Sawyer

4.7
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556 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

no memorable dishes maybe the artichokes but even those were little heavy on the liquid smoke taco ice cream dessert was so hard it shot off the plate when trying to cut into it

MR
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience. Food and service were both outstanding

JD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely my new favorite restaurant in Seattle. If you go there, make sure to order the pork belly steam buns. They are the best I've ever had. And if you are in a group that shares meals, I'd recommend trying a bunch of items off the menu and splitting them with the group!

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I LOVE IT HERE! This is probably one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Highly recommend!

TM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with a group of eight friends for a birthday celebration and it exceeded all expectations. Our server was so knowledgeable and made the evening a lot of fun. The space was great and the food was delicious. We did a sampling of most of the dishes for that table and loved it all!

GS
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Erin our primary server ROCKED the house!! Food was delectable. All the dishes we ate had different flavor profiles, ranging from the pork belly buns with the fresh crisp flavors of vietnam to the pan seared scallops with fall harvest essence. Do yourselves a favor and eat here!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The sauces are outstanding. They need to serve bread so one can savor every last drop (or at least provide straws).

l
Vancouver
108 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall, it was good. Some of the dishes were outstanding but due to my allergies, I couldn’t try many. Not good for GF people. Only few dishes were edible for non-people.

JM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food quality is amazing. We had a lovely experience and our server was spectacular.

G
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time but will not be the last. It was a dining experience.

A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

you MUST get the monkey bread!! Everyone loved their brunch dishes

MB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

This is a perfect place for gathering a group for cocktails and snacks ahead of going somewhere else. The service is great, the food is tasty, but the family-style service is tilted toward benefiting the restaurant rather than the guests when plates arrive at the table with zero timing and no rhyme or reason other than whenever it comes out of the kitchen. The meandering menu probably has something for everyone but will never really satisfy anyone; there is no sense of a meal arc or even a genre; this is an Instagram restaurant geared to photographed plates and customers advertising their overpriced underwhelming food.

SN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time to dine at Sawyer and all four of us enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and the food was so tasty and beautiful. We are looking forward to returning for another great time.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I didn’t see you about six times. Every meal has been great. The service is always good. And I love the building: the high ceilings, original wood floors, tall windows. The food is the star though. You must have the grilled artichokes. The duck was amazing as was the porchetta. One time I eat with a friend at the bar and had excellent service as well. My only struggle and Sawyer was the last time she didn’t open table and not in one of the more enclosed areas I found the noise to be very very loud. But I know now to request one of the more enclosed banquettes. I highly recommend Sawyer I’ve now taken five other people there because I love it so much!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My third visit—1st for my client/friends. As always, wonderful, delicious, fantastic service. Gracious, generous and esthetically pleasing. Love love Sawyer!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our experience was wonderful, and the food is outstanding. Will be back soon!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic! Celebrated a birthday with a large group including kids and they took great care of the kids and the rest of us! Would highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was amazing. Very fun to try lots of different flavors.

NM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Sawyer! Great date night spot. Loved the decor and vibe. Quiet enough to have a conversation but not library quiet. Food was SO DELICIOUS and really well styled. Super impressed and would go back.

EG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I loved this place so much. I had been excited to go here for months after discovering them through the James Beard awards, and this place absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. We ordered a little less than half of the menu, and every single dish was great in its own way. Can't wait to come back!

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love sawyer! Amazing food and drinks! Highly recommended! We will be back

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recently moved to the Seattle area, and have had so-so dining experiences in Ballard. Sawyer will be in regular rotation.

SS
Seattle
74 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Loved Avery. He made our visit fun and memorable!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant week and had one of the best meals in a long time- so goooood!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Wonderful experience for seattle restaurant week! :)

R
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

I found my experience at Sawyer to be extremely disappointing. I am a long-time Ballard residents who is really into good food and wanted to try it after reading positive reviews about the food. The food was decent but not amazing. First, of all I thought the venue to be so cold and uninviting - it is a cavernous space that is not used well and conveys a coldness. When we were seated, we had terrible service - no one checked in with us for a long time - and after that, it wasn't clear who was our waiter - we had four different people bring in food to us (and it took a long time for it to come when there weren't that many people). A couple of the servers were totally off too - as cold as the space. I really would not recommend this place and will not be trying it again.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Probably one of my new favorite restaurants in Seattle. Amazing atmosphere, considerate staff, and delicious food!

S
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Cons: No parking, had a reservation and still had to wait, desert was clearly pre-made and refrigerated (to be fair, I went there during restaurant week). Entrees were okay but not great.

Pros: Appetizers were very good. Drinks were great (and not a bad price). I would go back for drinks and apps but definitely wouldn't drive.

RS
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The first course of Dungeness Crab Scallion Pancake could've been a meal itself! Fantastic flavor combinations, and a fun wine list.

KE
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pork buns were delicious! Some of the best I've ever had. We'll definitely go back soon.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I really enjoyed the pork bun sandwiches and the animal style burger. The food sounds casual but it was dressed up well and presented with style. The scallops were impressive and satisfying for seafood lovers. The waitress was nice enough to have my cocktail remade when I didn’t really love it.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for restaurant week and had a lovely experience — will be

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was amazing!

KP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We loved our special anniversary dinner at Sawyer! Our server was extremely knowledgeable and gave us excellent recommendations. He was friendly and really made the experience memorable. All of the food was delicious. The only negative is that it was a little bit drafty.

WE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great experience and had an enjoyable time. It was our date night so we were happy to try something new. Food wise - the blackened fish needed seasoning. The pickled onions were great - if there were more of those in the dish then you could definitely get away with the lack of seasoning. The crab pancake and apple and beet salad were fabulous.. I'd pair those together - definitely more bang for your buck. For the peanut butter cheesecake - definitely say that there are pieces of peanut butter. I would have loved to have eaten this - no PB allergy but not knowing this upfront makes all the difference. Overall we'd come back.

ES
London
20 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful experience dining at Sawyer, and we look forward to enjoying many more memorable evenings there.

Great ambience in a really cool space, the Menu is modern and had great options.

Highly recommended!

DL
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. Great historic building. Fabulous service. I will be back.

s
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

LOVE the pork belly tacos. Have to have them every time

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good experience - food was good but more choice would have been good

KI
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance and decor, perfect service. Cannot wait to return to Sawyer! Food is a reimagining of classic meals and flavors, so even picky eaters will find something to enjoy here.