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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3822 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Currently seating on the beautiful lake view deck under Tahoe sunshine or ample cover of heat lamps and umbrellas. Please dress warm!
For 34 years Gar Woods Grill and Pier has been the premier waterfront dining destination in North Lake Tahoe. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill and Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. Our 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 best-known California vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy the waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods world famous Wet Woody. With over three million sold, you will be in good company! Or thaw out with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly Bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch (Mon - Fri) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sat & Sun) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Brunch menu served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am -3:00 pm Dinner (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Easter - buffet brunch served from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Thanksgiving- dinner served 1:00 - 9:00 pm Christmas Eve- 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Christmas Day- 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Bar The bar is open during lunch and dinner hours and never closes before 12:00 pm (Sun - Thurs) and 1:00 am (Fri & Sat)

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-3366

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dean Lennon

  • Private party facilities

    Private party space available for groups of 15 guests up to 450 guests. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is available to close for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366

  • Neighborhood

    Carnelian Bay

  • Cross street

    Front and Center

  • Parking details

    Plenty of complimentary on-site parking. Visit by boat in spring, summer and fall and enjoy our complimentary valet boat parking, or dock at our handicap accessible, deep water 130 foot pier.

  • Public transit

    All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Entertainment

    Rustler's MoonSteve and TomAcoustic Guitar Duo8:00pm-11:00pmFriday and Saturday Evenings70's through Today

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,822 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Scenic View

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Food

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Hot Spot

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Outdoor Dining

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. BW

    BillW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Bartenders!!
  2. KD

    KarenD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    64th Birthday
  3. l

    lito

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was exelente, i will definitely recommended
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great drinks, great food, and great service. Only negative was table location- just outside kitchen and high traffic area. Waitress Bree was awesome, great service
  5. GB

    GeorgeB

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Thanksgiving meal. Did not disappoint. Good service despite very busy. Meal was very good
  6. SF

    SFNOrth

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Shout out to Sam, our server. She was amazing and made out Thanksgiving dinner even better. Turkey dinner with all the fixings was good. Also had prime rib which was tasty and tender. They claim to have Irish Coffee as good as the Buena Vista. They weren’t lying. And served in the proper glasses.
  7. JT

    JoeTahoe

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. Food, service, and ambiance is wonderful. The view is spectacular too.
  8. S

    Steph

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Went for Thanksgiving dinner, which was really good. My son decided to go off the menu and had the lobster bisque, coconut shrimp and crab cakes, all of which were excellent! Great for a sunset meal. All of their "Woody" drinks are good. The prickly pear was my favorite.
  9. KA

    KatieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dakota was amazing and the food was fantastic. Loved spending our holiday here !
  10. MW

    MalcolmW

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety. Turkey dinner was great on thanksgiving day.
  11. JP

    JackPoppleton

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We dined here for Thanksgiving dinner. The crab cakes appetizer was delicious. The lobster bisque (something we had last Thanksgiving) was not nearly as good as it was before. The soup tasted less of seafood (lobster and shrimp) and more of a cheese soup. However, the King salmon was delicious as was the mixed turkey Thanksgiving feast. My husband said the meat was flavorful and juicy. We finished with a slice of apple pie that was bursting with flavor (even though the crust didn't rise). My son said the Shirley Temple was the best he'd had the entire trip (he'd tried them at three different places by that point!). Overall, we thought the food was okay but what the food lacked in flavor, the view of the lake was priceless. We probably won't go back for awhile -- time to try something new. But we do recommend this restaurant to others. It's just a short drive from Olympic Village and bonus if you are staying in King's Beach -- it's just up the street! Definitely try it out if you're looking for amazing views and friendly staff.
  12. MP

    MichelleP

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just the perfect lunch with great food, terrific service and a view of Lake Tahoe that can’t be beat!!
  13. EC

    ErinC

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best views with a nostalgic ambience. Food choices were extensive. Of all the places in the world I’ve been to, I would add this restaurant to my top 10. A place you could take anyone. Your grandma, your friends, your spouse, even your kids.
  14. DB

    DeborahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch in a remarkable place!! The view was outstanding as was the attentive staff ! Great drinks and delicious food !! Awesome place to celebrate my birthday!
  15. CM

    CMikeyB

    Austin

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, super friendly staff and amazing ambience for a beautiful fall lunch. Loved the steamers, Bisque and devilled eggs! We bring every Tahoe Newbie to Gar Woods and everyone loves it!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a late lunch to celebrate a friends birthday. We got in easily and got a great table looking out over the lake. The service was exceptional and the food was truly fantastic. It was perfect.
  17. A

    Ariel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly workers, beautiful view, and delicious food.
  18. KN

    KellyN

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for the French onion soup and were not disappointed. Wedge salad also very good. Drinks excellent. Service amazing.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food. The room decor is getting dated, but still a good experience.
  20. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a bad experience. Always great food and service.
  21. MJ

    MarkJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Too expensive for the amount and quality of the food. We waited 20 minutes for a waiter to serve us. Because of this, the waiter did give us a dessert free of charge.
  22. J

    Jamie

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Great views but over-priced. You pay for the view.
  23. J

    Jenn

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I was immediately filled when dread when I opened the menu to find it an EXACT copy to the menu at Riva Grill in South Tahoe. My wedge salad was over dressed (just like my house salad at Riva). The deviled eggs were good. Main plus is the restaurant is closer to the water and the views outside are nice.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Individual care about every customer. We loved it a lot ❤️
  25. D

    Dancinfrank

    Central Coast

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Had lunch w a dear friend. Food was very good. Setting is spectacular w a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Service was ok I would go back for sure
  26. MM

    MarkM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great time at Gar Woods. Our go-to favorite for food, great service and that amazing view.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We had made a reservation and specifically asked to sit near a window their was one open when we go their. But they gave it to someone else and then the hostess sat us next to the kitchen with out giving us any option of possibly waiting for a better table and then just walked off. Food was good and the waiter was very nice and friendly.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great view. Food was good, large portions. Loud party behind us.
  29. CA

    ChuckA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always enjoy the lakeside setting. The service was wonderful! The food was just below outstanding!
  30. EG

    EvanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, wait staff was kind and courteous. Overall great place
  31. s

    stepdadbob

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter, Martin, was excellent. We always request that he be our server.
  32. RM

    RobertMcG

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, food quality and service are first rate all the way.
  33. M

    Matt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent place for dinner had a great time with My wife for our anniversary Great food really good drinks, excellent staff really friendly. It was my first time there and was expecting something different b/c the stories that I had heard were about outside seating-crazy fun people and wanted that vibe so kind of set myself up for that one! Overall had a great experience would definitely come back for another run at this place thanks
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We have been dining there since it opened. Last night was strange because we asked for bread and butter as we were starving. Our waitress said no bread available. The tables next to us had sandwiches with bread, and we asked for that bread toasted and would gladly pay for it. She said no. When the server came out from the kitchen with our food, we asked him for bread. He said no problem that he would bring toasted bread with butter. It’s all we requested. He never showed up. It was really strange. The fish was excellent. The football is excellent. No bread.
  35. S

    Servis

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Very expensive for average food. Halibut soggy. Typical overpriced average Tahoe restaurant.
  36. AD

    AlyssaD

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Garwoods was fantastic and the food was perfect! Thank you for an amazing birthday dinner! Sincerely, Alyssa
  37. D

    Dawnalda

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming to Garwoods for the ambiance, the view, and for the bisque 😋 We were announcing a new pregnancy to our parents and the staff along with our lovely server Tatiana helped us surprise them with a cake and truly made us feel so special on this special day. Thank you so much for everything you did to pull this off without a hitch! We appreciate you! 🤩
  38. JK

    JoeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent location. We were looking at other places that were lower cost but were very glad we made the choice to eat here. Food was great and enjoyed some of the unique choices. View and service was outstanding.
  39. EM

    ElizabethM

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Bree was fantastic & made us feel right at home. The food was amazing! Will definitely come back!
  40. KB

    KimB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the deck, one of the best views of the lake. Well shaded and heated as needed.

FAQs

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front and Center

  • Neighborhood

    Carnelian Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch (Mon - Fri) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sat & Sun) 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Brunch menu served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am -3:00 pm Dinner (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Easter - buffet brunch served from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Thanksgiving- dinner served 1:00 - 9:00 pm Christmas Eve- 11:30 am - 9:30 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Christmas Day- 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, dinner starts at 5:00 pm Bar The bar is open during lunch and dinner hours and never closes before 12:00 pm (Sun - Thurs) and 1:00 am (Fri & Sat)

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of complimentary on-site parking. Visit by boat in spring, summer and fall and enjoy our complimentary valet boat parking, or dock at our handicap accessible, deep water 130 foot pier.

  • Public transit

    All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dean Lennon

  • Entertainment

    Rustler's MoonSteve and TomAcoustic Guitar Duo8:00pm-11:00pmFriday and Saturday Evenings70's through Today

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-3366

  • Private party facilities

    Private party space available for groups of 15 guests up to 450 guests. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is available to close for private functions.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366

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