Sawyer Restaurant

4.5
308 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Sawyer is a contemporary restaurant with a focus on seafood. Join us for happy hour 7 days a week from 4pm- 6pm. We also have an amazing brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open Every day
4pm-6pm Happy Hour every day

Dinner: Monday – Wednesday 4:00pm – 10:30pm
Thursday-Friday-Saturday 4:00pm – 11:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3:30pm
Sunday 4:00pm – 12:00am
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Phone number
(323) 641-3709
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Macias
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet is available after 6pm. Price for service is $6.5
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 308 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We’ve periodically walked by Sawyer and always been enticed to go in, but unfortunately the insides did not match its aesthetically pleasing appeal. We made reservations for a birthday dinner and we were very excited to see what Sawyer had to offer. At several points in the first hour the waiter came by to advise us that there was a delay due to a large party outside (keep in mind two of the orders were just salad). The clam chowder we received was served in an oversized bowl and had more scallions than soup, which was not memorable at all. After the first hour and ten minutes one of the staff came over and apologized and said the food was coming out a minute behind him. 18 minutes later the food finally arrived. Strangely enough the salmon was cold, and even the hush puppies he brought over as an apology tasted like they had been sitting there as well. It was difficult not to notice the people next to us, who came after us, were served without delay and even the couple who came while we were waiting received their dishes in a timely manner. Although the salmon was taken off — overall the experience was not what we expected and wouldn’t be a place we’d recommend.

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G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I had been wanting to try this for some time. We both thought the food was good. We both had the market fish. The cocktails we fantastic. Whatever I had had cucumber & apples in it. It was loud but quaint.

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RP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been to Sawyer twice now and it’s been fantastic both times. Nice variety, great cocktails, excellent portions, and a Fried Chicken Biscuit at brunch to write home about.

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MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! The staff was attentive and courteous and the food was of the highest quality; as always. A neighborhood favorite!

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Place is super cute with outdoor seating. I came for brunch and food was great. I came for a small birthday brunch (mine) and my friend told our server so at the end they brought dessert with a mini candle. Very cute and thoughtful until the bill came. They had charged me extra for the dessert haha! Guess a bday dessert at this location isn’t free. For anyone doing a small outing with friends I would then suggest bringing their own cupcakes then since they charge for a bday dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Outside a lovely quiet space

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good times

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c
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was EXTREMELY loud. Could not even hold a conversation. Server disappeared towards the end of our meal and forgot to bring out one of our dishes.

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J
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere- amazing food & drinks - awesome service

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was inedible and/or mediocre. Out of 6 dishes, only 1 was tasty. The restaurant is beautiful, ambience great, service good.

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SH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Not worth the effort - the hostesses are bad. The food is average.

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JO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone is frendly and helpful. The food is delicious especially the avocado toast.
This is a neighborhood restaurant and i have taken friends from all parts of the city. They have all returned as they enjoyed it so much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at brunch! Food is beautifully presented and delicious. Highly recommend the bacon and avocado toast.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We decided to book the 1:30pm reservation that was available even though that was already a bit late for us. We got there on time and ended up having to wait 30 MINUTES TO BE SEATED!
Also reserved for the outdoor courtyard space and they had a shower or somthing out there so we didn’t get to sit outside either.
Food was delicious, but we were very hungry and frustrated.

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K
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Hush puppies were a hit with our large party. They seated us right away and were very accommodating.

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MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish they had more vegan options, but at least they had one! It was delicious. Unique and tasty cocktail menu! Great ambience and aesthetic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always yummy and amazing! My neighborhood spot!

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B
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Great food. Candle with our dessert. Perfect night!

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and the freshest seafood. Love it!

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Slow, very very slow service, oysters were very average. Drinks were the best part.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wine and service

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

TERRIBLE. Not going back. Because of the rain, my reservation for a party of 2 was not honored (because I had selected outdoor seating - and indoor seating was not an option.) There were at least 4 open tables inside the restaurant. I was told we would have to wait at least 30 minutes, and to sit at the bar. There was not even room for an additional chair to seat someone at the bar, so 2 minutes later we were told we could be seated at a hightop table. We were literally SHOVED in 11 inches of space between two parties, could not hear each other, and sat like that for over 10 minutes before the server even realized we were there and brought us water. At this point we decided to leave, and all of a sudden, when we expressed that we would be going elsewhere, we were offered to sit at one of the 4 open tables that just 13 minutes ago were not available for 30+ minutes. -_- We still left. There was no reason to be thrown around like that. I know it doesn't rain in LA often, but it's not an impossibility. A restaurant needs to know how to handle that without devolving into chaos that makes patrons feel unwelcome and like an inconvenience.

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k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

patio area so lovely. food, service, vibe were all so satisfying!

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place!

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RC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

When I made the reservation on open table I picked outdoor seating only to be told that the patio closes between certain hours. So that was a bummer. Also, I didn’t realize when I made the res that they go to a limited menu midday (though the options were still great, just a small selection). Another thing was that when we ordered, some of the items didn’t state they came with fries so we ordered fries to start and then all of our entrees came with fries (I felt like the server should have mentioned that??) anyway, I said something and eventually they took them off the bill but we would have loved to order side salads and kept the side of fries. That being said, I love Sawyer. Just beware of what time you go. Because the full menu and patio seating kind of make Sawyer what it is.

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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful server, great great vibe! FOOD WAS AMAZING!

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OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience at sawyer was amazing. I tried out their Happy Hour Menu. Definitely worth trying. I would come
Back to their spot.

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h
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

As the guys sitting next to us said “food’s good but the staff are zombies”
We finished our mains and then were given the check.
We didn’t get offered coffee or dessert. Really rude.
Food was good but nothing amazing.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

So overrated. Adorable restaurant. Rest falls flat. Better food could be made at home. Our waitress also messed up about 75% of order “forgetting we ordered things” missed substitutions etc

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G
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Food is good and so are the cocktails. I highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a chill and lively spot to have brunch with family and friends.

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JK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

2nd time at Sawyer. The food and service have taken quite a fall. People waiting far too long to be seated, servers wondering about sipping down their drinks while chatting with other servers. Waited 30 minutes before being served. By then, the food was too cold and salty. Add to that, restaurant has no parking for brunch (valet only for dinner) so good luck trying to find a street spot. Overall, not worth a revisit.

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent restaurant. Attentive staff, great atmosphere, delicious food, not pretentious. Highly recommended.

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p
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

La comida estaba OK, nada especial, y también un poco cara. Tomé la rollita de langosta, y sabía bastante bien, pero mi esposa probó el pollo de suero de leche, y la piel era muy duro, difícil de comer.

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess was not very welcoming and seemed bored. But, the waitstaff is reliably excellent. The back patio is lovely but was inexplicably closed when we were there. That was a bit disappointing.
The food is very, very good and should be shared so you can try more items.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The space is really beautiful and our server was very kind and friendly. It was busy but not to the point that it should have taken 10 minutes for anyone to come to our table for our drink order or at the least waters.

We eventually got our drink orders in (kombucha) and the table next to us who came after us were served their craft cocktails and water before we got water or our kombucha. It’s summer and about 100° I think waters should be served to make guests comfortable whilst waiting for our server.
—Our meals also came well after that table. It was just so slow. The food was good but after waiting so long for it all I think we were just very over it all together. Shame because it’s a nice place and I think we caught it in a bad day Because we won’t go back now.

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SM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Our wait staff was very nice and fun. The food was great. The hush puppies were good but not to die for. That chicken sandwich tho.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, drinks, ambiance, and service!

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SR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Food is all delicious but the biscuits are another level!

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HT
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Crab cake was way to salty! The flavor was all over sour and salty, the lobster sandwich was boring. Our server need to sleep she was emotionless

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