Sawyer

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
Sawyer is a casual yet chic new American restaurant and bar located in the heart of Ballard’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Designed for family style sharing, our menu is made up of large and small plates inspired by food that people crave, with a focus on technique, whimsy, and comfort. Featuring floor to ceiling windows, exposed beams and cozy booths, the renovated 1920s sawmill includes a main dining room, full bar and all-seasons enclosed patio.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was wonderful, and the food is outstanding. Will be back soon!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Celebrated a birthday with a large group including kids and they took great care of the kids and the rest of us! Would highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Very fun to try lots of different flavors.

NM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved Sawyer! Great date night spot. Loved the decor and vibe. Quiet enough to have a conversation but not library quiet. Food was SO DELICIOUS and really well styled. Super impressed and would go back.

EG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I loved this place so much. I had been excited to go here for months after discovering them through the James Beard awards, and this place absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. We ordered a little less than half of the menu, and every single dish was great in its own way. Can't wait to come back!

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sawyer! Amazing food and drinks! Highly recommended! We will be back

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently moved to the Seattle area, and have had so-so dining experiences in Ballard. Sawyer will be in regular rotation.

SS
Seattle
74 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved Avery. He made our visit fun and memorable!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week and had one of the best meals in a long time- so goooood!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful experience for seattle restaurant week! :)

R
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I found my experience at Sawyer to be extremely disappointing. I am a long-time Ballard residents who is really into good food and wanted to try it after reading positive reviews about the food. The food was decent but not amazing. First, of all I thought the venue to be so cold and uninviting - it is a cavernous space that is not used well and conveys a coldness. When we were seated, we had terrible service - no one checked in with us for a long time - and after that, it wasn't clear who was our waiter - we had four different people bring in food to us (and it took a long time for it to come when there weren't that many people). A couple of the servers were totally off too - as cold as the space. I really would not recommend this place and will not be trying it again.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of my new favorite restaurants in Seattle. Amazing atmosphere, considerate staff, and delicious food!

S
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Cons: No parking, had a reservation and still had to wait, desert was clearly pre-made and refrigerated (to be fair, I went there during restaurant week). Entrees were okay but not great.

Pros: Appetizers were very good. Drinks were great (and not a bad price). I would go back for drinks and apps but definitely wouldn't drive.

RS
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The first course of Dungeness Crab Scallion Pancake could've been a meal itself! Fantastic flavor combinations, and a fun wine list.

KE
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork buns were delicious! Some of the best I've ever had. We'll definitely go back soon.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed the pork bun sandwiches and the animal style burger. The food sounds casual but it was dressed up well and presented with style. The scallops were impressive and satisfying for seafood lovers. The waitress was nice enough to have my cocktail remade when I didn’t really love it.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for restaurant week and had a lovely experience — will be

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing!

KP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved our special anniversary dinner at Sawyer! Our server was extremely knowledgeable and gave us excellent recommendations. He was friendly and really made the experience memorable. All of the food was delicious. The only negative is that it was a little bit drafty.

WE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great experience and had an enjoyable time. It was our date night so we were happy to try something new. Food wise - the blackened fish needed seasoning. The pickled onions were great - if there were more of those in the dish then you could definitely get away with the lack of seasoning. The crab pancake and apple and beet salad were fabulous.. I'd pair those together - definitely more bang for your buck. For the peanut butter cheesecake - definitely say that there are pieces of peanut butter. I would have loved to have eaten this - no PB allergy but not knowing this upfront makes all the difference. Overall we'd come back.

ES
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful experience dining at Sawyer, and we look forward to enjoying many more memorable evenings there.

Great ambience in a really cool space, the Menu is modern and had great options.

Highly recommended!

DL
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great historic building. Fabulous service. I will be back.

s
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

LOVE the pork belly tacos. Have to have them every time

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience - food was good but more choice would have been good

KI
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance and decor, perfect service. Cannot wait to return to Sawyer! Food is a reimagining of classic meals and flavors, so even picky eaters will find something to enjoy here.

WW
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, delicious, fun! We have tried both dinner and brunch and everything is absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended!

KT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from service to food. It’s a great place to go if you like to share dishes. We did have a reservation and still had a wait for our table.

KB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ordered 4 courses and shared with a friend. Everything was delicious.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

the “platter sized” dishes were small and expensive

JW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique food that gives one a chance to try a little of everything. I have been there twice now and the food was amazing each time. Hard to try new things as I really like what I've already had. How do I choose what to eat? On the plus side, I know whatever I get will be amazing.

LB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The lighting in the kitchen is bright and jarring, it definitely has a negative affect on the ambiance. The restaurant itself is very stylish and even elegant. But the contrast of the fluorescent lighting emanating from the kitchen doesn’t look right.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I had such high expectations, all of our Seattle restaurants had fabulous food and fabulous service. However, Sawyer was a huge disappointment on the service front. The bartender barked at me to move when we were getting seats at the bar and then angrily wiped the counter in front of us. It was so aggressive that we walked away without ordering a drink. I mentioned the issue to the hostess and she reassured us that our server would take care of us and that she’s super sweet. She ended up being one of those quiet servers with a weak smile and minimal eye contact, no intro to the menu, passable but not the friendly welcoming experience that you’d expect from such a highly-rated restaurant. Food was good but didn’t come close to making up for the horrible service experience. Take our advice and pass on this one.

VV
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty brunch in a beautiful setting. Get the skillet monkey bread! You won't regret it.

C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!

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JM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sawyer was amazing. We absolutely loved the food and will certainly go back.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food accompanied by knowledgeable great service!!

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sawyer was perfect for a late birthday dinner date!

JA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always ! Food was delicious and our waitress was outstanding , she even remembered us which is always a nice thing!

MG
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polished, excellent service with innovative menu and crowd-pleasing array of choices (would be comfortable bringing friends and family with diverse dietary preferences).