Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine
Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine

Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saffron685-sf.com/
  • Phone: 4158632285x
  • 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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Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)good for groups (6)special occasion (6)great for lunch (5)fit for foodies (4)romantic (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good Mediterranean restaurant
    Debdoub
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is one of my very favorite restaurant through the years.  One of my favorite dish here is their grilled squash & mushrooms & eggplants with garlic sauce . As i'm moving north of golden gate bridge to the Marin I hope that they will open another amazing restaurant around there. Thank you for years of wonderful meals.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food made with love
    Debra28
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for casual, healthy lunch
    restaurantmaven
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Good choice for lunch with work friends or takeout. Healthy, delicious food and great drink options. Very nice staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty & creative food
    Suzyo618
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find
    Georgio01
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious truly magnificent place
    BSine
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went for a late lunch and it was fabulous! Great food, great atmosphere and great service! will go back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    cooldosa
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Loved the mint lemonade and the veggie platter! The food was just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find @ SOMA
    Suleman
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique & perfect
    ruth
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Kathleen
    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.
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  • Great place
    michael60
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer....surprise FIND!
    LocalFussyFoodieFamilyVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.2
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 16 reviews are from the Saffron 685 Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine reviews archive.
  • very nice Mediterranean place
    Asmir
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    …the food is consistently good, love their shrimp skewers, the roasted vegetable sandwiches, their salads and their desserts are wonderful especially konafa.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood Gem
    Mz67
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Mediterranean place
    morti66
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope they succeed
    Fredlee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Opener
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have spent a terrific time
    Benkubelsk
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love it
    RedF62
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Jimmie
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mediterranean Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific Turkish food
    paulVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    plus reasonable prices and parking is easy at night
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food off the beaten path
    KJ4food
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great establishment
    kim2dine
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    RajabKhan
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands down
    Suzan
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    In a few words, Perfect food, great chef, warm hospitality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem mediterranean on Townsend,
    Debdoub
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mediterranean fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet