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Sawmill Taphouse, Chemainus, BC

Sawmill Taphouse

4.0
4
104 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 4 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 104 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Service

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Value

  • Vancouver Island

    Great for brunch

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for business meals

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for business meals

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for groups

  • Vancouver Island

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Vancouver Island

    Healthy

  • Vancouver Island

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Vancouver Island

    Lively

104 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was incredibly delicious the pulled pork poutine was so so good...the pulled pork was the best I've ever had... the crispy chicken was extremely crispy fresh and tasty... Service was a bit slow but a given as it was pretty busy... I would eat there again..

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  2. JoanT

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The food was good. The service was just as good. We will be back.

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  3. FioB

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our meal. Interesting menu options. The choice of a flight of wine was fun. Great coffee. Pleasant service. We would return.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very very good. I had the Crispy Chicken Burger with Truffle Oil Fries - Best Fries Ever! (Burger was good too). My guest had Chicken Linguini Alfredo. It was very good - the only quibble was she only got 3 little strips of chicken. The cocktails we had were very well prepared, obviously using good quality ingredients. (I quite enjoyed my Caesars). Ambience was loud, but not unbearable (I've certainly been in worse). To be fair there was a large group of young boys (Sports team) at adjacent tables. I will definitely be going back. I would've given 5 stars for the food if my guest's chicken portion had been less disappointing.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was sub par - expected better flavour for the price. Would recommend other restaurants over this place for a nice night out. Service was fine just disappointed in meal.

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  6. EmilyM

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From seating to finish everything was great except the beet salad which I’ve enjoyed there before was lacking in beets with avocado as a substitute I’d certainly go back 👍

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  7. LynneA

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great but our server was clueless and had to have other servers cover our table several times. Nice place with good food just don’t expect great service

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  8. AndrewH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Valley restaurant. Although in small town British Columbia has some of the atmosphere of a Granville Island restaurant. The menu is varied with the usual burgers but also present a variety of interesting entrees and great pizzas with an Italian feel to them. The place was busy on Friday evening and somewhat noisy but we knew that before we came. Great selection of ales and beers , wines and ciders.Super servers who were busy but cheerful and helpful. We enjoyed our anniversary!

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  9. GrahamF

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our reservation was handled promptly while the service and food left us impressed. We will not hesitate in recommending the Sawmill Taphouse.

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  10. Robyn

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food from the brunch menu was barely edible. Eggs weren’t cooked as ordered, dry like sawdust and the waitress gave mediocre service.

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  11. MartinQ

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. Our party of 6 was well looked after by a great service team. The selection off the menu is wide ranging and very interesting. Our group made several great choices. What was most impressive was that the food arrived at the same time. Great great service and the food was very good! Thank you

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  12. Djrw

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Used to ge great food at good value but now you can’t even order a steak. We ordered pork loin medium and it was well done and dry. The risotto balls were great tasting but over priced at $19.00 for 3 balls. The portions have shrunk. The Gorgonzola salad used to superfluous and a meal on its own. Now it’s half the size and price has risen to $19.00. A lot of the meals now have hot spicing added too much to mask the poor cooking skill that is now evident. Used to be great chef quality foods with great value. Now it is no where near worth price the service is great. Used to go once a month, but do kit plan to return anymore. Maybe since they have opened another location the good chefs have gone. Who knows. Not worth cost.

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  13. RonG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 8. 4 of us were served a pulled pork or chicken sandwich that was cold. The fish and chips, fish was overcooked and fell apart and the two of us that ordered personal pizza were not served until the rest of us were finished our meal.

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  14. Ciderman

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    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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  15. ThatsMe

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    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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  16. BOBW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    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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  17. 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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  18. NatalieL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    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.

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  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. StevenH

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. saskiae

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

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

Sawmill Taphouse is rated 4 stars by 104 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 4 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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