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Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine
Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine

Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saffron685-sf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 863-2285
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-Sa 11:00am-5:00pm

    Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available around the corner on 7th street or 8th street
A word from Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine
Saffron 685 is a Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine in south of market hotspot brings in the crowd to enjoy its warm, modern vibe, with an emphasis on mezes and grilled meats. enjoy a selection of mezes and appetizers or opt for main course.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by a server at Dalfina restaurant in the Mission, it is a family type Mediterranean restaurant. Ordered BBQ's Lamb Salad & grilled Salmon. The portions size are generous & side salads that come with are tasty."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good choice for lunch with work friends or takeout. Healthy, delicious food and great drink options. Very nice staff."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Nice place for a date, a party or casual dinner, I like the seating in the back, silk Ottoman pillows with Moroccan type tables. All in all great food knowledgeable staff in a nice ambiance."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great location, great Turkish mint tea only surpassed by the wonderful service!! Highly recommended and will be coming back the next time I'm in San Francisco!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went for a late lunch and it was fabulous! Great food, great atmosphere and great service! will go back for sure!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Loved the mint lemonade and the veggie platter! The food was just right! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Went there just without any expectation and it was just perfect! Amazing food in a nice atmosphere. Excellent service too! Do not miss the dessert! Hope to return there soon!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I have passed this place easily 100 times and always meant to visit. I really love middle east spices and they have those down here. Interior is cozy, kinds of a casual and some private tables for 2 or 4 in the back. We were lucky to do a walk in at Thu afternoon. we tried 4 items, roasted beet dip with warm whole wheat thick pita bread, Fattoush salad mixed green salad with French feta cheese crumbled on the top, wild caught grilled Salmon Outstanding choice, very unique complex flavors in a rich sauce def. a signature dish Lamb kebab w/ roasted red pepper walnut dip, hummus & lavash, BBQ prawns on a saffron basmati rice. The flavors were great bright, fresh. Another winner & signature dish. This is worth a 2nd & 3rd visits."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I was looking forward to it because of the reviews. It was just mediocre. The lamb was tough. I will never go back. My husband is Labanese and I was hoping to find a special place. This place just does not cut it."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I spent a $175 for my girlfriend and I the other night for a dinner and I came today for a lunch, think it was worth the money. We split the spreads appetizer which was 3 different spreads with whole wheat thick pita bread and then split a Salmon dish and the lamb. We were full by the end. Each had a Sugar-free brewed mint lemonade and split a bottle of wine. I think the lamb was the clear winner. Fell off the bone. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I found 685 on OPenTable cause I needed a convenient location for a casual quiet business dinner in that neighborhood , south of ballpark and away from Game traffic. Was shocked to find was really a super causal Formica top place for lunch, with occasional take out clients coming in for dinner. Empty on a Wed nite at 630pm with One competent man cooking and serving.....all we needed. I did note there were some padded seats in back, with a small private room for floor seating, in a tent sort of thing. Cool! My guest was fine...but even more fine when we ordered and ate. He is Turkish so knows his Middle East food! Everything was fresh, delicious and nicely presented. I will go again and take out for sure!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "…the food is consistently good, love their shrimp skewers, the roasted vegetable sandwiches, their salads and their desserts are wonderful especially konafa."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I've been going their for the last 8 years I like this place the atmosphere the authentic food especially the grilled vegetable , the grilled salmon , pepper appetizer , grilled organic beef skewers that taste from heaven ,everything I mean everything , they have the best chef, he is an artist in his job , the only thing I would like to say I liked if they have the konafa consistenly. Can't wait to go there again , thanks Saffron"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I came here on the advice of a friend who said that it is on of her favorite restaurant in San Francisco. We were still pleasantly surprised by the relaxed, informal tone of the decor and the staff. There is nothing fussy or stiff here. The meal was worth every penny. There is a Moroccan accent to many of the dishes--in the spicing if not in the ingredients. The service was perfect for my taste--attentive, friendly, comfortable, and exquisite lay timed."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Walked in at 7 PM on Valentine's Day. First ones there. The menue is typical, but all the food was better than average. Service was little awkward because the server didn't listen well, but everyone else seemed to get along fine. Prices are very reasonable, parking was easy and the ambiance was pleasant. We will go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Definitely take the opportunity to come here. The food was delicious plus the service was attentive and helpful. We had a fantastic evening here and will be back again."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I have spent a terrific time at Saffron 685. The service is excellent and the food outstanding. The only thing Saffron 685 could improve is the wine list. maybe a wine from Turkey or Lebanon! just a suggestion. Nevertheless I'll keep Saffron in best memories! Definitely recommend Saffron 685 to all our friends."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "After several less than great experiences in SF, it was awesome to have a meal to brag about! Food was very good, prices fairly reasonable and dessert - ah, Konafa from heaven. Well worth to drive from the Marina area and the touristy food! Now I know why they were voted it the Best Mediterranean Restaurant by SFGate. The staff was friendly and attentive and the place was truly Mediterranean! so many imitators out there in SF but not Saffron."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I brought my girlfriend here on a whim for a Christmas eve. We both agreed we would be back many times I had to come today for late lunch as I've had some business in the neighborhood, It is a very intimate setting all the way in the back on a low round table behind a silky turkish curtains perfect for a couple or maybe a small group. The food was very original and full of amazing flavors. Even the dessert delicious —Konafa, French feta lavender thyme w/ honey, Saffron almond pudding etc. Everything was perfectly portioned, and our waitress was the perfect combination of informative and hands-off. She explained a lot about the food and made recommendations, but would leave us alone to enjoy the whole experience. Perfect."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "I took a group of 8 here after seeing Cirque with visiting family. The food was extraordinary; beautifully made & flavorful. We loved the pomogranite walnut dip, lentils & onions, hummus, lamb schwarma plate, veggie grill, falafel, fresh sesame cookies, Turkish Torrone, and of course baklava. The waiter was super friendly, playful with the kids, and had great suggestions for things to share. We'll definitely be back! Bonus: It's mid block on Townsend, and parking was easy & free Sat night. This is an undiscovered gem!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "plus reasonable prices and parking is easy at night"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Booked this place for a small business dinner on a Monday night. Was a bit concerned when I first walked in. We were the only people in the restaurant. They did not have a wine list, we had to go up to the counter to view the beer & wine selection. Had I booked dinner at a lunch counter??? But the service was great and the food outstanding. The gentleman who served us was also the cook and I assume the owner, was PASSIONATE about the food. I ordered a run-of-the-mill chicken kebab. Never knew one could taste so good. The meat was tender and spicy, the vegetables fresh and flavorful. This was by far the best Mediterranean cuisine I had ever tasted. Strongly recommend."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Very nice Mediterranean / middle eastern food. The babaganoush and humous are delicious, Desert was just perfect, I would rate it among the top ten in the bay area."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "I'm becoming a regular, the other day I organized a group lunch there. The group size wasn't clear initially and I made the reservation for eight but ultimately we had a twelve people -- the friendly folks at Saffron 685 accommodated us gracefully. The food was delicious and copious. Altogether we had an awesome experience."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "In a few words, Perfect food, great chef, warm hospitality."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "A gem mediterranean on Townsend, I was invited to a birthday party last Saturday night and came today for a quick lunch as I work close by, they have so many appetizers and I love the mint lemonade freshly made in the house."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Loved the chicken wrap, good quality food and great value... We were one of two tables in the place... Perhaps they do a big lunch business because of the tech companies very nearby? Despite the quiet almost deserted place, food was excellent, service was fine, and I'll definitely be back to try other items on the menu, perhaps as take-out. The chicken & hummus were great & tasted very fresh."
    Dined on 9/25/2013