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Sawmill Inn Cafe

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601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
+1 218-829-5444
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. There's a definite musty odor throughout the restaurant that makes it hard to breathe and eat. The service was friendly and quick. Food came out fast, hot and was good, but it was hard to get past the musty smell. Decor is very old and outdated but seems like a nice locally owned restaurant.

Thank Allison S
Byron, Minnesota
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We ate breakfast here with family two years in a row after celebrating New Years weekend at a local resort. The first time we visited, we were pleasantly surprised by the old school cafe atmosphere. Lots of fun kitschy holiday decorations added to the ambience and the food and service were great. Second visit we experienced the same friendly service... More 

Thank garyswenson
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The reuban is really good. The hubby always has the cookie skillet. We've been here for the breakfast buffet and there is always a variety.

Thank Merrilee S
Fifty Lakes, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I ordered an easy breakfast...2 scrambled eggs and pancakes. After a long wait, it was obvious I had 1 sort of scrambled egg and the pancakes. The pancakes were rubbery and the eggs, ordered a second time, totally inedible. Will never go back.

Thank jms48
Cambridge, Minnesota
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This restaurant showed promise and has some character but all was lost when the food arrived. Advertised as best breakfast in 5o miles.. It wasn't. The food tasted like old grease that had been used too long, Yes, I know old grease smell and taste. Use to be a restaurant manager. French toast was cold and tasteless and Grandsons eggs... More 

Thank jskmn
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Made a random stop for lunch. It has a quiet home style diner feel to it. Looks like it has a good breakfast selection with some creative omelettes & skillets. I chose the special of the day, a buffalo chicken wrap. Had chicken wild rice soup for my side. The wild rice soup was excellent. The wrap was fine, nothing... More 

Thank defenderonthego
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Great salad bar with lots of fixings. Stopped here on the way through town. Some at the table ordered breakfast; others ordered lunch. Everyone enjoyed their meal well enough.

Thank Angie S
West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Just passing through. Stopped at a diner down the road first, was glad we left & went to Sawmill. We were greeted immediately & seated. The place was clean & staff was friendly. It felt like they were really happy to have us there. The Hot meatloaf sandwich was delicious. More than enough food. Prices were very reasonable. If we're... More 

Thank Kathleen E
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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296 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

I had breakfast here recently. Good for home cooking feel and atmosphere. Just eggs, bacon, and pancakes. Done well.

Thank mhans4
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Nothing fancy here just good food and reasonable prices. Free parking on the street and right on the route 210 so no time lost there either.

Thank Donald S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3421
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Brainerd
  • Phone Number: +1 218-829-5444

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?