Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.5
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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.

Specials

Lakefront Happy Hours

Join us for discounted Wet Woody's, draft beer, select wines, and appetizers overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 26, 2020

Ends: February 27, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:30PM-6:30PM

What 1936 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great view with excellent food, though a bit pricey with $40+ entrees.

A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Everything is more than twice as expensive than it should be! $10 for a kid's smoothie?!? $25 for two small crab cakes? $15 for a caesar salad? Pasta dishes in the $30-40 range? I don't care how good the view is, that's ridiculous!

L
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience1

We were hoping for a quiet romantic valentines dinner date but the restaurant was loud with love music in the bar and kids everywhere. Live and learn- Presidents’ Day weekend in Tahoe is not serene for sure. The prices are high for what you get. The mashed potatoes were soup. Three stalks of asparagus? Definitely not headed back anytime soon.

r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great spot. Love the bar scene and music.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful view. Book at sunset and walk out on the pier. Cocktails were well made.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. He was friendly helpful and very up beat. The food was great and my son and I had a great time. Thanks for the hospitality.

RS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for the family or a date.
Beautiful views, excellent food and service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food is overpriced and of very average quality. This place is great for a cocktail in the summer, but there are much better restaurants in the area if you’re looking for good food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. We had a good server on a busy night and were placed at a wonderful table overlooking the pier. Thank you!

LH
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

friends valentines was perfect ! thank you

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Valentine's Day dinner with the family. The food was amazing, even on such a busy night, the scallops & crab risotto touched my soul! It is fine dining Tahoe-style!

R
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day dinner. Wonderful views of the lake. Staff was very friendly & accommodating.
Disappointed in menu choices. Very expensive for what you get.

c
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up sitting upstairs and it was beautiful! Outstanding view! Four of us had excellent evening! Our waiter was smooth and polished. Everyone loved their meals and we shared nice bottle of wine. Well done GAR WOODS!!

JW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines Day 2020 was our second visit to this special place located on the north shore of spectacular Lake Tahoe. We came back after a wonderful anniversary dinner the previous summer and again we were not disappointed. They honored our request for a window table overlooking the lake, and while the setting alone was glorious, the service was great and the food was very good. We had seafood - I had the opakapaka, and my wife had the salmon. Both were prepared just right and were delicious. Our waiter’s suggestion for wine paired perfectly with both. While a bit pricey, GarWoods can’t be beat for a romantic, memorable evening with your sweetheart!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Gar Woods on a Tuesday night, so that is probably why it was so quiet. Prices are not cheap.

I
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent. I had requested a view of the lake. We had a perfect table with a view of the full winter moon.

VT
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and meal. The crab stuffed pepper appetizer was outstanding

DS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Been coming here seasonally for 30 years. Worst, and most expensive, experience I’ve had yet.

TI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced, mediocre food and we were crammed into a small space. Don’t mind paying when the food is good. Worked out $55 per person with no appetizers, no dessert and 1 drink. Most of us had salads and burgers. Don’t waste your money - you’re not missing anything!

AC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We unfirtunatly didn't know about Friday activities at restaurant so noise level very high, however we were seated upstairs and once there noise level was good prices we all thought was very high
service by staff was excellent

j
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dean's Thai meatball soup was particularly delicious, in fact, I have never had soups like that!

MM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent food was delicious the view was breath taking!! Couldn’t have had a better time. Been coming here for years and I’ve never been disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The ambiance was great, beautiful views. Drinks were good, and the salad was good. The “go to” salmon dish had no flavor, very bland. My daughters hamburger tasted like it had freezer burn and was rubbery. Stick to the soups and salads and the ambiance might be worth it!

CT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dinner was everything we expected. Be sure to take a walk on the pier for a great after dinner view. I do feel it was a little overpriced though.

BG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal with wonderful service!! Always a special treat..

RG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Bridget was great, food was great & audio soundtrack was really good!

S
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service right from the host and on to our wonderful lake view table. Gunner, our server did a great job attending to us. Food was outstanding! Another good time at Garwoods!

OT
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVE it here
Great Food ! Amazing Servers
Love my Torrie Hostees and her cute sista ❤️❤️

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal here as a family of 4. Simple menu but good. Better than expected.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Just too expensive. $20+ appetizers, pricey drinks. Loud too.

T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good is so many ways. This place has been doing it so well for so long. Great choice to spend our New Years Eve here!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

New Years Eve Lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Typical Tahoe overpriced.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Meals were good, but pricy for the Tahoe area. The only BIG negative was that we had fraud on our credit card the next day! I hope Gar Woods will look into this because we believe our card was compromised when we paid our bill.

EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were amazed at the excellent Staff, and Amazing Food! More than anything, the View is out of this world! French Onion Soup was my favorite!! Can't wait to return in 2020. Thank you Elliott and Jen for the treat and the great pictures.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We always visit when we are in town, we love coming here but tonight was a little disappointing; the food wasn’t ask good as it normally is. Not sure if they changed chefs but the lobster ravioli has so much herbs in it you could not taste anything else and the lobster bisque came out cold. Not sure what they changed but things need to be adjusted a bit.

K
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, beautiful location - busy holiday night so wait staff was a bit hurried but still a wonderful experience.

A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wet Willy was so good if you’re into the frozen drinks kinda thing!

RE
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a great place to take visitors. Food is good (not great), and the service is always excellent. The Wet Willy is awesome! Views are spectacular.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all the way around!!!

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