Raleigh >Sawmill Tap Room
Still the best place for a burger.
The Sawmill has been a favorite place of mine for years.
I crave the burgers. It is only one of few restaurants in Raleigh where a burger is grilled medium rare. Admittedly, the owner has implemented costing cutting measures, but most locally owned and operated restaurants that I frequent have done the same.
BTW, if someone suggests a burger from Char-Grill, you'll be extremely disappointed in having a burger that is now overcooked and tasteless. Years ago, the burgers were juicy, grilled to perfection and worth the wait.
Poor excuse for a neighborhood bar. Overpriced drinks, cranky bartenders and a waiting staff that forgets you. The Sawmill Tap Room exceed my expectation in being the worst bar in Raleigh. I even saw them serving two "kids" that were clearly under age...didn't even check IDs. Go elsewhere...
Managers DO care!. I've been going to Sawmill Tap Room for several years and it's the best Bar in town! All the managers are awesome. The entire staff is warm, personable, and will always assist you with what ever requests or needs you have. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is so inviting. I met the woman that changed my life forever at Sawmill, my wife. All the managers and some staff attended our wedding, that's how special the Sawmill crew is. So if you want to avoid riff raff, go have a draft! Sawmill Tap Room Rocks!!!
Managers don't Care. We went to the Sawmill Tap Room for the NCSU v. Liberty game. The game was televised on Time Warner's extended sports package, which we don't subscribe to. A couple of our friends ended up at the Sawmill Tap room, however our friends said the game wasn't on there. So we called up the bar and asked them if they had the game on. They claimed that not only did they have it on, but they were currently watching it! So we just assumed that our friends were crazy... I mean, what bar in Raleigh WOULDN'T have the first NCSU game of the season! So we went to the bar. No Game. We brought it up to the manager, she simply didn't care and was too occupied with chatting up the ECU fans sitting at the bar to even offer us some sort of compensation or even a heartfelt apology. She did, however insist that she would correct the situation with the person answering the phones. Feeling jaded and brushed off, we decided to test her. I had my brother call up to the bar and ask if the game was playing. Again the hostess said yes and insisted that she was watching the game. Times are tough, but it's certainly not worth losing customers for life (me and my 4 friends) just to get them in the door one time. We will never return. There are plenty of sports bars in the North Raleigh area and even more downtown. If you're new to the area, check out the Downtown Sports Bar for a plethora of games on a whole wall of TV's. You may also want to check out The Hibernian if you're looking for a more laid back environment (their food is fantastic too!). If you're in North Raleigh check out the Carolina Ale House or even one of the other tap rooms (they are not all affiliated with eachother anymore). Just don't make the mistake of heading here, especially if you're a sports nut.
Promised the Game was on - it wasn't. I'm extremely disappointed with the Tap Room and its manager. We called ahead to see the NCSU game (6pm vs Liberty) and the hostess said it was on. Upon arrival, we find out it's not. Our friends, while on their way to the bar, called with the same question and the hostess responded by saying "I'm watching it right now." When we talked with the manager, she apologized for that mistake but said she "wished she could" comp us a round of drinks and that she would tell the hostess to not say that anymore. Our friends' brother called 20 minutes later only to be told that the NCSU game was on and that she was watching it. We again talked with the manager before we left, and again she apologized for the mistake but gave us some attitude. She was too busy having fun talking with the ECU fans at the bar.
Best service at a Bar in years.
Best service at a Bar in years, Food is awesome too.
Waitress ask want another bear. i look at my three sips and say, "Na, I'll wait for a cold one." I know she'll be right back.
I'm so Impressed my Twin visited from Chicago and I fought for this place to be the meet up for our friends. I made a good choice and everyone was very satisfied. : )
Not as good as it used to be.....
I've eaten at Sawmill Tavern dozens of times over the years. Recommended it to others - a true family favorite
However, the quality has become more and more inconsistent - smaller burgers - fewer fries - stale buns heck they are even cutting back on the onions, lettuce, and tomato (as the food gets more and more expensive)...
It doesn't make sense to increase prices and decrease the amount of food. New customers may not notice and not care - but us "old timers" remember the huge juicy burgers - you had to cut them in half just to get a bite of it !
Quite honestly, we won't be back for awhile if ever.
Its a shame because they used to have the "best burgers in town."
not a good time. I walked up to get waited on. The white young male waiter asked me if I wanted anything. I told him what do you think. The white young ,long hair blond hostess almost started laughing. I told him I do not want him as a waiter. He said it was ok. My waiter ,a white young male,high school student was rude. He was sarcastic. He told me not want to write down the order. I told him I am paying for the meal. AFter I told him what I wanted on my hamburger. He asked me if I wanted something else. I not answer the question. HE gave me my bill and ran away. And not come back. He wore an earing in one of his ears.
Great burgers and fried pickles. The food is great most of the time. If the owner is cooking. The bar can be real loud and the regulars at the bar are annoying. Nasty old men chomping on cigars and drinking heavily. The staff is usually pretty good, though. Billy the bartender is thorough. If you bring your family DON'T sit in the bar area. They have a fireplace in the winter and it is nice.
Great Local Place to Eat!.
I honestly love this restaurant. We have always had good service. They have a wonderful patio dining area. Great beer selection on tap. Burgers are cooked to order, and very good sized!
If you are looking for a good relaxing place to eat on a Sunday afternoon, try the Sawmill Tap Room!
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