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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 - 1:00 am
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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 113
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  • 100
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 21
    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
Happy Hour a Must

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Smckslimmy
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Incline Village, Nevada
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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291 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Incline Village, Nevada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
59 reviews 59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
57 helpful votes 57 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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White Oak, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

we try to visit Tahoe every summer and we never make a trip without going to Gar Woods. either for lunch or dinner, the food is always good. the views can't be beat and the drinks are the best! especially the signature Wet Woody. It's our favorite. great atmosphere whether you sit inside or outside. and a walk on the... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Been a Tahoe visitor since the early 90s and a Tahoe North lover always. We typically stay anywhere between Brockway to Tahoe City, and make it a point to have a meal at Gar Woods at least once each trip. It is just ALWAYS good. They buy superior quality ingredients and take care in their preparation and it's just flat... More 

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Bethel, Vermont, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My husband said the burger was one of the best he had ever had! That is high praise from this guy. Great location and views of Lake Tahoe. Got a Woodie, it was delish, as were the fish tacos. That's right, I, a fussy vegetarian, got adventurious, and odered the grilled red snapper fish taco, and I was glad that... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This restaurant is located on the shores of Lake Tahoe with good food, good service, and beautiful views! Go early/ stay late!!

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?