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Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
+1 530-546-3366
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
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Reviewed November 4, 2015

Stopped here for Lunch - Food was delicious and competitively priced. Service excellent and the views were simply amazing especially as we visited just after the first snowfall of the autumn.

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a must try restaurant no matter what the season. Beautiful outdoor deck - and delicious drink and menu options. Take a look at the Garwoods and Chris Crafts at Sierra Boat Works next door to learn the history of these gorgeous wooden boats.

Thank Cathy20152015
Reviewed October 30, 2015

Lady at visitor's center told us about Gar Woods and we were not disappointed. It was a warm, sunny day so we sat on the patio looking onto the lake. Simply gorgeous! Full bar with their specialty drink............"The Wet Woody", which is a must try!...More

Thank Terry E
Reviewed October 26, 2015

This restaurant has a beautiful view of the lake. We sat in the bar for our 'happy hour' sharing an appetizer and drinks while we placed an order to go. Our appetizer and two drinks came to almost $50!? We order a Cobb Salad to...More

Thank marla v
Reviewed October 25, 2015

We dropped in for a mid-afternoon snack and beer - it was a tad pricey, but maybe I'm still living in the last century. View of the lake was wonderful. Outdoor heaters kept the chill off if needed. We'll go back again for a full...More

Thank Les_Ismoore
Reviewed October 20, 2015

We eat here every time we visit Tahoe. The food is good and consistent. The view can't be beat. Nice little rock beach to take a stroll, or walk down the pier. Indoor and outdoor dining. Prices are high but that doesn't deter us. Really...More

Thank CindyS064
Reviewed October 5, 2015

We always stop at this restaurant when in the Lake Tahoe area. We love sitting on the deck overlooking the Lake, and the food is always outstanding.

Thank RRBFenton
Reviewed September 30, 2015

This place was amazing, away from the other attractions and on the water. The food was excellent and catered to all tastes. They have great food, service, beer, cocktails and healthy food options. You will be pleased

Thank Zackary S
Reviewed September 29, 2015

Definitely a great stop for a Woody (their famous cocktail) and the great views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. It's usually really busy, so that was the only downside, but it's busy because it's wonderful.

Thank Steph G
Reviewed September 27, 2015

My husband had the dungeness crab sandwich and I had the Pacific Nicoise Salad. Both were delicious!!! The view of Lake Tahoe from the outdoor deck could not have been any better!!!!!

Thank Liz A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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: +1 530-546-3366
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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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