For more than 30 years, Grasing's has been a destination for fresh, local cuisine and great California wines in the artsy beach town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The 1,780-label wine list focuses on the state’s top regions, especially the nearby Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands. Wine director Christopher Edmonds oversees the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning program that also excels in Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy, with an extensive selection of large-format bottles. The menu celebrates California ingredients through American dishes like tuna tartare, warm Napa cabbage salad and a selection of steaks. Before opening his namesake restaurant, chef and owner Kurt Grasing worked in several Restaurant Award–winning destinations, including Narsai David’s eponymous '80s Bay Area hot spot, which was one of the original Grand Award winners when our program started in 1981.