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Sawmill Inn Cafe

601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
218-829-5444
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Ranked #24 of 59 Restaurants in Brainerd
Cuisines: American
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Rochester, Minnesota
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111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
27 helpful votes 27 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
107 helpful votes 107 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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