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

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Naughty or Nice, you're welcome at Gar Woods! We will be open for lunch and dinner with Christmas dinner specials starting at 4 PM. Reservations Recommended

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

New Year's Eve Dinner Specials, as well as full menu. Dancing in the bar with Sawyer 9:30 pm - 1:30 am. Party favors and champagne at midnight!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
10 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
5 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!

CH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped here for lunch before departing the Tahoe area and were very satisfied with the food and the service, a good friend had recommended it and we were very glad that we took her advice. My preference for background music would have been for something a little less energetic but the overall ambience was good.

SP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Excellent Service, Excellent location - Could not of asked for more!

AL
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and view. Our waiter Martin was the best!

f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location on the north west shore of Lake Tahoe!

A
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a yummy Cobb salad and we both had maitais! I preferred the 1944. Great cheerful service lakeside. Just lovely and consistently good food and service. Cheerful waitstaff is such a plus and you really don’t see that often. My sister works here too! Our server said and all my friends! Well they are happy and it shows so hooray for good management.
Thanks we enjoyed it and will be back!

RB
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This place has a beautiful view of the lake & peer. You can take a nice stroll on the pier before or after diner. There is an easy path from the restaurant deck to pier. The staff is friendly. I had the crab cakes plus lobster & shrimp bisque. The flavor was food but no shrimp or lobster pieces in bisque.

CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party of 11 was super impressed with the great staff, delicious food, cocktails, wine list, and incredible beauty of the restaurant. We enjoyed a memorable lunch.

AR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

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 on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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 on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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 on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and family friendly :-)

JS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, lakeside dining with the bride of my youth

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo good!

RA
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service4ambience1

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

c
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lunch on vacation! Loved it all!

C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grrreat fish and chips!

c
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friends get together

f
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view, delicious food, very nice waitress.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time , beautiful setting

CJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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