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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: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 129
    Excellent
  • 109
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 23
    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
Excellent Meal & Incredible View

This is the second time we have eaten at Gar Woods. We had a fabulous experience both times. We were on the deck this time. The food was delicious. For starters, we had the ahi poke stack and the crab cakes. Both were terrific. For dinner, our table had the diver scallops, the herb roasted chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
CAFunMom
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Sacramento, California
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is the second time we have eaten at Gar Woods. We had a fabulous experience both times. We were on the deck this time. The food was delicious. For starters, we had the ahi poke stack and the crab cakes. Both were terrific. For dinner, our table had the diver scallops, the herb roasted chicken, hamburger with bacon &... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

A fun-loving crowd goes to this restaurant year after year. It's right on the lake, and the food is good (although expensive). The menu has a full array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, main entrees, and dessert--also a kids menu. Service is very good.

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Tucson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, lovely views of the lake, attentive staff. We had a lovely romantic dinner amidst the many happy families. The wine list was amazing and the cocktail menu is hilarious.

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Orange
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We should have guessed by the constant lines to get in that it was going to be great, and it was. The drinks were delicious and full of rum, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Must try in Tahoe!!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for many reasons. The view is spectacular, the atmosphere of the restaurant is great, the food and service were very good. Try the crab chile relleno, it is spicy good! Very expansive wine list, with selections to please every palate and budget.

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Dallas, Texas
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Definitely the inn place to go. We tried making reservations for a party of 6 kind of last minute but we're unable to until late in the evening, but their bar area was first come first serve. We were lucky enough to be able to grab and push together some bar tables. Great Waitress, sorry her name was very different... More 

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St Louis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were looking to have lunch at a lakeside restaurant on Lake Tahoe. We were famished but didn't want to be too close to the crowds. We spotted Gar Woods and turned in. There was plenty of parking, which is hard to find in Tahoe. We were seated immediately outside. They also had a section, outside, where you can seat... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This restaurant is a full service place with lots of seating. it has wonderful views of the lake. I had fish tacos, which were quite good. It is rather pricy for what you get so you are paying for ambiance. I would go back on another visit to Tahoe.

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Sugar Land
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Had a group of seven, and even though it was a rainy day we very much enjoyed our lunch on the patio. Everyone was pleased with their meal from the fish to the spareribs to the macaroni and cheese for the kids. A must stop.

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gaelzimmerman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Well prepared food and good service nice view Beautiful view of lake great tables on deck enough i don't want to be prodded by trip advisor to put in more details please don't require this 100 character deal

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Additional Information about Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

Address: 5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
Phone Number: 530-546-3366
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Carnelian Bay
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
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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: Scenic view, Bar scene

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?