Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant
My husband and I were visiting Lake Tahoe for our anniversary in October and wanted to go out for a nice dinner with a view... we were sorely disappointed.
Ambiance - from the outside, it looked very promising. It’s right on the lake! Once inside, you realize that the outdoor dock mostly restricts any view on the inside. You can still see the lake but I’d hardly describe it as unobstructed.
Service - the host was very friendly and our waitress was very sweet and helpful. No issues with service.
Food - here’s where it gets very very bad... they start off by providing you with hard breadsticks and a cup of soft unsalted butter. It was free... can’t complain that much...but the breadsticks were crack your tooth hard and over salted. We started off ordering French onion soup and lobster bisque. The French onion soup wasn’t terrible but it had a strange spiced flavor that I’ve never experienced with French onion soup. My husbands lobster bisque was somewhat sour and I couldn’t eat more than one bite. Still we pressed on... I ordered the filet mignon and asked for the peppercorn demi on the side. I asked for it to be cooked medium... it came out RAW on the inside. So bad that even the waitress was shocked when I showed it to her. Additionally, it was advertised as “wrapped in bacon”... it was wrapped in something... but calling it bacon was a real stretch. It was black and slimy and inedible. Speaking of inedible... the peppercorn demi... straight up just tastes like rum. Terrible. My husband got the California Sea Bass and said it was equally disappointing.
Now, I realize that my little scathing review is fairly meaningless in the wide array of (shockingly) positive reviews this restaurant has... but... if you’d like to avoid a massively upset stomach, nausea, high prices, obstructed views, and disappointing food... I suggest you go elsewhere.
Specifically... Jake’s on the Lake was half the cost and 50x better in flavor with beautiful views.
Classic Lakeside restaurant bar and Grill! The views are amazing interior is very cool warm and welcoming! The Caesar salad was a little lacking but everything else was fantastic! My wife and I share in the filet mignon cooked perfectly with beautiful asparagus and terrific mashed potatoes! Tiramisu with coconut was a smash it for the wife.
Great view of Lake Tahoe. Service excellent. We had not been there for three years. Found the prices had increased substantially. Example: Cosmo mixed drink, $12.50. Crab sandwich $31.00.
Great service, food and family friendly :-)
Lovely setting, lakeside dining with the bride of my youth
Four of us where out for a Birthday celebration, my prime rib was bloody and raw. There was very minimal seasoning , possibly none? The cut of meat was so bad I had trouble cutting the entire meal. For sure the poorest experience I’ve ever had!
Garwood's is family tradition. My wedding reception was on the second floor 30 years ago...countless birthdays, mother's and father's days have been enjoyed there as well.
Food very salty. To noisy to talk . Not worth the money
Gar Woods Restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Our meals were well prepared & delicious, & the wait staff was very helpful. We are looking forward to our next meal there!
Lunch on vacation! Loved it all!
Grrreat fish and chips!
The view of Lake Tahoe was amazing, and the food and wine were delicious. We will definitely be going to Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant again. It’s a gem.
I had been to Gar Woods for drinks and apps on the deck once before and I think this is a perfect place for that kind of outing. The view looking over Lake Tahoe is gorgeous. Unfortunately, dinner was less impressive. Despite having made reservations for a birthday dinner, my girlfriends and I were placed at a back table close to the kitchen door (and associated noise) and our table sat over some sort of a motor under the floor, which kept running on and off, on and off. It was distracting both from floor vibrations and noise. The food we ordered was acceptable, but nothing I would seek out. As just two examples of where the food fell short, the mushroom risotto didn't actually have that many mushrooms (and the earthy flavor I was hoping for!) and the beets in the beet salad were not fully cooked. For the prices, I had hoped for more value. I'll stick with the deck for drinks and a burger or other bar food.
Friends get together
Great view but the food needs an upgrade. The fish on the Teriyaki salmon salad was dry, processed with flavoring and not fresh. Good selection of wines
Alan made the engagement dinner for my son exceptional!!! Food was hot & apps & entree were spaced perfectly.
Always love going to Gar Woods when at Tahoe. Allan was our waiter, he was on spot with promptness, and explaining different dishes and wine selection. Until we meet again!
Rain, snow outside. Warm attentive and friendly staff. Got us seated early. Had the scallops and the cobb salad. Both very good. Prompt arrival of food. Very nice.
Around 6PM, this started filling up and the noise level grew quickly.
Always a good meal with a gorgeous view. The Prickley Pear drinks are a favorite of our group.
Had a great Birthday dinner at Gar Woods. Service was great, food was excellent!
Fantastic view, delicious food, very nice waitress.
Great time , beautiful setting
This is the ultimate tourist trap, good locale but overpriced, overhyped and overcrowded.
Ridiculously expensive, noisy, hurried and uncomfortable.
Excellent food, service and ambiance. They flawlessly accommodated our large party with amazing efficiency! We recommend without hesitation or qualification. ENJOY!
Plates and glasses were a bit spotty.
Excellent service and delicious food.
As a party of six, we arrived slightly before the 11:30 opening. We were the first in the restaurant. We were seated, and our order was taken at about 11:30. Our food arrived at 12:10. We asked our server to check on our order but he said there were many people ahead of us. He argued with us. He was wrong.
My Cobb salad was merely OK for $24.00. The chicken on it was cold and dry. My friend next to me had Tacos. They arrived cold. My wife had the crab sandwich. Again, cold. The mussels that our friend ordered had room temp water with zero seasoning. NOT very impressive. But there will be no changes. They have the primo view and really don't care. Get over it!
The food was amazing and the view was gorgeous! 10/10 would recommend
It's all about the view, especially if you sit outside, it's beautiful. The food is just ok, overprized for the taste, really. The service needs lots of improvement, it was borderline awkward. The manager did stop by and seemed friendly, however his staff was lacking
Great experience with awesome view!
Our server, Emma was outstanding, courteous, welcoming and vivacious. Made our da!
Best drinks ever!!! Excellent service. Awesome food. Fabulous view of the lake!
ridiculously amazing view, food and service - our hands down favorite and tradition for decades now whenever we are in Tahoe
Food was mediocre at best. Restaurant is tired and needs to be updated. Sad.
Always a great time! The staff is always friendly, and the food is great. Great ambiance sitting outside on the deck.
Great food and wait staff
We spend a lot of time in Tahoe but this was our first time eating at Gar Woods and we enjoyed it. It is a little pricey but the drinks and food were tasty and the view was beautiful. And the coconut tiramisu was AMAZING!!
A busy Sunday late afternoon. I got right in. A little pricey as Tahoe is but the view is worth it.
This was not one of our better dinners at Gar Woods. Food was just ok - husband’s prime rib was very tough and we had to ask for a steak knife to cut it. Extremely loud parties close by making it very hard to hear the people at our table.