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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3466 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 222 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 3,466 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 Ambiance

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • 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. LI

    LostInTheTrees

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I had the scallops with crab risotto. The scallops were fine but not outstanding. The risotto was very disappointing. Instead of being creamy it was a gummy flavorless mush. The view is incredible. The service was also excellent. In out party those that had steaks liked them, but they weren't over the top. If you like a loud boisterous atmosphere it was great. There were multiple bride and groom parties there, it being a Saturday night in June. People were clearly having fun.
  2. SH

    SHSinSD

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. This place is a gem in the summertime!
  3. MA

    MarionA

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Went on a Saturday night June 25, 2022 for my birthday. My first impression was it was overly crowded and extremely noisy. We had a 7pm reservation and were seat at 720pm after asking a 2nd time when we will be seated. The servers were wonderful and the food was excellent. The drinks were fantastic too. Overall it a is great restaurant for the lake view and food, but the noise factor was over the top. The tight seating was also an issue with me due to covid, but we were tired after boating all day and needed to eat. I would go back but when its not as crowded.
  4. MS

    MarilynS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Garwoods!!! Thank you so much for the lovely evening
  5. r

    ralph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Coffee was cold Bar noise was excessive from one group, disturbing to all. Finally they were talked to. Probably lost more customers than they saved from that group
  6. B

    Butchu

    Sacramento

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been going to Garwoods since they opened. We would most often Come in when we are out on our boat. The view, the bar, the beach and the boat access has always been fantastic! The food and service ok. This time when we arrived at 2:00 PM on a June Saturday it was packed with people with many waiting. We had made a reservation for 6 on the deck fully expecting/hoping for the best. To our surprise they had a table for us and we were delighted! Within a couple of minutes our server was there with her trainee, a big smile and a warm welcome. We ordered out cocktails and they were quickly delivered. Then it came time to order our food and among the group we had crab cakes, sliders, Cobb salad and beer batter coconut shrimp. Our orders were delivered promptly and without exception everything was tasty and well prepared! WOW!! Great improvements! To top it all off our server (Tatiana) was simply excellent! Very pleasant, a nice smile on was on top of everything including training the young lady that was shadowing her. THANKS!! to Tatiana and the staff we had a wonderful afternoon!
  7. AC

    AnniversaryCouple

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Gar Woods was excellent. The food was delicious, the service was top notch! Beautiful views as we dined on the patio.
  8. S

    jenniferS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing
  9. GS

    GSR1

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Very noisy. Food was good, not great. I expected more for the prices.
  10. JB

    JosephB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful views, mediocre food. Zucchini apps were highlight. If going for drinks, then all good. Fish Tacos use snapper...cooked in bulk and not worth the $23. Sliders maybe 2 stars. Frozen chicken fingers with heavy breading. Eat elsewhere and come have a drink. Paying for views, not food. Has so much more potential--location is so great.
  11. AN

    ArleneN

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and flavorful. Must try the margarita. The Restaurant is located with the view of picturesque Lake Tahoe. You can walk by the pier after eating… The Staff are Friendly.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family reunion at Lake Tahoe. Perfect place to eat. High end food in a business casual Tahoe atmosphere. Just perfect. The special of Hawaiian Ahi was superb.
  13. J

    Jeeptrvlr

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the experience, food and service. I would definitely return for another meal.
  14. MB

    MadeleineB

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible scallops & crab risotto was delicious, crab cakes so yummy !! Overall everything was fantastic!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Their peppermint milkshakes are the best! Food was wonderful also!
  16. DU

    DUKE

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fired zuchinni appetizer, chicken quesadilla, fish tacos. All were great. Terrific view of Lake Tahoe from back deck where we were seated.
  17. KK

    KarenK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Olivia, was fantastic. Treated us like family, attentive, checked on us several times. Made suggestions and recommendations on the menu. The food was absolutely delicious. Perfectly prepared and timely. Wonderful experience. We drove 3 hours to get there and it was worth it.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Incredibly pricey and loud for the quality of food. Service for drinks was very slow. The view must be the only thing that commands such high prices—there was a super tiny piece of salmon on my salad for $26. Wait staff were nice and accommodating, but overall a disappointing experience for the same price as a high-end dinner in San Francisco.
  19. F

    Fun40

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I had to find my own ketchup bottle after I asked them for some ketchup. My French fries came cold. They didn’t come and asked if we need anything else
  20. AH

    AlexH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service. Even better ambience/view. Love it.
  21. SM

    SpoilMePlease

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    prices keep going up and food has gone a bit tasteless. We enjoyed our dinner - the staff was working very hard but need an education on menu items. We needed to insure the chicken fingers were gluten free or a gluten free option and asked 4 people no one new, everyone told us to ask a server. Seems no one thought it important to know themself. We then asked if hey had chocolate ice cream and same answer. would it be too much for the rest of the staff to understand what they serve? All was fine but i was embarrassed for the staff.
  22. RB

    RobertB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Father’s Day
  23. c

    chti59

    Las Vegas

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Father day confused organisation
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on Father's Day. While we had a waitress in training, she did an exceptional job! We also did not realize they had a buffet until we arrived, and it had everything from meats to seafood to dessert sections. The food was terrific; my friend said her Beyond burger was cooked perfectly, and the French dip was terrific. Would definitely go to Gar Woods the next time we are in Lake Tahoe!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We went for Father’s Day. They seated us in a nice area by the window and that was the highlight. The serve was very nice but very slow, many bussing staff walking around but none tended to our table. We received no water refills. Asked for a fork to eat and received it 20 mins later. We were asked if we wanted to do the Father’s Day brunch and we not told the price. It was $75 per person for pretty low quality cafeteria food. The place is so over priced you would think artless the service would match. Very disappointed after spending $300 for a family of 4. To top it off we ordered 2 kids meals ($16.50 each) where both proteins were not fully cooked.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day brunch
  27. DP

    DeniceP

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Father’s Day
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go every year….it’s always great Father’s Day brunch today…The made to order omelettes and French toast were the best ever!
  29. KB

    KimberlyBoyle

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love Gar Woods. We were there for Father's Day Brunch and had an excellent time. The service was great, the food was always replenished and fresh, and you can't beat the lake view from Gar Woods.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Honest review: Might have been one of the worst restaurant experiences any of us have had. The hostess was rude on a level rarely seen outside LA or NYC. (We had reservations). The drinks were sub par. We asked about the “Fresh Catch, flown in daily from Hawaii”. It was Alaskan Halibut. (Should have been a sign). Appetizers were good, but the entrees were the thing of culinary nightmares. Inedible. All our party could compare it to was banquet food. Bad banquet food. 3 of 4 in our party didn’t finish more than a few bites. They also failed to acknowledge a birthday - which was mentioned in the reservation and again at the hostess stand. A slight that would have been quite disappointing if we had any interest in trying another bite. Yes, it’s on the water and the waiter was great (hey, it’s not his fault), but unless you have a penchant for overspending on food you could get at a Holiday Inn banquet hall, HARD PASS.
  31. BL

    BruceL

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere and views, as its situated right on the lake. Can get busy, so be sure to get a reservation during tourist season.
  32. TT

    TTAD

    Tahoe

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food!!! Due to weather we couldn't eat outside and had to take a table in bar area - which is quite noisy. But overall this is an excellent restaurant.
  33. JT

    JohnT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food, view and most servers were great; our server brought a piece of toast that our elderly mother requested for her soup, but didn’t disclose that it would cost $9. When we mentioned this after we saw it on the bill, she rolled her eyes and said she had to charge for that. We told her we weren’t paying $9 for a piece of toast for which she had not discussed pricing, and she reluctantly took it off. Great place but a victim of its own success; it’s becoming a tourist mill with a staff that is becoming callous about customer service in the face of constant demand.
  34. MM

    MarciaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best staff EVER! Love the crew here :). They are always attentive and friendly!
  35. l

    laurie

    Fort Lauderdale

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service staff
  36. R

    Reviewerr

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Terrible food and crazy high prices. Bad combination
  37. D

    Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience3
    Must have been an off night for the chef. Have never had a bad meal here. But this night we all had the halibut and it was not great, very expensive, and it’s only for special occasions that we splurge like this. Very disappointed.
  38. S

    Suki

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and friendliness is amazing. View spectacular. Food is delicious but a little pricey, so we went before 5:00 to take advantage of most of the same dinner food on the lunch menu, but a little less expensive.
  39. JL

    JennyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Overpriced for the quality of service. I ordered a bottle of wine that the server asked me if I wanted to taste for quality, it is standard that whomever orders the wine tastes for consumption, in addition I poured myself the remainder of the bottle. Our plates were not pre-bused, our waiter was inattentive, too busy laughing with co-workers to notice that he forgot our breadsticks we asked for at the time of ordering. We had to ask to see a desert menu, rather then being presented with one once our meal was finished. We ordered the ice cream cake and he didn't bother to bring spoons for desert but encouraged us to use the ones that were already placed on the table from when we sat down. Then we also had to ask for our check after several minutes of being done with desert. Bottom line the waiter was too young to be serving a menu with such a high price point. His level of maturity was lacking. I have been in the service industry for 25 years and worked every front of the house position and have a deep understanding of how service should be carried out. This was by far a disappointment in that arena. He tried to small talk us after realizing that he had neglected us. In addition we were sat right next to the door leading to the patio and the bar area during a basketball playoffs game, we came to enjoy a nice dinner in peace not at a sports bar. All and all this experience is exactly why I rarely will come to Garwoods and never send guests of the hotel I work at to this establishment. The only positive note we walked away with was the food tasted good and we left full. Its a shame this restaurant is this way. Such beautiful venue. Such a disappointment in regards to service. Really poor quality waiter. Wish I remembered his name. I give garwoods 2 thumbs down.
  40. J

    Judy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped one afternoon for a light app and drink. The food, atmosphere and service was so wonderful we drove an hour back the next evening for dinner. Needless to say, we loved everything all over again. If I’m back in Tahoe it’s my go to. I’ll give a heads up to family and friends!

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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3466 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 222 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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