Big Water Grille

4.6
924 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TahoeDining
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic views, food delightful, and fantastic service

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PamelaF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Waiters were incredible, so attentive and friendly. We are long time locals and BWG is one of our favorite spots. See you again spoon.

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SevilK
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, fascinating view, a lot of options for people with food restrictions including gluten free and vegan, portion sizes are just right, waiters and waitresses are very nice and experienced. It is also very close and convenient after coming down from the ski resort.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentine’s celebration. Everything was perfect.

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happilyeverafter
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious burger and the special swordfish and both were great. We sat at a nice table and the service was very good. We have been here before and look forward to when it is fully open.

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DEBBIEGib
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you walk in, you notice the stunning views of the Lake. I was so impressed from the moment I walked in and took in the lay out. The design is an open concept in tri levels so that the 2nd and 3rd elevated levels have an unobstructed view. Started with the buffalo cauliflower, it was crispy and better than chicken wings. The soup de jour was roasted pepper with a balsamic enhancement garnish. The portion size was generous and more than an average bowl. Looks like creamy tomato but tasted unique and flavorful. Great option for Vegan Lovers! The Swordfish was a nice steak cut, with a light crisp texture on both sides. It was light and meaty, and cooked just perfect. This was my favorite as I ordered the sauce on the side. The chef prepared this entrée as one of the best Swordfish preparations I have ever tasted. Our server Jorden, was friendly, efficient, and made us feel welcome. Jorden delivered 5 Star service.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! The food is some of the best in Incline and at the right time the views are incredible! Our service was great and everything on the menu is really good!

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MaryB
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! Unusual appetizers and dinners. Great Margaritas and great wine selection.

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ElaineP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful view if you get there before dark. Our salads were very good....I wish there was a little more variety on the menu...but overall a good "go to" restaurant!

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GeorgeG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Phenominal views of Lake Tahoe, owner takes great care of the fine dining experiance, employees excell in thoughtful service and the food is magnificant. Wine list is exceptional and the bar is wonderfully creative.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner but were very disappointed in the fillet. It was overdone which changes the whole taste of a good steak for me. The salmon was delicious as was the scallop appetizer.

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BrendaB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

It was our first time here, although I have been wanting to go for years. Unfortunately, we were a little disappointed. We started off with a cocktail, which was just ok. The salad was the best item we ordered, as the chef's pasta special was nothing special. The service was friendly and nice, but our reservation was at 7 pm, and our entrees did not arrive until 8:30p. We were not told the reason for the delayed dinner, but they did apologize for it taking so long. The dessert was yummy tho. I'm not sure if I will be going back, although I have heard many great things about this restaurant. Maybe we just caught them on a bad night??

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DuaneA
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in town!! We can’t dine here often enough! Jeremy’s cocktails with the fabulous food and great service make for a wonderful evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great indoor dining dinner! Would love to see the view in daylight.

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vipValerieP
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we visit Incline often, this was our first time to BWG, but it won't be our last. We absolutely loved the food, staff and views. Everyone was super friendly and very attentive, checking on us frequently, but not at all annoyingly. The food was delicious and cooked perfectly to everyone's liking.

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LauraL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss the cauliflower appetizer, do not miss!!

Everything was wonderful, staff was friendly and attentive.

Will be revisiting soon!

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kerrih
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated next to the window to take in the amazing views in Tahoe! Food was excellent and the Korean Cauliflower is a must!!!

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vipEmilyR
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was really lovely at the big water grille. Without a doubt one of the nicest restaurants in north lake area. Beautiful views and really relaxing atmosphere. Good service and the food was good as well. My martini was great but some of the other cocktails left a lil to be desired. Overall highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was awesome our friends loved it they had never been there before we had a wonderful night and the food was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars all around. We come to the Big Water Grille regularly. It’s never a disappointment. Friendly staff, beautiful restaurant, fine food and devious cocktails.

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DaleM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick, our server, was knowledgable and very helpful. Great meal. Great time.

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sandie200
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan is an outstanding waitress and made wonderful recommendations!!

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SandraS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and incredible service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Pasta was unsalted, it felt like the garlic in pasta was sprouted, clams were canned, and we found big pieces of shallots which shouldn’t be that way
Risotto was unsalted and wasn’t al dente
The food definitely is not worthy the money we payed
The view is amazing though!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary meal in covid world.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was memorable! Definitely will come back and recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional. From water and bread, drinks, appetizers and main courses. And the ice cream with a candle for my granddaughters birthday was special. And desert was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Anniversary

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vipSteveS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in all of Tahoe. Food, service, employees are all wonderful! If you haven’t been, definitely go!

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BarbaraN
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful 50th Anniv. dinner. Minimal menu because of the 25% restaurant Covid rule but both of us enjoyed the dinner and wine very much.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and felt safe.

SM
SarahM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with our toddler! It was the most pleasant evening and our table, meal, and service was outstanding. I didn’t want to cook dinner this year and Big Water made our night so enjoyable that it may become a family tradition!!
The prime rib was delicious, the scallops cooked to perfection! Thank Chef Roa, Pat and Victor for a fantastic holiday dinner!

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DIANAM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a nice dinner. Food was delicious and our server was very nice, professional and attentive. Some of the appetizers were way overpriced.

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DaleM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Big Water is always a favorite for us. Nick took great care of us and the food was outstanding! Can't wait to go back.

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vipMichelleM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening out...delicious meals too!

MB
MaryB
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big Water Grill is our favorite! There is always a wide selection of great meals.

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RussellJ
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dinner! Good value for the money and quality products.

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TheresaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dinner and the Amazing view at Big Water Grille!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday & anniversary

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JHunter
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big Water has done a great job leaving space and making patron feel very comfortable during COVID. Dinner was fabulous and very comfortable.

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Big Water Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 924 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.