Saffire
Saffire

Saffire

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saffirerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6155994995
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour 3:00pm - 6:30pm daily; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Vinny Tardo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Saffire Restaurant and TomKats Catering are pleased to offer a variety of full service catering and event planning options to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re planning a backyard party for 50, or a lavish event for 500, we can customize a menu that is right for you. For more information please contact Jenni Campbell at jenni@saffirerestaurant.com.
  • Entertainment: Join us for dinner or drinks and soak up the sounds of live music. Please call to confirm the music schedule and the style of music for the evening.
  • Special Events: Saffire continues to offer half-price wines for bottles $80 and under on Tuesday and Sunday nights. Happy Hour every day 3:00pm-6:30pm, includes specially priced selected wines, beers, cocktails and appetizers. Featuring live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Liberty Pike
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Saffire is easily accessed by any parking lot surrounding building 11 at The Factory. We are located inside Building 11.
A word from Saffire
Nestled within The Factory at Franklin, the chefs at Saffire begin stoking the coals early in the day, well before any guests ever arrive. These Tennessee Hickory coals radiate from within the hand-built smoker and cast iron grill of Saffire's exposed kitchen.

Locally grown produce and indigenous flavors combine with exotic ingredients, deliciously tender meats and a phenomenal array of wines and libations to create a menu that is uniquely Saffire. A welcoming staff further distinguishes your experience at Saffire from anywhere else around.

Locally and nationally acclaimed, Saffire is a neighborhood restaurant with a big city feel. It's a sought-after destination for both locals and visitors who know it is well worth the trip outside of Nashville to experience everything that only Saffire can provide. Wonderfully creative cuisine and spectacular wine, welcoming surroundings and attentive service; this is Saffire.
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Saffire reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (69)special occasion (61)good for groups (38)hot spot (36)romantic (30)vibrant bar scene (27)great for lunch (19)notable wine list (17)great for brunch (10)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food and excellent service
    golfchk15
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We took a chance taking 2 friends as we hadn't been here. We had a great time. One friend eats gluten free and our waiter Patrick was quite helpful making sure she knew what to order. I had the pit-smoked prime rib and loved the flavor. Leftovers were great with eggs the next morning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Casual Gourmet Dining
    SophieZo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The atmosphere is rustic and casual, but the dining is gourmet. The menu has excellent choices and the dishes we chose were nicely prepared and tasty. The noise level was a bit loud as the restaurant was pretty full, but the live music likely contributed to that. The live music was very good. The waiter we had was a bit slow, but he was knowledgeable of the food and drinks they have. Overall, we had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • saffire 9.13.14
    lbjgarner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Yummy food. Attentive waiter. A little too noisy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sexy Saffire in Fabulous Franklin
    bitesforbridgit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love Saffire. My mom, sister, and I had lunch there while shopping at The Factory. The service was exceptional. Please have the burger, because it'll be one of the best you've ever eaten, but you'll love all the other fresh and healthy choices on the menu, too. The crowd was very diverse, from couples to construction workers, and the noise level was just right (didn't have to yell to be heard, nor did we have to whisper). Saffire is definitely one of my new favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great place to eat before Studio Tenn Performance. Maybe offer a discount to theatre goers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do Not Waste Your Time
    HarshCritic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This restaurant was terrible. I've been to this restaurant several times since they opened several years ago and they have consistently gotten worse. The service was great, but the food was awful. The $38 filet of beef I ordered was tough and didn't even look like a filet. I suspect it was sirloin. My mom had the prime rib and was extremely disappointed. For the same amount of money, I recommend going to The Southern in downtown Nashville which is owned by the same person as Saffire. It's quite surprising that both restaurants are owned by the same person and one is so much worse than the other.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the visit...
    LampasasBadger
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Tried the bam-bam shrimp for starters and it was excellent. My entree was the chicken fried chicken and it was outstanding. For dessert of finished with a cup of coffee and the white chocolate orange bread putting. It, too, was very pleasing. The next time I am in Nashville, I will pop down to Franklin to partake in all things Saffire. Highly, highly recommend you visit too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Experience
    CouplesDining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good food, a little more expensive, but great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    krakatit
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second time-and it will definitely become our favorite spot. Service is friendly and very accommodating. Our waiter was great, food and drinks made from fresh ingredients. We will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I have had in a long time
    dstone8411
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Arrived late for our reservation because of weather related accidents but the staff was very accommodating. I had the salmon, my wife had the gumbo and fried oysters. Both of our meals were excellent. The other couple had a filet and chicken and thoroughly enjoyed their meals also. We also our deserts! Will definitely be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Right!
    Ketchup63
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We took our family to eat here for Sunday lunch after church. The atmosphere was relaxing and inviting, service was friendly and attentive, and the food was great! Unique and good portions without being too much. I think it's always good when you leave wanting more... I'm sure we'll be back when we are in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great evening at Saffire
    dfrease
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I went out for a date night to Saffire. The place has a great atmosphere. The food was wonderful and our server was exceptional. Great knowledge and service with just the right amount of attention. His name was Cullin ( not sure I I spelled it correctly) I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zucchiniblume
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The lobster empanadas were very good and the food was good but not excellent. However we did get a very nice waiter and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Great decoration and it´s a great place to people watch. Had a cup of coffee to end our meal but it was rather weak ... maybe they should get an espresso machine?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in a smaller town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I'm a recent transplant from Atlanta to the Franklin area, and used to the great southern food scene in the ATL. This was a great find. I really enjoyed the food, the wine list is good, and the service was great. The restaurant is beautiful, and the location is great for a quiet dinner since all the shopping locations in The Factory close in the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    JPinTNVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was novel, but not too "out there". Definitely pleased with the menu choices during Restaurant Week and even more so with the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful dinning experience
    hungergames
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    have been there several times over the years and always find it an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shrimp Appetizers are Great !!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The bang bang shrimp was WONDERFUL !!!!! We went for our anniversary. Scheduled reservation online. Was immediately shown to our table. No for kids in my opinion. Great date spot. Prices not too bad. Drinks reasonable and not watered down.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fly me to Saffire's
    Skyflier
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is truly a gem. The ambience of the whole antique building is very charming, and the restaurant is in the same genre. Unbeknownst to us, is was restaurant week (my flying parter & I are from Los Angeles). First, kudos to our waiter Brad, who was as professional as we have seen. We both ordered the same dishes (Ribbon Salad & Shrimp & Grits) and were beyond impressed. The 2 different rolls were both good, but the buttermilk roll with chives was exceptional! Can't wait to go back and bring my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ASmith
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a great time. The restaurant was great. We loved every part of the experience. The food was some of the best I've had in Nashville. The shrimp and grits were fabulous. The grits were creamy and the shrimp was wonderful. The chicken fried chicken was fried well and the mac and cheese was also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Single female
    Foodfreak1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went for my birthday and enjoyed tremendously! Saffire never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    JayLarimore
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Saffire is a local place that always surprises and pleases. This was our first-time Sunday Brunch. The main room is bright and engaging, service was outstanding, loved the hint of barbeque smoke in the air. My companion and I both had an old-time favorite, Eggs Benedict, which Saffire offers with different twists. We had the version featuring a buttermilk biscuit, applewood bacon, white gravy and cheesy grits on the side - delicious! Coupled with a glass of the house Chardonnay, it was an outstanding meal at a moderate price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our "go to" place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have dined at Saffire many times since they opened and have rarely had a complaint. The food is always delicious. This last visit was exceptional! Their fish (corvina) & grits, hickory smoked filet & avocado, bacon cheeseburger were SO good! And their French fries? Crispy & hot. Perfection. Service was great! The only complaint we had was that it was very loud. The music was great, but we had trouble hearing our server & ourselves. We can understand it if it was later in the evening, but we were there at 6:15... We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    theLedger
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have eaten here twice for dinner and brought guests this last time and we were not disappointed. The wait staff were just great and were sensitive when to interrupt. The food was excellent and full of flavor. The filet was done right - again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable Experience.
    Dandy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, casual environment and great service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Only complaint was the live music made it a bit difficult to converse during dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Jamesgang
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had dinner before show. The smoked prime rib was exceptional. Service was very good. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a place in Franklin.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First but not last visit!
    gdgrlangel
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Visited Saffire for lunch for the first time this week and it was much more than I expected. The deviled eggs were divine. I think I could have eaten the whole order by myself! My entrée was the chicken fried chicken with country ham gravy over mac and cheese. It was wonderful. I am not always fond of gravy but this was very tasty! The buttermilk pie was a great ending!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    Nashtndiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I really enjoyed my first time at Saffire restaurant. Great food and service. Specialty cocktails were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Too loud. Food is good service fine but my wife will not return because of the noise level
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food - odd surroundings!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We booked this based on the reviews found online. Wasn't quite sure what to expect when it came to the restaurant itself. It's in an old converted factory... which isn't all that converted! It has the old original windows and pipes everywhere. It was certainly unique! I can't say i like the vintage look when it comes to a restaurant, but the food was outstanding! Three of us had an appetizer, mains and shared a dessert. Really nice traditional southern food, very well cooked. The waiter was great, too. It was very busy (but it was a Saturday night) and quite noisy, lots of people at the bar, etc. I'd definitely come again for the food, wish the surroundings were a bit more pleasant, though. And it was pricey but worth the cost, I think.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great For Special Night
    LocalGuy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Been there several times and always enjoyed it. Great food and adult atmosphere. Walked right to our table with a reservation. We hadn't had a "date night" in ages so this was a good way to start. This isn't a cheap place and you can spend some money without trying too hard but it's worth it. We aren't big eaters and my wife had a single glass of wine and we dropped $85. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent experience. Easy reservation, quick seating, choice menu and great service. This is a fun location offering relaxed atmosphere with upscale menu items. Noise levels are low enough for easy conversation but high enough to hear everyone enjoying themselves. Great bar seating for singles or couples with plenty of table seating for larger groups – highly recommended
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was great
    brentTN
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It's not a place for a romantic date night. The noise is high but it's cozy. Food was wonderful. I would give it $$$ for price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Luis
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great place to take mi family for dinner, small menu but with great option, big size portions but evertone finished up because it was so good
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Delight
    AaronM
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    In the Franklin area from out of town and can't wait to get back to dine at Saffire again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    rarelyeatout
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were a party of four. Nice location, very accommodating staff. The food we enjoyed was great and we ordered one of each desserts. They were all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service, but NOISY!
    maestromom
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We chose Saffire to treat out of town family to dinner for 2 reasons: Great food, and outdoor dining. Sadly, we discovered upon our arrival that patio dining is no longer available. The inside of the restaurant was VERY noisy, but the service and food were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back ...
    Tommy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A very unique space, as it was once part of a factory you have exposed brick air conditioning pipes all really give it a factory feel, the staff works well together and is very knowledgeable of the menu and the product's and ingredients that go into the dishes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Out of Towners
    kareng
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a great place to take out of town guest. Its funky decor and local southern favorite foods make it fun. I especially like their grits. Really creamy and full of flavor. Top that with fish or shrimp and they throw in some collards for texture and its pure heaven. The sweet sauce on top was good but I got tired of it before I finished my dish. Still I'd recommend it. The service was great, the kitchen pushed our food out while its piping hot and all at once. My guest enjoy it and strolling around the historic Factory,
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dak13
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have dined at Saffire several times since moving to the area. One of the reasons for selecting them has been the onion rings. They have taken the onion rings off the menu, the waitress said we were among at least five other customers to mention the onion rings so I hope Saffire will reconsider and put them back on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.