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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

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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Edmonton, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The location at the edge of Lake Tahoe is superb with stunning views. Our party of five enjoyed the terrace which is heated by infra red heaters in the cool evening. Service and food were fabulous. Their sigfnature drink, wet woody was really good. Highly recommend.

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Park City Ut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

How cool to pull up to a buoy, have someone pick you up in a Zodiak and drop you off at their pier for lunch! Busy place on a Sat. afternoon, had to wait for an outside table, but worth the wait. Fish & Chips were great and friends had burgers that were some of the best in Tahoe and... More

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San Diego, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Given the lake front view, t shirt sales and crowds, one would expect touristy level food as well, but we were all most pleasantly surprised. A group of us went for dinner and ordered everything from fish to pasta to burgers - and all were absolutely delicious. And that's not just because it was a spectacularly beautiful evening on the... More

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Camino, California, Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had gone to Gar Woods earlier this year for a retirement party. They did a fantastic job with a dinner for 120+. Met with friends for SoCal for dinner and I suggested Gar Woods, based on the great job they did previously. You can REQUEST (not reserve) an outdoor table on the patio, When we arrived, I asked for a... More

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