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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.3
1177 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, Steak
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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)
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Phone number
(530) 546-3366
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

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

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vipManhattan (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

View cannot be beat! Great cocktails & service. You do pay for the view.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice place on the lake. Pricey menu, good drinks and average food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 4, 2018

Slow food for a 2pm lunch, and a bit understaffed. Great views though, so still worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was served cold and service was very slow. Silverware was dirty. Restaurant was nice location. Two family members fell ill after meal unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
1.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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vipEJ2018 (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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vipEastsidediner (Seattle)
2.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve

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MarinMom (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, Steak
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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)
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Cross street
Front and Center
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(530) 546-3366
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Entertainment
Rustler's Moon
Steve and Tom
Acoustic Guitar Duo
8:00pm-11:00pm
Friday and Saturday Evenings
70's through Today
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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.
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Public transit
All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier
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Executive chef
Dean Lennon
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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.
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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
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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!