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Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

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5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 (Front and Center)
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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San Francisco, California
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Gar Wood's is a super casual, friendly place that offers beautiful views of the lake. Best to stick with more simple fare here - burgers, salads, fish or steak. Service is efficient and very welcoming. And if you're seated looking out over the magnificent lake, you won't want to leave for quite a while. Very relaxing !

Thank Kay R
Oakland, California
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290 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place fills up with folks who love the views of Lake Tahoe. They have a beautiful terrace where you can sit in the sun or under an umbrella. Good American food, nice place for lunch or drinks.

Thank Thomas V
Bellingen, Australia
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52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant must have one of the most beautiful outlooks in California. Looking out across Lake Tahoe, this place feels great as soon as you take your seat. It does Lunch and Dinner – and at warmer times of the year, it also does a breakfast/brunch with a limited menu – only on weekends. Dining was classy casual for the... More 

Thank David M
Maui, Hawaii
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A special place to eat for lunch or dinner. Good menu, reasonable prices for food and drinks. I had fish & chips and loved them.

Thank DSD91
Palm Springs, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a great meal with fantastic views, this is the place to come. I had the Dungeness crab cakes that I have had since being in Oregon. The fish and chips were wonderful. The staff are friendly and efficient. After you eat, take time to walk the public trail alongside the lakes. The lakeside houses are amazing.

Thank rexcatt
Rancho Murieta, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiance' and I stayed at Cedar Glen Lodge (lovely place) and Alan (the owner) recommended Gar Woods. We had a table overlooking the lake. The service and food were excellent! Romantic and relaxing!

Thank Jazznjake
N New England
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200 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gar Woods closed to the public to host a banquet for our vintage boat club's annual meeting, this year at Lake Tahoe. The appetizers were sumptuous and well served by the friendly wait staff. The entrees too were ample and timely for such a crowd, It was all so jolly that I alone snuck a few tv views to see... More 

Thank oldwoodboats
Virginia, USA
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here to Gar Woods on a weekend when there was a bit of a crowd and vibrant entertainment. Service was prompt, very good cocktails were made, and the steak and chicken entrees were terrific even though on the pricey side at 40+ and 30+. As everyone says the views are great. The only improvement that was needed was for... More 

Thank Islandman46
Sunnyvale CA.
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our early evening dinner there on a Friday night was wonderful. We ate outside under a heater since it was chilly. The staff were very friendly and the food was great. Only slight is that the salad and soup came out before the appetizer did. The bisque was wonderful as was my pasta plate, my husbands halibut special was excellent... More 

Thank gamelino
Hickory Corners, Michigan
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158 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was at Tahoe for a wooden boat show...had to dine here, about a half mile or less from the show. Décor is Gar Wood wooden boats. ..go figure. Hard to beat that. For a large place the waitstaff perform a ballet constantly and perfectly. We were impressed. The menu is comprehensive. The waiter we had, Austin, was very knowledgeable and... More 

Thank Sid D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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: 15305463366
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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