Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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For 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for a romantic, candlelit evening on the water at Gar Woods for specialty menu items in addition to our regular menu. We like to celebrate Valentines with a Woody, we hope you do too.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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4.6
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j
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dean's Thai meatball soup was particularly delicious, in fact, I have never had soups like that!

MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent food was delicious the view was breath taking!! Couldn’t have had a better time. Been coming here for years and I’ve never been disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The ambiance was great, beautiful views. Drinks were good, and the salad was good. The “go to” salmon dish had no flavor, very bland. My daughters hamburger tasted like it had freezer burn and was rubbery. Stick to the soups and salads and the ambiance might be worth it!

CT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dinner was everything we expected. Be sure to take a walk on the pier for a great after dinner view. I do feel it was a little overpriced though.

BG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal with wonderful service!! Always a special treat..

RG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Bridget was great, food was great & audio soundtrack was really good!

S
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service right from the host and on to our wonderful lake view table. Gunner, our server did a great job attending to us. Food was outstanding! Another good time at Garwoods!

OT
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVE it here
Great Food ! Amazing Servers
Love my Torrie Hostees and her cute sista ❤️❤️

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal here as a family of 4. Simple menu but good. Better than expected.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Just too expensive. $20+ appetizers, pricey drinks. Loud too.

T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good is so many ways. This place has been doing it so well for so long. Great choice to spend our New Years Eve here!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

New Years Eve Lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Typical Tahoe overpriced.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Meals were good, but pricy for the Tahoe area. The only BIG negative was that we had fraud on our credit card the next day! I hope Gar Woods will look into this because we believe our card was compromised when we paid our bill.

EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were amazed at the excellent Staff, and Amazing Food! More than anything, the View is out of this world! French Onion Soup was my favorite!! Can't wait to return in 2020. Thank you Elliott and Jen for the treat and the great pictures.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We always visit when we are in town, we love coming here but tonight was a little disappointing; the food wasn’t ask good as it normally is. Not sure if they changed chefs but the lobster ravioli has so much herbs in it you could not taste anything else and the lobster bisque came out cold. Not sure what they changed but things need to be adjusted a bit.

K
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, beautiful location - busy holiday night so wait staff was a bit hurried but still a wonderful experience.

A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wet Willy was so good if you’re into the frozen drinks kinda thing!

RE
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a great place to take visitors. Food is good (not great), and the service is always excellent. The Wet Willy is awesome! Views are spectacular.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all the way around!!!

MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best service and food that you will receive in the north lake Tahoe area. I have been coming here for years and you can tell the whole staff enjoys their work and genuinely want their guests to have a great experience. The food is delicious and worth the price points, you won't be disappointed in their selection of apps and wines!

c
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day , we started at the bar. Irish coffees and they were excellent! BUENA VISTA style. Bartender was on point! We were slightly disappointed in our seating as we ended at the same table as our last visit. Guess we should have requested something different! Our waiter Jeff was confident and helpful. Scallops for wifey and halibut for me , superb. We both enjoyed our wine selections. My wife reminds me that we felt rushed to take our table, we had 530pm reservations and wanted to enjoy the bar until then but the hostess was forceful that we take table on her schedule.

B
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Went on Christmas day because there were limited options. Nice view but food is meh. Our server was friendly and attentive.

LR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on the lake, excellent food and service! Highly recommend this place for locations and visitors to the area.

PR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Our second home is 1 mile up the street form Garwoods, and we are there all the time--Honestly, we had an amazing Thanksgiving dinner there in 2018--we were hoping for the same type of experience on Christmas Eve, but in the end, the dinner was just mediocre at best, and very expensive....$175 with tax and gratuity for a family of 4 (with only one glass of house wine?) Felt a bit like a $$$ shake down...sorry Garwoods, you can do better than that!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. However, they should tone down the dumb “wet woody” stuff. It’s gross and very 1980s. Would be much better without that stupid theme.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The steak portion was poorly selected, although well grilled, was ruined by sauce that so sweet beyond believe. Presentation was messy and simply not representative of the price that was charged. Expected much better.

Many of the other dishes, including scampi and scallops, were ruined by the sauces being too sweet.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun family Christmas Eve dinner.

J
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice Christmas Eve meal just wished for a more festive menu. Wet Woody was awesome!

F
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience!

MC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent!!

BB
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and lake views!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was ok, but pretty expensive for the mediocre ingredients. We had the filet and scampi and scallops. Filet tasted like sirloin cut into a circle. Scallops were good though. Dessert was fried Oreos. They were kind of dry, don’t recommend those.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner

W
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Somewhat overprice, nice service, great view.
Ribeye tasted like it was aged w a disinfectant. Very unfortunate.
Filet, scampi was very good.

DA
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving feast and Wet Woodys

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This place provided decent food as well as a good that was a good combination and creative. However the quality of the food was mediocre and could have been better for it's price.

VS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Went to Gar Woods to celebrate my wife's birthday. View was spectacular, table was perfect, service was very good. However, I was shocked at the final bill. We each had one cocktail, plus I had a beer with dinner. We had NO wine. I had a Cesar Salad and a filet mignon with a lobster tail. My wife had no starter and a simple fish disk. The final bill including tip came to over $220. Unbelievable.

I would recommend Gar Woods to anyone for whom price is no object, who is looking for a fine meal in a restaurant with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe ... but if you're looking for a reasonable price this is not the place for you.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good waiter. Good friends. Good drinks. Great time

JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location on the water; food and beverages were delicious. Highly recommend!

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