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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 - 1:00 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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Sunnyvale CA.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Laguna Hills, California
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to spoil yourself try pulling up a chair at Gar Woods to take in the alpine lake view of Tahoe while tasting some very fine fare. I loved the sea scallops with risotto and baby carrots. We celebrated by drinking our dessert of heavenly Irish coffees. Don't forget to burn off the extra calories with a walk... More 

Thank Nancy D
Mason City, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent view of Lake Tahoe without the live bees. Cocktail choices were good. Lobster shrimp bisque was excellent. Fish tacos were very good.

Thank TripinB
Colleyville, Texas
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outside dining and a beautiful view of the lake made the setting perfect for our gathering. Wait staff very attentive. Prices were a bit high, but I guess it's where you are. Large portion salads in the $20's . Steaks and other meats were in the 40's. Heat lanterns kept us cost when then evening started to chill, but I'd... More 

Thank lovesbabies
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84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our lunch was delicious with a breathtaking view of the lake. Crab sandwich was delicious as well our cocktails. Waiter was very nice and sitting on the deck on a beautiful afternoon was perfect!!

Thank Decoyqueen
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful. I'm a drink snob, this place has the most fantastic list of drinks with clever names and descriptions. They held up their end with a tasty rum drink, friendly staff, and great appetizers. Top notch view of the bay, I could have stayed for hours!

Thank TheMojitoMan
Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Atmosphere is fun, food was delicious, service was acceptable, not very enthusiastic. there is a problem with bees, which is prevalent in the area. Either opt for indoor seating, or suffer with the bees attacking your food.

Thank mbc2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great and varied lunch menu. We had the Cobb Salad, Ahi and watermelon salad, crab sandwich, hamburger, and fish tacos. All were delicious and generous. Their Wet Woody signature drink us a must. A beautiful setting on Lake Tahoe. Can go here by boat too, just tie up on the pier. Reservations are a good idea.

Thank Cynthia G
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and i stopped in on our drive from reno to our cabin on the west side of tahoe. Great outdoor seating area. The bees were really bad the day we stopped, no fault of the restaurant. The food and the drinks were very good. No complaints here.

Thank Derek T

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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
Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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