Sawmill Tap Room

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Sawmill Tap RoomSawmill Tap Room

Type: Bar, Eatery

7701 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27615
United States

(919) 845-7889 | map

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Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of flipdog0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Though this place is similar to the other Tap Room locations, the beer list is far better. They offer about 20+ craft beers on tap with a wide range of styles. The night I was in they had Life and Limb and Dubhe Imperial Black IPA as well as a wide range of locals. They usually keep an updated draft list on each table. The food is the same menu as the other Tap Room locations; good appetizers and burgers. The location is smaller inside than some of the others especially the bar area, but they have a lot of outside seating for those great NC spring and summer days. The atmosphere is a little darker than the other locations and has the same music and movie memorabilia on the walls, but there are several flat screen TVs in the bar area usually showing sports for game day.

One of my favorite hang outs. The draft list changes every few weeks and the food is solid. The only down side is that many of the waitstaff are not knowledgeable about beer so asking for descriptions of the beers won't often work. They will however offer you sample if you ask.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

located just down Creedmoor from my parents' house, I've visited the Sawmill a few times over holidays

atmosphere is pretty consistent with the rest of the chain, bar separate from the dining area, walls loaded with movie paraphernalia that must be ordered wholesale from China, decent flatscreens, sort of a generic local tavern feel, can be way too smoky at time, but there's always the wooden patio overlooking the shopping center parking lot

selection includes a nice mix of draft locals and national micros, in addition to the typical macro junk, better than most of the chain but not on par with Falls or Village, beers are typically served in a shaker pint, or snifter where appropriate, service is normally quick and friendly, though beer knowledge isn't high among the general waitstaff

food is about on par with the other locations, pretty average for pub food but quality can suffer at times

a good stop if you're in the area, but if you want a bigger selection you may find the drive to the Falls location worthwhile

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Photo of jimmyjames8
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been going to this place for years. It is the closest real bar to my house. They have at least 30 beers on tap. Lots of local and regional craft beers and seasonals. The food is above average bar and grill food. One of the best if not the best burgers in town. There a group of regulars that hang out here and the bar can get REAL LOUD AND SMOKEY at times. Some of my friends and business assocs. quit going here as it was getting to smokey smelling even when folks weren's smoking. I don't know why these places bother putting smoke eaters in when they will not pay to maintain them and they quit working after about a year. Won't matter in 7 months when NC bars and restaurants go no smoking!

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Photo of atsprings
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited around 9pm on a Saturday night and my future brother-in-law and I grabbed two seats at the bar. I got to try the newest Rogue Locker Stock, Latona's 20th Anniversary Ale for the first time. Both the bartender and the friendly regular next to us were very conversative. I must say, even thought they only had about 20-25 quality beers, I could tell they were doing a much better job than Flying Saucer at rotating their seasonal selections. Although this place is more out of the way than Village Draft House which will soon have 99 taps, this place is worth checking out.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have gone to the Sawmill a number of times with my wife for dinner and I have never wandered into the bar area until just the other day. Man I should have gone in there sooner. In the dining room they give you a very abbreviated list of the beers on tap. In the bar I discovered that they had on tap….

Bells Amber Ale
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Avery IPA
Old Rasputin
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
And about 15 others

I could not believe they had Bells on tap and the bartender told me that they will probably have Two Hearted when the Amber runs out! Without a doubt this place has the best selection in the Triangle maybe with the exception of the Flying Saucer.

The food is pretty good and the atmosphere is okay. My only complaint is the smokiness in the bar area.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Edit: 1/18/07

Update after several more visits. Been meaning to get around to this for a while. Selection is much better than ther other locations I have visited. Quite a few surprising taps including Old Rasputin, Foothills DIPA, and Highlands Winter Ale jumped out at me.

I dropped the service rather severely. I think my first visit I was just happy to find a decent bar near my place. I go two or three times a month since I moved here and usually the service is glacier-like. I arrived around 9pm and order a beer. Paid cash for my first beer because I was planning to leave immediately after. However, around 9:45 I decided I wanted to order food. When my food arrive at about 10pm I order a second beer and the bartender asked if it should go on the tab with the food. I also asked for the bill because I needed to leave as soon as I was finished.

When my tab arrive the first beer I paid cash with was on the tab. I call this to the bartender's attention (I was sitting at the bar). She thought that I had ordered another beer from the other bartender and she disappears.

I wait patiently thinking that she was just busy for her to fix my tab. At 10:50 I finally wave her down again and ask her to fix my tab again so I can pay? She says she checked with the other bartender and that the other bartender poured me a second stout (my first beer was a stout and my second was a DIPA--the mystery beer was allegedly a second stout). I replied I had not ordered a second stout. She replied by saying that she would not put up with an argument and called the manager over. At that point I was astounded and was wondering what I just said to jump to an accusation of me arguing. My voice was level, and I was tired and just wanted to leave. My food and second beer had been finished for over 10 minutes.

The manager sided with the bartenders and said that I had ordered a second stout without even letting me get a word in edgewise and he would call the police if I would not pay for it. I said fine, call the police. Then he had the bartenders take the extra mystery beer off my tab at that point.

Food is quite good and on par with other locations as well. Dropped the atmosphere a little becuase the smoke in the bar can be a bit too much.


Nice all around place and not too far from my apartment. Has kind of a roadhouse feel to it with a beer angle to it. Lots of metal beer signs on the walls--mostly of American micro-brews. Loud, racuous atmosphere but not detrimental to simply chilling with a beer and friends. They had around 20 beers on-tap bt I talked to the bartender and he said accept for a handful of seasonal specialties they pretty muh stay the same. Not a whole lot of turnover. This won't keep me from going back though. Service was impressively quick. Bartenders did not dally but came over right quick. However, I was not very sure as to their beer knowledge. I did not try the food on this visit but I am sure I will in the future.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I would like this restaurant a lot better if the non-smoking section was better sectioned off. As it was, even sitting in the non-smoking area left me smelling of smoke. There were lots of televisions playing different sporting events. If only it wasn't so smoky.

With that said, there was a great selection of beers, including several from local breweries. I had an Oktoberfest brew. The food was good, typical bar type food of sandwiches, burgers and so forth, but it was good and portions were large.

I would love to come here more often, but the cigarette smoke odor was a real turnoff.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Sawmill is probably the closest tap room to my home. I have been there many, many, many times, but tonight went and decided to rate the place.

The atmosphere is good, more family in the dining room and more sports bar at the bar. The bar area is smoky, like spending time in an ashtray. The dining room is well lit with lots of tables, but you are likely to see kids in the area. It still was not overly noisy and was pretty easy to carry on a coversation.

The quality has always been good overall. Our servers have alwasy been very attentive and helpful and tonight was not exception. He was gracious and waited on us like we were having a multicourse meal rather than a salad and some rings with a couple of beers.

The food at Sawmill is not as good at the Village Draft House (also owned by the same folks), but it is still good. The selection just doesn't rotate enough at Sawmill to keep me happy. They probably have 20 drafts and then 20-40 in bottles, but only one Stout was available and only one Porter. Also a few macros were bunging up the tap list and taking space. I guess you serve what folks buy, but a little more variety would spice things up.

I'll be back, it's close to the house and it has a decent lineup. I just prefer Village to Sawmill in both food and beer...

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I recently bought a house nearby, and I was thrilled to find this place. It really does fill up early, which is both a drawback and a very good sign. They have a sizeable, constantly changing selection of good beers (many of them regional), and the bartender is able to intelligently discuss them. The food menu is large, and I have yet to be disappointed. I've become fond of the Oyster PoBoy (buffalo style). Since it's a popular, full-service resaurant, however, I have encountered deafening noise a few times in there (an entire kids soccer team with parents afraid to discipline them, multiple yowling infants, etc.).

All that being said, I am very pleased to have it as my local watering hole. I've sampled many tasty NC brews there, plus some good ones from around the country.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The Sawmill taproom is tucked away in a plaza with various other restaurants and stores. Upon entering you can check out the beer specials while waiting to be seated. We were seated in an open room with tables, and a large screen TV showing baseball. They also have outside patio seating. Somewhat of an older crowd filled various tables but it wasn’t crowded. The waitress was very pleasant and took our drink orders as we looked over the decent sized menu. They had several taps, an average mix of beers, and one cask ale. I got a burger, and I like the option to get salad instead of fries if that’s your thing. All the food we had was good, nothing amazing but good bar food, everything seemed fresh and the portions and prices reasonable.

Not a place to go out of your way for, but a decent place to grab a meal with a beer.

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Sawmill Tap Room in Raleigh, NC
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 12 ratings