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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.5
4.5
3656 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 146 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 3,656 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Hot Spot

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Scenic View

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Outdoor Dining

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Special Occasion

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. SL

    SheilaL

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seven hungry adults feasted upon an assortment of delicious apps and entrees as we celebrated a birthday. The service was outstanding, and our table had a gorgeous panoramic view of Lake Tahoe. It was a perfect evening!
  2. JS

    JfromSJ

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great except the ice tea price ($5.50 a glass)
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Chose Gar Woods to celebrate our anniversary and sat at a decent table with the incredible Lake Tahoe view this establishment is famous for. All of the food was very well prepared with excellent presentation and was delicious. Our server was quite inattentive the whole way through even though the restaurant was not very busy (many open tables throughout). Water is served in short glasses and was not refilled until I asked for it when the server came by toward the end of the meal. Other servers filled water glasses around us but even they apparently cannot cross the line to help fill an empty glass nearby. This is basic, server 101 folks! And… if I ordered the “world famous Wet Woody” beverage and the glass is empty, chances are good I’d want another one. There’s no way to know if you’re not serving your customers. I cannot recommend Gar Woods if -like me- service matters to you.
  4. JF

    JFoodie

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Garwoods never disappoints!! Great food, terrific service, wonderful views!! Can’t wait to go back, and we will be back!
  5. l

    lxvette

    Phoenix

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place for Lunch, the pier can accommodate lots of boats. Food is great. Beautiful setting on Lake Tahoe
  6. SF

    SwimFan

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quintessential Tahoe. Fun vibe with a friendly waitstaff. Like everything these days, and especially in a resort area, prices are a bit high. Signature drink is tasty and the menu is extensive.
  7. GN

    GirlsNight

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The staff is very inexperienced. We ordered a bottle of wine and it came after our appetizers and salads. We ordered their Halibut with risotto and the fish was a bit overdone and the risotto and the vegetables were so overcooked that it was mush and it took over 10 min to get our server to come to our table and he sent the manager and although he offered to bring us some risotto we passed on the offer. The only compensation was a free cake for dessert.
  8. L

    Ljdaj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! Loved the view , the food, everything!
  9. KP

    KathyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Million dollar view on the patio. It was wonderful.
  10. H

    Holcombfamily

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katie and Matt were so busy but navigated the boat dock and were efficient as usual. Super friendly! Garwoods accommodated the table we requested. The view is out of bounds! Not a bad seat in the place. We have gone to Garwoods for years. Great for the family or for a party! Server Augustine was on top of things. Food was wonderful! We are lucky to live here and get to enjoy this cool place!
  11. l

    loris

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue, very professional service and beyond delish food and cocktails. Thank you RJ for a wonderful evening with our large party.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bartender was outstanding. Table service was good and prompt. Lovely outdoor dining
  13. MR

    MikeR

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    This is a neat place to go and sit on the deck and watch the boats and have drinks. The food is just sort of average for the money. Think of a Chili's on a lake with a signature drink.
  14. W

    Waterstats

    Sacramento

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Hostess was understanding and accommodating as we arrived a little late due to the crazy construction traffic taking place on the roads around the lake. Our server was awesome. She was very pleasant and informative. She made the dining experience great.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Great views. Overpriced food.
  16. C

    Cory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibe. Good food. Good service. Always look forward to coming back every summer.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    No boat valet so we waited over 45 minutes for a place to vacate on the pier. Despite 1:00 reservation we were asked to wait 30-45 minutes for our table outside. Once in the food was good as usual, but. . .
  18. U

    Ucgidget

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Thank you for a very nice evening out. We love the patio and the service was great. Such a gorgeous view. Lot's of great menu options.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good food, lovely ambience.
  20. RW

    RickW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Gar woods has always provided consistent outstanding service. The food quality is exceptional, we love everything about this place which has kept us coming back for years...
  21. TB

    TadB

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I've been going to Garwoods for around 40 years. They have a fabulous view of Lake Tahoe along with good food and service.
  22. S

    Stacey

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Terribly long delay in getting our meal delivered and then is was delivered not how ordered. No accommodation made, other than a mea culpa from the manager. Will try this restaurant one more time but should this happen again, we won’t return.
  23. G

    Ginny

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    4 people at the check in area, not one makes eye contact, chatting with each other, a 5th person (presumably a waiter) approaches, asks me if I wish assistance, I provide my name and he finds us a seat.....over talking whilst this happened, the "hostess says- well people need to be patient...we are trying to seat a large party upstairs" implying that the line of folks not involved in the large party were a bother to her. Not a good start. The waiter said hopefully the rest of the experience will make up for that commentary and lack of service. Our waitress tried really hard but when we ordered desert....crickets for at least 20-25 min. At that point, I would have preferred to forego desert ...but she then came with it and said all computers were down and she could not place the order (if she told us that we could have cancelled the order and been out). Getting the bill was a project, paper form, when awaiting to sign it at a side table, another staff was snippy, implying we were in the way of her T shirt sales. Geesh, we were trying to free up the table due to all of the delays. Food great, Mai Tai in TV signature glass fabulous, view and seating great. Staff need help with service delivery.
  24. NJ

    NevadaJLW

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Had a great seat facing the lake! Food was great! We ordered toooo much
  25. P

    Paula

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love Gar Woods! We are walking distance and love coming there with our guests! See you again soon!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service. Food was delicious . Setting incredible ♥️
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was mediocre at best, we had to ask several times for a few things, noticed staff mingling a lot while we waited for breadsticks, water, etc
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the porterhouse steak and it was huge. It was topped with herb butter. Ordered it medium rare and it was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Has the steamed clams for an appetizer. They were in a tasty broth. Of course I had a Woody too drink, their version of the rum runner. It was pretty good. The meal was pricey but delicious. It is on the beach of north lake Tahoe.
  29. CD

    CristineD

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Staff was very friendly and attentive. The food and drinks is were very good, large meal portions. Beautiful views.
  30. FM

    FloM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Garwoods is a dream! The location is exceptional! Sitting on the deck over looking Lake Tahoe on a beautiful summer evening....life doesn't get much better then that!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Acapulco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. On such a busy day all the servers were quick and accurate.!
  32. ND

    NancyD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Can't beat the top notch view, or the strong cocktails, but the menu prices are also premium.
  33. SA

    StephanieA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time!!
  34. TF

    TraceyF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view & great food!
  35. AE

    AlanE

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. We make sure that we stop in and get a Wet Woody when our friends are in town. Cant beat the view and the energy is fantastic. Get the fried Zucchini - the best.
  36. SJ

    SuzanneJ

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had dinner out on the deck on Saturday, August 6th, 2022. We remarked to ourselves that we couldn't have picked a busier night! It was a little too loud for us, but everything else made up for it!! Our server was the best! She was from Romania! She was very engaging and considerate and had the best recommendations! She suggested the catch of the day, swordfish, which was beyond delicious! the portion was good size and the cook on it was perfect...like butter melting in my mouth! The chardonnay for me and cabernet for my husband that she recommended were also excellent! And, the view from the deck is breathtaking, of course! If you haven't experienced Gar Woods, it's a must! You might want to skip the busiest day of the year though!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had party of 9. Host team figured out a way to get all 9 of us seated outside within 10 minutes. Excellent service and food as always.
  38. BB

    BBoy

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice place but a bit of a zoo.. staff is young Food is decent Reese’s smoothly was amazing
  39. KD

    KarenD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Our server did not bring our order and they neglected a birthday they were told in advance
  40. JM

    JeanM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The food was just okay, especially for the price, but the view was great.

FAQs

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 3656 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 146 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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