The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club

4.7
363 Reviews
$30 and under
American
With our recent local mandates, we are now available for limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, take-out, and curbside pickup service! You can visit us at Schaffersmill.com to place an order online or call our host phone at 530.214.7385. to place an order with a team member. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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. 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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 363 people are saying
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4.6
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4.7
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vipPaulo
Tahoe
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were looking forward after the long closure due to Covid 19 to return to one of our favorite restaurants. There were some issues with our reservation as it was cancelled just 2 hours after we made it. We called the restaurant and they had a recording that said they would be closed-but it was 3 days old. When they opened at 4pm , we called and they had our information so just reactivated the reservation- not sure what transpired.
We ordered a couple of appetizers (brussel sprouts and hummus board)and they were brought to the table in short order- We were quite surprised at the portion size as they were much smaller than in the past. Our enters were exactly as ordered and were served hot to the table, and again it appeared that the portion size had been decreased. We ended with the butter cake for dessert, which was shared and very tasty.

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KathyH
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside they had abundant heaters but we did not need one as we ate fairly early. The food was wonderful. The servers gave us excellent suggestions for appetizers and wine. It was a spectacular view and great ambience.

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CarolynV
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Starter dish was excellent. Main courses were very good. My husband’s pork chop was overly done so we waited for it to be prepared again. That was actually very quick. Ordered coffee with our dessert & had to wait for a fresh pot to be made. Overall a nice dinner with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We like The Sayer a lot. The setting is lovely for outdoor dining and the food is very good at bargain prices for the area. Their pot roast is the star but everything else was good, too. Our server was fun and friendly, good at her job.

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vipMartin
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to sit outdoors. Looking over the Golf course and the scenic view of Northstar. Great good, great service.

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vipDianeC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great find tucked away ! Open for both indoor and outdoor . We sat indoor next to a roaring fire , service very attentive . Had clam chowder , salad with butternut squash , and salmon . Will be back !

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Robin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

In general, it is off season, but caliber seems to have declined

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience overall. The food was amazing and they have so many options to choose from. I am pescatarian and I essentially had my pick of the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant! The manager was super nice and all of the staff were very helpful.

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HollyE
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great service and the food choices were great for every diner.

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vipLifesaver615
Nashville
45 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal at The Sawyer. Peaceful setting. Interesting menu options and the waitstaff was friendly and helpful when we made our dining decisions. Glad to see indoor is open but outdoor seating had strong heaters so we were very comfortable enjoying the scenery.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining with space heaters. Truly outside and ventilated and covid-safe rather than tent dining.

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vipmwmw
San Joaquin
35 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! They manage to make 37 degrees warm and comfy!

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vipRebeccaJ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was amazing. I called to cancel my reservation because I was worried it would be too cold. Ashley said everything I needed to hear to make me want to keep the reservation. And I'm so glad she did! It was a lovely experience and we look forward to returning. The staff are amazing and that is the reason it is high on our list.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor and warm seating. Excellent service and food. Thank you

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happydiner75
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little too cold but (outside temp) but everything tasted amazing and we had excellent service

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vipBrianB
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was a great dinner but had to sit outside. They has heaters but it was still very cold. I hope they open up soon inside because it's a beautiful place with a great view.

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EvanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Brussels sprouts are the best - love it every time we go here

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vipWilliam
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor heaters. Great view. Looking forward to going back and dining inside when possible.

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RebeccaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Well heated patio made outdoor dining in February pleasant. Food was excellent for our crew of adults and teens.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on February 23, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful review Rebecca! We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to host you again soon!

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SharonS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

way too cold for dinner in February the heating situation was less than optimal

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vipPickyPig
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and just love this place! They have a great diverse menu and high quality food. Right now the only seating is outside due to COVID, but they have wonderful heaters. We loved it!

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vipFoodieDude
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time you enter this incredible location, the wait staff was prompt and extremely kind. They welcomed us and made the evening special from the moment we walked in the door. Though restrictions were sit-in play for inside dining, they quickly set up the table outside and brought a heater to the table for our comfort. The wine list, while not extensive, has several great wines to choose from and will absolutely not be disappointed. The food selection was quite impressive and had the Brussel sprouts as an appetizer. WOW! Excellent!!! For dinner the Poke with forbidden rice which I would highly recommend. Several other dishes that I will have to come back and try but to summarize, If you are looking for a special occasion, casual dining, or just a place to chill at the end of the evening, look no further than this gem as it is definitely a place I will return to a few times when in the area!

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on February 4, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review FoodieDude! We appreciate the feedback and we're so happy to hear your visit with us was wonderful from start to finish. We'll be sure to pass the word along to our team and we hope to see you back soon to continue trying some of our favorite dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional, food amazing, and outdoor eating was decent with the heaters!

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vipTimothyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here! We bring our friends whenever they come visit us in Tahoe. Have also celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. Perfect for any occasion! Food I fabulous, with wonderful selection of wine. Best dessert is the butter cake, just get it!

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vipLisa
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience with delicious food. We were able to grab a table near the fire pit which was perfect for us in this Covid environment. Also, they took our temperature which made us feel even safer. Thank you for giving us a fabulous experience despite the current circumstances!

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Intlbb
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only negative thing I can say is they didn’t have many heat lamps ...one per table. I get it COVID impact on goods and costs....just dress warmly for outdoor seating only and limited lamps/ warmth!

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vipBrad
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Sawyer. Our server Shane was excellent, the host was very flexible in seating us near a heater but away from other diners, the hummus board, pizza, salad and wine were all excellent. One of our “go to” spots in Truckee.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on December 3, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review and constant support Brad! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at The Sawyer. We'll be sure to pass the message along to the team and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal
Good ambiance
Heaters outside next to many tables

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ReginaV
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Truckee pot roast was the best dish I could have picked. It started to snow lightly and we just sat by the fire as we ate.

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vipKimmk
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for indoor dining and when we arrived we were told we could only go outside they were at 25% capacity. It was 22 degrees so that was a no-go. Why did they take the reservation if they couldn’t accommodate it?
We will never go back. Their loss we are wine snobs snd generous tipped

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ccpaul
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

There were only 2 diner parties there at this time. So very quiet, staff very attentive. The brussel sprouts are the best. Would go back again in the warmer weather to sit outside as it looks lovely on their patio.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review Paul! We're happy to hear about your experience and we look forward to seeing you in the summer for some time out on our beautiful patio!

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vipWilliamS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great; food recommendations were good (Winter menu).

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you for your review William! We're happy to hear your experience was great and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DarB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sawyers is fantastic! Very comfortable.., staff and chef were all attentive, friendly with great service!
Our meals were all delicious with a special flair! The menu has a great variety and can’t wait for our next visit to try them all !

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear your experience was exceptional from start to finish. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipBean
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great new chef and delicious food! Best pot roast I ever had and the butter cake is a must. Ate so much I left with a stomach ache!!!

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 23, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review Bean! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and we look forward to seeing you at The Sawyer again soon!

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dcw1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Sawyer. Friends who joined us had been previously, a couple of years ago, and had not been impressed. But they have a new (relatively) chef who has made big changes with the menu, and everything was terrific.

It's still Covid time, so even though it was a Saturday, Halloween and a big full moon, it was not crowded. Our server was a great guy, very informative and congenial, and definitely an enthusiastic cheerleader for the menu. We chose to sit outside under the heaters, but when we started freezing up, we were moved with no muss/no fuss to a table inside by the fire.

As for the food, everything we ordered was terrific, with a special shout-out to the pasta special of the evening, the Brussel sprout appetizer and the butter cake dessert. I couldn’t resist the buffalo wings, and they're some of the best I've had. Very crispy without sogginess at all. (I could have used a tad more/hotter buffalo sauce, but I grew up near where the dish was invented, and I like a lot of heat on my wings. So my tastes may be a bit different than average.) When we sent our compliments to the kitchen, the sous chef came out (the head chef wasn't there) and we had a nice chat with him for a few minutes.

We will without doubt be back.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 4, 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful 5-Star review! We're very pleased to hear your experience with us was fantastic from the service to the food! Chef has a new menu coming out soon so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for plenty of delicious dishes to try next time you join us!

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vipNeils
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best, we just keep going back!

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 4, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're so happy to hear your experiences with us have been exceptional and we look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipBrad
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sawyer has become our "go to" restaurant in Truckee. I wanted a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a friend chicken sandwich--the waiter, whose name I have forgotten, made it happen--he and the restaurant were oustanding, as usual.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on November 1, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review Brad! We're so happy to hear you've enjoyed your experiences with us here at The Sawyer and we look forward to hosting you again soon!

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detouriste
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in all, a delightfully normal experience. Dining in a romantic charming setting with great food. Lights above, delicious wine, the Brussels sprouts I have been trying to make at home but never as perfect as they were that night. (Did the appetite from the ten mile hike help them taste so perfect?!) the salmon and steak also a treat and the dessert a cake with whiskey sauce and berries! Yum. Definitely recommend if you want to forget about Covid for a few hours.

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You can order delivery directly from The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club using the Order Online button. The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 214-7385.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club is rated 4.7 stars by 363 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.