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Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

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5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 (Front and Center)
All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier
530-546-3366
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Since 1988 Gar Woods Grill & Pier has been the premier North Lake Tahoe...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 115
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Try the scallops!

We found this restaurant accidentally as we were simply looking for a place to eat. So glad we did. Even with no reservations, we were seated fairly quickly and the service was friendly and quick. The presentation of the food was outstanding and the scallops were just delicious. Ask for a seat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
bandman15
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Louisiana
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Louisiana
Top Contributor
231 reviews 231 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We found this restaurant accidentally as we were simply looking for a place to eat. So glad we did. Even with no reservations, we were seated fairly quickly and the service was friendly and quick. The presentation of the food was outstanding and the scallops were just delicious. Ask for a seat near the windows to enjoy a view of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

For the price and the way the food was prepared it is not worth it had the scalps wich were under cooked with garnishs that were over cooked for an appetizer we had the pomegranate ribs that were burnt and very dry with what tasted like pomegranate syrup pour over them my with had the crab sandwich which tasted like... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Must get a table outside! Food was good but the drinks are where it's at!!! We will go back for sure when we visit again from Florida!

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New York City, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Food was tasty, good size portion and well presented. Great options from fish to steak and let me tell you the size of the steak is bigger than my face. I recommend the clams as appetizer and you can't go wrong with the French Onion Soup...yummy!!!!!

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Incline Village, Nevada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My girlfriends and I met up for the Happy Hour 4-6:30. We were able to get a seat in the bar and it was so busy. We enjoyed the atmosphere even though there was a lot of people and the views of the lake we're beautiful! We are locals and enjoy coming here occasionally for the "Wet Woodys" and half... More 

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Great place to stop in even if just for "Happy Hour" and try their "house special drink!" But if you are looking for a delicious steak or lobster dinner to melt in your mouth, try the dining area! Over looking the beautiful lake Tahoe, you are able to cozy up to the view either inside or in the summertime "outside!"... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Setting: Nice setup directly at the water. Enough parking space and reservation is recommended - no problem through open table. Inside with a sports type bar and the deck outside is simply beautiful. Food: We had burgers, kids menu and ahi tartare. Overall very good. Fries not too greasy. Quality of ahi was excellent and the guacamole very tasty. BUT,... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by the Ritz. We hadn't expected much as it was one of the few restaurants with availability on the night. But wow, turns out to be on the best meals we had while in Tahoe. All of our dishes were flavorful. Their portions were on the big side, so none of us could finish... More 

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Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This place was recommended by the staff at the Ritz. Had lunch there on a day warm enough to eat in the protected outside area in early November. Tried a bottle of red that we were not familiar with and it was better than expected. Good food and good service. Amazing view of the lake.

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We went here for cocktails and the sunset and weren't disappointed. The pictures we got were some of the best from our entire trip. Fun drink menu and great food options. We didn't eat but the rest of our party shared some appetizers and they were all a hit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
    (Front and Center)
  • Public Transportation: All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Carnelian Bay
  • Phone Number: 530-546-3366

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Scenic view

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?