Big Water Grille

4.4
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759 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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 Manny Baez is impressing diners with his fresh/seasonal 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 craft cocktails or extensive wine list from around the world.
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AM
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were recommended Big Water Grille as a nice place to eat. We found the service rather poor (super nice waitress, she just didn't come by too often), the food so so especially for the price. The Brussel Sprouts were rather bland, the dessert (ginger cake with marshmallow) not very good. Overall a disappointment.

F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!

WC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was not at the standard I expected considering the prices. I ordered the pan seared chicken with corn and spinach and it was fairly tasteless. The view is probably amazing, but this time of year it was dark outside. The staff was lovely.

KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

bummer that they ran out of trout which looked so good. appreciate that there is only a finite amount of fresh food though.

MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful dinner after a long day house hunting. Excellent food,service and the view! We sat and decided to purchase a new home in incline.

LS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was a 50s vibe and very classy. Great views and we were easily afforded a window view. Also, we arrived earlier than our reservation time and again they accommodated us with no difficulty. The sweet server was friendly and helpful, very professional. The menu had so may wonderful items that it was hard to choose just one. The food was amazing. Mine was not quite warm enough but again that was addressed promptly and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Finally, the chocolate ice cream was delicious. It was the perfect evening and we’ll definitely return when we are in the area.

F
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Although we live on the lake, we never get tied of the GREAT view at Big Water.
The ambiance is delightful. When we first got there, the music was a tad loud and too energetic for dinner, but that changed around 6:30.
Our server, Natalie, was excellent. She was both friendly and professional. She assisted with both our dinner selections and wine choices.
The food was OK. The Mushroom Burger had a weird cheese sauce (supposedly Gruyere) that covered up the mushrooms....and was bitter...or just not quite the right taste to go with the meat and mushrooms.
The trout was a bit too oily and salmon-like for my taste but side dishes were tasty.
We would go back.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The upside is the food and service was good. I haven’t been back to restaurant in over 15 years and the trees have completely blocked the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe is the down side.

LV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jesse, was always there when we wanted him to be and didn’t intrude upon our evening when it wasn’t necessary. From the apps to dessert, everything was exceptional. Jesse one there and spirits very well and a big help in helping us make decisions. It a great dinner

TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Jordan was outstanding as our server. I’m on some dietary restrictions right now and she (and the kitchen) did a great job accommodating me. Halibut was cooked perfectly, as was the Bison Short Ribs. Great evening watching the sunset and fall colors from our window table.

D
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best dining experiences in Incline Village. Jeremy the bartender is fantastic. Loved the salmon dish and butter lettuce salad.

RR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional location and view reinforced by area's best food; phenomenally attentive service

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old friends getting together

h
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A must for a nice evening dining. Great tree top views of the Lake and best at sunset

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Four of us out of six received cold food. We all had halibut. The fish and sides and sauce(on the side) were all cold. We sent it back and while the waitress said they would remake it, we were later told it had been put iin the oven for 15-20 minutes while we waited patiently. They brought it back and while the plates were hot, the food was luke warm at best. The waitress was very nice and apologetic. No manager ever came by our table to apologize. They comped the bad meals but that’s not the point. Within an hour of eating, one person got extremely ill. They were the one that had the sauce on the side.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the entire experience. Have already recommended to some friends That big water grill is a must for dinner

MC
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are in town for a wedding had family members with us. The Big Water Grill was a great dining experience. Highly recommend it.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the fact you had two different proportions when ordering. Our waitress was very professional and gave good suggestions.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

First time there. Service was horrible and food extremely average. Extremely slow, forgot to put in our app order, chef's then told waitress our entrees went out but they didn't. Waitress was humiliated and very apologetic. I'll never be back.

T
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , ambiance, and service.

GY
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous view, great service, outstanding food!

M
Sacramento
43 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening here was outstanding. Our waiter was excellent, as was the food. It is almost as good as the rival “Grille” restaurant down the road and is an excellent alternative to it. We will definitely return. Definitely one of the top two restaurants in Incline Village.

K
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all enjoyed our food. I had the salmon and it was cooked well and was tasty. I ordered a glass of wine and it was a good size portion. Our service was excellent. The only negative is that this restaurant is supposed to have a nice view but the shades were closed because of sun. Perhaps an awning would help.

JL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine regularly at nice places in Chicago. We are not snobs, but details make a difference. The food, setting and views were excellent as we were told they would be. Now the details.....Our server, Jesse, was top notch. Very engaging and attentive. Friendly and genuinely nice guy. The food tasted great especially because it was not over-salted as many restaurants do. One of my pet peeves is when the busser grabs plates while others at the table are still eating their course. This seems to be common practice and I think it is absolutely rude, making the other person(s) feel rushed. No such problem here. The busser checked but did not approach the table until both of us were finished. Excellent training on management's part. Kudos.

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The best things about our dining experience were the view and our waitress Natalie.
Now the negatives: wait assistant “forgot to serve bread” dirty dishes remained on the table, my empanadas were doughy and undercooked, our salmon and sea bass were over salted.
We’ve had great meals there, not this time!

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We eat here every year and consider it the best overall restaurant in Incline, NV

GS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We thought the food, ambiance, and view were all just okay. The service we received, however, was outstanding. I think there are better places to try in the area.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Beautiful view. Service thoughtful but had moments of being slow. A bit of a Tahoe throwback and place of local fsvorites

l
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyable restaurant, great ambiance, special views. Not too crazy about starter menu, limited share plates; food was very good, service too. One of our top restaurants on North Shore. Celebrated with relatives.

KK
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I have ordered has been delicious! Loved loved the lettuce wraps and fish tacos!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view of Lake Tahoe. Good food, average service. Overall a nice experience.

OT
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us Eat on the deck and everyone’s meal was outstanding as was the view.

GT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Pricey. Food was very bland. The Big Water margarita was not good. My companion said it tasted like watered down Capri Sun with tequila. Waitress was great.

g
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another very good meal at BWG. Busy on the night we were there, and a loud table near us, but didn't ruin our night. Started with cocktails and then onto a nice red wine. Wife had the Caesar salad and said it was garlicky. Then she had the halibut....excellent. I started with veal meatballs and then the wild boar tenderloin....very nice. One thing though, we thought everything was under-salted. Maybe they try to do this for the salt sensitive. Beautiful views and a good meal.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

There seemed to be a change in the business throughout the "Village".
Likely not the volume of high end spenders. Perhaps even younger.
The Duck we had was very good, a shame that the vegetables were not nearly as tender.
Wild rice would have been a better side choice.
Mark Rosenberg

L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. We had the Ahi Poke for an appetizer and the Halibut for our Maine course.

BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant has a beautiful view, food was excellent for the most part. I had the duck breast which was tender and flavorful. Hubby had the venison short ribs, which was delicious and super tender as well. Kids had chicken breast with mashed potatoes, adult sized portions, only wish they put some veggies in it. The only disappointment was the salmon, which was over cooked . The ambience is great, the wait staff very attentive and friendly. Would definitely return and already recommended to friends.

RB
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time here and our party of four thoroughly enjoyed it! The bar was a little loud, but our table was quite comfortable at a corner window with nice views. The food was delicious with smallish portions, not overwhelming huge, so we could enjoy a shared dessert. The chocolate mousse and the lemon cheesecake were a wonderful finish to our meal.

T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, food was great, beverages outstanding, we had an upper level table with a fantastic view of the Lake thru the trees.

YW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Nice moderately upscale spot good for a special occasion, with views of Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately during our visit the service wasn’t up to par - waitress was scattered, took forever for our entree’s to come out, and the pasta dish which the waitress told my wife was light on garlic came out loaded with large chunks of garlic and had to be sent back to the kitchen. The place was pretty busy that evening so perhaps the wait staff and kitchen were overwhelmed, which left us underwhelmed on service. Food overall was pretty good. Halibut empanada appetizer was unique and flavorful. Duck breast dish was very good and perfectly cooked.