Big Water Grille

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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
61 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old friends getting together

h
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MC
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , ambiance, and service.

GY
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view, great service, outstanding food!

M
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
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 on August 17, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
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 on August 14, 2019
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.

KK
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
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
16 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
101 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
9 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
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing.

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