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About Big Water Grille

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.

341 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV 89451
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Bar/Lounge/Deck: 4:30 / Dining Room: 5:30 / CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY

Cross Street:
Country Club

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(775) 833-0606

Website:
http://www.bigwatergrille.com/

Catering:
Catering available

Parking Details:
Ample parking.

Executive Chef:
Manny Baez

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Pre fix three course dinner. Entree options include traditional Turkey Dinner, Braised Short Ribs, Pan Seared Bass & Mussels, or a Baked Sweet Potato & Cranberry Casserole.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid fee charges.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas time is here! Big Water will again be serving a three course fixed price menu. Selections will be updated shortly.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid fee charges.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Happy New Year! All of us here at Big Water are excited to ring in the new year with you! Two seatings available with a toast and dancing available during the later seating.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance to avoid fee charges.

Big Water Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Jordan our server was really on the ball, from explaining the days specials to picking out the right wine. it was a pleasure to eat there.......Thank you, John Colla

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was very good and the service was excellent. The decor could use a major update but, it made the rest of the experience a nice surprise. Go for the food, service and the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I really like the art work hanging in this restaurant. The menu is limited. My husband had Lamb shoulder cannelloni which was delicious. My salmon on butternut squash was tasty. This was our second visit to this beautiful place.

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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

It was very special, and just what we wanted. The food was amazing, and the staff was friendly and attentive. Our server, Kate, was fantastic, and took the time to make sure our meal, and evening, was special. The view from our table was equally amazing. Thank you to Big Water Grille for a very special, and outstanding experience.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great Dinner! Really like the "small" plate portion. My Ahi was amazing and the pumpkin cheesecake was to die for. The staff was fun and vary accomodating.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We've been to The Big Water Grill many times and it did not disappoint. I had the duck breast which was superb and my husband had the filet. We both were so impressed with the food and our server. We had a table at the window overlooking the lake and they started us off with a glass of bubbly for our anniversary. Had a bottle of Belle Gloss Pinot. Great time! You've got to try it when you're anywhere near Incline Village.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Overall very pleased, but my lady’s vodka tonic was flat, both of them and we returned them, the second never should have arrived. My dish, Mary’s chicken was great! The wine was great, both white and red and the port was awesome. The ambiance was outstanding with a lake sunset and early evening lights on Lake Tahoe.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service were very good, although expensive.
I had reviewed your menu online prior to making the reservation, was disappointed to find the current menu was different and several items were missing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The seared ahi dish is particularly good as is the duck. Go early to catch the view before nightfall. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Alex was the consummate waitress: friendly, attentive, and spot-on, though casually aware, with our orders. The deck was nicely heated and allowed late evening dining on the deck so we could enjoy the incredible ambiance of the lake and the setting sun over the distant hills . Food was spectacular in presentation, flavor and temperature: they really were attentive to serving up gourmet dining in a way that could be truly appreciated.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Service was awful took us 50
Minutes to get a meal after a reservation of 8'pm not that busy got ONE awful free dessert

We won't be returning or recommending too bad used to a favorite

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Big Water Grill was a wonderful experience for our group. Excellent service, delicious food and a beautiful view. Perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

When the weather is clear and warm, their outdoor patio offers very pleasant dining surrounded by tall pines and great views of the lake. Inside, the tables are comfortable and not crowded. The food was very good - ahi prepared perfectly and an excellent caprese salad. If you're in the Incline Village area, the restaurant is very convenient.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Limited menu. Corn soup delicious, but served luke warm.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Reservation for 7:30, quickly seated, very good service, entrees and specials offered several good choices, good experience.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Big Water Grille never disappoints and this was no exception. Salads were superb and we shared an appetizer portion of the grilled ahi which was to die for. Since we were drinking an aged hearty wine, we both ordered the filet mignon. It was perfection on a plate! This restaurant is always a good choice!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Beautiful view, ambiance and great food. The service was attentive and friendly. My young adult children were very happy with the meal too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Awesome restaurant
Yummy good
Pleasant servers
Lake Tahoe gem

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great views and wonderful food. The steak my wife ordered was the best steak she has ever had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This was the second time in recent weeks that we've brought guests to BWG. The service, facility, view, etc. was as one would expect being in Tahoe. What really differentiates BWG from their competitors for us has been the food. Our last trip split ordered with the men having Halibit and the ladies having Ahi. This time we had Halibit and Pork loin. Absolutely over the top both times with us and out guests!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food and better service. Great venue. Wonderful experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food & wine all delicious! Service was great! Beautiful view of Lake Tahoe.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This was our third visit to Big Water Grille and we were pleased to find that the food was outstanding this time around . The ingredients were all fresh and well seasoned . We found the portion size to be appropriate as I ordered the halibut entrée in a smaller size but it was still satisfying . The coffee rubbed pork tenderloin was cooked well with a touch of pink and the fresh peach side was the perfect accompaniment . We also enjoyed the ganache and caramel dessert as a great ending to a lovely meal .

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent food and service!! And the view is spectacular!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 1, 2017

This is a great place to go for drinks at sunset. Fabulous view of the lake. Don't waste your time with the food. A very limited menu and the food very average. But it is worthwhile going to enjoy the view.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We are new part time residents to the Diamond Peak area and went to Big Water for my husband's birthday. It was nice but not exceptional, maybe 3-3 1/2 stars at best. Some things were great, others missed the mark. The favorite was probably my husband's lamb cannelloni which was an all around nice dish. The least favorite was my drink with blackberry and thyme, which I sent back asking for more blackberry and thyme, as had been weakly added, but it came back exactly the same. I have had this drink elsewhere where it was purple in color full of fruit and herb, whereas this one was light pink and barely flavored, my guess just a syrup added, likely not fresh fruit at all. My husband liked his sazerac.
My main dish duck breast dish was a bit undercooked in the middle, the skin not really crispy and the corn succotash although being the best part of the dish was dry and did not come together as it was dry elements of corn and cherries, etc on the plate. It was supposed to have corn pudding, which I love and was looking forward to, but it was more of a thin paste smeared over the top and the strawberry compote was nowhere to be found. My deconstructed peach and prosciutto salad was a bit too deconstructed as there was a rolled wad of prosciutto that was difficult to cut into pieces to add to the other components. My husband's caprese was typical/average. The rice pudding for desert was a dry and firm, the cornflakes on top were interesting, but made it feel like breakfast. It had exactly one cut cherry on top and probably 4 small bits of mango, so they didn't really add anything. All in all, average. We were thinking next time lounge menu at the bar, but it mostly the same ... uninspired. Maybe we will wait until the winter season and a change of menu items.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food but a bit pricey. Great for a special occasion.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The halibut was an amazing dish. Great service and the view was wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Had an excellent dinner tonight. Had the coffee rubbed pork tenderloin with farro. So yummy.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Once again great food. Could be a little hotter entry but that is really quibbling. Usually avoiding the specials is wise as they underperform. The burger is still aces. Popcorn shrimp is wonderful till the tuna poke is back on the menu in the fall.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Wonderful experience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Favorite restaurant always! Perfect view, fantastic staff, phenomenal food!!!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was great!! Excellent for Tahoe. Fresh Halibut and Fresh Ahi both prepared as requested. The entire staff was hustling to get the service right first and then quickly served.
Suggest reservations as this is a very busy restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We find BWG is a great place to get away from the crowd in downtown Incline Village. Altho the prices is on the high side, you get nothing but the best. There are always dishes on the menu that are out of the ordinary fare. As we are residents, our favorite time to go is during the winter before sunset. We hear they serve great appitizers in the bar, and will try them soon.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Great food...nice wine list. Always like to go here when in Tahoe.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We stopped in with 10 of our friends to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The views were awesome and the food was phenomenal! John and his staff made us feel special for the special day! Highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 12, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Tahoe! Beautiful view of the lake, impeccable service and outstanding menu. Sad to see the. Puppet ne t to us on their phones the entire meal- perhaps you should post -enjoy yourself and your guests and refrain from tech!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We had a delicious dinner at the Big Water Grille. Two of us had the halibut which was great, perfectly cooked. One had the ahi and thought it might have been the best he'd ever had plus great presentation and one enjoyed the pasta with a chicken breast added. We thought the house salad was a terrific presentation and tasted wonderful.
Go and enjoy the view and the food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service, great food, scenic views. Never disappointed when we go there.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Healthy
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