The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club

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Located in the heart of the Pinyon Pine-Juniper woodland area of the Sierra Nevada’s, elevated at 5,817 feet in the town of Truckee, resides The Sawyer at Schaffer’s Mill. Heritage, history, and respect for those lumberjacks who came before is at the core of Schaffer’s Mill. Within that group, no one is more revered than the sawyer, an occupational term referring to someone who cuts and works with wood. With food true to the land and served by real Truckee people, The Sawyer is the perfect name for the final, most awaited addition to Schaffer’s Mill.

The Sawyer is centered around an amazing indoor and outdoor bar with views of Lookout Mountain and the golf course. The restaurant features a locally crafted all-day menu with selections of shareable, freshly-prepared salads, generous sandwiches, and delicious entrees, all complemented by chef’s special features.

Please note during times of high volume, reservations are required for any non-members of the Schaffer’s Mill community.
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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food, pleasant servers. That said, the menu was shorter than we would have liked and there was no exterior lighting to indicate which building held the restaurant or where the front door was. Good luck! (We found the gym first. 😳)

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with awesome food and great service in a beautiful restaurant. A hidden gem!

OT
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I would recommend The Sawyer for lunch; the venue is outstanding and the staff tries hard to provide excellent service. However, the quality and selection of entrees at dinner need work.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very very good, exceeded expectations in all facets!

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took around 15 mins before anyone came over to check in with us once we sat down and take any kind of order. Our server ended up being amazing and was on top of everything from there on out. Food was great!

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service once again!

CP
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If your getting red meat and don’t want it under cooked you’ll need to ask for well done. Other than that we love this place! Great food and prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was good. High quality food at a reasonable price. The staff goes way above and beyond to provide good service and a good experience. Love Sawyer.

PM
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with friends. Large portions, good prices...lovely restaurant!

S
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and great menu. The prices were really reasonable.

KG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was outstanding! The fried chicken was out of this world!

DT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Friday night, light crowd, plenty of helpful staff. We had the Salmon which was excellent as was the pork chop. They nailed it with the whole package. Thank you

L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sawyer is our favorite restaurant in Truckee. It has a nice menu selection and everything we have ordered has been outstanding. The prices are very reasonable. They have a wide selection of Gluten Free dishes which is something we do not see in many restaurants. Absolutely love the setting and recommend sitting outside if it is a nice day.

E
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and ambience was excellent. Great view. Nice mellowmusic

b
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This is my fourth time eating at the Sawyer and by far this was the worst experience. It was a Monday night and extremely quiet. It took a little while for the server to take our order. Once we placed it, our wait was well over an hour, it truly was shocking.

The server and manager did come over repeatedly to apologize, but didn’t say why there was a delay. They were very embarrassed and ultimately ‘comped’ our wine, which was nice of them, but they could have brought over bread or a little something to eat while we were waiting for an entire hour.

I always order the same dish because I like it so much, but not this time. I get the vegetable stirfry which previously had large pieces of vegetables on top of the rice and a savory teriyaki sauce.

When my dish was finally delivered, I was stunned to see what was on the plate. It was a large platter of white rice with a small amount of shredded vegetables. I didn’t complain because I was not going to wait another hour to get anything else, but I can’t believe I paid $15 in essence for a platter of white rice.

I was and still am very disappointed, this is the one new restaurant in Truckee, it had great promise, I’m not sure I’ll try it again.

HK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time to this restaurant. We all enjoued our meal and found the restaurant to be clean and upscale. We will be back the next time we are in Truckee. You will not be disappointed, the service and food is outstanding

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thanks Heidi for coming back to The Sawyer! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at The Sawyer. We hope you can return soon!

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PP
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time there and we will go back again and again, love this place. We were impressed by the diverse menu, quality of food and the service. A winner!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food very resemble prices don’t want to praise them too much they might get to busy.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 24, 2019

Praise is always appreciated! Thank you for dining with us, we appreciate it! See you soon!

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K
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How refreshing to have a new, vibrant restaurant in Truckee! With all due respect to my standard favorites--Pianeta, Moody's, The Lodge--The Sawyer brings a new dimension to dining here in our mountain town. It is upscale and beautiful without being pretentious, and the food and service are awesome. It's so good that I've been there five times in the last month or so. Notable dishes that I've enjoyed are the veggie pizza, the power bowl, and the kale and quinoa salad with salmon added (salmon cooked perfectly). The brussels sprouts and hummus plate appetizers are also very good. And the prices are reasonable. And the key lime pie in a jar and cast iron skillet cookie are to die for. Come for happy hour (2-6 pm), enjoy some of the appetizers at reduced prices, then stay for dinner!

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you Karen for your kind words and your continued support of The Sawyer. We are thrilled to hear that you are enjoying everything The Sawyer has to offer. We hope each time you return to The Sawyer it gets better each time! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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L
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly servers, food great. I would take my family here any day, love the happy hour and signature cocktails.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thanks Lori for your review and kind words! We are glad you enjoyed time at The Sawyer. We hope each time you visit is a great experience. Thank you - we hope you can return soon!

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TW
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful new restaurant. Food delicious! Ambiance wonderful. Lovely views, lots of glass.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for your positive review and kind words, Trinkie W. We are glad you are enjoying The Sawyer so far. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I recently had dinner for our Anniversary. Our waitress, Amie was wonderful. We felt well taken care of and the outdoor seating with that view is extra special. Thank you for opening the restaurant up to the public.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi Jill, happy anniversary! Thank you for choosing to celebrate it at The Sawyer. We will pass on your nice note to Amie. We hope every time you visit The Sawyer, it gets better each time. We hope to see you and your husband in again soon.

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BD
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice rustic environment with exceptional seating choices. The young man who served our table was
Terrific! We have a large group that will be coming next year at the same 2 weeks and will be sure to reserve the room with the long table! Very fun for game watching and seat by the fireplace too👍🏻 Worth the drive from Incline for sure!

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thanks Brent!! We are glad you are enjoying The Sawyer! We look forward to seeing your large party soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We were seated in the bar area and it was way too loud!!!! Didn’t know they had other dining area.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 18, 2019

We apologize for the noise! It can get pretty loud in the bar area. Call us directly next time before you come in and we will make sure you get seated at a table where it is a little bit quieter. Thanks as always for your patronage, we hope to see you again soon.

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PP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the setting was lovely,

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 18, 2019

Great! We are glad you enjoyed your time at The Sawyer! We hope you can return again soon.

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Server was very good and the setting is great. Good sized portions and fair pricing for "club dining". The overall with the meals was just a bit lack luster. Good but nothing really stood out. Not negative, just may take a little bit for the menu to find what works. Beautiful setting overall!

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you letting us know. We are glad you enjoyed the setting and ambiance of The Sawyer. We are always adding new specials and menu items, we hope you can return again to try more choices on our menu. Thank you for your patronage as always, we hope to see you again soon!

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TH
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience. The menu has many creative options yet many could be described as comfort food. A very friendly staff as well as an absolutely gorgeous setting makes The Sawyer a winner. We started by sharing the garlic knots with beer cheese and marinara dipping sauces. Yum! And it kept getting better from our entrees through the “Butter Cake a la mode” for dessert. Don’t miss this one!

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

LG
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great locals place for happy hour drinks and a great value meal. Good appetizers and salads. Will try the main dishes next time. Service was very helpful and friendly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The service was awesome- friendly and informative. The food was simple - and AMAZING. Fish was cooked perfectly as was the chicken. Great variety and loved the sporty-family-modern environment. Definitely a “go to” for us!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit to The Sawyer. It’s a beautiful location and when we arrived for our 7:00 reservation it was very busy. Unfortunately the wait staff seemed to be run ragged. Our server was apologetic but it was clear that the restaurant was understaffed for the number of tables. We will go back and hopefully our experience will be better. Beautiful location. Very friendly staff...just not enough of them.

B
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at The Sawyer 5 times in the past month-3 times for lunch and twice for dinner. Outstanding menu, service, and ambiance. Would definitely recommend it to others.

SH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t say enough about all of our experiences at the Sawyer every time we have an evening it is over the top with outstanding food wonderful service and 9 or of 10 times we have brought our friends and they have enjoyed the experience very much. We are very happy to be members of Schaffer’s Mill.

RM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great gluten-free options!

FU
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice new restaurant on golf course. We ate outside, so the noise level was low. Our food was above average and nearby diners made the same observation. We will definitely be going back.

FG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best kept secret in the Tahoe area! The Sawyer is located near the Truckee airport in an exclusive, gated country club. The restaurant is open to the public, but you must make a reservation to get through the front gate. The Sawyer is bright and welcoming, with cozy booths lining the walls and tables in the bar and dining area. Sitting outside on the patio overlooking the trees and golf course is also very popular. Come from 2:00 - 6:00 pm daily for the Happy Hour and enjoy discounted appetizers and drinks. Crispy Brussel Sprouts are coated with a crunchy tempura batter on the outside and are tender on the inside. You get six substantial meatballs with the Cast Iron Meatballs, along with slices of toast to go with the sauce. Garlic Knots are solid bread balls accompanied with a beer cheese spread. Stay for dinner; I highly recommend the Truckee Pot Roast, which is so tender that it falls apart, mixing perfectly with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Chicken Fried Chicken is boneless and moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, also accompanied with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Save room for dessert! The Butter Cake melts in your mouth, with vanilla ice cream and fruit compote. Also the Key Lime Pie comes in a glass jar and all the flavors blend together perfectly for a satisfying end to a delicious meal.

TN
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Good service and food. Very reasonably priced.

OT
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Such a great place. Food, service, ambiance and really good value. It’s great to find a place near Truckee which is good value and great quality. Plus great choice for someone with a gluten intolerance . We will be back for sure.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was good, but or waitress disappeared. Never check back after food was delivered never refilled drinks. We finally had to ask for someone to bring us a bill after sitting for 30 minutes after completing or meal. The bill has a gratuity added because we are not members. The manager came buy and apologized. Should have offered to split the bill or a desert or after dinner drink. But offered nothing.

KD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful summer eve. Happy Hour is a great value! Loved the meatballs and Brussels sprouts. Specialty cocktails were really good. Service was slow and we weren’t completely sure we had an assigned server - they kept switching on us and apologizing and never quite pulled it together.

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