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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: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 23
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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
Great view of Tahoe

Pulled up to the dock for valet boat parking and walkedup the pier into a beehive of activity. The place was jumping on a Friday night in late August. I would have preferred a table on the deck with a killer view of the Lake, but we ended up sitting inside. Gar Woods is the home of the Wet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
SanFranciscoHiker
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Los Altos, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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English first
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We arrive by boat just a lunchtime. The place was crowed but our party of 6 was seated quickly. The service and food were excellent ... among us we had the Crab Chili Relleno, French Onion Au Gratin, and Prime Rib French Dip. Not one single complaint! Go there and do this!!

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My son's wedding and their wanted a lakeside venue. My wife read a couple of negative reviews, so we proceeded cautiously. Let me lay anyone's concern to rest, the place is the real deal for a major function. We'd eaten there several times and always enjoyed the food, but this was a banquet. So we were upstairs with a spectacular... More 

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Silicon Valley California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is very busy but we were seated promptly. View of the lake was great and you can walk out on the pier for better views. Food OK. My husband ordered a BLT, bacon was under cooked, didn't want to wait for replacement which was offered but the waiter went to the kitchen promptly to tell them to be... More 

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Los Altos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Pulled up to the dock for valet boat parking and walkedup the pier into a beehive of activity. The place was jumping on a Friday night in late August. I would have preferred a table on the deck with a killer view of the Lake, but we ended up sitting inside. Gar Woods is the home of the Wet Woody... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This place has great views, good service, and strong drinks called the Woody. They serve about 20 different variations of the Woody but they are sugar-heavy so it's tough to drink more than 2. We got deviled eggs, bbq bacon burger, and pesto seafood pasta which weren't anything to write home about. The pesto pasta was drenched with way too... More 

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Stateline, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has a great view of Lake Tahoe since the deck is only steps away from the lake. When our friends come here they want to eat here at least once during their visit. Since we live in Stateline, NV it is a bit of a drive but obviously worth it since we keep coming back. Food is good,... More 

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Stockport, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Outside seating with stunning views over Lake Tahoe. Friendly, helpful staff. Great choice on the menu. Child friendly. A little bit pricey but food is excellent. We shared the Dungeness Crab sandwich which came with fries and this was ample for two people at lunchtime.

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Post Falls, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This has been one of our favorite spots since it was the Carnelian House back in the 1970's. The views are fabulous, food excellent and drinks good (The Wet Woody is the house specialty...you must try at least one!) This is a very busy place year around so reservations for the deck and dining room are a must. The Speed... More 

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Southlake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was an interesting experience. We stumbled across it while fishing yesterday morning and our guide suggested we check w Gar Woods to see if they'd prepare our fresh catch for us. Indeed they did, and it was absolutely fantastic!!! I called from the boat and Darren the manager couldnt have been more polite and helpful (i hope he got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great restaurant, yummy food, outstanding lake view and extensive drink menu. Highly recommend for a nice dinner with friends while on vacation. The signature drink (wet woody) is pretty powerful, but delicious.

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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, 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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