The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Chicken Fried Chicken
crispy buttermilk chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, southern red eye gravy, seasonal vegetables
Truckee Pot Roast
garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, demi-glace
Cast Iron Meatballs**
reggiano parmigiana, truckee sourdough
Well heated patio made outdoor dining in February pleasant. Food was excellent for our crew of adults and teens.
Thank you for your wonderful review Rebecca! We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to host you again soon!
way too cold for dinner in February the heating situation was less than optimal
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!
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!
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!
The service was exceptional, food amazing, and outdoor eating was decent with the heaters!
Second time here. Great experience.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Great service and meal
Heaters outside next to many tables
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.
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
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.
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!
Service was great; food recommendations were good (Winter menu).
Thank you for your review William! We're happy to hear your experience was great and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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 !
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
Simply the best, we just keep going back!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great food and service! What a beautiful view from the patio tables. Our waiter was incredible and the food, great!
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.
Bees were the only drawback
Food and service was amazing! Would recommend to anyone to go try out the sawyer
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!
Delicious. Brussels sprouts, steak frittes was amazing.
The PERFECT Martini
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Great food with a varied menu. Very nice for upscale casual dining.
At first the server was nonexistence but then a another server took over and we had a great experience
Need to do something about the bees. My wife got stung and they were constantly swarming
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!
Excellent place, the food and drinks are top notch. Great service too.
Thanks for your 5-star review of The Sawyer! We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!
Great service. Very conscientious of maintaining safe practices. Food was excellent.
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!
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.
Great food and service!!!
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.
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.