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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3762 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 56 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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Hot Spot

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Scenic View

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful experience. My husband caught a fish on Lake Tahoe and their chef prepared our meal. It was fantastic!
  2. KW

    KennethW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a great place to have lunch while enjoying the views of the Lake.
  3. LN

    LaurenN

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jordan did a wonderful job bringing food/drinks and checking on us during our meal. The service was fast and it was an incredibly beautiful day.
  4. DC

    DevonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always come back here when I visit Tahoe. Great food, great drinks, gorgeous scenery, nice atmosphere. Can get pricey and noisy, but hey, it's a popular place. Also love the beach access nearby.
  5. LF

    LisaF

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our drinks and meals
  6. RH

    RobertH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very special restaurant, great view, very romantic and has always had fantastic food. Service people are professional and friendly and attentive
  7. RT

    RivaTraceFolks

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The wine list is nice, needs more single glass options!! The food was well prepared and very tasty. Our server was excellent (Martin), spent time at the table going over the food and wine. A nice place to have dinner!!
  8. KT

    KathyT

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a nice meal; service fantastic. A little short handed but food and drinks were good! Atmosphere was great.
  9. DB

    DawnB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Ambience is great because it is right on the lake… You cannot go wrong with that! However the food was terrible. Chicken was way over cooked and tasted like a beef jerky stick. Way over priced for what you got. Also one of the few places in Lake Tahoe that does not allow dogs in the outside dining area
  10. JG

    JackG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prime rib was perfectly prepared and a very generous portion. The service was quick and efficient in all respects. We enjoyed it so much we returned two days later.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love the food and atmosphere. Very busy for a reason!
  12. w

    wickinvail

    Denver

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Busy fun Saturday night. Sat outside (perfect temp from heaters) awesome vibe. Great service lead by Jordan. Food yummy.
  13. DB

    DianaB

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Awesome location, great views, loved the live band! Bar staff was fantastic and the cocktails superb. The food was generally pretty good but not great (except the dessert which was fantastic). Prime rib was huge but tough.
  14. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. A little expensive, but the food, service and the Atmosphere was great. Recommend this place highly.
  15. FM

    FoodMotivated

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good as usual.
  16. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Best place for a view of the lake. Food is good and there is a wide variety of bar drinks, however, everything is very pricey.
  17. L

    Larry

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Extremely busy. Good seats, good food, great view. Our server was curt, and disappeared after we got our food. We had to find a busboy to fill our water glasses. We were never able to get refills on our cocktails. At a large table next to us was a party who were apparently friends of the owner. Our server happily provided their every need, and that is OK , but it was too bad she neglected us.
  18. J

    Jack

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    We spoke to the restaurant in advance stating we had a large party. We were told they would reserve a room upstairs for us. When we arrived, we were told the upstairs was reserved for a wedding party. They separated us to different tables and didn’t seem to apologetic for it. Some of are part stayed but 15 of them left. Curiously, tables opened up within 30 minutes of arriving. Good food and waitress was awesome but not thrilled with communication, organization and the management.
  19. c

    chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great. Pricey, but large portions and very good. Would definitely come again.
  20. k

    kjhobbs

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, sat outside and enjoyed the killer view of Lake Tahoe. Damn fine food - will return when we are at North Shore!
  21. J

    Jimmy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Either the food should be better or the price should be much lower.
  22. d

    drjim

    Tampa

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Very very tough prime rib. Only ate 25%. And ecpendive
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and great service. Very expensive $300 For 2 people but we had lobster 🦞 and Prime Rib and lots of wine
  24. f

    foodiefamily

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A stink and birthday celebration
  25. KM

    KristaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our served August, was very pleasant and accommodating of a food allergy. My mother and I shared the coconut shrimp, House salad and prime rib and still took a doggie bag home. The kitchen was very nice to split the salad and change things up a little bit for the food allergy. My only suggestion would have been to send out two plates with the accompaniments for the entree and the Prime rib on a plate by itself, would have been a little easier to share. Is was a fantastic bday dinner and we were given the option to choose a complimentary dessert. Compliments to all!!!!
  26. MC

    MikeC

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect meal in a perfect location. Their entrees have always impressed me! We sat inside, primarily due to the smoke from the Mosquito Fire, and we sat in a table by the window overlooking the lake. This has to be among the best restaurant locations on Lake Tahoe. We’ve come here every time we get to Tahoe, and we get here three to five times annually.
  27. BM

    BarbaraM

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All food was outstanding. Loved the clams, lobster/shrimp bisque, special of halibut fish and chips. The view is incredible whether dining on the deck or inside.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a very good dinner. Loving everything but the price is just a bit pricey. Overall was Good experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service, amazing views of Lake Tahoe. Food amazing as always.
  30. BP

    BreannaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing good, service and views!! We originally asked to be seated outside, but once the smoke rolled in it became uncomfortable. We asked our server if we could move inside and she was more than willing to move us and make us comfortable.
  31. HM

    HeidiMatusikRealtor

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, drinks and GREAT Service. Lobster and fillet was delicious, the prime rib was good and the seafood pasta was very good—caesar salad was cold and crisp! The Wet Woody is a must have! Our server Sarah was extremely attentive.
  32. TL

    TimothyL

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food was great, but the place was packed, extremely noisy and very hot inside. Should of ate outside
  33. LS

    LS70

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    We came during the fires, so not the best experience but our waitress was adorable and the food, while very expensive, was good. It's all about the drinks and view here, so I recommend coming during great weather and just have a drink and appetizer.
  34. LC

    LadyCarlsbad

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting for a lunch with friends
  35. LG

    LinnyG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed it very much. Our server was great, the coconut prawns were excellent!
  36. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible, expensive dinner, the worst in memory. Even the Wet Willies were disappointing. Will never go back and don't recommend it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and lively. Great place!
  38. DB

    DanaB

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Needs a deep clean. Food and service is pretty average in quality, but the whole place smells like a fraternity house.
  39. TJ

    TimJ

    Indiana

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Paying for the view!
  40. d

    davidh

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If it is a warm evening I can't think of a nicer location for Tahoe lakeside dining.

FAQs

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3762 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 56 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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