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Big Water Grille
Big Water Grille

Big Water Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigwatergrille.com
  • Email: info@bigwatergrille.com
  • Phone: (775) 833-0606
  • Hours of Operation: Bar/Lounge: 4:30 / Dining Room: 5:30 / CLOSED TUESDAYS
    Daily happy hour 4:30-6:00pm / Big Water Wednesdays food and drink specials all night in the lounge
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chris Daniel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available
  • Private Party Facilities: Wine Cellar private dining for up to 18 people. Restaurant buyout options for up to 120 people. Minimums apply.
  • Private Party Contact: John Cheney (775) 833-0606
  • Entertainment: Big Water Wednesday...food & drink specials all night. $6 Happy Hour menu every night including fish & chips, tempura veggies, duck liver pâté, smoked salmon mousse and more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Country Club
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking.
A word from Big Water Grille
Nestled in the mountains of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Big Water Grille has spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Chef Chris Daniel is impressing diners with his fresh/seasonal menu. We feature small portions on select entrees and a $6 every night/all night happy hour menu. Join us for a martini in the lounge, a glass of wine on the deck or a fine dining experience in the dining room. Choose from our extensive wine list from around the world. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a good dinner at Big Water Grill. Food was very good, service was a bit slow."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Nice, beautiful, tasty..... My husband and I had very pleasant dinner here!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Easy to find, good looking menu (a little smaller, which is good and leads to 10 things they make really well instead of 30 things that are just ok), great view. The food was good, but the appetizer was painfully small. $9 for pork belly and grits with an onion ring is acceptable if the pork is amazing. The pork was very good, but I would have liked more than 2 bites of it... Otherwise, very good time. My steak had a great wood fire taste and her fried chicken had really crisp and good skin. The blondie dessert with a medium french press was the perfect way to end the meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed an evening out with friends to the Mark Twain Cultural Center in Incline Village. Prior to the program, we had a lovely dinner at The Big Water Grille on Ski Way. The restaurant looks out at Lake Tahoe. The menu had a broad selection of choices, especially " starters." A member of our party actually chose a " Starter" and the soup for dinner and enjoyed them greatly. I had the salmon and it was excellent. Others had the beef which they declared very goodl. While the dessert menu is a bit limited, the after dinner libations are significant, and we could easily have dallied for another hour over some port or dessert wines. My only complaint was the service was a bit slow and the bread was portioned rather meagerly."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Big Water Grille is a slam dunk! The food is amazing, has an incredible view and the staff was fantastic! Bill, our server was personable and made the evening extremely enjoyable. This restaurant is a win-win all the way around!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Truly gorgeous setting. Panoramic view of Tahoe, gigantic picture windows. Understated decor highlights the deep blues of the lake and mountains. The food was carefully prepared, and well presented. Not the most extensive menu, but this is the middle of winter in the mountains in a really bad drought. That said, I'm going back after that pork chop!! We'll wait till a little later in the spring, so we can catch a little more sunset with our cocktails...."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Service was excellent, salads were large and prepared well. Berkshire pork chop was excellent, although I would have liked it a little pink inside as it was cooked well throughout."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We took our teen boys to Big Water Grille for New Years Eve dinner at the early sitting. It was first rate. The pre fixe menu was well thought out with a choice between beef filet, rack of lamb or scallops. The staff was extremely professional and attentive. They didn't treat us with a lower service level because we had teens/kids with us (sadly, this has happened to me at other restaurants). The food was spectacular. As one of our boys commented, "they really know what they are doing here" and I couldn't agree more!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Big Water Grill is a great restaurant that failed to perform on New Years Eve. We booked the 8:15 Prix Fix holiday dinner to enjoy the evening with out of town guests. The dinner was rushed with dinner order requested immediately after cocktails were served. Within 15 minutes our crab appetizers were served barely warm, a banquette of plain bread, no butter was placed on the table room temperature and the entree was served 20 minutes later, but not as requested. Lamb was ordered well done instead of customary pink. Spinach substitution request was not remembered. Dessert came unadorned without any offer of coffee or after dinner drink. Certainly not a New Years Eve attempt . After table was cleared, we left by 10, no music, hats warmth."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Nice. Food was good. We were happy overall, but the service was a bit off until the bus boy/guy with the fancy mustache stepped up and turned it all around. Not sure if the waiter was slammed or what, but he just wasn't around much. The mustachioed guy was able to help us on several occasions. He was extremely pleasant and seemed well informed about the menu options. When I (a vegetarian) discovered that the brussel sprouts I ordered were cooked with bacon, he did a quick replacement, and we were happy. This guy should be promoted IMHO. Anyway, I'd suggest putting the ingredients on the menu or giving customers the heads up."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I would suggest you consider Big Water Grill for cocktails but not dinner. Our meal started with Crab cakes on wired lettuce and a flavorless mushroom tart. We then had a over cooked porterhouse and some reasonable fried chicken. The service was reasonably attentive although how they served the Crabb cakes as they were is questionable."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Beautifully perched on the northern slopes above Lake Tahoe the diner is treated to deliciously prepared food. The salmon was perfect, and the vegetarian quinoa vegetable mushroom dish served with an alternate sauce was a real treat. The staff was attentive, friendly and accommodating, timing their visits flawlessly, and gave great personalized service."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Great view of Lake Tahoe!! The food was very good. We will go back."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "My husband and I traveled to Incline, NV for a weekend of sightseeing and relaxation with two other couples. Our group made a plan to dine out one night only, and selected Big Water Grille for this event. As expected, the restaurant was beautiful and the service professional and friendly. The only negative would be that the menu selections were limited, but the staff accommodated our requests and steered us towards dishes we would enjoy."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The buffalo prime rib or something with lentils had a funky salty flavor. Caper butter pasta with clams and mussels was excellent and paired with a pinot grigio."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Everything was excellent. We asked to be seated by the window so we could watch the sunset, beautiful."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "food was fabulous service was a little off. will certainly return and recommend to friends"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Very good but inconsistant! We ate there twice while in Lake Tahoe last week ... the first night it was AMAZING - the food was GREAT, and so was everything else! But the second time it was a BIG disappointment. The rib-eye steak, although cooked the way my wife ordered it, was full of gristle. The waiter apologized, but did nothing to appease us. And my rack of lamb was mediocer from the presentation to the meal itself. Perhaps the "master" chef was off for the labor day holiday this night, but that's really no excuse. But I will return on my next visit to Tahoe since this appears to be the class of the area! Not to be missed is the view of the lake from this location. Be there at sunset and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "Food was pretty fgood. the Balcken catchfish was really nice, the blackend rice and beans were very ordinary. So I would not order this agqain. My dining companion had quinoa with grilled vegatables and red pepper sauce - which was great. Would like a little more sauce, and would order again."
    Dined on 7/27/2013