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About Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

For nearly 30 years, Gar Woods Grill & Pier has been North Lake Tahoe's premier waterfront dining destination. Their floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. The 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 California's best-known vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy Tahoe's warm summer days sitting on our waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods' world famous Wet Woody. With over two million sold you'll be in good company, but arrive early to get a seat. When visiting during the ski season thaw out in front of the three story tall river rock fireplace with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are their specialty.

5000 North Lake Boulevard
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
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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 4:00 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)

Cross Street:
Front and Center

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 546-3366

Website:
http://www.garwoods.com/

Entertainment:
Rustler's Moon
Steve and Tom
Acoustic Guitar Duo
8:00pm-11:00pm
Friday and Saturday Evenings
70's through Today

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

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour: October - April, Monday through Friday 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday Night Football- through the game. Featuring discounts on Wet Woody's, Draft Beers, Wines by the glass, Skyy Vodka cocktails and huge discounts on all bar food menu items!

North Shore Nights- Fridays in winter following Happy Hour, raffle every hour and bar specials, grand prize snowboard most weeks, 6:30pm-10:00pm, "The more you drink, the more you win!"

Quarterly Spirit Tastings- usually on the 3rd Thursday, first month of each quarter, 5:30pm, upstairs with a view, $10 or complimentary with the purchase of a specialty drink, includes appetizers!

Topless Tuesday- Wet Woodys at nearly half the price with twice the float (served on the side) every Tuesday- All Day, All Night, All Winter!

Wet Woody Wednesday- May- September, Wet Woodys at nearly half the price every Wednesday- All Day, All Night, All Summer!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Gar Woods Grill & Pier is offering a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings from 1pm - 9pm in addition to their full menu. Come watch football in the bar or make reservations to dine with a lake view. Traditional Thanksgiving Feast: $39 for Adults, $24 for Kids under 10.

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (56)
Scenic View (54)
Great for Outdoor Dining (44)
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Great for Lunch (37)
Casual (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (30)
Fun (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Hot Spot (23)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Romantic (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Happy Hour (22)
Good for Groups (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Bar Seating (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Comfort Food (12)
People Watching (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Business Meals (7)
Authentic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (5)
Live Music (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Live Sports (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

The service was fabulous. The food is a little tired but good. the furnishings are starting to look old. But can not beat the location.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Garwoods is not what it used to be! Haven't been there for 5 years and was looking forward to returning! Yuck!!!!!
Food was horrible, totally over-priced, not fresh at all! Lots of better choices in Lake Tahoe! Try one of them!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Besides the extended wait for the table (and being told it was being set up until 15 minutes later being told the guests were still at the table) everything was wonderful. We would have appreciated some acknowledgment for the error and long wait (were seated at 7:50 for a 7:15 reservation). Thanks for a nice meal.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Having experienced several very good meals in the past, I was really surprised by the poor quality of our meals last Friday. We were there for my wife’s birthday and looking forward to a great meal. We were promptly seated to a great lake view table (it was early, and the dining room was nearly empty) and at the waiter’s recommendation I had the daily seafood special. It was awful! It was supposed to be a crusted sea bass with a spicy, pineapple based salsa on top. The food came pretty quickly, yet my dinner had tell-tale signs of too much time under a heat lamp. The “crust” had absorbed too much juice from the salsa and then had been baked by the heat lamp into an awful mess. The salsa, on the other hand had been cooked and dried out. It was almost as if I received an extra serving from the night before and they simply reheated it for me. Definitely not up to Gar Woods usual standard. If this had been my first time there, I wouldn’t come back to the restaurant and just limit future visits to the bar for the spectacular views of the lake. Not sure why the quality was so poor last Friday, but I hope it was an aberration.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Beautiful lakefront location for lunch. Quick & attentive service, even though crowded. Ahi poke was delicious, although expensive. Filet mignon was very tasty. A little annoying that they charge $5 for a split plate on the filet after our lunch bill totaled $133.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My first time there. Excellent special, attentive staff, perfect time of year to visit ( fall). Loved it.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Alwaya excellent - a must to bring newcomers to and a must to visit whenever in North Shore!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We go to North Lake Tahoe about once every 2 to 3 months and include Gar Woods as our first and last meal venue every time. We enjoy the ambiance, cocktail menu, overall service and definitely the view! The crafted cocktails are quite good, and we really appreciate the bar menu of food offerings. The wait staff tends to be seasonal, but never lacks in quality or friendliness (proprs to management.) Overall, our favorite restaurant in North Lake Tahoe.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love Gar Woods for all special occasions - we had our 50th anniversary here with our family of 14 people! We come here also every time we visit Lake Tahoe, several times a year. Always a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Three of us went for dinner and, along with the food, you can't beat the gorgeous view of Lake Tahoe. We had a picture perfect table at a window. We had a terrific, friendly, warm, knowledgable server who took great care of us, anticipating our every need throughout the evening. We had steak and shrimp, and two filet mignons and they were done exactly as we wanted. We had a drink prior to dinner and wine with dinner, skipped the dessert even though we were tempted.

It's a great place to eat, located between Tahoe City and King's Beach. Pricey and well worth it! We've been there many times and will go many more.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very good overall meal, flavors were rich and filling. Would go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our server Stephanie, made our evening most enjoyable. My husband had the steak and lobster, it was great. I had the Sea Bass that was too bland and over cooked.
Their speciality cocktail, “Wet Willy”, was really good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food and service were pretty bad.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I was impressed with the food quality and service. Excellent view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Well with the drive to Carnelian Bay from the Resort at Squaw Creek. Great evening.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was good. The quality was consistent. The service was spotty. I dine at Gar Woods at least once a year. In past dining, our waiter/waitress was attentive. Last Saturday, Gar Woods was so busy that their waiter and waitress was so busy they didn’t notice their diners’ wine glass was running low wine. I have to refill my wine glass and my wife wine glass. I notice other diners from other table were doing the same.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Gar Woods has always been a favorite north shore spot for fabulous food, wine and drink. It's a great place for special occasions and a nice romantic evening. Food, service and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe make this a favorite!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Came out Gar Woods for a late Saturday lunch with family. Quality of the food is always great, including the presentation of the meals; and yes you must try a wet woody if you come out here (you won’t be disappointed). Highly recommended...just make sure to make reservations ahead of time.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was fantastic. Beverages and food were delivered quickly and exactly as ordered (with our special requests). The online menu was accurate so we went in prepared for the prices which are reasonable given the beautiful Lake Tahoe view.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Established restaurant with consistent food and good service. Went for brunch which was very tasty. However I typically choose vegetarian when dining out and the brunch menu was limited.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Me, my fiancée and future mother in law came up for the weekend and I picked Gar Woods knowing that if we got a seat by the water, it’d justify the very expensive prices. I appreciate that the server paid attention to the note I put on OpenTable and seated us at an outside table along the water. We had the crab cake tasty but for the price I expected at least three! I had the ribeye and shrimp (shrimp cooked too well) and they both had a the salmon salad. And we split a mud pie!

Enjoyable evening - now Ramen noodles for a while... ;)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good menu and wine list. Deck seating is amongst the best Lake Tahoe has to offer. Great view, of course. Alexis was a delightful server.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our server was very friendly, but for the price I would expect more attention to refilling our waters and wine, and the food was adequate but nothing to write home about.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

What a beautiful night and beautiful ambiance. Went outside for the sunset. Great sea bass great wine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Berlin)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Sehr gutes Essen. Die Weinberatung war nicht besonders, bzw nicht vorhanden. Sehr schöner Blick auf den See.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Micheal and Tom who were the bar tenders gave us absolutely amazing!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Beautiful food but drinks and food were just okay. Pretty expensive for what you get.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Can't beat $7 Wet Woody Wednesday while hangin with your love at the lake!

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Lobster bisque to die for. Restaurant noisy. Waitstaff unhelpful. Asked for medium well on steak and thoroughly coooked (golden on both sides) scallops. The steaks was not even 'very rare'. It was bloody and barely warm. The scallops barely kissed the grille. It was like eating wet fishy marshmallows. Gag.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great sun lunch overlooking Lake Tahoe enjoyed the Ahi Poke and Cobb salad was huge! A fabulous spot.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Disabled Access, Vegan, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Organic, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Casual, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The entree did not live up to its price. Disappointed-- didn't wow me. Wine was great and generous portion.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Always love Gar Woods. You can never go wrong. Fun place always great food and great fun.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Wow! A must go kinda place! And they give Andes Mints at reception. It won't get any better.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Thank you for a memorable experience. Beautiful view, food is delicious

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Been going there for over 20 years, it never gets old.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Romantic, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Have been going their for years! We usually pick a special occasion to come , has Always a great experience!

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Great evening and beautiful sunset. Spectacular fireworks for Labor Day

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 4, 2017

My family and I decided to take a trip up to the lake to see about getting some Garwood's gift certificates for Christmas gifts and having a nice lunch. We always look forward to going. Not so much anymore. The service was bad the food was mediocre. How does this go unnoticed? In the past the service was always wonderful and the food is been exceptional. I'll certainly miss going there. Needless to say I left without give certificates I can't possibly have someone else go there when I won't go back. It's a shame but it's gone downhill .

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Amazing food and view. We were celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday and it was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Really appreciated being seated at reservation time. They managed reservations very well on a busy night. Service in bar and restaurant was excellent. Try the wet woody cocktail

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was terrible. We ordered two prime rib entrees medium rare. They were served as completely raw.

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