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Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant, Carnelian Bay, CA

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3482 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Currently seating on the beautiful lake view deck under Tahoe sunshine or ample cover of heat lamps and umbrellas. Please dress warm!
For 34 years Gar Woods Grill and Pier has been the premier waterfront dining destination in North Lake Tahoe. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill and Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. Our 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 best-known California vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy the waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods world famous Wet Woody. With over three million sold, you will be in good company! Or thaw out with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly Bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 232 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • 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)

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-3366

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dean Lennon

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Carnelian Bay

  • Cross street

    Front and Center

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Entertainment

    Rustler's MoonSteve and TomAcoustic Guitar Duo8:00pm-11:00pmFriday and Saturday Evenings70's through Today

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,482 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Scenic View

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Outdoor Dining

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Hostess and waiter were wonderful.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the zucchini fries and wet woody cocktails while sitting on the deck.
  3. J

    Jackson

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Garwoods has fallen from grace. We experienced lackluster service and the food was similar to that of an overpriced diner. Will stick to Sunnyside and West Shore Cafe.
  4. DA

    DAndEF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to spend our anniversary. Beautiful environment , great food & always wonderful Woodys!
  5. JL

    JLT2019

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service were good. Noise was at times deafening. View was great. Welcome to the world of new dinner pricing.
  6. UP

    UkiahPat

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The three of us had an awesome meal. Halibut, salmon and fillet entrees all well prepared and delicious. High marks for the meals. The only reasons I did not give all 5’s is our server forgot our salads. Grant it, it was super busy, and the rest of her attention was great, but missing the salad was a bummer. The other thing is we sat on the deck, a lovely weather night, but the noise level was terrible. Along with screaming kids (who had clueless parents), and loud bar noises and conversations, we had to shout to hear ourselves at our own table. Not relaxing or enjoyable, and for a premium price restaurant, I’d like to hear my dinner companions. Again, food was awesome, but ambience was lacking. Go at a less crowded time of year so the noise level is more acceptable.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Came by boat. Kathy the Taxi driver was super nice Was able to sit on the deck. Service awesome. The best I had there. Great afternoon!
  8. BT

    BetteT

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well, we finally got to enjoy your restaurant! We had booked in April, but the freeze made us cancel. Anyway, it was our 20th wedding anniversary, and we were treated very well! I had planned on ordering the lamb, but it was removed from the menu. But everything else was delicious!
  9. RB

    RichardB

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to eat by the lake. Great food and drinks...the staff and service is excellent!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gar Woods is a must eat location in the Lake Tahoe area. Wet Woody Wednesdays is always a lot of fun! The patio view is incredible! The food is great. We ate from the lunch menu and has awesome appetizers to start.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    You pay for the view. The food is okay; the service is understaffed. I would go again, it is “worth
  12. AS

    AmyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was very good! The View cannot be beat food is pricey so be prepared
  13. DB

    DawnelleB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    On a warm windy day if you are seated outside they will take the umbrellas s down due to wind. Then you are stuck roasting under the sun, we would have like to move inside but all servers were too busy to get their attention. We ate are meal then grabbed our drinks and headed into the bar to finish our drinks out of the sun. By the time we left the bar all umbrellas were back up and the wind was still blowing. Our waitress in the bar was very nice and helpful.
  14. JA

    JoeA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great view, food, and service. It's summer so its a little loud and pricy, But worth it.
  15. a

    abc123

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an OUTSTANDING dinner! Gorgeous scenery, delicious food and drink and superior service. Can't wait to return!
  16. LI

    LostInTheTrees

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I had the scallops with crab risotto. The scallops were fine but not outstanding. The risotto was very disappointing. Instead of being creamy it was a gummy flavorless mush. The view is incredible. The service was also excellent. In out party those that had steaks liked them, but they weren't over the top. If you like a loud boisterous atmosphere it was great. There were multiple bride and groom parties there, it being a Saturday night in June. People were clearly having fun.
  17. SH

    SHSinSD

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. This place is a gem in the summertime!
  18. MA

    MarionA

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Went on a Saturday night June 25, 2022 for my birthday. My first impression was it was overly crowded and extremely noisy. We had a 7pm reservation and were seat at 720pm after asking a 2nd time when we will be seated. The servers were wonderful and the food was excellent. The drinks were fantastic too. Overall it a is great restaurant for the lake view and food, but the noise factor was over the top. The tight seating was also an issue with me due to covid, but we were tired after boating all day and needed to eat. I would go back but when its not as crowded.
  19. MS

    MarilynS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Garwoods!!! Thank you so much for the lovely evening
  20. r

    ralph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Coffee was cold Bar noise was excessive from one group, disturbing to all. Finally they were talked to. Probably lost more customers than they saved from that group
  21. B

    Butchu

    Sacramento

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been going to Garwoods since they opened. We would most often Come in when we are out on our boat. The view, the bar, the beach and the boat access has always been fantastic! The food and service ok. This time when we arrived at 2:00 PM on a June Saturday it was packed with people with many waiting. We had made a reservation for 6 on the deck fully expecting/hoping for the best. To our surprise they had a table for us and we were delighted! Within a couple of minutes our server was there with her trainee, a big smile and a warm welcome. We ordered out cocktails and they were quickly delivered. Then it came time to order our food and among the group we had crab cakes, sliders, Cobb salad and beer batter coconut shrimp. Our orders were delivered promptly and without exception everything was tasty and well prepared! WOW!! Great improvements! To top it all off our server (Tatiana) was simply excellent! Very pleasant, a nice smile on was on top of everything including training the young lady that was shadowing her. THANKS!! to Tatiana and the staff we had a wonderful afternoon!
  22. AC

    AnniversaryCouple

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Gar Woods was excellent. The food was delicious, the service was top notch! Beautiful views as we dined on the patio.
  23. S

    jenniferS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing
  24. GS

    GSR1

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Very noisy. Food was good, not great. I expected more for the prices.
  25. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Epic views, delicious food but waited over 20 min to get our check.
  26. JB

    JosephB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful views, mediocre food. Zucchini apps were highlight. If going for drinks, then all good. Fish Tacos use snapper...cooked in bulk and not worth the $23. Sliders maybe 2 stars. Frozen chicken fingers with heavy breading. Eat elsewhere and come have a drink. Paying for views, not food. Has so much more potential--location is so great.
  27. AN

    ArleneN

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and flavorful. Must try the margarita. The Restaurant is located with the view of picturesque Lake Tahoe. You can walk by the pier after eating… The Staff are Friendly.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family reunion at Lake Tahoe. Perfect place to eat. High end food in a business casual Tahoe atmosphere. Just perfect. The special of Hawaiian Ahi was superb.
  29. J

    Jeeptrvlr

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the experience, food and service. I would definitely return for another meal.
  30. MB

    MadeleineB

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible scallops & crab risotto was delicious, crab cakes so yummy !! Overall everything was fantastic!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Their peppermint milkshakes are the best! Food was wonderful also!
  32. DU

    DUKE

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fired zuchinni appetizer, chicken quesadilla, fish tacos. All were great. Terrific view of Lake Tahoe from back deck where we were seated.
  33. KK

    KarenK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Olivia, was fantastic. Treated us like family, attentive, checked on us several times. Made suggestions and recommendations on the menu. The food was absolutely delicious. Perfectly prepared and timely. Wonderful experience. We drove 3 hours to get there and it was worth it.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Incredibly pricey and loud for the quality of food. Service for drinks was very slow. The view must be the only thing that commands such high prices—there was a super tiny piece of salmon on my salad for $26. Wait staff were nice and accommodating, but overall a disappointing experience for the same price as a high-end dinner in San Francisco.
  35. F

    Fun40

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I had to find my own ketchup bottle after I asked them for some ketchup. My French fries came cold. They didn’t come and asked if we need anything else
  36. AH

    AlexH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service. Even better ambience/view. Love it.
  37. SM

    SpoilMePlease

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    prices keep going up and food has gone a bit tasteless. We enjoyed our dinner - the staff was working very hard but need an education on menu items. We needed to insure the chicken fingers were gluten free or a gluten free option and asked 4 people no one new, everyone told us to ask a server. Seems no one thought it important to know themself. We then asked if hey had chocolate ice cream and same answer. would it be too much for the rest of the staff to understand what they serve? All was fine but i was embarrassed for the staff.
  38. RB

    RobertB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Father’s Day
  39. c

    chti59

    Las Vegas

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Father day confused organisation
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on Father's Day. While we had a waitress in training, she did an exceptional job! We also did not realize they had a buffet until we arrived, and it had everything from meats to seafood to dessert sections. The food was terrific; my friend said her Beyond burger was cooked perfectly, and the French dip was terrific. Would definitely go to Gar Woods the next time we are in Lake Tahoe!

FAQs

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3482 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 232 times today
Google Map for Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

5000 North Lake Boulevard Carnelian Bay, CA 96140

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front and Center

  • Neighborhood

    Carnelian Bay

  • 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)

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    All local bus lines drop off and pick up in front of Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dean Lennon

  • Entertainment

    Rustler's MoonSteve and TomAcoustic Guitar Duo8:00pm-11:00pmFriday and Saturday Evenings70's through Today

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-3366

  • 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

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