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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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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: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
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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    Very good
  • 49
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
a meal with a view on the lake

Touring around Lake Tahoe and Mt Rose we stopped at the Gar Woods for lunch; we enjoyed a table by the window offereing us a splendid view of the lake and surroundings. Good selection of wines and nice "american style" menu. Quiet at lunch and I assume trendy and very busy by 5.00 PM We had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
470pierrel
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Quebec City, Canada
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Quebec City, Canada
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Touring around Lake Tahoe and Mt Rose we stopped at the Gar Woods for lunch; we enjoyed a table by the window offereing us a splendid view of the lake and surroundings. Good selection of wines and nice "american style" menu. Quiet at lunch and I assume trendy and very busy by 5.00 PM We had soups and we share... More 

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San Jose, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I insisted that we go back to Garwoods when we were staying in the North Lake Tahoe area. We met some friends for dinner and it was as good as I remembered - and that isn't always the case. We ate there for my Birthday a couple years ago, and I have been wanting to go back ever since. It... More 

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Thank John S
Hermosa Beach, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

We stopped here for a drink after stand-up paddleboarding on the lake. Great views and very lively atmosphere. We picked a table on the water side for the beautiful views.

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Thank autumnbrowning1
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Stopped here for Lunch - Food was delicious and competitively priced. Service excellent and the views were simply amazing especially as we visited just after the first snowfall of the autumn.

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Thank Sarah M
Danville, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a must try restaurant no matter what the season. Beautiful outdoor deck - and delicious drink and menu options. Take a look at the Garwoods and Chris Crafts at Sierra Boat Works next door to learn the history of these gorgeous wooden boats.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Lady at visitor's center told us about Gar Woods and we were not disappointed. It was a warm, sunny day so we sat on the patio looking onto the lake. Simply gorgeous! Full bar with their specialty drink............"The Wet Woody", which is a must try! We shared their sandwich special, which was a hamburger with pastrami and cheese. Very tasty... More 

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Livermore, California
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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This restaurant has a beautiful view of the lake. We sat in the bar for our 'happy hour' sharing an appetizer and drinks while we placed an order to go. Our appetizer and two drinks came to almost $50!? We order a Cobb Salad to go which was $20. It was very tasty but very pricey. Service was a little... More 

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Thank marla v
Marin County, CA
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We dropped in for a mid-afternoon snack and beer - it was a tad pricey, but maybe I'm still living in the last century. View of the lake was wonderful. Outdoor heaters kept the chill off if needed. We'll go back again for a full meal.

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Thank Les_Ismoore
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We eat here every time we visit Tahoe. The food is good and consistent. The view can't be beat. Nice little rock beach to take a stroll, or walk down the pier. Indoor and outdoor dining. Prices are high but that doesn't deter us. Really like this place. It has a nice vibe.

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Thank CindyS064
Fenton, MI
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We always stop at this restaurant when in the Lake Tahoe area. We love sitting on the deck overlooking the Lake, and the food is always outstanding.

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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 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups

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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