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Sawmill Inn Cafe

601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
218-829-5444
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Ranked #17 of 59 restaurants in Brainerd
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Jul 14, 2014
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English first
Rochester, Minnesota
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106 reviews 106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 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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USA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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