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Big Water Grille
Big Water Grille

Big Water Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "This is a wonderful setting and most of the seating has a wonderful view of Lake Tahoe. We arrived early and the owner was very kind to seat us and selected a table "that would not have the sun in our eyes." How thoughtful and kind. The staff is well versed on the menu and we found the service to be excellent. The family team that runs this restaurant loves what they do and it shows! Food is great! Don't miss the hand-crafted deserts!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "As usual, very good. Music too loud and high pitched. Staff would not lower or change. Need attention. Timing of servings -- needs improvement. We had a short schedule and ordered early. Main course was way late and left no time for deserts or tea or coffee. Food, very good. Bar area - Much more welcoming. Good change We will sponsor again. Glad to have you in town."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I am from Chicago and chose Big Water Grill to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a great choice. I had a ground tenderloin and rib-eye burger which was scrumptious. Great menu for foodies. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My steak was over cooked for me and my girlfriend. Service was lacking did not see a server. Veggies looked sad and burnt on my plate. Crab cakes were OK at best. Gratin was good. There was no recovery attempt for my dissatisfied steak temp. Never spoke to or saw a manager. For the price not worth it."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for a celebration, or for an intimate dinner for 2. We went there just by chance, looking for something a little fancier than the usual Tahoe burgers and pizza, and we were absolutely delighted. There are smaller portions for a fraction of the full size price, and just as perfect as a portion can be. I had the smoked rib eye, cooked exactly to specifications. My husband had the fried chicken, and it was juicy and crispy. And the wines are very good. The service was excellent! We will be back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner at BWG the other night. Was seated promptly by the young and friendly wait staff. Had a good bottle of wine with dinner and it went perfectly with the Pork belly and grits and the Duck and faro. The Blondie dessert was very good. The view of Lake Tahoe was killer. A little slow between courses, but we were not in a hurry."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food was good! nothing exceptional. Service was great!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service, incomparable views. Ate here on August 7th for the second time in two years ... not a resident of the area but a frequent visitor. Never had a bad experience. While the food is expensive, the experience is worth it. i recommend this place if you are in the area."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was so-so. I was surprised by the fact that canned peaches were served with 2 different dishes - the seared foie gras (really!) and the peach cobbler. Astounding. The views are wonderful, you're also up high and in the tree tops, but can also see the lake. Too bad the food didn't match the view!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Nice place for a special occasion. Service was good, waitstaff friendly. My scallops were delicious, but my husbands duck was cold. Pan seared duck confit should be hot or steamy when it comes to your table. Not sure what happened there?"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Very good food, but the table next to me was unacceptably loud and intoxicated therefore making my experience at this restaurant not as good as is could have been."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Chris does an outstanding job!! We added an extra guest unannounced and he handled it without batting an eye. Waiter was personable, funny and on the ball all night."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times and have had great meals and then just so-so meals. The view is always great and it is quiet enough to enjoy your company without shouting. Most recently the service was a bit slow (we had to ask for a waiter after being seated for 15 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order.) and then he seemed a bit put out with us. The food was good but not exceptional and the menu is limited. Will we come again? Probably. But mostly because there isn't much competition in Incline Village."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It doesn't get any better...fantastic food, gorgeous view and perfect service every time we come, every year!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The only problem we had , was our son had ordered a bottle of wine for us, our 30th anniversary and we did not receive it."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great View, food is good but not great. A special occasion place for sure"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Having lived four summers in Incline Village, I thought it was time to find a new restaurant beyond my standard favorites here and in Tahoe City. Mistake. We began with the pork appetizer which was often praised in other reviews. Our impression was an extremely small portion for the price, although the flavor was good. Next came the Caesar salad. Besides again being small in portion, it was dull and reminded me of a Caesar salad I'd get at any bargain restaurant. The dressing was insufficient leaving many of the leaves without coverage. Finally to the main course, where we had the rack of lamb (six chops) and rib eye. After waiting nearly one hour for them to be delivered, we were disappointed in both being over done and dry."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A pleasant surprise, having booked a table "blindly" after an afternoon at the beach. Sat on the deck, which is at almost tree-top level, overlooking the lake. We did not go wrong on any of our food selections. Definitely a place to keep in mind while visiting Lake Tahoe."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My family recently stayed at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe. The first night we had dinner at the Lone Eagle Grill at the hotel. We had heard great things about the restaurant. That could not have been further from the truth. Lousy atmosphere, lousy service and mediocre food. We were scheduled to eat there three more times while on vacation. We were then on a mission to find a replacement for all of reservations at the Lone Eagle Grill. We found Big Water Grille on Open Table and went there the next night. The restaurant is outstanding. Great food, great service, an outstanding view and restaurant, great wine and a great time. We ate at the Big Water Grille four times while we were in Tahoe and they treated us like family. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were afraid the setting sun was going to be too bright for us and our friends at the table to which we were first shown. The manager very graciously allowed us to pick our table, which still had a view but less sun. The menu features two sizes of many entrees (and two prices!) which I rarely see, and greatly appreciate. I will definitely go back. Oh yes, the food was great as well."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The restaurant has wonderful view of the mountains around it. The walls are glass so you can see all around you. The scallops were amazing! along with the ahi tuna poke and crab cakes for appetizers. Will go back next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The panoramic views are gorgeous. The outside patio fun. Inside ambience great. Food good - nice that small and large portions are offered. The dessert menu could offer more."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We live in town and have been here for several enjoyable meals. Last minute guests arrived and we thought this would be a special treat. A few items from the Internet menu were missing so it obviously was not kept up to date. I ordered scallops, he delivered salmon. Everyone felt obligated to wait for my entree before starting their meal. $ 24 for 1 big scallop, one small, 1/4 cup crunchy uncooked rice, beans. The scallops were not cooked fully so my plate was sent back, again my guests waited. The waiter was too busy to refresh empty wine glasses- they offered us a free dessert but were out of what we wanted. Shocked, disappointed and embarrassed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was my first night visiting Lake Tahoe and being in the Incline Village area and we went to Big Water Grille based on a list of suggestions of where to eat. The view was gorgeous of the landscape but it was hard to see the Lake honestly. It was a much louder venue than we anticipated and our server was off his game. The bus boy was more attentive and helpful than the waiter to be completely honest. However, I got the salmon and it was amazing. The food was excellent and it seemed like a good group/family place to go to. Not great for a couple or a date night."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "well priced - enjoy hilltop ambience- warm staff- vgood bar food"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good view friendly staff but below average food and no options for vegetarians highly overrated desserts are disgusting"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It had been many years since we had dined here and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and service. the atmosphere has always been wonderful with the fantastic views available. We are very happy to have another high quality neighborhood restaurant to choose from."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This gem of a restaurant is a lovely addition to the North Lake Tahoe experience. Unfortunately, if it's a full crowd, the noise level is deafening. Although pricey, the food is lovely and the wine/libration choices abound."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was good, the service was good but the prices were outrageous for what you got. I don't mind paying top dollar if the food is over the top. $14 for a small capresse salad appetizer is too much. Ribeye for $40 seemed over the top for the small portions served. They need to rethink their prices. The view of tahoe is not that spectacular from their noisy dinning area."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This was our first time dining here and we were not disappointed. Food was excellent, and they also have a great kid's menu. Service was outstanding as well. Nice atmosphere with beautiful views of the lake. We were seated inside but also saw there is a deck by the bar. Will definitely return again on our next vacation to Tahoe!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I have eaten here often over the last 5 years. The food has remained excellent, however the service has declined. We have dined here off-season and in mid-summer, so I have experienced it when business is slow and when it is chaotic. This visit has left my husband and me with the feeling we will not return. First of all, the maître d' was engrossed in a conversation with someone he seemed to know and turned his back on our party and a woman waiting behind us. My husband went around the podium and interrupted the conversation and asked the maître d' to help us. He waved off my husband and said it would be a minute. A few minutes later someone else came along and seated us. It went downhill from there."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is not a place we frequnt that much in Tahoe as the prices can be high. However, when we do go it never disappoints. The food is good and the service is likewise. The best reason for eating at BWG is the incredible views of Lake Tahoe. It makes every thing better. Menu is varied and offers something for everyone."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We are new to Reno and went with our neighbors who are also new to Reno. Food was great, service unbeatable, and loved the views high up in the trees. The bar area looked inviting but we didn't stay. Will definitely put it on our list of Tahoe favorites. Highly recommend, a little on the pricey side, but worth it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I made a reservation here via Open Table for my husbands birthday. I put a special note into Open Table and told the waiter when we arrived. Not a "happy birthday" was in site. No candle in his dessert. Needless to say I was very disappointed with the service... and it was crushing for my kids not to see Dad blow out a candle. If you are going to have a section with special notes, you might want to make sure it gets read by the restaurant. I felt the food was pretty average for a $200+ bill. The pork belly was burnt and the potato/grain that came with it was runny and mushy. The steak and fried chicken were cooked well. The Ahi Poke was quite good. Next time for this much $$$, I will be going to Lone Eagle!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Amazing meal....great presentation, interesting options, superb service. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went here for a special birthday gathering of 8 friends and none of us was disappointed. We shared starters (wild mushroom tart and ahi tuna poke were standouts) that were just the right amount to get our taste buds tuned up for the feast to follow. Entrees were all outstanding, but those who did not have beef seemed more pleased. The steaks were good, but not over the top. The pork chop, duck breast and special fish of the evening (a type of sea bass) were all prepared perfectly and accompanied with outstanding sides. The clear winner of the eveing, however, was the pasta special: penne pasta in a very light cream and wine sauce with roasted heirloom tomatoes.....a simple dish that was tasty beyond all description. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a very nice experience at BWG. There were 7 of us and everyone really enjoyed the dinner. The views are spectacular and the service was great. The waiter seemed to anticipate what we needed without being intrusive. We have been here many times in the past, but this was the best!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was wonderful (you have to try the smoked ribeye) and the service was top notch. Great view of the lake and sunset over the mountains."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went to Lake Tahoe on a weekend getaway not expecting snow so late in the year. We had a window table at Big Water Grille and had a breath taking view of the snow coming down. The food was amazing as usual and it was a delightful evening. We hope to be back there next month."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I used to go to this place years ago and it was really good. Lately the service is less that good, staff seemingly didn't really care about quality or guest experience, and servers/bartenders seemed inexperienced. Prices indicate it is a high end resturaunt but that is the only thing. We were disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014