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Grasing's

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1402 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Special Occasion
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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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1402 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Amazing hospitality for our anniversary

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Overall Excellent experience. They made our anniversary another very special celebration. From the start to the beautiful table setting to the special dessert! thank you

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was perfect! Food and service are excellent. I was celebrating my birthday and they made us feel very special. I fully recommend this restaurant.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

The objective was an intimate dining experience in a high quality restaurant. I had heard good things about Grasings, and did not hesitate to make the reservation.
We arrived a couple minutes late, but I had informed the restaurant in advance, and was told there would be no problem. After we arrived, another large party (about 8) and then another party (about 6) came in, and were seated ahead of us.
Then we were seated in what would have been a nice space, except that the four two seat tables were backed against a 10 seat table, obviously for a large party.
Initially the noise was manageable; then the very large party showed up, and all intimacy and quiet disappeared for the rest of the evening. It was loud to the point of disrupting the experience.
Food was average, except for the butter lettuce salad which was spectacular, and the wines which were as expected, excellent. Service was great and personal, but could not offset the noise.
For a $200+ bill, there was little to no value, and I will not return to this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Very nice restaurant in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding birthday celebration!
The food was excellent. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was serene. Will go back!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Grasing’s is an amazing place! It was a special day for us and Grasing’s treated us great. Chef wrote a card for our speacial occasion, it is a really thoughtful place. In addition to that the food was amazing. Grasing’s is one of my favorite place right now, thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our bartender, Aaron, was very competent regarding wine. I especially enjoyed talking with Tino, who assisted at the bar. He was attentive to service, but also a quietly charming ambassador for the restaurant. A very nice evening.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lovely meal with good service. Slightly too noisy and close to other tables, but minor quibbles. Overall a really nice restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My husband and I came to celebrate our one-year anniversary. The food was good (although not exquisite) and there were some intricate options that all looked really good. The wine list was incredible - an entire book. The only thing holding my review back a little is that we were sat next to a large boisterous crowd in a small room, which took away from the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I am so glad that I discovered Grasing's. The food was excellent. Service was spot on, and the wine list is extensive. The sommelier shared some incredible dessert wines with us. They have a large-format port they serve tableside, and they also serve Tokaji by the spoonful. So, save room for dessert.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Halibut cheeks were bland, grilled artichoke was dry.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was fabulous, wine list is unbelievable and endless, service was the best. Truly on our "must do" list. We enjoyed our Saturday dinner so much, we returned Monday evening after our round of golf, sat in the bar and enjoyed the best burger, onion rings and beer in Carmel. We love Grasings and all the staff.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was great but not the food. Tartar was not fresh, and they serve it in some odd way. I had a hard time finding couscous in my couscous salad and they serve mussels with bacon. You will never know that it’s going to be with bacon because there is no bacon in the menu. Not happy.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Sat outside for a last minute brunch. It was a fixed menu but it was great.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Grasing's is a very special place for me and my husband. We returned after three years to celebrate our third anniversary, and the staff - chef, server, and hostess - received us warmly and shared in our happiness. It was a perfect evening, and our lovely server met our every need. I always enjoy their non-traditional paella, and it was as delicious as ever. We look forward to many more celebrations at Grasing's in the years to come.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We had a great experience. Excellent wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Very pleased as first time customers. Mark was a great and attentive waiter.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

As usual, amazing service and meal. The beet salad was incredible!!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Lovely setting, with smallish dining rooms to keep the sound level down and the experience more intimate. Food was very good, with a good selection for everyone’s taste. Excellent wine list. Very attentive service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Celebrated a birthday, and they exceeded expectations. Thanks guys.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Overall the food and server were excellent!! Our first time at Grasing's and we had a good friend from the bay area visiting us so we thought we would try a new experience. Cannot say enough about the meal which was superb and well presented. We had two negatives:
1) Our reservation was for 7:00 PM and we received a friendly reminder email at 6:00 one hour prior to the reservation time. Upon arrival, two "greeters" attempted to find our name on the reservation list of the computer at the front door. Could not find us even though I showed a reservation confirmation on my iphone received one hour earlier. OK they finally said we have a table for you.
2) Now our male guest is over six feet tall as I am. We were shown to what appeared to be the only remaining table in the restaurant. The duo tables were pulled away from the wall by the server so my male guest could be seated and due to the cramped quarters my spouse sat with her back to the wall also. The tables were then pushed back in as far as possible. I sat on the corner of one table as the server said people had to pass behind me so please do not block the aisle way(between me and a person at a table behind me). In short, no consideration for our comfort just jam 'em in and take their order! Don't ask others around us to reposition their table and chairs, which there was plenty of room to do. I am not the type to impose on others, rather the server or manager or someone should do this for guests.
All of this won't stop us from going again, but very poor attention to details we felt.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were both very happy with the quality of the food, the ambiance, and service. We had petite filets which were cooked perfectly and veggies that were perfectly al dente. Service was good although a tad on the slow side but the place was packed so certainly understandable. NOTE: the wine list of bottles and half bottles is several pages long but wine-by -the-glass list seemed very limited. We did end up with an Australian sav blanc that was light and went well with the salads and then medium bodied Malbec with the main course and it was fine.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Fabulous food and excellent service! Lovely atmosphere

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We've had great experiences with this place before but that was in the weekend. This time, it was during the week, and we both had the special but it was not very tasty, the salmon was a little overcooked and tasteless, and the salad that came with it was as tasteless and seemed to have been prepared for a while, so it was not crisp anymore. Service was good but we almost got too much attention, which felt intrusive as we were having a business discussion and had a lot to discuss. Would be nice if the staff was a little more aware of what was going on. I hope the restaurant can address these points as we'd love to go back.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

This is a charming, upscale restaurant in Carmel - went there for my birthday dinner. Our server was lovely. I ordered the paella and enjoyed it very much. My husband tried abalone and then a fish dish (cod) and did not like either of them. It is a pleasant restaurant but we found others in town that we liked better.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

My wife’s dinner was amazing(Petrale sole) my steak was really mediocre. The wine list has amazing depth and breadth, with shockingly high prices.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Lovely spot with good food. The staff is a little stiff, but maybe that’s just Carmel!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Kurt Grasing and his staff helped make my mother's 89th birthday really special!! We loved the meal: the calamari is always delicious, the crabcakes and crab risotto were excellent. The food is consistently tasty and the servers and maitre d' are professional, efficient and notable! Thanks for another memorable meal.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Very nice restaurant with great service and food. They recognized our special evening and that was also nice. My one complaint is that the staff starting vacuuming before we finished our meal and it wasn’t 9pm yet. It was not a pleasing end to the evening

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fabulous!
Great food and service!!
Bravo

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic place. We always visit when staying the weekend. Great food and a fantastic staff!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Second time to Grasings. Excellent both times. We’re initially seated at a crappy table by Exit door...hostess shouldn’t have done that especially considering we had reservations. Upon request, we were immediately moved to much better table. Other than that, evening was very good. Ordered the ahi tuna preceded by the Caesar salad...both were very good. Definitely coming back next time we’re in Carmel.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Did like our server asked for gluten free options and never received them.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Overall, it was a great dining experience.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

It was our 55th wedding anniversary. Received nothing for our accomplishment. More of a that's nice now what can I get you to drink. Also, did not have an opportunity to say hi to Ira. Major disappointment.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Amazing food, wine and apps!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Excellent menu, excellent food and very good wine list. Wait staff, both at the bar and in the restaurant was very friendly and helpful

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

My wife and I go to Carmel frequently and Grasings has always been a favorite. The food is wonderful, and my wife loved the wine list. It may very well be our favorite restaurant

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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