Sawyer

4.8
776 Reviews
$30 and under
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 776 people are saying
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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
1 review
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
1 review
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and safe experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Modern, open atmosphere. Creative menu, with “check the box” paper menu for ordering. A little gimmicky on that front, sort of like ordering at a sushi restaurant. Bold but sometimes crowded flavors. I had the shrimp and grits, and it was good but not great. The grits themselves were soup-like in texture. Wine selection is average and a little overpriced.

Glad to have finally visited Sawyer, although for me it’s easier on the eyes than the palate or the wallet.

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DVak
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

With the exception of one dish which was clearly overly sour and the staff refused to take off our check, everything was enjoyable.

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SC2020
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This place was charming and service was great and attentive.
The menu is fillable with quantity line “next” to the menu item, but the lines weren’t aligned very well resulting in orders getting mixed up. We even made an effort to draw a line from the quantity to the menu item and the kitchen still mixed up the order.
The food was confusing, a steamed bun was actually a asian fusion taco, a monte cristo was actually a croque monsieur, and the hash was actually country potatoes. But, everything tasted great despite us confused by the dishes that arrived for dining. Really recommend the monkey bread and the stubborn butterfly drink.

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Nick
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Ballard. The upstairs porch area is very nice and they manage to keep it warm enough during these colder nights. Make sure to get the pretzel appetizer!!!

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KatelynB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Seattle, hands down!! We are from California and out of all the places that we ate at, this one blew them all out of the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! Amazing staff and food

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Lina11
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most unbelievable experience at Sawyer! The food was decadent and creative, perfectly executed. Every single dish we ordered was delicious. Our server, Avery, was a delight! He recommended the perfect dishes for us and was attentive, funny but not overbearing. We will definitely be back again for a second round during our trip. The beat food we’ve had in a while. Also, it felt so incredibly safe 💕 I’m pregnant and I felt well cared for. Thank you Avery and Sawyer!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was amazing. Our waiter was courteous, professional and funny. The restaurant was clean.

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ScottS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with amazing food and a solid, not over-the-top ambience. Food is perfect for sharing and the cocktails are quite good. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were unexpectedly surprised by the flavors and quality of food. The restaurant was roomy and the staff was attentive. There were three of us enjoying the ambiance in a high ceilinged, historic, quiet but not too much so space. Sawyer treated us to an incredibly delicious plate of beam shaped tator tots fried in duck fat and served with two tasty sauces. Very tasty! For us - Sawyer delivered on flavor, portions and service. Will be bringing out of town guests here during the holiday season.

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ChristinaM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their patio space is great option for fall COVID outdoor eating as it's completely covered and they can open garage doors and windows to allow air in and have heaters. Definitely recommend!

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vipBriannaR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal. The food, presentation, cocktails and service was impeccable! Major food highlights were the pork buns and the lamb!

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EmilyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sawyer is always delicious, and their Pork Belly Bao is life-changing.

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Debra
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was truly delicious and generous which is rare. I appreciate how well they’re indoor/outdoor space is set up for Covid dining.

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LynnO
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable meal at Sawyer - great food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was amazing. Great value and fun items on the menu to try and share.

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Kaay
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Def a good choice for dinner. Everything was amazing !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!

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bvlau
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers, amazing food, we'll continue to come back. Great date night

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MeganW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avery was so great! We will definitely be back! Thank you.

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 4.8 stars by 776 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.