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601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
218-829-5444
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Decent breakfast, didn't appreciate the Christian Rock music

We came here while on break from a volleyball tournament. We all got skillets which were decent, I liked that they weren't really greasy and didn't overdo the cheese. They didn't have a good variety of veggies to call itself a veggie skillet so I was disappointed. Also, I ordered poached hard eggs... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Lori N
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Duluth, Minnesota
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Brainerd, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Just moved into town a decided to go out to eat wrong place to pick food was over priced the food tasted terrible like it was frozen abd thawed out no taste the glass of milk tasted like it was powder milk and on top of it the staff acted like they didn't want to be there. Place looked dirty... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We came here while on break from a volleyball tournament. We all got skillets which were decent, I liked that they weren't really greasy and didn't overdo the cheese. They didn't have a good variety of veggies to call itself a veggie skillet so I was disappointed. Also, I ordered poached hard eggs and got very runny yolks. On top... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 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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38 restaurant reviews
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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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20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 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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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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28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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