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Gar Woods Grill & Pier Restaurant

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5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 (Front and Center)
+1 530-546-3366
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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63 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was a vast improvement over our last trip to Garwoods. The lobster bisque was tasty, the salads were fresh. The Prime Rib was very very good, cooked and spiced to perfection. It will take some time to get used to the pretzel like breadsticks with their bowl of butter but we are trying. What's wrong with dinner rolls?... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Appetizers were delicious, entrées were perfect. Steaks were done exactly as requested. Desserts were to die for. Our daughter is vegan and she was just as pleased with her choices. Service was perfect! Reservations should be made. Would highly recommend. Very pricey.

Thank slate69
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I spent the new year eve in a great place! We had a good time and Food was delicious and quickly served even for a busy day as Dec 31st. Also the restaurant hosted a party with a lot of people ... my kids enjoyed the experience of music and party paraphernalia (free for the costumes) ...... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Located lakefront the large glass windows allow most diners a great view of the lake. The menu pricing is moderate to expensive . We came for a late lunch on a snowy Saturday. The Porky Mary's and the Wet Willy were the drinks or choice. The Bacon Infused vodka with bacon strips did not disappoint. The kitchen also made some... More 

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Tarrytown, New York
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Went there for lunch on New Years Day 2017. Fantastic views of Lake Tahoe. Great service, very good food. Not too expensive. Good value. I had the French dip, my wife fish tacos. Both were excellent. We had also visited après ski a few days earlier, and sat outside on the deck for cocktails. It was a warm evening, but... More 

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Stilwell, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Have returned here several times for business dinners and it's always a smash hit. The food is creative, artfully presented, and delicious. The upstairs private dining room allows business groups to mingle and interact outside of the hustle and bustle of the energetic downstairs dining area. The staff is attentive courteous and very friendly, and the view is to die... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

One of the best on the lake.... Great pier, restaurant and bar. Food is awesome, drinks great... The live music on Friday and Saturday is the best. One of the best spots on the lake..

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Tahoe City, California
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is not a cheap place to eat. There were few customers when we came for dinner. I ordered Scallops and it took probably 40 minutes to arrive. My first bite I knew it had not been cooked enough because it was still frozen on the inside. Of course, they brought me something else to eat , but I sat... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Lake Tahoe is beautiful, but even more beautiful when enjoying food and drinks at a nice restaurant. Gar Wood's seafood was great. We are very used to overcooked lobster when traveling but Gar Woods did it perfectly. To compliment a good filet, this was an excellent place to eat for any foodies

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Incline Village, Nevada
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137 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

My family and I had an excellent time at Gar Woods for Thanksgiving dinner. They were more than accommodating as I had to change my reservation a couple times, but it all worked out. They offered a Thanksgiving menu and their full menu. The turkey and ham entrees for Thanksgiving were delicious...we should have taken advantage of second's! I really... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5000 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
    (Front and Center)
  • Public Transportation: All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Carnelian Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 530-546-3366
Since 1988 Gar Woods Grill & Pier has been the premier North Lake Tahoe waterfront dining destination. Located in Carnelian Bay, our 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 2. Our Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in our 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 a world famous Wet Woody. With nearly two million sold you'll be in good company but come early to get a seat. When visiting during the ski season thaw out in front of our three story tall river rock fireplace with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly bottom.

Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.

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