. Three of us were wearing black and were covered with white lent.

Report
Helpful
CC
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Grasings. The service was excellent. We enjoyed a calamari appetizer (free with our stay at Wayside Inn), salad, pork chop, paella, and cookie dessert. I loved the pork chop and my husband thought the seafood paella was only ok. However we did enjoy our meal and thought the restaurant was lovely. Great place for a night out in Carmel. We will be back!

Report
Helpful
DW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a return visit and our 40th anniversary. A prime rib special was offered and we agreed it was the best we have ever enjoyed. We visited a bit with diners on both side of our table. We enjoy this but I know some don’t so know the tables are close. The wine was good but I will try to bring my own in the future. We’ll be back.

Report
Helpful
SV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were terrific. Loved the warm canbage salad, polenta w burrata and mushrooms, the pork chop, and the duck. Desert was smalll and lacluster compared to dinner. Service was exceptional.

Report
Helpful
JB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great local Carmel Restaurant! Xcellent food with an emphasis on meat.
Outta this world wine list with most regions and countries well represented.
The staff was on top of it and very personable.
It is always a destination for the family when in town from San Francisco.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance.

Report
Helpful
WS
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch in every respect...just go and enjoy...guaranteed!!

Report
Helpful
JL
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual.

Report
Helpful
KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time. Good food. Great ambience

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, everything was perfect‼️

Report
Helpful
RS
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an excellent meal at Grasing's this holiday week. We all started with the chicken orzo soup, which was terrific, and then my mom and sister had filet mignon while I had the swordfish special. Those were all excellent. We then closed with crème brule for my mom and sister and a chocolate cookie cake for me, which was wonderfully evil! It was a busy evening, so it did take a while for our entrees to show up, but they were worth the wait. Hope we get to go back!

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration was made very special for my spouse. Food was excellent

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful higher end restaurant with delicious food and a great cozy ambiance. Highly recommend if your looking for a nice date night place or for special occasions.

Report
Helpful
GP
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Truly superlative levels of service at every turn. Every single associate was engaging and dedicated to our enjoyment. A rare level of service perfection.

Report
Helpful
MY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in Carmel, we always make sure we find time to have dinner at Grasing’s. Food, service, ambiance-excellent, even on a very busy night, Christmas eve. We had mini “paella” for appetizer, the veal chop and herb crusted sea bass for main, and creme brulee and almond cake for dessert. Everything was good, wonderful selection of wines. Looking forward to go back to Grasing’s again!

Report
Helpful
s
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Christmas Eve

Report
Helpful
g
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance. Excellent service. Wine was excellent. Food was above average but too pricy.

Report
Helpful
KH
Tulsa
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Grasings and it won't be the last. The service was impeccable, with our server suggesting the perfect wine to go with our meals. I am gluten free and there were plenty of delicious options. The food is very fresh and the preparations are outstanding!

Report
Helpful
LM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great date night restaurant. Service sublime. Food wonderful

Report
Helpful
DF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The staff were very inattentive. For example, half way through our meal we ran out of beverages. No one ever brought us water or asked us if we needed more to drink. Our food was also under seasoned. One person ordered the veal chop and it was served with the kitchen twine still attached. Upon leaving, we walked right by several staff, including the manager, and no one could be bothered to thank us or wish us well.

Report
Helpful
OT
Central Coast
61 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch this past Sunday. The menu was interesting and creative. Our crab Benedict was delicious but served at just room temperature, which was disappointing. Same with a half cup of latte. At this price point, someone needs to monitor what is coming out of the kitchen more carefully.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Too expensive for what it was. Food was good, not excellent. Service was poor.

Report
Helpful
d
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great light dinner... our server was attentive and we enjoyed it so much! We wish we had been hungrier... the food was delicious!

Report
Helpful
JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place in Carmel! Especially love to have lunch on the patio.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations

Report
Helpful
S
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and from start to finish there were extra special treats such as a card and table glitter, birthday greetings from the staff and a yummy candle-light dessert to share. I wouldn’t mind returning each birthday!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Service was exceptional. Highly recommend. German is an amazing chef!

Report
Helpful
RE
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service, quality..
Michael our server was knowledgeable, professional. He took great care of my family and was gracious and kind to my daughter. He is a great asset to the company.
Great service. Great food

Report
Helpful
SC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have been to Grasing's many times in the last 10+ years. I have recommended it often. However, I was disappointed this time which was embarrassing because I brought friends who were also disappointed. The service was painfully slow. The food was mediocre and expensive. My petrale sole was over seasoned but cooked properly. But the biggest disappointment was Kurt's Four Onion Tart which has been a favorite. The tart barely resembled tarts I have enjoyed there. It was small. The pastry was a soggy, greasy mess. It was visually unappealing. The filling barely came up half the depth of the pastry. I may go again but I won't recommend it.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
42