Big Water Grille 341 Ski Way • Incline Village • NV 89451


We'd love it if you would mention that you found Big Water Grille on the Here Comes The Guide website.

Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Catching just a glimpse of Lake Tahoe, with its brilliant color and amazing clarity, can take your breath away. But big views of Big Blue, as the country's only alpine lake is affectionately known, can sometimes be hard to find for your wedding day festivities. That is, until you get to Big Water Grille, a North Shore mecca where your nearest and dearest can revel for hours in what are arguably the area's most spectacular and unobstructed vistas.

Located just a quarter mile from Diamond Peak in Incline Village and two miles from the Hyatt, Big Water Grille masterfully balances being a special destination with being a favorite dining spot of the locals. Clad in river rock, the residential building is perched on a slope above the shoreline. A clean, modern interior with high ceilings flows into three levels, and from every angle, soaring glass walls showcase irresistible views of the lake.

There's enormous flexibility in planning how to use the restaurant for your celebration, but most wedding parties are drawn first to the inviting outside deck. Here, you can exchange vows, framed by majestic pines as the sparkling water is tinted by the sunset. Then pop the bubbly, and invite friends and family to toast your union while also drinking in nature's beauty. Afterwards, your guests can easily move inside to the bar and lounge for butler-passed hors d'ouevres (ahi tuna poke a favorite!) and customized specialty cocktails. The centerpiece of this welcoming space is a massive stone fireplace that's not only warm and cozy, but also makes a perfect photo backdrop for your ceremony during the winter months.

Dinner is served in the Dining Room, built on two levels to take advantage of that ever-present view, which now faces some strong competition from the highly acclaimed, mouth-watering presentations from their culinary staff. Dishes emphasize fresh seasonal produce, and are extremely flavorful and light. The restaurant also offers signature Santa Maria-style barbecue, brought in from their sister-restaurant, Gus' Open Pit Barbecue. It features tri-tip, ribs, chicken and more, cooked over red oak and served with all the trimmings. (Gus' caters, too, so if you're hosting an event on the lakefront or elsewhere, they can cook their fabulous comfort food to order at your location.)

To complement your meal, Big Water Grille's wine list includes a variety of vintages from around the world in a range of prices. In fact, if you're planning an intimate reception or rehearsal dinner, consider reserving the Wine Cellar, a sophisticated private setting separate from the Main Dining Room.

After dinner, guests usually move the party back up to the lounge. With its polished wood floor and comfy sofas, this area provides a great clubby atmosphere for dancing, as well as cake-cutting in front of the striking hearth. Another option: romantic stargazing out on the deck in the crisp mountain air.

And since this is Nevada, where there are no restrictions on when to end your music or have last call, you can start your celebration later in summer to catch the sunset and then party the night away.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $1,000–2,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Time of year
    • Guest count
Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $7,000/event and up
  • Contact the venue for details and a personalized quote--and please specify your exact guest count for a more accurate response!

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $60–99/person
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%
Additional Info
  • Please note that Big Water Grille will abide by current Nevada state regulations with regard to guest count, social distancing and other regulations. Thanks for understanding!


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 80 40
Cocktails, etc. Standing 135 30
Reception Seated 120 30
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 100.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The restaurant holds about 80 standing guests indoors in front of the fireplace and 40 seated or 60 standing outdoors. An overflow of guests may view the ceremony through the open windows of the lounge area.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The dining room accommodates 100 seated with the ability to seat 20 more in the lounge, or 135 standing-only indoors and with use of the deck. The deck can accommodate up to 30 seated outdoors only.

MEETING CAPACITY: The dining room can be used as a meeting space for up to 100 seated guests, with some visual obstruction.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$





Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, until 1am. Please call for details.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Mountain
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Restaurant

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Lake
  • Mountains
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided for reception only, 20 ceremony chairs
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Dressing Rooms: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: not provided
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: panorama of Lake Tahoe and mountains
Other: event coordination


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in house
Smoking: for private events, allowed on deck or in front of building
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required


Wondering what CBA or BYO means?
Want more info on our editorial process?

Send an email to Big Water Grille

Oh, no. How embarrassing!

Our website is overwhelmed.
Please click SEND EMAIL to try again.

We play nice. We promise never to share your info with anyone except Big Water Grille.

We Play Nice

Wedding Venues  >  Northern California Wedding Venues  > Lake Tahoe / Northern Sierras Wedding Venues

Alternate Info: lake tahoe