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.
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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.

c
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

HP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

MG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and family friendly :-)

JS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, lakeside dining with the bride of my youth

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

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!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooo good!

RA
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Food very salty. To noisy to talk . Not worth the money

c
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lunch on vacation! Loved it all!

C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grrreat fish and chips!

c
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

GA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

RH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friends get together

f
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Alan made the engagement dinner for my son exceptional!!! Food was hot & apps & entree were spaced perfectly.

VF
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

DT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

ST
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal with a gorgeous view. The Prickley Pear drinks are a favorite of our group.

KY
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Birthday dinner at Gar Woods. Service was great, food was excellent!

SS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic view, delicious food, very nice waitress.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time , beautiful setting

CJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This is the ultimate tourist trap, good locale but overpriced, overhyped and overcrowded.
Ridiculously expensive, noisy, hurried and uncomfortable.

JR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. They flawlessly accommodated our large party with amazing efficiency! We recommend without hesitation or qualification. ENJOY!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Plates and glasses were a bit spotty.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food.

BB
Tahoe
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the view was gorgeous! 10/10 would recommend

KR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with awesome view!

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Emma was outstanding, courteous, welcoming and vivacious. Made our da!

K
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best drinks ever!!! Excellent service. Awesome food. Fabulous view of the lake!

JK
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ridiculously amazing view, food and service - our hands down favorite and tradition for decades now whenever we are in Tahoe

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was mediocre at best. Restaurant is tired and needs to be updated. Sad.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time! The staff is always friendly, and the food is great. Great ambiance sitting outside on the deck.

DB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wait staff

HJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A busy Sunday late afternoon. I got right in. A little pricey as Tahoe is but the view is worth it.

DD
Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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