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About Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

For nearly 30 years, Gar Woods Grill & Pier has been North Lake Tahoe's premier waterfront dining destination. Their floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. The Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in a fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. The wine list is a collection of California's best-known vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy Tahoe's warm summer days sitting on our waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods' world famous Wet Woody. With over two million sold you'll be in good company, but arrive early to get a seat. When visiting during the ski season thaw out in front of the three story tall river rock fireplace with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are their specialty.

5000 North Lake Boulevard
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
(Mon - Fri) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
(Sat & Sun) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Brunch menu served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am -3:00 pm

Dinner
(Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
(Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Easter - buffet brunch served from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thanksgiving- dinner served 1:00 - 9:00 pm
Christmas Eve- 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm
Christmas Day- 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm

Bar
The bar is open during lunch and dinner hours and
never closes before 12:00 pm (Sun - Thurs)
and 1:00 am (Fri & Sat)

Cross Street:
Front and Center

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 546-3366

Website:
http://www.garwoods.com/

Entertainment:
Rustler's Moon
Steve and Tom
Acoustic Guitar Duo
8:00pm-11:00pm
Friday and Saturday Evenings
70's through Today

Parking Details:
Plenty of complimentary on-site parking. Visit by boat in spring, summer and fall and enjoy our complimentary valet boat parking, or dock at our handicap accessible, deep water 130 foot pier.

Public Transit:
All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

Executive Chef:
Dean Lennon

Private Party Facilities:
Private party space available for groups of 15 guests up to 450 guests. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is available to close for private functions.

Private Party Contact:
Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour: October - April, Monday through Friday 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday Night Football- through the game. Featuring discounts on Wet Woody's, Draft Beers, Wines by the glass, Skyy Vodka cocktails and huge discounts on all bar food menu items!

North Shore Nights- Fridays in winter following Happy Hour, raffle every hour and bar specials, grand prize snowboard most weeks, 6:30pm-10:00pm, "The more you drink, the more you win!"

Quarterly Spirit Tastings- usually on the 3rd Thursday, first month of each quarter, 5:30pm, upstairs with a view, $10 or complimentary with the purchase of a specialty drink, includes appetizers!

Topless Tuesday- Wet Woodys at nearly half the price with twice the float (served on the side) every Tuesday- All Day, All Night, All Winter!

Wet Woody Wednesday- May- September, Wet Woodys at nearly half the price every Wednesday- All Day, All Night, All Summer!

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (24)
Waterfront (24)
Special Occasion (21)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fun (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Comfort Food (6)
People Watching (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Live Sports (4)
Seasonal (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Authentic (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

The seating was comfortable, the view was absolutely beautiful. The woman that seated us was not very friendly. The food was good and we would recommend having a “wet woody” 😀

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We went for Valentine’s Day and were not disappointed. Excellent food and service. Can’t beat the location.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

The food and ambiance was good as always. Our waiter was wonderful. However I was very disappointed with the management who refused to seat us at window table because we were a party of 7 and they have a policy against pushing tables together. What?! The restaurant was empty and it was a Monday night and we were forced to sit at subpar location towards back of restaurant while an entire line of window seats sat empty . This made no sense and represented extremely poor service in my opinion.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food and a warm and friendly environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our family took our first trip to Lake Tahoe and we where told by friends we had to try your restaurant. It was amazing the food, ambience and service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Healthy, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything about our evening was excellent! The picturesque setting on the lake, set the evening off well along with our attentive waiter. Most of us had the swordfish special which we would all highly recommend along with their tasty house salad. Good wine selection too.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Extremely expensive for what what served. Great view and we paid for it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This place pretends to be a "higher" value restaurant by having pretty steep prices, but it definitely fails to deliver.

Wine get's served in very thick glasses which ruins the experience, there's no decent alternative to alcoholic beverages; a page of cocktails, a page of wines, but only non alcoholic beverages are water or sodas.
My wife's fish was totally overcooked ruining the taste, my very expensive lamb rack was tasteless.

Very disappointed by this experience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

View cannot be beat! Great cocktails & service. You do pay for the view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Nice place on the lake. Pricey menu, good drinks and average food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Slow food for a 2pm lunch, and a bit understaffed. Great views though, so still worth it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was served cold and service was very slow. Silverware was dirty. Restaurant was nice location. Two family members fell ill after meal unfortunately.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Let me first say that this place is vey pretensions. Came here on New Year's Eve. And it was so loud I think there was a live dj. All we heard all night was bass and people screaming. We couldn't even hear each other talk. Ok now I know some people might like that because it's New Years and there drinking so I sorta understand, but that is not what was terrible about this place. I just wanted to get that out there if you are looking for a nice romantic intimate dinner with your significant other. GO FAR AWAY FROM HERE.

The door staff here is TERRIBLE. rude as can be. Just a bunch of uptight trust fund girls in there 20s. Our waitress luckily was nice. Don't remember her name but she had curly blonde hair and had personality.

The 2 person table we sat at was the worst. The base was large so yay couldn't push your chair in close to the table you had to lean the whole night in either eating or practically scream to talk to your partner over the music. The chairs, omg the chairs were so rickity we both thought at any movement they would break. They moved so far back and fourth. So dinner was very uncomfortable.

So we get the food and I had the lobster and fillet I asked for medium with a light pink in the middle of my steak. It was rare and it was wrapped in bacon which the bacon was very stringy and chewy. The steak was bland. The mashed potatoes were suppose to be garlic but were also bland. The lobster had no flavor and dipping it in butter if that's what they call it. The butter just tasted like oil it real butter. I think they used margarine. I know most of your clientele is rich white people but season something for gods sake. The shrimp in her dish was over cooked. the food sucked. The best part of the meal was the snickers cheesecake. That actually was very good. The crust was incredible and cheese cake was creamy and delicious.

I seriously wish I would have went to Denny's Hahaha I would have gotten better food and staff honestly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came here for a New Year's Eve dinner. The hostess took our name and then proceeded to ignore us. She did this for several other parties who had arrived. It was only until we complained another hostess arrived and brought order to the hostess desk.

Our waitress was fantastic. Was quick and efficient despite the numerous other tables she had to deal with that. She was clearly stressed but maintained a smile and exuded a warm personality.

Toward the end of the evening as it got closer to midnight, the hostess came around and threw hats onto our table without any warning. Didn't even acknowledge that we were eating and throwing items on a table abruptly was rude. She came around a second time and this time handed out New Year's favors to other tables, but for some reason ignored ours. Another hostess came around a little later and did the exact same. Not sure if done absentmindedly or if they were purposely ignoring us. At that point, we chose to abandon our meal and spend our evening elsewhere. Definitely not a place I would recommend due to poor treatment.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very disappointing on New Year's Eve. We've had many enjoyable lunches on their deck in the summer. If this was typical, the dining room should be avoided.

The good. My wife's Wet Woody and the by the glass viognier were both very nice.

The rest. Upon arrival rather than a friendly "Happy New Year, do you have a reservation" we got a barely audible "hi". The lobster bisque and onion soup were both unremarkable, at best. The kitchen failed to pace the order - our entrees arrived before we'd finished our soup. And at a table of two, the servers weren't sure which entree went to which diner. Our server checked in once during dinner - immediately after the entrees were served, while we each continued working on the soup. My filet, ordered medium, was served medium-rare. My wife found the risotto not really worth the effort after a few bites. Our water glasses were not refilled.

Gar Woods has a great location for a summer lunch on their deck. The summer staff is friendlier and more competent. Don't bother with the dining room.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Pricey but exceptional food and very pleasant and helpful wait staff. Would go again when there was still light out to enjoy the view. Tables spaced nicely apart. Would definitely make reservations.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Thanks for accommodating our huge group!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I wanted to love this place. Given the prices, I expected it would be great. But it was just "okay." Steaks were disappointing. They looked great, but didn't deliver on taste.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Gar Woods is a great place for a Christmas evening celebration. The food is is delicious, the ambiance is energetic and fun and the view is always breathtaking. It has become a new tradition for us!

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Fun, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Gar Woods is a great spot. Yummy food in a gorgeous setting.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Too pricey for the service and food.
Maybe good for a drink and appetizer with a friend or spouse, but the food price and quality don’t match.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We often visit Gar Woods when in Tahoe. We love the variety of Wet Woodys and their great bar food. The ambiance is super fun. In this occasion it was Christmas Eve and the first time I had a bad experience which was immediately solved. Maybe because it was late and they were very busy, but I had to send my steak back. It was just not worth the $50 it cost. They immediately got me another one and it was fine. I’m definitely going back again. The service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Came to Tahoe for the Christmas weekend. We ate here the night we arrived. Amazing food. Good drinks. And wonderful wait staff! Definitely coming back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Late-night Find, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Really expensive for mediocre food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a great dinner there with a wonderful round table for 6. Dinner was delicious.
Great Restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food, terrible service. Didn’t even get our waters refilled once during the meal

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had a family Dinner for 8, including two small children. We were able to get reservations with fairly short notice, location was fantastic for first time Tahoe visitors in our group. Got great Pre- Dinner sunset photos on their pier! Fantastic food, very large portions- split one plate and was glad we did. Pricey kids menu, ($12 PBJ?!?) but other than that it was all delicious food, fantastic fish and seafood options, with good service. Highly recommend this spot!!! We have had casual summer lunches and drinks on the deck and that was just as awesome. More formal and upgraded menu inside.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was unprofessional and food was very overpriced. One of the dishes; roasted chicken, was not as described on the menu and the steak was undercooked and not very tender. One of the glasses of wine was served in a dirty glass and when we told the waiter, he just poured it into another glass

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service a little slow but not was a holiday and very friendly. Food was excellent. A little pricey

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Reliable good food. Huge portions

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner at Gar Woods was great! Definitely do it again.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Was there for Thanksgiving. Food was excellent as always. Our server Chris was outstanding, made sure everything was perfect.Our favorite restaurant, always meets our expectations and then some for food quality and service

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had an excellent Thanksgiving dinner at Gar Woods last Thursday even though there were an amazing number of customers! The service was first class and we never felt rushed or underserved.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

One of our top 5 favorite restaurants on the shore of Tahoe.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service from Katelyn and wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! We all enjoyed it very much. Garwoods is our new tradition for Thanksgiving dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and I chose to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Gar Woods. We elected to sit outside and enjoy the most spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. Service was very attentive and punctual. Little or no wait to be seated. We enjoyed a very deliciouis price fix turkey dinner, compete with all the fixings. Good value for price. I highly recommend have a dinner there and enjoying the atmosphere.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Just about the worth food we ever had. We ordered the special of the day which was a cioppino. It was obviously made of left over from a previous function that might have had days before.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I usually try and eat at Gar Woods at least once when I'm at Lake Tahoe. The service is excellent and so is the food. We had crab cakes that were some of the best I've eaten; lobster and crab bisque, that had plenty of chunks of both and was deliciously creamy and tasty; and I had white fish stuffed with crab and lobster that was delicious. We shared a generous hot fudge sundae, before waddling out of the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Seasonal, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service was fabulous. The food is a little tired but good. the furnishings are starting to look old. But can not beat the location.

Tags: Waterfront
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