The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club

4.7
344 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Due to our recent local mandates, we are limited to outdoor dining, take out and curbside pickup service only. 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 344 people are saying
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RebeccaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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
Hawaii
25 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
6 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
4 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
74 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
17 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
74 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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mamab
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great family dinner. The menu had something for everyone - and everyone enjoyed their meals, from appetizers to the yummy cookie dessert. Nice setting. Only complaint was that a nearby table moved the heater closer to them, leaving us a bit chilly.

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vipPeppatty
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful setting, good covid protocols. The fried brussel sprouts were delicious, the fried chicken breast was moist, tender and had a good coating. Gravy was good. "Mashed" potato was only half mashed, there were huge chunks of unmashed potato. Vegetables were cooked perfectly al dente. Good seasoning. Dessert was a total disappointment. We ordered the strawberry shortcake and it was a dry, crumbly puck with 6 chunks of strawberries on whipped cream. I don't like to complain and didn't mention the potato chunk, but the dessert was just awful. The staff was attentive though.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on October 28, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the attentive service, crispy brussels, and homey entrees. We apologize for the lackluster strawberry shortcake. We're always striving to improve and grow as a property and love to receive great feedback! We hope to see you again soon at The Sawyer!

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vipHugh
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! What a beautiful view from the patio tables. Our waiter was incredible and the food, great!

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vipScratch
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The management hung our waiter out to dry as he was taking care of half the patio and he had been there almost 10 hours.
Ambiance is awesome. Food was good.
Thanks.
John

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Bees were the only drawback

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ChelseaN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Would recommend to anyone to go try out the sawyer

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review Chelsea! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipAnneB
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious. Brussels sprouts, steak frittes was amazing.
The PERFECT Martini

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for your fantastic review Anne! We're pleased to hear your meal was exceptional and we can't wait to host you again!

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Kasey
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I am always thinking of the fantastic Brussels sprouts - such unique flavors! The view, ambience and service were top notch as always. The salad was good but a tad boring, so next time will go back to the Ahi poke bowl or something else.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for your fantastic review Kasey! We're so happy to hear your experience with us was wonderful. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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RWCGal
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

This was the 2nd time we dined here. There were 4 of us. Sadly the service this time was horrible. We came at 6pm when it wasn't too busy. Our drinks did not come until 1 hour later. Knowing this we ordered our meal quickly but the dishes did not come for another 45 minutes. The pasta they brought was not what we ordered. Also, the salad we ordered came after our entrees so we sent it back. We asked for to go boxes twice and our waiter never got them so we had to go inside the restaurant to find someone else to get us boxes. The only positive thing I can say is that I had the Chicken Fried Chicken which was good.

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Kasey
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful setting! Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts and Ahi Poke bowl. Husband loved his burger too...cooked perfectly! Our new favorite go-to place for cocktails and easy dinner. Thank you!

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LisaL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant. I'm stuck in a rut though, love the ahi poke bowl, so I haven't tried many of the entrees. My fellow diners have always been pleased with their choices. The menu choices are great and reasonable for the Tahoe area. The setting is beautiful outside for dining.

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CJW51
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with a varied menu. Very nice for upscale casual dining.

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JosephC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

At first the server was nonexistence but then a another server took over and we had a great experience

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vipJackD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Need to do something about the bees. My wife got stung and they were constantly swarming

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 24, 2020

Hi Jack, we are sorry to hear about your experience. We have taken note of the bee problem and are figuring out the best solution to try to reduce bees from coming on the patio. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope you guys join us again soon!

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vipDinner
Sacramento
301 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place, the food and drinks are top notch. Great service too.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 24, 2020

Thanks for your 5-star review of The Sawyer! We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!

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vipWindsorfamilyof4
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very conscientious of maintaining safe practices. Food was excellent.

The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
Responded on September 24, 2020

Thanks for dining with us at The Sawyer! We are glad to hear you had an enjoyable experience with us. We can't wait to see the family again soon. Cheers!

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terra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Super pretty outdoor area, selected area with outside heaters though. Service was just ok, they forgot a couple of things ie wine. Also my entree, pizza, came about 15 minutes after the other 3 people’s food came. Had meatballs and Brussels, chicken sandwiches, fried chicken which everyone thought was good. Would probably come back for appetizers and a drink but not for dinner.

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vipDayvaS
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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vipJJ123
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Beautiful dining area. Some recent changes -Surprised to be charged for soda refills. We had 4 people get the same dish and portion sizes were extremely varied.

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The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club 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 344 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.