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Big Water Grille, Incline Village, NV

Big Water Grille

4.6
4.6
1043 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 Evan Roa 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (775) 833-0606

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Evan Roa

  • 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

    Jack Chinn: (775) 833-0606

  • Neighborhood

    Incline Village

  • Cross street

    Country Club Dr

  • Parking details

    Ample parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,043 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Service

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Fit for Foodies

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood Gem

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Romantic

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Special Occasion

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Tablecloths seem to be something you should consider to elevate the experience outside! View is exaggerated of lake but service and food was excellent! Caesar salad just ok, cauliflower app awesome. Lamb chop, salmon and seafood pasta all delicious waiter,Brandennwas quite good!
  2. CC

    CarlosC

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service is very slow, it took a while before our waitress came to the table, then the appetizer took almost 30 minutes and the meal even longer!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wine prices too high….chef superb….servers well trained
  4. g

    greggh

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Good place to sit at the bar and have a drink. You pay for the view; the service and food were both disappointingly average.
  5. S

    Stego

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love meals and the deserts. Our service was fantastic, never needed to ask for anything they would always ask 1st. The chief prepares and cooks it to perfection. Our table had an amazing view of the lake.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers were great & the food was delicious. The views & subset were amazing.
  7. DW

    DickW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Jordan was a great waitress! It is unfortunate that Staff are hard to find, but she was terrific!
  8. AZ

    AndrewZ

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The outside seating area is surrounded by beautiful pines. Romantic and peaceful. Plenty of parking across the street.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food, service & ambiance all good. Expensive. Menu at restaurant much more limited than menu on website
  10. SM

    SM10

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. We come here often. Chicken saltimbocca is excellent
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is creative and well prepaired. Staff works to make sure you are happy with the seasoning etc.
  12. O

    Olibri

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall a good experience. Food and service were outstanding. Interior could use some painting, window shades need cleaning/upgrades, mens restroom need a remodel.
  13. FD

    FrankD

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome. Service was great. View was terrific 👍 It received 5 stars from the Dodd family.
  14. l

    lapeligrosa

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very good food and service. Table next to us was obnoxious— not the fault of the restaurant. Andra, our server, was particularly helpful. We’ll be back! Had the stone fruit salad, ahi poke and veggie enchiladas. Good wines too.
  15. MI

    MIMI

    New York Area

    118 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    A big letdown after 4 years prior of exceptional food. Chicken Saltimbooca completely uneatable as well as the special pasta of shrimp and lobster. Only claw meat of lobster. It was scamp style but way too much garlic. All three of these were comped. It used to be a difficult reservation. Practically empty.
  16. CR

    CarlnRo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not my first time there, perhaps my 20th time there As always a fantastic dining experience: - great food - exceptional service - fantastic views if you are in Incline Village and looking for a great dining experience... try Big Water Grill.
  17. MA

    MaryA

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Where I sat, I faced a wall of beige shades which were unattractive. I've been to Big Water Grille before sitting in the same area and the shades were up and the view was beautiful. New shades should be purchased which would allow customers to see the view through them if the sun was a problem.
  18. a

    annak

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view & delicious food
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was beautiful. I love the foods and they were able to print something for my husband.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, view, menu. On our short list. We had 3 Halibuts and one salmon. All prepared perfectly.
  21. CL

    ChampagneLover

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic waitress! Beautiful spot. Food was very good.
  22. I

    Inclinekiwi

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had not been to Big Water Grille since it changed hands. We were very pleasantly surprised at how very nice it all looked with white tablecloths, quality silverware and lots of light. The service was excellent and we enjoyed our meals which were cooked and served very well. A most enjoyable experience and we shall be visiting again.
  23. BC

    BelindaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the deck. A bit pricey for chicken, but tasty
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great fresh well prepared food.
  25. SM

    SM10

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Locals, one of our favorites
  26. g

    golfcookie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent professional service. Well prepared high quality food. Attention to the freshest ingrdients
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at big water on may 28 2022 and our waiter was fantastic (I believe his name was Ian). Highly recommend the drinks and KFC cauliflower. The venison was delicious and the tiramisu was the perfect dessert to end with!
  28. DO

    DavidO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is good, service is good, and views are lovely. Prices? Quite steep in my opinion, e.g., 28 for a hamburger $42 for a piece of salmon. That’s expensive!
  29. ST

    SkiTahoe99

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    There are always 2 or 3 dishes on the menu that you just have to try. We went all out on ordering, but stopped before desserts. The Caesar Salad was the real deal down to the egg and anchovies. We dined at 5:15 pm in daylight with clear skies...just a stunning view. We always get seated before sunset. Service just keeps getting better. The staff is friendly but circumspect in conversation...just the way I like it. And the cocktails a strong, so everyone was happy. And everyone enjoyed their dinner. We each rang up around a $100 bill, but it was worth it.
  30. K

    Kathie

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bianca our server was very attentive and so was the team in the kitchen as everything was delicious! I highly recommend the KFC (cauliflower) appetizer! Beautiful Restaurant and the view!
  31. HF

    HootietheFoodie

    Houston

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cauliflower appetizer and cocktails were awesome! My chicken saltimbucca had an odd texture. Frozen chicken breast? The halibut didn’t have much flavor. Items served with the main entrees were prepared well and tasted lovely. All in all, a nice evening with a lovely view.
  32. KH

    KrisH

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I hate to be too critical given what restaurants have gone through for the past few years but Big Water Grill must have had a bad night when we were there on 5/19. The halibut was so bland as were the veggies. Also ordered a burger medium and it arrived medium well. Disappointing as this was our final nice meal out while vacationing in Lake Tahoe.
  33. D

    Doug

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the greeting by the hostess to their farewell, we had a wonderful time. We were there for our anniversary. They acknowledge that with some complimentary champagne. We both had the chef soup of the day and we each had a different chef special of the day. The mushroom soup was some of the best I have had. The chef is spectacular. The specials were a sole seafood dish and a smoked venison tenderloin. Both were delicious. Combine all that with spectacular views and a very attentive wait staff and we feel it was the best restaurant we experienced in our 5 days in Incline Village. It is on our must return to list.
  34. K

    Kristina

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always consistently good! Great Service!
  35. SD

    StacyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, beautiful views. Service impeccable
  36. KM

    KarenM

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The service was a little slow. The food was just ok, but given the NYC prices we paid it should have been fabulous. It was a cool night in the mountains and they had the air conditioning blasting. Lovely views and ambiance, but it’s the food that you go for. I’d go elsewhere if I had a chance.
  37. RG

    RuthG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We love Big Water and had not been for awhile. My husband's food was delicious. I ordered a medium rare burger and received one well done. Waitress offered to return it, but there is too much food waste and insecurity in our country for me to do this.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    PERFECT scallops, and going for the Korean cauliflower alone is worth the trip. I’m not even a vegetarian, and I could make a satisfying dinner from that and a salad!!
  39. s

    sandie200

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jordan is terrific!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken parmigiana pasta + chipotle tomato soup special were both yummy 😋🙌🏼

FAQs

Big Water Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1043 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 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Big Water Grille

341 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV 89451

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Country Club Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Incline Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Evan Roa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (775) 833-0606

  • 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

    Jack Chinn: (775) 833-0606

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