Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.4
1501 reviews
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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.
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London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Meat was good by sea bass was terrible tasted like it had been frozen - way overpriced for the quality - we were seated in noisy small kids section even though my kids are 16

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable! The clams I ordered were sand free and simply scrumptious. My friend ordered and enjoyed her tenderloin and blue cheese salad which was large enough for two and my other friend ordered the crab relleno with a spicy delicious sauce. The Irish coffees came with a rock candy swizzle, so pretty! Our server was Harrison who was being trained by Sarah on his first day. He did a wonderful job; you’d never guess he was new. A credit to his trainer.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service, fantastic food, fantastic wine. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend, and will most definitely be coming back.

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BG
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Lake Tahoe restaurant, never disappoints. Food and service is outstanding. I had the Ahi which was delicious, my husband had the pistachio crusted Halibut, yummy. Christian our server made sure everything was perfect. Highly recommend..

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j
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and have always loved Gar Woods, it is our favourite local restaurant. The staff are great!

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JM
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great dinner at Garwood on her birthday. Service was outstanding.

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gar Woods never disappoints! Can be extremely crowded but it’s just one of those places that when you’re in town you gotta go. Also a menu that should be pleasing to all

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P
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server, Zacharia made everything even better by providing extraordinary service. The restaurant was obviously busy, but we felt well served by Zach who obviously loves what he does. We enjoyed Chicken and Salmon, that were perfectly cooked and delicious.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great place to dine while in Tahoe. However, every time that I make a reservation we still end up waiting for our table from anywhere to 30 mins to 1 1/2 hours!

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l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Justin was great as were all the other servers, bartenders and hosts. Food was great, tasty and plentiful. It was a gorgeous day and the view as spectacular. Definitely will return.

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CR
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, have been many times before, this time for NYE. Was a bit loud due to a DJ in the bar area. But the food was still amazing, though a bit pricy (to be expected for the area).

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

NYE so we wanted and were ready for it to be a party. You pay a bit more at Garwoods per dish but the Lake Front view, bar, ambiance and legendary Tahoe history make it worth it in my opinion. Our server Jayson was slammed and still awesome I’m sure would be 5 star on any normal night. Tatiana the hostess was Amazing and accommodating under complete chaos and pressure. Thanks Guys.

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rib eye was excellent - well seasoned and served hot. Cocanut shrimp on the ampetizer was delicious = going to order it as a dinner item at our next visit.

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OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Years celebration

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AA
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The wife and I come here every year for our anniversary. This last visit overall was good but we didn’t get our drinks until we were literally done eating our dinner. Apparently the drinks were delivered to the Incorrect table.

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DL
Yosemite
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We go to Gar Woods often and have always loved it. This time, in our party of four, three of the meals were as usual first rate; but the lobster ravioli that one of us had was way below par. Underdone and flavorless. We sent it back. They graciously took it off our bill - and we continue to put this restaurant at the top of our dining list for the Tahoe area.

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BL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have been to Garwoods a lot over the years, best view there is and great patio. But the food has gone downhill. Service is also mediocre, some nice folks but... Asked for a simple pasta and butter for my daughter, they have pasta but "all the sauce is made together". Not much in the way of vegetarian options. Menu is kind of a strange mix of very old school and trying to be asian fusion on some dishes and it doesn't really work. The burger was amazing. The drinks were so so. Wine list is good and pretty good value but the cocktails are over priced, and the food is also. Would go there again in the summer for patio views but wouldn't go back to dine again...

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Great location. It’s a busy place with a good view. We had reservations, but waited 20 minutes. The drinks are good and a little expensive. The resturant interior is dingy and dated. For the prices; I didn’t taste the value. A lot of frozen items. Frozen fish, crab, zucchini sticks. I would expect fresher food and ingredients for the prices. I would have preferred the fresh halibut with the fish and chips instead of the frozen fish. A child’s Mac n cheese bowl was 14.00. 4 adults and one child with one pitcher of woody’s (the signature drink $46.00) came to 171.00 tip not included. Our server was very pleasant and knew her product. Hope this gives someone an idea of what to expect. Not going back.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were rushed from the moment we sat down. Our food came quickly but two meals weren’t cooked - two orders to sea bass were fairly raw. Out the door in less than 90 minutes. Not coming back for certain.

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FL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, huge portions, very busy so a bit slow service but worth the wait!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Overpriced for the food. Steak was not done right and service took a bit too long. All fixable problems.

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R
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view is the calling card, but the food won’t disappoint. Nor will the cocktails, friendly staff or comfortable tables. I personally find the lunch menu a bit thin on option, and some items, like the bbq quesadillas, downright bizarre. Stick to burgers and salads for lunch and you’ll be pleased.

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EZ
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Christmas dinner with a friend not family
I wanted prime rib - the plate wasn’t heated so the food warmth soon transferred and I dug right in but ended up eating cold roast beef / Manager offered to reserve but I asked if he’d heat the plate and they do not so I thanked him and enjoyed what’s served / potatoes had run out over plate for some reason - it was ok but I would not order it again.
My friend ordered the fillet mignon - way better in every way.
I love Garwoods - had hoped for guitar but it’s cool to respect folks wanting to be with family.
Thanks to all - overall good not great.
Heat dinner plates in Winter is my suggestion 🥰

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m
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Christmas meal. Thank you.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner was wonderful. Beautiful view, great service!

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LK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and festive Christmas Eve dinner

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c
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dinner for a special family occasion. We sat upstairs which was very private and great for a large gathering.

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KS
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Typical over priced Tahoe. Nothing really differentiating. Lamb chops were priced amazing, tasted good.

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LH
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great ! A little loud but that’s expected at Gar Woods
Food was great as always 👍

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Go for the experience not the food. Lobsters and scallops were over cooked. Waitress was very nice. Sexist drinks - 1970s.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Tahoe!

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h
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service but food a little disappointing. I had Cobb salad for entree and it was served late. First time chicken over cooked, next one came when rest of party were finished eating. There were 9 of us.

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M
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was great. The view is beautiful. The food is overpriced. Of the 6 adults eating, 4 of the meals were very good, and one was so salty(crab sando) it was only partially eaten. Should have sent it back but my son was uncomfortable doing so. For the price I would expect everyone to have a great culinary experience. I do realize that part of the blame falls on us for not sending it back, as I'm sure the problem would have been remedied.

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JS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes are so delicious... not much breading and mostly crab!! The French onion soup is superb and comes out with bubbling cheese on top!

The view is what we came for- didn’t have a clue about the food. Garwoods has their own pier... it’s a great dinner and sunset spot. Would be really cool if one day or in the summer they incorporate a dog friendly pier dining experience.

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BW
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party and the service was exceptional. The team had great attention to every detail

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Thanksgiving dinner menu. Nice, lively atmosphere and good service.

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JB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I’m local and haven’t been in a few years. I forgot how mediocre the food is. Cocktails and location good, but again the food is nothing special.

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RB
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gar Woods has been a family favorite for several years. The food is always great and you can't beat the view!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service sucks, everyone in the entire restaurant had bread sticks but us. Our server passed right by us to give the table beside us water numerous times and skipped us. The bar service was great though. My husband and I's food was completely cold, my daughter ordered off the traditional Thanksgiving menu and her food was hot.

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