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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.
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
Californian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
(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
(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
The bar is open during lunch and dinner hours and
never closes before 12:00 pm (Sun - Thurs)
and 1:00 am (Fri & Sat)
Front and Center
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Steve and Tom
Acoustic Guitar Duo
Friday and Saturday Evenings
70's through Today
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.
All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier
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
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!
Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
We often visit Gar Woods when in Tahoe. We love the variety of Wet Woodys and their great bar food. The ambiance is super fun. In this occasion it was Christmas Eve and the first time I had a bad experience which was immediately solved. Maybe because it was late and they were very busy, but I had to send my steak back. It was just not worth the $50 it cost. They immediately got me another one and it was fine. I’m definitely going back again. The service was excellent.
Had a family Dinner for 8, including two small children. We were able to get reservations with fairly short notice, location was fantastic for first time Tahoe visitors in our group. Got great Pre- Dinner sunset photos on their pier! Fantastic food, very large portions- split one plate and was glad we did. Pricey kids menu, ($12 PBJ?!?) but other than that it was all delicious food, fantastic fish and seafood options, with good service. Highly recommend this spot!!! We have had casual summer lunches and drinks on the deck and that was just as awesome. More formal and upgraded menu inside.
Service was unprofessional and food was very overpriced. One of the dishes; roasted chicken, was not as described on the menu and the steak was undercooked and not very tender. One of the glasses of wine was served in a dirty glass and when we told the waiter, he just poured it into another glass
My wife and I chose to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Gar Woods. We elected to sit outside and enjoy the most spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. Service was very attentive and punctual. Little or no wait to be seated. We enjoyed a very deliciouis price fix turkey dinner, compete with all the fixings. Good value for price. I highly recommend have a dinner there and enjoying the atmosphere.
I usually try and eat at Gar Woods at least once when I'm at Lake Tahoe. The service is excellent and so is the food. We had crab cakes that were some of the best I've eaten; lobster and crab bisque, that had plenty of chunks of both and was deliciously creamy and tasty; and I had white fish stuffed with crab and lobster that was delicious. We shared a generous hot fudge sundae, before waddling out of the restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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