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All 4 Carnelian Bay Restaurants

Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Sun 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Sat 10:30 am - 1:30 am
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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Walnut Creek, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Michelle, our server transformed our lunch into a fun, festive event. Her humor and the Tuesday "Topless Woodies" made the get together for six of us a party. It didn't hurt that Tuesdays the "Woodies" are only $7. We maintained our decorum and had a perfect lunch with two of the three couples splitting entrees (no problem at Gar Woods).... More

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Elk Grove, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Perfect stop for cocktails with crazy names and shareable appetizers with amazing views of Lake Tahoe. Sit on the deck and enjoy breathtaking views.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We stopped here after a boat ride on Lake Tahoe for drinks and appetizers. We sat on the deck and it was great! They have a nice menu with lots of great options. The view is fantastic. We shared a Tuna Poke appetizer and it was really good. Wished we could have ordered more but had dinner reservations so didn't... More

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Davis, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Waitress was not as good as we expected. I felt , she is hurrying and racist :(. We called to reserved at least 3 hours before but still we waited for 30 minutes. The food is great though. I was advertised en entrees for 17-40 but it's 17-80 :).

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Stopped here for lunch after a day of sightseeing in Tahoe City. I wanted the view of Lake Tahoe but six of us wanted good food and good service. Wow! We were not disappointed. The bar menu on the deck offered lots of great choices and the view of the lake and snow covered mountains in the distance was fantastic.... More

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Ramona, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My family and friends ate here twice during a recent stay, and both times it was great! The best dishes were the Filet Mignon with scampi, the fish of the day, and the french dip sandwiches. And you just can't eat here without sampling their house drink, the Wet Woodie. They are not cheap, but you don't "need" more than... More

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San Jose, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of the best restaurants at Lake Tahoe offers creative food, lakefront views, sunny ambience and their own line of cocktails. Gar Woods Grill & Pier restaurant serves up fun, festive and fine dining on Tahoe’s north shore at Carnelian Bay. Large outdoor decks and floor-to-ceiling windows draw the eye across the lake, along the forested shores and up the... More

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Allen, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Went there for dinner, had a great server very friendly and attentive. We were lucky to be there on a Wednesday so the "Woody" drinks were half price. The food was great if a little expensive and once they put up the umbrellas and turned on the heaters it was comfortably warm.

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Los Gatos, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Great outdoor deck seating with magnificent views of Lake Tahoe, excellent food, wonderful drinks (don't miss the Wet Woody). This is a not-to-be-missed lunch or dinner spot.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The location is breath taking!!! Perfect for your first night on the lake. Service was decent and the quality of food was good too. They can work a little on their food presentation though. My husband and I are expecting our first child and it's almost the end of the stretch for us. We didn't have a prior reservation and... More

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