Big Water Grille

4.4
734 reviews
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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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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

GS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

EF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Appreciate the smaller portion options and lower corkage fee

WW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The duck was chewy and the halibut was dry. It is noisy I have nothing else to say to write A long enough review

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was horrible.

a
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family birthday.

MM
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Something should be done about the noise. We had to shout to talk. The food though is excellent. We had the salmon and chicken dishes.

R
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Birthday Celebration was the primary reason for this selection. While it was stated in the reservation it was never mentioned by the staff.
Don’t get me wrong, I was not upset with the lack of acknowledgement but if you are going to offer up the reason for selecting the Resturant shouldn’t it be mentioned? It has at other establishments.

Had the short ribs. They were tasty but portion was very small.
Lemon cheesecake was good as was Cesar Salad.



Overall experience was just ok.

YY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bit of our dinner at Big Water Grill. Service & food were great...the only negative was the blaring sun in the main dining room. We were a bit hot, and it was annoying to have the sun in our eyes! I would definitely go back and ask for seating in a different part of restaurant at that time of day.

ET
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our 4th or 5th trip to Big Water Grille and the view is still stunning. The service was timely and our wine was a terrific value. I was not over impressed with the food however. My veal meatballs were cold and flavorless. My Mom’s polenta was dry and also lacking in taste. The Poke was fantastic though. I will give it another try because the setting is so spectacular.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing.

S
London
36 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with a corner table with views of trees and little sliver of Lake Tahoe. Good martinis for 3 and gimlet for one, salads, four delicious different entrees and the blonde brownie dessert was over the top!

TT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service and needs interior updated!

FS
Nashville
41 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The view from Big Water Grill is nice and staff are pleasant. We received great service from our waiter.

Unfortunately, we found the food to be disappointing. The salad was nothing special, empanada appetizer was just ok, fish part of fish and chips was over cooked and the pasta special with shrimp was dry.

GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome birthday dinner.

AL
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BWG is one of our absolute favorites in Lake Tahoe! Food, service and setting are outstanding.

S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning views and friendly service. I was delightfully surprised by the quality of food, greatly improved from the last time I was there almost 10 years ago. Miss the martini menu from the past but the dining definitely made up for it. Homemade empanadas were a delicious appetizer, and the mains of salmon, scallops and duck were also excellent. Nice that they offer a smaller portion of some menu items for those of us with smaller appetites.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 30th anniversary here and had a fantastic experience. They gave us a glass of champagne at the bar while we waited for dinner hour. Then we were seated by the window with a lake view. The service was great and the food was wonderful. We had the Cesar salad, veal meatballs, scallops, and duck. Nothing disappointed us. The flavors were all outstanding. We ordered the blondie for dessert and they brought it with a happy anniversary message on the plate. We will go back!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday blah blah blah

VS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting family.. delicious dinner.. lovely view

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal during our 5 day stay in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. We had one of the best tables in the restaurant, the view was unbelievable.

D
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exquisite dining experience. Incline at its best!

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had the filet, and it was the best sourced and prepared beef we have enjoyed since eating at Prime in Park City a dozen years ago. Hats off to the chef and wait staff!

BW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great people, great food. Had a fantastic steak cooked perfect. Would recommend.

s
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

With fine dining options being rather limited in the general area, this was a good choice for a dinner out with friends while vacationing together. Two of us had the salmon, which was well-prepared and served on a bed of rice; one had a pasta dish she was less enthusiastic about however, in all fairness, it had to be specially prepared due to her multiple allergies. Service by Patrick was outstanding and views were lovely.

Z
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was great, and the view was fantastic.

TK
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Lake Tahoe area and this was the first restaurant we went to. Couldn’t have been more happy with the food, drinks, service and ambiance...Will definitely be back here again

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