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Sawyer

4.7
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676 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Our new hours are Wednesday-Saturday 5-9pm and Sunday Brunch from 10-2pm. We’ll be reservation only for our indoor/heated patio available. In addition, we will be offering the Sawyer Food Court, patio tables on the garden level terrace just next to Sawyer with call ahead seating. 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 676 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsugandha
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great vibes.

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AK1091
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Food did not match the ratings level. The hype does not seem justified. Service was good- wish the food experience was better.

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Surprisingly pleasant. It was a first time in a while that we found a good brunch option. The food was very tasty and service was on point. Generous serving size is also a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent and appreciate all the steps taken to keep customers safe.

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vipWrenramon
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always outstanding here. Staff did a great job with maintaining social distancing but also being helpful. Diners were spaced out appropriately per covid distancing and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal for one of our first trips back to eating indoors. The pork belly buns are always outstanding, and the monkey bread and potatoes are also scrumptious. Ordered way too much and I have a whole meal of huevos rancheros to eat as well. Sawyer is one of my favorite restaurants!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My second time at Sawyer. Pretty satisfied. Very tasty food and drinks and our server was timely and attentive without being overbearing. Will definitely visit again.

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AlyssaD
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sawyer is a delightful location for brunch. The family-style plate sizes are perfect for a friend or 2!

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vipAlana
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sawyer was excellent, as always. Creative dishes, amazing service, and a great setting! Everyone made us feel safe and comfortable from start to finish. We were so happy to be back!

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NaMo
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delicious and made even better by how conscientious the restaurant was to COVID regulations. Food was superb! Best dessert I've ever had!!!!

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AllisonB
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an incredible dining experience at Sawyer. Every dish we ordered was unique and flavorful and the ambience made for the perfect evening. Our waiter was so helpful and wonderful and he made our dining experience a complete joy. Would definitely visit again and recommend to anyone looking for an excellent dinner in Ballard!

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EmChadd
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend & I’s new favorite brunch & dinner spot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time! The food was delicious and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Father’s Day brunch was incredible

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vipnewspot
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Every dish is a delight, randomly they had a chicken tacito on the menu and it might be the best Mexican I’ve had in Seattle. The pork belly buns are not to be missed. Happy they are open again. Masks are to be worn outside your table.

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ScottS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. We always love going to eat at Sawyer.

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vipadelinev
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Sawyer was positive. The server was very well versed with the menu. It was a great experience!

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vipQuiqeg
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my first COVID-19 dining experience out. They have a large, open air building with huge windows open and a patio. All servers were wearing masks and gloves. We also paid using our phones.

The food was outstanding. We felt as safe as you could under these circumstances and enjoyed our time very much.

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danb
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city! So good. Order everything you can. I tell everyone I meet they need to try Sawyer. Musts are the cheesy bread, pork buns, house salad, udon noodles and the burger. And the porchetta! Oh and of course the dilly bar and choco taco. And don’t forget Sunday brunch! Like I said order everything

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best meal I have in Seattle, constantly. While all of their food is outstanding, the current menu is one of their best. I can’t recommend the spicy tuna with crispy rice enough!

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out2lunch
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Doing a great job considering the times. I appreciated the masking and distanced tables. Patio is wonderful, and food delicious and creative. I recommend the steam buns, asparagus salad, moo shu, and banh mi.

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AndrewH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ordered tasted amazing. Great service as well.

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JungK
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cute, great food, and awesome service. The ambiance is pretty elevated compared to the price you pay. Not cheap, but great value.

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OftenDinesOut
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been coming to Sawyer since they opened. Aways a great experience, and we couldn’t wait to return when they reopened for Phase 1.5! They’re doing a great job as usual!

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vipCrystal
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sawyer never fails to amaze. The pretzel was baked to perfection and the right amount of salty and doughy. The lamb with tzatziki sauce still makes my mouth water.

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EricP
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place located right in the heart of Ballard. Fantastic staff and food!

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pilimbe
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food - amazing flavors! The pork steam bread tacos were outstanding, but everything was excellent.

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vipDaDB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Great food, good service. Highly recommend!

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vipCiCi
New York Area
1 review