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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.5
4.5
3644 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 197 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 3,644 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. l

    loris

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bartender was outstanding. Table service was good and prompt. Lovely outdoor dining
  3. W

    Waterstats

    Sacramento

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined 2 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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Great views. Overpriced food.
  5. C

    Cory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 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. . .
  7. U

    Ucgidget

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    RickW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 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...
  10. TB

    TadB

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 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.
  11. S

    Stacey

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 4 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.
  12. G

    Ginny

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 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.
  13. NJ

    NevadaJLW

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Paula

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  18. CD

    CristineD

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    FloM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Acapulco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    NancyD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    StephanieA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time!!
  23. TF

    TraceyF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view & great food!
  24. AE

    AlanE

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  25. SJ

    SuzanneJ

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!!
  26. 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.
  27. BB

    BBoy

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 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
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. J

    Jimbo

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a very enjoyable experience last night. The food was excellent and the service was very good
  31. SB

    SuperBird

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to grab lunch with the family. WE were upstairs for the first time in a long time. Great views and still good service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing restaurant! From the ambience to the food, everything was perfect. We were a large party, but we had reservations and were seated quickly. The food was nothing short of phenomenal. I had the bourbon crusted Alaskan salmon entree, and the presentation was amazing. My son and mom had the halibut which was also fantastic. I have not tasted that kind of depth of flavor in a long time. The desserts were also fantastic! I had the mocha crunch ice cream cake which was large enough to share between 2-3 people. Our waitress was kind, friendly and patient. Will definitely be coming back when we return to Tahoe. 5 star experience
  33. P

    Paula

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Gar Woods! Live close by and walk there often. Tahoe landmark!
  34. JT

    JTSR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Good see and be seen restaurant with the top billing on the menu being the lake view. Kitchen seemed competent but not consistent - some good plates, some not so good plates. Service appeared a little stretched. It is no doubt a top place in the area but not a candidate for a Michelin star.
  35. GR

    GedR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    once you figure out the parking enjoy the best local vibe and martini in Tahoe.
  36. C

    Cass

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our dinner and the view on the patio was amazing! The Alaskan Halibut and Hawaiian Swordfish special were both very fresh and delicious. We also enjoyed the crab cake appetizer and Mocha crunch ice cream pie for dessert. Last but not least, the Wet Woody’s were so yummy and worth it to try. We would definitely come back and recommend this spot for a nice family friendly dinner or date night!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Manager was fantastic.
  38. N

    Ninrchic

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The biggest complaint we had is we asked specifically for a round table outside near the bar. This was requested in my reservation made well in asvance. We also mentioned it to the hostess who saw that and said we were covered. So it was disappointing when we weren’t sat at one. And 2 were in the process of being cleaned out for a smaller group that was eventually placed there. I did say something to the lady that sat us but she didn’t care so I told her to forget it. I’ve been comin here since I was 12 so I love the place and wont stop goin due to this it was just disappointing since the reservation was made well in advance and acknowledged by the hostess. On a side note the waitress we had was awesome.
  39. CH

    CraigH

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to relax, socialize, meet with family and friends, and have yummy food and drinks. The views are to die for
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Appetizer & Dessert were very good. Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon & scampi entrees ($50 a piece) were undercooked and underwhelming. It tasted like a chain restaurant meal. We waited 20 minutes for a reserved table and got sat in the middle of a bunch of people when we asked for a nice table for a birthday months ago. The deck was extremely loud and you couldn’t hear anything each other were saying. The birthday listed on the reservation wasn’t acknowledged. Server got our order wrong and didn’t check on us following entrees arriving for 30 minutes or more. We had to ask another server where they were. One of our steaks were completely rare in the middle. When we told the server we ordered it medium they said “oh I thought you said medium rare” but it was clearly extremely rare. They took the price of our drinks off which was only one half priced wet woody and two sodas. We expected much more from Gar Woods and were left feeling like we spent $200 at Applebees, possibly worse.

FAQs

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 3644 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 197 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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