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“Views Are To Die For! Huge Outdoor Patio Overlooking Lake” 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
naples
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Views Are To Die For! Huge Outdoor Patio Overlooking Lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Views, views, views, everywhere. This is a stunning restaurant with views of the lake. I loved the steamed clams appetizer served in the broth, it is fantastic. I dredged the bread into the bowl to soak up every bit of broth. This is a really good dish. I had the halibut special, not enough sauce, just ok. Ordered a Rita Margarita and it came as a tall ice tea glass full of sour mix. Paid for it but did not drink it. Waitress never asked why it was not enjoyed. The ice cream pie with the oreo cookie pie crust, WOW! Share it with someone, it's huge! Waitress says ice cream comes from a local dairy farm. I love that they supporting local farmers! Really good pie!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“A keeper!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This place is great!
We go there every time we are at the Lake.
We like the view, food, drinks, service and being able to sit outside.
Highly recommend!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Abilene, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“2 thumbs down 😐”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Maybe a few Wet Woodys would make the food/prices easier to swallow. Definitely skip the French Dip, the slider style burgers were better but very pricey. Great view- but food overpriced for quality you receive.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Grass Valley
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8 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The outdoor deck seating was lovely and shaded. The drinks were delicious and the food was good, but not great. The prices were a little high, but you have a dock to walk on and a small beach to wade into the lake. It's a fun and really cool spot. Enjoy

Visited July 2014
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Portland, OR
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazing view and cocktails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Gar Woods was recommended to us by the local visitors center. We were definitely not disappointed. The view was gorgeous. I would recommend sitting out on the deck. The food was great. I had the crab stuffed poblano, my one friend had the crab sandwich and our other friend had the clams. All of it tasted wonderful. The service was top notch. We are talking about going to Tahoe again next year and this will definitely be on our list of places to go.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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