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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3963 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Currently seating on the beautiful lake view deck under Tahoe sunshine or ample cover of heat lamps and umbrellas. Please dress warm!
For 34 years Gar Woods Grill and Pier has been the premier waterfront dining destination in North Lake Tahoe. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill and Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. Our Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in a fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. The wine list is a collection of best-known California vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy the waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods world famous Wet Woody. With over three million sold, you will be in good company! Or thaw out with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly Bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 115 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch (Mon - Fri) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sat & Sun) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Brunch menu served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am -3:00 pm Dinner (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Easter - buffet brunch served from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Thanksgiving- dinner served 1:00 - 9:00 pm Christmas Eve- 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Christmas Day- 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Bar The bar is open during lunch and dinner hours and never closes before 12:00 pm (Sun - Thurs) and 1:00 am (Fri & Sat)

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-3366

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Dean Lennon

  • Private party facilities

    Private party space available for groups of 15 guests up to 450 guests. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is available to close for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366

  • Neighbourhood

    Carnelian Bay

  • Cross Street

    Front and Center

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of complimentary on-site parking. Visit by boat in spring, summer and fall and enjoy our complimentary valet boat parking, or dock at our handicap accessible, deep water 130 foot pier.

  • Public Transit

    All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Entertainment

    Rustler's MoonSteve and TomAcoustic Guitar Duo8:00pm-11:00pmFriday and Saturday Evenings70's through Today

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,963 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Great for brunch

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Hot spot

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Food

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambience

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Child-Friendly

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Hot spot

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Great for outdoor dining

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Lively

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. CindyinKona

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, atmosphere, view of the lake and good food. Nice selection of wine and of course we had a wet woody!
  2. SR707

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gar Woods never disappoints. And the view is the best.
  3. AllenW

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Restaurant! On a scale of one to ten, ten being super expensive. 8
  4. MaryB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Our server, Martine, was very attentive and helpful, as was another associate. We both tried the feta and herb encrusted salmon, which was disappointing. It didn't have a crust on it, just some feta and herbs atop it. My friend ended up sending her brocollini back since it wasn't seasoned.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Ordered medium rare hamburgers which came out raw in center. Was an ordeal to get them sent back and replaced. Waiter lacked experienced to understand it wasn’t a preference to not eat raw meat and kept telling meat was cooked medium rare. We asked for manager who came and immediately looked at the meat and took the food back and replaced it. We have gone to this restaurant many times over the years and have fond memories but we will not come back.
  6. ErikF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner. Food was excellent and better than the overall Google rating I had read. Service was excellent and food came out quickly. View was amazing and will definitely go back.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great location by the lake and great staff & service. However, the food quality is mediocre at best despite the price is comparable to high end restaurants. We order a bunch of starters and entrees and nothing was that great.
  8. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 every time! Best views, drinks, and food!!!!
  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, good food. My family always come here when we are at vacation at Tahoe! And good view too
  10. CateQ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We come to Gar Woods often. We love the ambience! The food this time was not up to par. The prime rib was chewy, difficult to cut. We love it Gar Woods and will be back!
  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Isabel in an amazing bar tender! 100% have to order the lobster bisque soap 10 out of 10.
  12. BeverlyS

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful view. Waiter was friendly and knows the food. Very popular restaurant.
  13. reviewer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Atmosphere very nice, great views, service was ok, food was so, so. Tacos were soggy, fairly tasty, prices didn't match the quality of food.
  14. RCLovesGreatFood

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely view, delicious food and great service! Hope to come again from Alabama!
  15. TahoeLyn

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, excellent food, Wet Woody is a fabulous drink and even deserts are good.
  16. ElizabethN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to GarWoods many times over the years. Sunday's experience was really great from start to finish.
  17. ElizabethK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Wonderful server and hostess. Loved the food! Get a table overlooking the water. So lovely!
  18. RussellD

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and you can’t beat the views of the lake!
  19. NickP

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Food. Great Service. Great Vibe. Great Vista.
  20. Tahoe23

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Host was so unpleasant, food was very disappointing compared to normal
  21. Tahoe23

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Customer service was disappointing compared to normal. Hostess was incredibly unpleasant
  22. AmyM

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful location. Excellent food! Thank you for a lovely afternoon.
  23. KennethL

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    The Mother’s Day Brunch menu looked better on paper, than it did in person.
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Mothers Day buffet was fantastic…pricey but fantastic.
  25. jeffl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Mother’s Day brunch was mediocre at best. Went through the buffet twice, both times out of quite a bit. They were not on top of it. Cream cheese was empty and not refilled. Fish dish was empty. Caesar and fruit were wiped out. Waited for a new platter. Disappointing for the price.
  26. Sarah

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We had noon reservations and plates were not refilled so we missed out on several items. For the price I was disappointed
  27. David

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I made Mother's day reservations a couple weeks ago. It was not mentioned that the menu was fixed (you could not order from the regular menu) nor that the buffet was $79/person. Kids $35. We felt deceived and trapped. We did not stay and may not go back. My wife and I felt Garwoods exploited the holiday for personal gain.
  28. ClevyD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    As regulars highly disappointed in overall food quality for Mother's Day Brunch. No scrambled egg hot dish, only cook to order (lines), potatoes horrible, no pancakes, french toast/waffles had to be ordered (they were very good), no egg substitute and NO COFFEE (what?).
  29. Californiagirl

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large group for dinner and our waiter was great. The food was excellent and the view is breathtaking as you know. The place has a fun buzz.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view seating outside was breath taking and a flowing creek just a couple of steps from the restaurant was beautiful. The food was delicious, I would definitely be coming back with my partner. My partner and I loved this place.
  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The restaurant has a nice view but the food left a lot to be desired. I ordered the Caesar Salad and the lettuce was old. They were very nice about it and gave me drinks tokens to use next time I came back. They explained that the lettuce had arrived that morning. Ok sure, but that doesn’t make it fresh. It’s a good place to go for the lake view. I wish they had better quality food.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a great birthday lunch on the Lake, burgers are a great addition to the Wet Woody!
  33. Papy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The view and wait staff, as always , were excellent. Howeverthe prices are ridiculous. No main entry (except pasta) under $50 and no white wine under $45. We elected to have two salads (one with salmon and one with steak) and they were less expensive and very good.
  34. MelissaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and an incredible view of the lake and mountains.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  36. NicoleL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Fabulous wet woodies as always! My favorite is the prickly pear. Tough to get service on this particular night, but will return for the great drinks and ambience!
  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Don’t go on a weekend, slow service and really loud.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely view of Lake Tahoe from our window seat. Servers were very attentive and friendly. Our dinners were tasty and plentiful. My husband had the French dip sandwich, and I had the steamed clams appetizer as my meal. We ordered the lobster deviled eggs, which were overpriced and the amount of lobster meat on each was scant at best. For $19, we would not recommend those, but the rest of the meal was good. The best part of this restaurant is its lovely location on Lake Tahoe.
  39. JimD

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whether arriving by boat or the highway, Gar Woods is always an excellent experience, with good food and service and an unbeatable view. A little spendy, but always a great meal for special occasions.
  40. JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It's a large restaurant. There are lots of staff. Lots of activity. But the setting is as good as it gets. The view is worth it all on it's own, but the food was exceptional.

FAQs

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3963 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 115 times today
Google Map for Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Front and Center

  • Neighbourhood

    Carnelian Bay

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch (Mon - Fri) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sat & Sun) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Brunch menu served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am -3:00 pm Dinner (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Easter - buffet brunch served from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Thanksgiving- dinner served 1:00 - 9:00 pm Christmas Eve- 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Christmas Day- 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Bar The bar is open during lunch and dinner hours and never closes before 12:00 pm (Sun - Thurs) and 1:00 am (Fri & Sat)

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of complimentary on-site parking. Visit by boat in spring, summer and fall and enjoy our complimentary valet boat parking, or dock at our handicap accessible, deep water 130 foot pier.

  • Public Transit

    All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Dean Lennon

  • Entertainment

    Rustler's MoonSteve and TomAcoustic Guitar Duo8:00pm-11:00pmFriday and Saturday Evenings70's through Today

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-3366

  • Private party facilities

    Private party space available for groups of 15 guests up to 450 guests. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is available to close for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366

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