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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
Price range: $0 - $30
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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Hermosa Beach, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Yes, this place has an outdoor patio and a nice view of the lake but it's nothing you can't get elsewhere. The prices on the menu were crazy - we're talking a $20 hamburger and $10 milkshake - and not worth it for the mediocre food. Also, the service was horrendous - teenage waiters, not professionals. I wouldn't come here... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The ahi stack is incredible, the views amazing and, of course, to top it all off with a wet woody - HEAVEN.

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Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Views were lovely. Food was good but super pricey. I had a wonderful $20 hamburger. My husband got a special that came by itself for $16 (no sides). Shakes are good but $10 a piece.

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sac. ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I took my wife to Garwoods, trying to impress her, on one of our first dates 28 years ago. It worked! Went back yesterday for the first time in a few years and it's still has an unbeatable location and view. For me the bigger difference was the food seemed better now. We went just at the end of the... More

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Napa, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The view from the patio is amazing. I suggest lunch or appetizers. The food is overpriced and not very good. I ordered a steak salad, the meat was not tasty and the lettuce was soggy. My friend ordered the coconut shrimp and really enjoyed it. The wine is about $5 dollars marked up. So if you can bring your own... More

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naples
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Views, views, views, everywhere. This is a stunning restaurant with views of the lake. I loved the steamed clams appetizer served in the broth, it is fantastic. I dredged the bread into the bowl to soak up every bit of broth. This is a really good dish. I had the halibut special, not enough sauce, just ok. Ordered a Rita... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This place is great! We go there every time we are at the Lake. We like the view, food, drinks, service and being able to sit outside. Highly recommend!

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Abilene, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Maybe a few Wet Woodys would make the food/prices easier to swallow. Definitely skip the French Dip, the slider style burgers were better but very pricey. Great view- but food overpriced for quality you receive.

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Grass Valley
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The outdoor deck seating was lovely and shaded. The drinks were delicious and the food was good, but not great. The prices were a little high, but you have a dock to walk on and a small beach to wade into the lake. It's a fun and really cool spot. Enjoy

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Portland, OR
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Gar Woods was recommended to us by the local visitors center. We were definitely not disappointed. The view was gorgeous. I would recommend sitting out on the deck. The food was great. I had the crab stuffed poblano, my one friend had the crab sandwich and our other friend had the clams. All of it tasted wonderful. The service was... More

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