Sawyer is a rustic coastal eatery that creates new American dishes in a renovated former sawmill, that was named a James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in America (The United States). With floor to ceiling windows that let in a tremendous amount of light, a watery color scheme, and a variety of sharable dishes or small plate tapas style meals, and an extensive drink menu, Sawyer was an instant favorite for us, out of all of the places we diner while in Seattle.
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Food Type: Brunch & Dinner
Dining Experience: Indoor or Al Fresco
Price: $35+ per Person
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Vegetarian,
Gluten Free (not GF dedicated)
We absolutely loved our meal here at Sawyer Restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Once my husband spotted the parmesan roasted potatoes and vegetables in buttermilk ranch, his midwestern, ranch-loving heart immediately ordered them, and they were positively phenomenal. The perfect contrast of a crunchy, crisp exterior and a warm, fluffy interior, flavored with comfortingly familiar flavors of parmesan and buttermilk ranch, their flavor and texture was only further improved by the delicate crunch of cool vegetables piled high on top.
We also shared a non-alcoholic drink that was bright purple from pea powder, and tasted like fruity lavender, a latte with intricate late art, as well as a locally caught albacore, avocado, cherry tomatoes, aguachille, and Dungeness crab ceviche served with freshly made, seasoned tortilla chips. Robin ordered the breakfast skillet with potatoes prepared in the same manner as the buttermilk ranch potatoes above, topped vegetables, and two perfectly fried eggs with silky, golden yolks.
Everything was positively delightful, and although we ate a lot of seafood during our visit to Seattle, the albacore tuna, and Dungeness crab we had here was some of the best we’ve ever had. It was perfectly accompanied by the hot, freshly made chips, for a delightful contrast of cool and creamy seafood & avocado against hot and crunchy, seasoned chips. If I could somehow go back to Seattle right now with just enough time for lunch, I would head back to Sawyer and savor another round of their ceviche. Robin agreed it was just as good as his ranch potatoes, and let me tell you, he’s still raving about those potatoes!
Our server was one of the kindest, and most attentive we’ve ever had. The restaurant’s atmosphere was light, airy, and nautical in a chic and relaxed way. It was so cozy with the abundance of sunlight streaming in through the tall windows, that we wished we would have had more time to stay and enjoy the ambience after our meal ended, but we didn’t want to hog a table.
If you plan to visit Seattle, or you already live in the area, make time to visit Sawyer restaurant and savor some of their fantastic, seasonal delights for yourself! See more incredible things to eat, see, and do in the Seattle area, here.
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