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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: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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    Excellent
  • 107
    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
Happening Place that's for sure!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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Vidor, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The view was amazing, courteous staff, but the steaks weren't pleasing for anyone in our party. Definitely stick to ordering seafood if you dine here. I highly recommend ordering one of their signature wet woody beverages - it was wonderful and we all enjoyed!!

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Mission
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great setting on the beach at lake Tahoe. Drinks and service were great. However, fish tacos should be avoided. We were served fish tacos with spoiled fish on the tacos. The smell was apparent to us and the waitstaff. How was it not noticed in the kitchen or the waitstaff. Cannot recommend to others.

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Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Gar Woods advertises their "Wet Woody" drinks, and if we had consumed a boatload of them, the food experience might have been bearable! We were accommodated at opening, having arrived without a reservation. We were promptly contacted by a waitress when seated, and after ordering a glass of wine, we ordered our food. As we waited, the table next to... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Ate there twice on a recent trip. Food was very good both times. The Wet Woody is a must, even for light drinkers like me. Very smooth, kind of Caribbean. If it is warm out and you want to sit on the deck, you need to be sure to be in the shade. First day we were there, we were... More 

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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: 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?