Sawyer Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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American
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.
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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Overpriced food that was tasteless and uninspired. Cocktail menu was unappealing. Atmosphere is lovely, service was perfectly average. I'm not sure it stands out when there are so many other options in the area.

E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joined a friend for their fabulous happy hour. We each ordered the half doz oysters with a glass of wine and then dove into fried chicken sandwiches. All of it was delicious and the services was fantastic. Not to mention the atmosphere is light and airy

HM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I did not choose the location, it was a business meeting. It was not my taste in food. only item I was able to order from the lunch menu was the burger, everything else was way too trendy for my taste

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food, very slow service took a long time to order food.

E
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sawyer was a perfect place to have an early dinner before seeing a play at The Fountain Theater. We sat on their beautiful outdoor patio which is a lovely space. Our waitress was very helpful with the menu and our timing since we needed to make an 8:00 pm show. The petters and lamb meatballs to start were good but not outstanding. We then had the spicy fried chicken, two of us had the salmon (which was delicious) and our fourth person had the burger with fries was delish. Definitely worth a return visit when we are in the area or seeing another show.

CB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around experience!

OT
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local restaurant. Only issue was that they have a full bar, but only serve beer & wine until 4 pm when the bartender arrives. We all really wanted bloody mary's w/our lunch, but had to settle for wine. That said, food was great as eas the service.

D
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. A sister of Kettle Black with a very simple but perfect menu. Everything was seasoned well and the service was wonderful. From the one who greets me at front to our server. The back porch was divine. I enjoyed this place a lot and would definitely come back.

DP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food and service is always great and we love the space. We will certainly return here again.

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great for happy hour

MS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Super cute restaurant. Food was delicious. In Silverlake, hip part of town.

PM
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely a scene but also shatteringly loud inside. Fortunately in the back outside is a lovely garden patio with a very tasteful fire-pit. We were initially seated inside, asked for outside and were quickly accommodated. Service was very attentive and eager. Fish of the day was the standout for me, although my wife, not usually a fan of fried chicken, rated that the best dish. Hush puppies, non-traditionally sweetly glazed, were also a standout. The one disappointing dish was bland lamb meatballs. Cocktails were also excellent. Know that parking can be quite the challenge.

c
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

For the price and portion points, I prefer L&E. Snapper portion was a bit small for $28 and the lobster roll at L&E has better bread

l
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the space, and the service was great. Menu is a bit limited and food is good, but not amazing. Seems like a great place to go for drinks if they have a happy hour.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the open windows and yard

J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with an old friend and had a great time! Amazing Happy hour menu!

r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love Sawyer. great ambiance, great interior. great food...only thing i'd suggest is including rice or a side with the salmon entree. also...i wish the beautiful patio was open during summer evenings. it's so pretty! oh, and i love the herringbone tiles in the bathroom, and the sinks.

BS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

food was good, service was good but it was way toooo noisy. guess it is more for the "younger" generation who can put up with the noise.

JF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We tried Sawyer on the DineLA deal. We were told everyone at the table had to do the deal or no one could. We were also told we couldn't modify anything (one of the diners has a milk allergy but was unable to substitute the dressing or remove the cream from the dessert). If they don't want DineLA clients then maybe they shouldn't sign up for it. Also the food was just very average. Will not be going back.

BF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a fight here and the food was still great . We’re also still good.

R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Amazing first impression. Sparkling ambience. Service with a smile. Beautiful restaurant.

Food—average. Hamachi was cut crudely and extremely small portion. 4 small chunks covering 1/6 of a large plate. Poached lobster was bland (but presentation was excellent). Would not return for the food.

Meal was served untimely. Main dish was served after an hour of ordering and 30 min after clearing our app. After asking for our food twice, the manager offered us a drink on the house. That was appreciated, but not enough to make up for the average experience overall.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The interior decor and patio are beautiful. The people who work there are beautiful. That’s about all the positive things I can say.

Worst service ever. We ordered everything upfront, as soon as we were greeted. Then the wait started... We were completely forgotten about except for the 4 times staff came to try to clear our plates. An hour long wait for 3 overdone/clearly left under a heating lamp for a while pieces of fried chicken covered in cheap buffalo seasoning accompanied by a sad ramekin of Cole slaw and a side of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and an overdone, cold, chewy lobster roll with a handful of mixed greens as a “side salad”. When I politely let our server know that we were unhappy with the wait time and even unhappier about the quality of food we were served, she had excuses (we dared to order an appetizer first...). The manager (Amy) was very nice but the damage was done. Even the manager admitted changes were sorely needed (amongst the concerns the manager voiced was a need for a new cook). Then, the manager made the situation more uncomfortable by assigning us our own server. While with good intent, it was uncomfortable dining while being constantly monitored by our own personal server. She might as well have joined us for dinner. Overall, the food is amateur and overpriced ($27 for fried chicken, $24 for lobster roll) and the service is a nightmare. Hoping Amy can whip things back into shape but I’ll never know because I will never return to Sawyer.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The risotto was literally brown rice with a few veggies on top

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the entire team was incredibly friendly and professional. The ingredients were well selected, which resulted in a great meal. The music on the patio added to the overall ambiance and breakfast experience!

LC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The wait staff was completely off. We waited a long time for menus and even longer for our food. After 35 minutes our salads came out at the same time as our entree. The waitress didn’t care at all. When I mentioned it to her she just smiled and walked away. The food was so so and my steak came out cold. We ordered dessert and it too took forever to reach the table. Needless to say, we won’t be going back. It would be a good idea for them to hire someone to manage the place.

HR
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Although the food at Sawyer was delicious, the service and experience was poor and we would not return. Our server was slow to greet us, drinks were slow (I'm talking 20minutes after we sat down to get our first cocktail) and our risotto took 2 hours from the time we sat down to arrive. At one point, I got up to let the manager know our food hasn't come out and our server hadn't been by to communicate anything, and although she was pleasant and said she'd check on it, she never returned to follow-up, apologize, etc. Lastly, as we were finishing our meal a number of rats started running around the patio. It wasn't a great end to an already dicey experience. Wouldn't return.

b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was delicious. the service was fine, the noise level was intolerable, almost headache inducing. There was a wedding in the back of the restaurant which my have added to the mayhem. The room doesn't have any sound buffering elements, high ceilings and brick walls Also my friend and I are elderly, and the crowd was seemingly in their 30's and 40's. So our age may have been a factor. If they provided takeout, I would definitely use them for that. Either that or have an earlier seating for us old folks.

KS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was nice. I wanted a garden patio table but they were booked. We made reservations but we still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. The server was nice but she messed up 2 of our 3 orders. I ordered salad with my lobster roll and yet I mysteriously ended up with French Fries. She even said she wrote down SALAD on her pad but then asked me if I changed it to fries and she just didn't write it down. LMAO WTF? Anyway. It's a nice place. My lobster roll was delicious. But it was the only item I liked on the brunch menu so I probably won't be coming back again unless I crave the roll.

DB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sawyer is a great neighborhood spot. Great service, delicious food, good value for the price, and good energy.

R
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, though it can get noisy when full. The food is creative and delicious, I have never had a bad dish.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice helpful waitress. The food is great!

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

My party of 4 waited 35 minutes past our reservation with minimal information before deciding to give up. We probably should have given up earlier but we figured no one could be this incompetent when it came to reserved tables.
Two separate 2 tops who arrived after us were seated at tables NEXT TO EACH OTHER. Meaning that they easily could have pushed those tables together to seat our party. Especially since it was abundantly clear that the party of two next to the available table had just settled their check.
I actually like this restaurant and have been several times, but after this experience, I will not be returning.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We booked an outdoor table through open table, and the only reason we chose this place was for the nice and quiet patio. On arrival we were told the patio was booked for a private party, and that we needed to call. That’s not acceptable and the loud indoor room was not our style at all.

OT
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice outside patio with great food at reasonable prices! Wish the patio was open early for Happy Hour!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great a usual but the food let down the evening. This is my 8th time having drinks/& or eating here & unfortunately the last two times the food has been subpar.

KD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the vibe. The cocktails were good. We were seated right away with our reservation. Our server gave us a free round of cocktails because our food was delayed.

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for happy hour. Food was great. Tried the orange wine (not HH). Yum!

AB
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noah, our waiter, was an excellent professional.

HS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster roll and the kale salad were out of this world! I will come back!

G
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a terrible Experience. Our food order was very late And was missing items. One order was 15 minutes later than the others. A shift change contributed to this confusion. Both fish Entrées we had Were abysmal. Same for the octopus appetizer. Our waitress was inattentive and tried to blame the problems on us. I will say that the manager worked hard to be accommodating and gave us a break on the bill. He did seem to care about the birthday dinner we had looked forward and failed so miserably. This place is probably good for happy hour and cocktails. Maybe a burger and fries. In the way is this fine dining or anything close to that.

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