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Sawmill Taphouse, Chemainus, BC

Sawmill Taphouse

4.2
4.2
91 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
WELCOME TO SAWMILL TAPHOUSE AND GRILL

WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT?
Pacific Northwest craft beers, forno oven pizzas. Authentic farm-to-table tapas and appetizers in an incredible atmosphere.
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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Canadian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (250) 324-0222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Darcy Creamore
  • Neighbourhood
    Chemainus
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Overall

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Food

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Service

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Value

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for groups

  • Vancouver Island

    Healthy

  • Vancouver Island

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Vancouver Island

    Lively

  • Vancouver Island

    Most Booked

91 Reviews
  1. Ciderman

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I always come back because it's the only joint in chemainus of its type, but...the food never really changes. The new menu was an exciting idea but it turns out it's just literally the physical menu that experienced a change (with the odd exception). You might not want to be a pub, but the idea of a taphouse is closer to that than it is to a fine dining restaurant. Your food doesn't stand up to "fine dining". I wanted fish and chips last time and you were out, I wanted a seafood dish the time before and again, you were out. The menu is also not very inclusive for those with allergies. The dust and cobwebs makes me expect Vincent Price as a host. Woodwork was falling of at our booth...a simple pre opening inspection would spot these deficiencies. Do better, because if a place opens up that's even remotely competitive, you'll be kicking rocks.

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  2. ThatsMe

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They goofed my order but made it right. Great food Very nice place Would go again

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  3. BOBW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Over all a great place to sit and enjoy an affordable meal with friends etc.

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  4. CalianneH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall I love the sawmill, nice place when we want to go out. Sadly, my partner ordered his food and his food came cold. Not a huge complaint, and truthfully I understand as I have worked in food service. Not EVERYTHING can be 100%. Despite that, everything was great, service was good too. Very nice people you have working there and of course they got a Tip. Will come back for sure! P.s. the steak is my favourite.

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  5. NatalieL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The mains are amazing but your Mac and cheese amount for children is WAY to BIG, an adult can't eat that amount! The zeppole balls there was no caramel drizzle, it was a disappointment to end a great meal on New Year's Eve. Other than this, I would return in hopes for these to be rectified.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. RuthH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always enjoy Sawmill. Food very good, service exceptional. The noise is a bit much. But overall great. Just too bad they have wine from the tap, not drinkable. Wish they would serve a glass from bottle. Beer great.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. CatharineA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Burgers great, pizza great, fish Tacos yum

    1 person found this helpful

  8. MichaelK

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Keeping in mind that it was Christmas time, and they were extremely busy before we showed up everything went well. I have had mostly good experiences there.

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  9. TeriS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Please bring back the old Caesar salad! It was the best!

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  10. IanM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited 45 minutes for our food… $30 for a steak that came with fries…. Doesn’t say fries on menu, is ridiculous. Fries cannot be in any way referred to as a “chef’s potato”. I have ordered this meal in the past and was never disappointed until now. On top of this my spouse’s food was cold with the staff offering no explanation or remedy for the situation.

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  11. ChantalC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Super disappointed with the entire outing. The service was poor. We had to ask multiple times for water. We waited 1.5 hours for two entrées. Our food was cold. The bun was stale. The fries were cold and hard. The seafood was over cooked. It was so loud we couldn’t even hear each other. Wouldn’t recommend.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Found the experience to be lacklustre with respect to service, I watched my drinks sit on the counter for 10 mins, our appetizer was served and still our drinks sat on the bar. I ordered the cowboy burger with a chicken patty, the chicken breast was sliced so thin it was chewy and tough. My husband was very happy with his black and blue burger, his patty was a house patty and was large and juicy. The experience felt very transactional and not welcoming with respect to service.

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  13. JohnP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and service was also great. Not too busy for a Sunday close to Christmas; this made it even better!

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  14. LoriS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s gotten more expensive for the same order. Portions seemed smaller as well.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Arrived slightly early for reservation and taken directly to our table. That was the best part. Lengthy wait before our drink order was taken, and short wait to get them. Ordered food, then after 50 minutes I told our server we had to leave for theatre as the show was starting in 25 minutes, and we had been there for about 1:20. She checked and said the food would still be about ten minutes as it was up after a big order. Frustrating as everyone around us whom arrived after us were finishing their meals. Server offered to pay for our drinks herself, and I clarified herself, not the business, we paid for our drinks, questioned the management policies and ran to to grocery store for some dinner then made it to our seats with moments to spare. Nice family dinner out and theatre event spent eating deli food in the parking lot. Repeat customers who won’t be back.

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  16. Ferris

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Found that the price for food and drinks was not warranted to the quality of food and service.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good..food took some time but we always enjoy it once it’s ready.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent pizzas. Beer on tap choice is unbelievable!

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  19. StevenH

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely the go-to restaurant in Chemainus. Highly recommended…

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  20. JohnA

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, timely friendly service. A good place to go for dinner before the theatre

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This place was average at best. The food was ok, but a bit pricey. Our service was slow.

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  22. saskiae

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely decor - friendly staff. Very quick service and generous portions. I will go back for sure.

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  23. SylvainM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was looking for a pub-style resto that had vegan options and craft beer. The Sawmill had both. The Impossible patty done on a grill was very good. Nice selection of Vancouver Island craft beers. I would go back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The noise level was likely our fault entirely as we were a rowdy bunch! Great staff and great food!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meals were great and the atmosphere lively. The service was a bit slow to get started but picked up later. I would definitely recommend eating here.

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  26. LesW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Need better fries…. Can’t put shoestrings with fish and chips. Everything else was too shelf!

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  27. Bvanny

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Food was good, but where we were seated there was a cold downdraft from above. We requested a move to a warmer table but we’re told those other tables, which were empty, were reserved. Very disappointed.
    Sawmill TaphouseResponded on October 26, 2023
    We truly appreciate the time you took to reach out to us, as we use all feedback to help improve the over all guest experience at Sawmill Taphouse and Grill. We strive to have every guest leave happy, it seems on your last visit we missed the mark. On behalf of Sawmill Taphouse and Grill I would like to apologise for the experience and have spoken to the front of house team to ensure this does not happen again. It is my hope that you will allow us the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

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  28. BrianM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love it here although last night both my buddy and I had hamburgers and there was definitely MSG in the food this time. I have a reaction every time it’s in food and my buddy noticed it as we left. Food is excellent so you don’t need MSG. It may be in a spice used but still very noticeable
    Sawmill TaphouseResponded on October 26, 2023
    Thank you for your feedback, we truly appreciate the time you took to reach out to us, we use all feedback to help improve our over all guest satisfaction. Our culinary team agrees that MSG has no place in our kitchen and have been going though the ingredients of anything not made in house to insure this.

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  29. SuzL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food and service. We'll be back again soon.

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  30. JohnK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good food was very good not that knowledgeable on the beer from the waitress but other than that she was very good Thanks for a great evening

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  31. DavidO

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The volume of the music required all conversation to be loud. Our server was good, but our food was average. Fish and chips were oily.

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  32. DanaM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place. Easy parking, nice to be able to do online reservations, our group of 8 had a great time. Food was good but not outstanding, loved the house salad that came with my burger, great fries and lots of them on hubby’s plate, great service. We’ll be back.

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  33. pommeOuest

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Hawaiien pizza was very good as was the Blackened cod

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  34. LisaN

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We haven’t been here for a few months and we were pleasantly surprised. The food has definitely improved! It was a full house so was a bit loud but otherwise we all enjoyed our meals and our server was great 😊

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  35. Noname

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I've appreciated this restaurant in the past. Things have not been great more recently. Service was slow and the order was incorrect. The bathroom was not clean. The facility is becoming very worn. The brunch menu was uninspired when it used to be great. Sigh.

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  36. BonnieH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it was great but the servers were so busy that they didn't have time to even take a moment. The food was put on the table and she said is there anything else I can get you and that was all. She didn't get back to us during our meal except to bring the bill. I feel you need more staff.

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  37. KirstenS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to stop for a meal in Chemainus. Two thumbs up

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  38. Rosita

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was friendly, welcoming, efficient and came around just the right amount of times. Food was ensured that allergies were attended to and was tasty.

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  39. AlGK

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    new menu is very limited. Even fewer choices for Celiacs

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  40. DonF

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was tasty but not exçeptional. With a heat wave going on, the air conditioning could not keep up and it felt like about 30 Celsius inside. Very uncomfortable to the point of sweating.

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FAQs

Sawmill Taphouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 324-0222.

Sawmill Taphouse is rated 4.2 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sawmill Taphouse

3055 Oak St 201b, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Chemainus
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Canadian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Darcy Creamore
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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