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Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
530-546-3366
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front and Center
Transit: All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier
Description: Since 1988 Gar Woods Grill & Pier has been the premier North Lake Tahoe waterfront dining destination. Located in Carnelian Bay, our floor to ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of 2. Our Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in our fun in the sun atmosphere. The wine list is a collection of California's best-known vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy Tahoe's warm summer days sitting on our waterfront deck while sipping on a world famous Wet Woody. With nearly two million sold you'll be in good company but come early to get a seat. When visiting during the ski season thaw out in front of our three story tall river rock fireplace with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Famous restaurant in Tahoe. Great views and great service, but the food is just average. The view makes up for the food. It all depends on what you are looking for in a dining experience.

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Dixon, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I had a great table on the deck overlooking the lake at sunset. Started with mai tai's, perfectly prepared, true to the Trader Vic's recipe followed by a respectable caesar salad. We chose the specials for the night: prime rib and stuffed sole, for our main course. The prime rib was excellent, the sole, not so great.... More

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Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had a great evening - food, family, ambiance. Although staying at the Hyatt at Incline Village with no wheels, we took the public transportation with NO problem at all. One of our favorite places. Good value and a good menu.

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Petaluma
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86 reviews 86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful restaurant. Not without its flaws, but overall its an amazing experience. The place is crazy popular and very, very busy. But there are so many staff working that the service level remains high--we had an absolutely wonderful server who was very attentive. Be aware that its pretty noisy though. We had a fantastic view of the... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Everyone that have been to Lake Garda or Lake Como will feel reminded of the beautiful piers in Europe when standing in front of Garwood’s pier at the Northern shore of Lake Tahoe. The restaurant three decks overlook the scenery and even from inside the view is amazing. However, the staff is not well trained. When we hit the bar... More

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Nevada County
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Uneven quality in our dinner entrees, but still good. Amazing view of Lake Tahoe with very adequate service. Prices a bit high, but the views of the lake and evening sunsets make it worth every penny.

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Kansas City
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

While at Lake Tahoe, we had the opportunity to eat twice at the Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant - once for dinner and once for lunch. This restaurant is extremely popular and parking is tight. But it's worth it if you have to walk a short distance from wherever you park your car. The wait and kitchen staff were... More

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Sacramento
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great food in a lovely spot. We love coming to Gar Woods whenever we're in North Tahoe. Of course, had to have a few Wet Woodies! The crab cakes were wonderful!

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Sacramento, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful alpine lake situated in the Sierra Nevada mountains between California and Nevada. If you ever get up there, make sure to stop by Gar Woods Restaurant in Carnelian Bay on the west side of the lake. It's a bit of a pricey restaurant, but it's right on the water with gorgeous views and it's own... More

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Mason, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The last night of our trip we decided to splurge a little and have a wonderful meal out. While driving along the lake we have seen this restaurant and it was always busy so we decided to give it a try. We were treated very well and seated immediately even without a reservation. After dinner we spent some time in... More

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