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Sawmill Inn Cafe

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601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Food was very good and we just had a fun time there. People working there were lots of fun had a very nice time first time there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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238 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food was very good and we just had a fun time there. People working there were lots of fun had a very nice time first time there.

Thank Rock61Rock
Perham, Minnesota
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We love coming to this restaurant because it has excellent food for a decent price. One thing about the food is it is goes beyond your usual. Omelettes contain unusual mixtures, including salmon, wild rice and spicy sausage. Their skillets are numerous and include basics like a cordon blue and anything the cook wants to throw in.Toast is not the... More 

Thank wearmanyhats
Brainerd, Minnesota
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

I had heard about their "Soda Shop" type malt. I just had one for breakfast! Cleaning and cosy. Great attitudes! Definitely going back!

Thank cqui2004
CS, Florida
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We eat here every time we are in the area. It's a typical small town restaurant - not fancy, but worth the stop. The menu features a good variety of home cooked items. I had a breakfast skillet that had eggs, hashed browns, apple wood smoked bacon, cheese and wild rice. It was delicious! The portions are generous and the... More 

Thank Flordiachichi
Casa Grande, Arizona
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We just spent two weeks in the Brainerd/Baxter area and ate breakfast here several times. It was very good and the service was very good. It is a "home cooking" type restaurant and is NOT a chain. They have been in business FOREVER.

Thank imcrabby1
Brainerd, Minnesota
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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

They have a billboard in Brainerd saying they have the best breakfast in 43 miles or free. I would drive 43 miles to find a place to eat, rather than eat there. The food there is very poor quality. We had two differant meals and niether one was eatable. Not worth the time.

Thank oldmans75
Woodbury, Minnesota
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Our group of 9 was looking for one of those good small town cafes to eat at. We were very satisfied with our stop at Sawmill Inn. They gave us one long table in a separate room which was nice. The waitress was friendly and prompt with us. We were all very happy with the food and the amount we... More 

Thank PaulaP2828
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Sawmill Inn (formerly Van's Cafe) has been a mainstay in Brainerd for over 70 years! Little has changed in all those years including the food and the service. Home cooking is a specialty for this eating place on a familiar intersection. There are several private eating/meeting rooms that are used for group presentations or meetings. If you have lived in... More 

Thank MVL82837
Brainerd, Minnesota
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Daily specials will draw you to this historic cafe. Made from scratch menu fare is fun try, also. Ice-cream fountain treats are a must try.

Thank Nedra V
Ramsey, Minnesota
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138 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Friday night fish fry. There fish is not frozen they bread it right there. The fish was great. The Salmon chowder was great lots of salmon in it. The old fashioned interior is very relaxing

Thank Bigdog77

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Brainerd
  • Phone Number: 218-829-5444

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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