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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
Closed now
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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, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, 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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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 22
    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
Lunch on the lake

Gar Woods is known for their "woodies"; a drink.....but we came for lunch. I had their lobster/shrimp bisque soup; very good, and a Cesar salad; just ok, while my wife had the dungeness crab sandwich ....very good. Service was very good, views of the lake were great....yes, we would recommend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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fremont, ca
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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Natchez, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My wife and I recently returned from a week at a rental home in Tahoma , Ca. on Lake Tahoe. While there we found a terrific restaurant called Gar Woods Grill. The food was some of the best that we have had at any restaurant. The view of the lake from the outdoor dining area was perfect. The waitress was... More 

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fremont, ca
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140 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Gar Woods is known for their "woodies"; a drink.....but we came for lunch. I had their lobster/shrimp bisque soup; very good, and a Cesar salad; just ok, while my wife had the dungeness crab sandwich ....very good. Service was very good, views of the lake were great....yes, we would recommend for lunch or dinner.

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Sacramento, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I have been going to Gar woods for 15 years and love this place. It is quite popular and parking can be at a premium especially during happy hour. The happy hour is a must with good discounts on food and drinks. We recently went for lunch and the food was good. We had simple lunch meals a salad and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Friends took us there for lunch on a beautiful sunny day in Aprll, the views from the deck are amazing with ability to walk out front and down the pier. The portions were were large and meal incredibly tasty, but it is on the higher end for the wallet Would love the opportunity to go there again for sundowners in... More 

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Louisiana
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245 reviews 245 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We found this restaurant accidentally as we were simply looking for a place to eat. So glad we did. Even with no reservations, we were seated fairly quickly and the service was friendly and quick. The presentation of the food was outstanding and the scallops were just delicious. Ask for a seat near the windows to enjoy a view of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

For the price and the way the food was prepared it is not worth it had the scalps wich were under cooked with garnishs that were over cooked for an appetizer we had the pomegranate ribs that were burnt and very dry with what tasted like pomegranate syrup pour over them my with had the crab sandwich which tasted like... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Must get a table outside! Food was good but the drinks are where it's at!!! We will go back for sure when we visit again from Florida!

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New York City, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Food was tasty, good size portion and well presented. Great options from fish to steak and let me tell you the size of the steak is bigger than my face. I recommend the clams as appetizer and you can't go wrong with the French Onion Soup...yummy!!!!!

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Incline Village, Nevada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?