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“Very good food in a cool setting.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant
5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
530-546-3366
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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.
Rodeo, California, USA
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38 restaurant reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Very good food in a cool setting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The fish tacos are great here. You get two very large tacos with grilled and very fresh fish, a tortilla slathered with guacamole and a nice homemade picante sauce. Easily can be shared and they cost about $17.

We also had the fish and chips. There were four smallish battered fish pieces...fairly tasty...served on great fries and with decent sized portion of their excellent coleslaw.

We ate on the outside deck which has a outstanding view of the lake. Although it was rather cool, the staff declined our request to turn on the deck heaters saying they could only go on if the large umbrellas were up ... and they were not going to put up the umbrellas because there was a chance of wind later that evening????

So I went down to the parking lot and got out our jackets and hats and we enjoyed our meal and the view...at 52 degrees.

Visited October 2012
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Mission Viejo, Ca
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Ordinary”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Lots of hype but pretty much a tourist restaurant - excellent view with pedestrian food. Wet Woody signature drink is a low alcoholic slurpy - beware of brain freeze. Not cheap.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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“Night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Loved the view of the lake at sunset with snow everywhere, the food and service could not have been better!!!

Visited October 2012
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California
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“Another great lunch with a view at Gar Woods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We had a great time, great food and interesting cocktails, all with a fabulous view! You must try a wet woody when you go...

Visited October 2012
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Nevada City, California
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“Anniversary Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We had dinner here for our 16th wedding anniversary. The food was good, but it was the view and atmosphere that were great. We looked out over the lake through floor-to-ceiling windows, and as the sun set, the lights of the restaurant twinkled around the edges of the deck and windows and created a very festive scene. This was a classy yet casual place, with cocktail dresses next to shorts and baseball caps. After dinner we walked out to the end of their very long pier. It felt like floating in the middle of the lake. The lights along the pier led the eye back to the sparkling restaurant, and other lights twinkled along the shore.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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