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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
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Riverton, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited Tahoe for a wedding in early August and ended up eating here twice. Once was for the wedding dinner and it was done very well, Plenty of wait staff and the food was very good. It was held on the second floor. The next day we decided to take the family for lunch hoping to get out on... More 

Thank lbarlow2_99
Napa, California
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15 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

The three of us were seated outside at a round table for five. Next to us was a round intended for eight however 16-18 people had squeezed themselves around it. They were drinking, not eating and their volume increased as the afternoon wore on. Several men were standing between the tables which was annoying and invaded "our space". We mentioned... More 

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Naples, Florida
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Gar Woods for dinner last week with six adults and four children under the age of eight. We sat on the deck where there are many large umbrellas for shade. The server was very accommodating and efficient - not a long wait for the food to arrive. Everyone enjoyed their meal. It is a nice restaurant and very... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had called for a reservation on the patio, they said they couldn't guarantee it but they tried. We ended up sitting inside, still had on okay view of the lake, I was trying to impress my parents from out of town and saw this was the place for "good food with good views." We sat at the table for... More 

Thank jb2186
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 5:00 for an appetizer and a "wet woodie". Beautiful outdoor seating with great lake view. Can even go by boat with valet parking. Very nice place - we will go back for a regular dinner soon.

Thank Djrober
Liss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to go with friends. Start in the bar area with a cocktail. Then move into the restaurant for a relaxed setting, great food and service. Gar woods is a great place for couples or groups. It has a lively atmosphere but it offers a slightly more up market offering. The food is extremely good with... More 

Thank Mark A
Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the 2nd time I've traveled to Gar Woods for the food and the view. It is definitely worth the drive from Reno to see beautiful Lake Tahoe AND have the best food ever! The service was great, table location was perfect, and the food was cooked to perfection. Great atmosphere for couples, families, friends, or individuals.

Thank 364elizabethh
Bishop, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped as we were driving around Lake Tahoe. On a Sunday afternoon they were busy but we were able to get a table right away. Our server greated us immediately and was very friendly. We ordered steamers and coconut prawns. Both were excellent. Our first round of drinks we ordered a margharita and a mai tai. We were not... More 

Thank Fl0rene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful meal we had. Prepared exactly the way we wanted, with flexibility on their part to make a few minor changes. Plenty of staff and great environment.

Thank Singingtwin
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

"Really?" I asked my husband, "Is this for real in the 21st century?" The large format menu features a first page of "Effin" cocktails featuring names with "woodies" (not old surfers station wagons) the significant part of the name. It felt embarrassing. The wines were overpriced, at $15 a glass for an average local wine. The wait staff was marginally... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
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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