Treat your Valentine to a delicious lakefront meal in Carnelian Bay. Gar Woods Grill & Pier will offer their full Lunch and Dinner menus on Valentine's Day in addition to some mouth-watering specials. Enjoy dinner with a panoramic view and/or snuggle up by the fire for dessert and a Wet Woody.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
This place pretends to be a "higher" value restaurant by having pretty steep prices, but it definitely fails to deliver.
Wine get's served in very thick glasses which ruins the experience, there's no decent alternative to alcoholic beverages; a page of cocktails, a page of wines, but only non alcoholic beverages are water or sodas.
My wife's fish was totally overcooked ruining the taste, my very expensive lamb rack was tasteless.
Very disappointed by this experience
View cannot be beat! Great cocktails & service. You do pay for the view.
Nice place on the lake. Pricey menu, good drinks and average food.
Slow food for a 2pm lunch, and a bit understaffed. Great views though, so still worth it.
Food was served cold and service was very slow. Silverware was dirty. Restaurant was nice location. Two family members fell ill after meal unfortunately.
Let me first say that this place is vey pretensions. Came here on New Year's Eve. And it was so loud I think there was a live dj. All we heard all night was bass and people screaming. We couldn't even hear each other talk. Ok now I know some people might like that because it's New Years and there drinking so I sorta understand, but that is not what was terrible about this place. I just wanted to get that out there if you are looking for a nice romantic intimate dinner with your significant other. GO FAR AWAY FROM HERE.
The door staff here is TERRIBLE. rude as can be. Just a bunch of uptight trust fund girls in there 20s. Our waitress luckily was nice. Don't remember her name but she had curly blonde hair and had personality.
The 2 person table we sat at was the worst. The base was large so yay couldn't push your chair in close to the table you had to lean the whole night in either eating or practically scream to talk to your partner over the music. The chairs, omg the chairs were so rickity we both thought at any movement they would break. They moved so far back and fourth. So dinner was very uncomfortable.
So we get the food and I had the lobster and fillet I asked for medium with a light pink in the middle of my steak. It was rare and it was wrapped in bacon which the bacon was very stringy and chewy. The steak was bland. The mashed potatoes were suppose to be garlic but were also bland. The lobster had no flavor and dipping it in butter if that's what they call it. The butter just tasted like oil it real butter. I think they used margarine. I know most of your clientele is rich white people but season something for gods sake. The shrimp in her dish was over cooked. the food sucked. The best part of the meal was the snickers cheesecake. That actually was very good. The crust was incredible and cheese cake was creamy and delicious.
I seriously wish I would have went to Denny's Hahaha I would have gotten better food and staff honestly.
Came here for a New Year's Eve dinner. The hostess took our name and then proceeded to ignore us. She did this for several other parties who had arrived. It was only until we complained another hostess arrived and brought order to the hostess desk.
Our waitress was fantastic. Was quick and efficient despite the numerous other tables she had to deal with that. She was clearly stressed but maintained a smile and exuded a warm personality.
Toward the end of the evening as it got closer to midnight, the hostess came around and threw hats onto our table without any warning. Didn't even acknowledge that we were eating and throwing items on a table abruptly was rude. She came around a second time and this time handed out New Year's favors to other tables, but for some reason ignored ours. Another hostess came around a little later and did the exact same. Not sure if done absentmindedly or if they were purposely ignoring us. At that point, we chose to abandon our meal and spend our evening elsewhere. Definitely not a place I would recommend due to poor treatment.
Very disappointing on New Year's Eve. We've had many enjoyable lunches on their deck in the summer. If this was typical, the dining room should be avoided.
The good. My wife's Wet Woody and the by the glass viognier were both very nice.
The rest. Upon arrival rather than a friendly "Happy New Year, do you have a reservation" we got a barely audible "hi". The lobster bisque and onion soup were both unremarkable, at best. The kitchen failed to pace the order - our entrees arrived before we'd finished our soup. And at a table of two, the servers weren't sure which entree went to which diner. Our server checked in once during dinner - immediately after the entrees were served, while we each continued working on the soup. My filet, ordered medium, was served medium-rare. My wife found the risotto not really worth the effort after a few bites. Our water glasses were not refilled.
Gar Woods has a great location for a summer lunch on their deck. The summer staff is friendlier and more competent. Don't bother with the dining room.
New Years Eve
Pricey but exceptional food and very pleasant and helpful wait staff. Would go again when there was still light out to enjoy the view. Tables spaced nicely apart. Would definitely make reservations.