Sawyer

4.9
797 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Our covered patio is available and equipped with propane heaters to keep you warm!!! We will continue offering take out service with curbside pick-up, order on our website at sawyerseattle.com.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 797 people are saying
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JaniceC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service
friendly atmosphere
Food = incredible
A+ pork buns, monkey bread, house salad, potatoes
safe comfortable outdoor seating
can't decide what I like more, brunch or dinner !

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cariM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent.

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ANITA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Seattle. I'd choose to go to Sawyer over Canlis and other high-end restaurants any day!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always

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vipsuzella
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have always had a stellar meal here. Can't go wrong. I'm addicted to their pork belly tacos.

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vipnkblitz
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Second time here, and loved the food. Everything tasted great. Wish they had more substantial vegetarian options. Service was very so so. Ordered the course menu and was super rushed even after asking them to slow down. Had to eat the lamb entre cold since I had not finished working on the earlier courses. That ruined what could have been a great evening.

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JimmyH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Sawyer was amazing! Our waitress consistently checked-in on us but didn't overwhelm us with her presence. Multiple wait-staff acknowledged and helped out at different moments and the team effort was great to see. Loved the food, but it was the people that made Sawyer great, and a place I will visit again when I move to Seattle this Fall.

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DateNightDelight
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, start to finish. The staff were engaging and helpful, the menu was diverse and delicious, the cocktails were impeccably crafted, and the ambiance was inviting. 10/10 would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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ValerieT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place for a birthday brunch with my friend. All the food and drinks were amazing.... get the monkey bread. Service was also great!

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CharlotteN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork buns and the roasted potatoes were amazing! Would for sure come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff. We had the same waiter nearby a year ago just before the world shut down ... it was a great night seeing him and the food is just so so good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Great food and service!

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vipnewspot
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite of ours and happy to have them open again with limited capacity. Everything is always fantastic and the pork buns are not to be missed. We always like to try new dishes but can’t visit without the buns.

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SarahK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent - amazingly delicious food and service!

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natashaj
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times. The food is always exceeding my expectations, very innovative and fun. A lot of the plates I would consider small plates but always the perfect amount for 2 people. I never feel like the amount was just a tease. Our server last time was so friendly. Lovely patio experience during covid January. Definitely one of my favorite places to dine.

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vipSamanthaE
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Sawyer with a friend I haven’t seen since before shutdowns (!) because they have an open air but heated and covered patio (I’m one of those folks who even gets nervous in the igloos). It was a fabulous experience. I brought a blanket but didn’t even need it on a cold a rainy night. The tables were spaced out and we felt super safe. The service was attentive but not overbearing. They had paper menus you could actually mark with what you wanted to order. Staff had gloves and masks. Honestly I could not have felt more at ease. Then of course the food! Our drinks were delicious (they have a great hot toddy to me you toasty) and we loved the foie gras toasts, pretzel, and rice dish especially. The dilly bar dessert is a must. All in all, I was blown away by the experience they were able to create that had excellent food and service and kept us feeling safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for the unforgettable experience. My girlfriend and I had such a wonderful time and the service was great. We will come back soon!

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MattL
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Sawyer brunch! Reading through their online menu, I knew I had to try it out. Definitely exceeded expectations.

Also, patio seating was warm and comfortable. Big plus for winter dining.

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Liam
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A date night/ celebration spot through and through, Sawyer never fails to deliver. The food is unbelievably good, and the service is quick and personable without being overbearing. The open kitchen gives you a clear view of the culinary magic at play; overall it's a "can't miss" establishment.

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BerkG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazingly kind and the food was impeccable. We were thrilled with our visit and will be back soon!

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Hagar
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true jam. The food is delicious, the staff was very accommodating and nice, not only professional - but also super nice and friendly. The ambiance was very pleasant too, and a true find in these stressful COVID times, felt very airy and safe, while still warm and protected from the weather. Will definitely come back

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MaureenE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pork belly buns are amazing and melt in youth mouth. Dishes are creative. Cocktails supreme! We'll be back.

They've done an amazing job creating a safe pandemic-friendly environment even in the winter!

Server was knowledgeable, attentive and fun. Best service in a long time.

Will be back!

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JaneG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've heard about Sawyer for sometime, and I am so excited I finally made a reservation to check it out. The food from beginning to end is such a fun and delicious experience. Everything is super safe, covid - protocol friendly and my husband and I had a really good time. We can't wait to go back!

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MadiM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter tonight was great - he made sure our drinks were customized to our preferences, went the extra mile to modify dish servings for the number of people in our party, and was incredibly attentive, friendly, and a joy to have serving us during our meal. The food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the crab dip, artichokes, and pork belly buns!

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Perfect outdoor dining available during Covid

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TimT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great and safe place to be in the open air but under cover. Sterling food, service, and experience.

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vipGordonD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in post COVID environment. Wonderful patio “dine in “ offered.

Definitely try the monkey bread and loco moco. Both were delicious.

Excellent food , service and ambiance. Will def be back.

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PearlL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant experiences during COVID! Great food, drnks, service and covered, heated patio with excellent ventilation, and yet, we never got cdrinks, our servicer was excellent and gave us a terrific experience.

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BeckyV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A PERFECT evening out at Sawyer! Even in a pandemic, Sawyer has figured out how to give diners an absolutely wonderful experience. Their covered patio seating is plenty warm with lots of air flow and everyone is distanced enough to make it feel safe. The service was perfection, our server was incredible. He had great suggestions and made the whole experience feel special and, well, normal in a time when nothing feels normal! The food was so so good and came out fast—great when you are limited to 1.5 hours per reservation. This said, we never felt rushed.

There were plenty of sharable plates and I love that the menu changes often. Portion sizes were on the larger side. Lots of lovely cocktails to choose from and the quatro leche dessert was TO DIE FOR.

I can't imagine a better upscale dining experience for the winter of weirdness we're experiencing and will be putting this at the top of my restaurant list for Seattle!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to Sawyer (drove all the way up from Tacoma!) & it was worth it! We had heard & read amazing things...We weren’t disappointed & will be back! Our server, Avery, was REALLY awesome! He was SO personable, friendly to everyone, helpful & on top of things...Extremely good at his job & he just made it a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone on that patio...during a time where we all really needed it! What a gem! See you again soon! CHEERS to 2021! =)

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Lorraine
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat. We went on a Sunday for brunch. Sat outside. They have heaters, so very aware of Covid and cleaning/sanitation. Perfectly safe. Our server was amazing!

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ColleenS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and super wonderful service! Will definitely go back again and excited to test out more of their menu!

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Nick
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great restaurant normally. The service is friendly and top notch. The new winter menu leaves something to be desired and hopefully will be changing soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Our server was awesome and not overly formal. It’s the best combination of casual and fancy. We will definitely be back.

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vipKate
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. Recommended for sure. Patio is awesome with top covered and ample heaters.

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AaronH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was fantastic. The patio was a little chilly but it's November. Nothing a jacket didn't solve.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice Brunch date

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AntonG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch. Great atmosphere and food. All of the dishes we got were amazing. Loved the whole experience.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sawyer using the Order Online button. Sawyer also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 420-7225.

Sawyer is rated 4.9 stars by 797 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.