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601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
218-829-5444
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great for breakfast

We had a great breakfast at the Sawmill Inn. They have an extensive menu for breakfast items and all are delicious. They even have freshly made carmel rolls which I wish I had known about before ordering since they looked so scrumptious! My only complaint was with the coffee - definitely needs a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2014
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a great breakfast at the Sawmill Inn. They have an extensive menu for breakfast items and all are delicious. They even have freshly made carmel rolls which I wish I had known about before ordering since they looked so scrumptious! My only complaint was with the coffee - definitely needs a bit of coffee in it! Way too... More 

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Eagan, MN
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Sawmill has been in Brainerd "Forever", and is a basic down-home eatery without tv screens or loud music. Found the food, as usual, to be common cafe fare, but sometimes that's all one wants. Fair pricing and friendly - although a bit slow - service.

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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We have passed this place a number of times and decided to try it. The place has a long history. 106 years of it. The decor was very nice and the dining area was very clean, as were the restrooms. The diner menu was very good and the food was cooked to perfection. There is a nice little salad bar... More 

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Hamburg, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a run of the mill restaurant, nothing special. Prices are a little high, and the staff is not very nice. I would find another place to go to eat when we go to Brainerd again.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Very friendly employees and attentive service. The booths/chairs/tables may be a bit older, but I go for the food. The portions are rather small at times, but it seems every restaurant these days plays the portion size vs. price game.

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Brainerd
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

They have a large room for family gatherings or whatever. Friendly staff. The menu has a few different choices than just a plain ole burger and fries. For the most part, the food is average.

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52 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Sawmill has been in Brainerd forever, and you would hope it would be a great old place for a good meal. In many ways its no-nonsense menu and staff appeal to the 'dive" hunter. Unfortunately, the food let's you down a bit. My breakfast was an omelet, smallish for 3 eggs, a skimpy portion of hash browns, and a... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

My daughter and I stopped at a local restaurant while traveling in MN. We stopped for lunch in Brainerd. It was a great little place. There is history about the sawmill that was the main source of jobs years ago. The food was very good and I would stop by there again.

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Duluth, MN
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

My wife and I ate at the Sawmill Inn Cafe while in the Brainerd area recently for our wedding anniversary. If you're looking for upscale dining and ambience or more contemporary entree offerings, this restaurant will not be what you're looking for, and you'll want to look instead to either the resort restaurants or the better-known names that prevail along... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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153 reviews 153 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This is the second time we've stopped at the Sawmill Inn for breakfast. The food is "okay" -- nothing fancy -- just your average breakfast. The waitress was efficient, matter-of-fact and not friendly but not unfriendly either.

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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

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