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“The reviews are right - great view, good food, strong drinks”

Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Seattle
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90 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The reviews are right - great view, good food, strong drinks”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

The deck on a summer evening at Gar Woods is hard to beat. The drinks are strong and plentiful and the food is better than others are giving it credit for here. Okay, if you are looking for fine dining, this isn't the place. If you are a foodie looking for something you have never eaten before cooked like a science project, don't come here. If, however, you are looking for a nice place to eat and drink and want to walk out full on some better than average bar food then this place is worth checking out.

  • Visited June 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“This place rocks”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

Was there memorial day weekend. We sat on the patio. Wait staff was super friendly. Cocktails were great and the crab sandwich was amazing. Waitress talked me into the cheese on the sandwich which made it even better. This was not a meal. It was an experience. The view is unimaginable. We were there for lunch. I'm sure the experience is great for dinner as well.

  • Visited May 2014
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Chico, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Location, Location, Location”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

The location can't be beat! Awesome view of the lake. But the food is definitely nothing outstanding. And the prices are a little high.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank klsage
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Aventura, Florida
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267 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lakeside Dining”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

The food, service and views from the restaurant were really great. The noise level was quiet high as there happened to be lots of children there the evening we dined - which was the only negative.

Visited May 2014
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Dayton, OR
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124 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Go for the view, not the food”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

This restaurant was recommended for the food and the view. Of these two choices it clearly is best for the view. The food was nothing special although the prices were astronomical given quality. Other reviews have noted the good drinks but that and the view would be the drawing attractions. Ultimately, disappointing

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Ram1995
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