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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 - 00:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Auburn, California
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124 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location at waters edge is a 12 on a 10 scale. Food and service is always excellent. We have eaten here many times over the years and highly recommend it.

Thank 1947-FORD
Austin, Texas
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the crab sandwich and a Wet Woodie at the bar looking over Lake Tahoe. It was fantastic end of the day.

Thank dkoka
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were twelve, with reservations. The food was excellent. The service could have been better. With Friday night crowds, the noise level in the restaurant was high.

Thank twmj
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

If you plan to bring a big party here-don't. The waiter was put off by the size of the party and seemed bent out of shape when we needed to have one more setting added to the table. The food was decent. The service was horrible.

Thank PJohns2014
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Recommended to us by locals and stopped for lunch and to watch the Polar Bear Plunge. Although it was a cold and windy day, the deck was shoveled off and open. Waitress came right over and got our drink order; food came out quickly. Portions are large but were quite good.

Thank Marianne P
South Lake Tahoe, California
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 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 

Thank David J
Evansville, Indiana
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 February 2017 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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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 

Thank 5cargotravels
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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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
US$20 - US$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
View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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