Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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!

RA
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

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

c
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside on the deck overlooking Lake Tahoe ant be beat. The Service was very nice and the good. No complaints at all.

L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The lobster bisque was excellent. The service was great. My steak was undercooked while my prawns were overdone. The snickers cheesecake was delicious.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

The Wet Woodys are awesome. The food was decent but much better is to be found in the locale.

The venue and the outlook are fantastic and the servers were all very friendly. The patio heaters mean you can enjoy the great view even when it’s cold out.

I’d definitely go again but I’d just go for drinks next time. I had the ribs to start (4/10) filet mignon and king prawns and it was 6/10 at best. The other half had the crab cakes (7/10) and salmon salad (5/10).

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Our server was very distracted and I believe forgot about us most of the time. We asked for our food to be boxed up, he threw away all of the sides and only boxed up our meat and then we watched him drop 1/2 of our sandwich while wrapping it up and did not want to tell us what happened to it till after we asked where it was. He then rushed the check on us to leave! The manager did give us our sides and a new sandwich however, the experience for the price of the menu was terrible. Will not return.

HP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was NOT worth the price!!! My husband got the Rib Eye and it was mostly fat and nothing special. He could have made it just the same at home! My Prime Rib sandwich was good if the horseradish didn’t take over!

KI
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Having only ate there once during lunch time with appetizers, we had no idea how expensive they were! $19 for a glass of house red wine?? Our server was distracted and forgot items or to even get everyone's dessert order. It was our son's 26th birthday...he enjoyed himself...but $436.00 worth? No

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