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Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $30
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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214 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

While visiting Reno, NV, with time to kill on a beautiful Sunday, my wife and I met two or our children and her two sisters for lunch overlooking Lake Tahoe. View was wonderful, food was great, but not special, and the service was good. Overall a good experience.

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San Clemente, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

They were so nice and let us bring our dog on their deck. After a huge order and lots of changed minds and added items they were still accommodating. And the food was incredible! They have the best strawberry milkshake you will ever have!

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Lake Tahoe
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We do eat lunches at Garwood's, but not dinner's because of the expense. It's view of Lake Tahoe is almost unsurpassed for Tahoe restaurants.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Their "wet woody" signature drink is fantastic. The view of lake tahoe is fantastic, great service. I will definitely return.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We love to go to Garwoods, sit on the deck and enjoy the lake and drink a Wet Woody! We always take guests who are visiting to Garwoods for a drink. The food is so so, I wouldn't bother

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656 reviews 656 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Lots of food choices,( bbq chicken quesadilla, sliders, burger, onion soup, peppered steak salad, crab chile relleno,chicken pesto sandwich,etc) fair wine selection (toasted head), delicious wet woody 's or margaritas, all at reduced happy hour prices , beautiful lakeside view, and fireplace. Tables are close together in this always crowded restaurant bar area. Be aware that drinks not on happy... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Five years ago, on a gorgeous late September afternoon, my husband and I had lunch and drinks on Gar Woods outdoor deck and enjoyed their incredible commanding view of Lake Tahoe. We remembered the fabulous location and tasty drinks, and marked it as a "must return" spot. We returned last month -- for dinner on a very busy Friday night... More

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Reno, Nevada
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164 reviews 164 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Loved my Nicoise salad. The menu has lots to offer, and the place offers a great view of Lake Tahoe from the north shore. A bit pricy.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We had a large group and enjoyed turkey or ham and the regular menu was available as well. Wine selection was nice. The setting on Lake Tahoe was spectacular.

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Independence, Iowa
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

A beautiful view of the lake welcomed us into the restaurant. It is off season so a little too chilly to sit outdoors but they do have a wonderful outdoor seating area. Started off with appetizer and wine followed by a very tasty lunch. A little pricey but very good food and service and a priceless view.

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