Saffron Indian Bistro
Saffron Indian Bistro

Saffron Indian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saffronindianbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6505934269x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30 PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Praveen K. Sharma
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Lets us cater your next event, we will bring everything you need including a kitchen (on wheels). We cater corporate lunches, Weddings, Birthdays or if you are just in the mood to celebrate.
  • Entertainment: Catch up on sports while dining here.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between W. El Camino Real and Laurel
  • Public Transit: Taking SamTrans on El Camino get down on San Carlos Ave/ Holly Street Bus Stop.
    If taking Cal Train, get down at Holly Street Station (San Carlos) and Walk west on San Carlos Ave to the restaurant on the left, 5 doors from el camino real.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking all over downtown including parking at the nearby CALTRAIN station, just a 2 minutes walk away.
A word from Saffron Indian Bistro
Saffron Indian Bistro is a family owned restaurant situated in the sophisticated dining destination of San Carlos. We serve Gourmet North Indian cuisine and have been successfully converting nay sayers to lovers of Indian food for over ten years.

We feature an ever-changing menu that is sure to please the Meat eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans alike, including items that are Gluten Free.
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Saffron Indian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)kid-friendly (5)fit for foodies (5)romantic (2)special occasion (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Authentic + Delicious
    MsJaneGordonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The last time I had this quality of Indian food was when I dinned in a 5 star hotel restaurant in Delhi India. It is a bit pricey for Indian food, but it's worth every penny. Outstanding service, friendly staff that are not in your face. They make sure your water glass is full, swap out warm plates before you dine, and attentive. I thought the signature butter chicken and garlic naan were good but not amazing. MUST HAVE Lamb Briyani!! Great finish with Saffron Pistachio Kulfi (traditional indian ice-cream), and a masala chai tea. LOVE!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food will return
    DenisVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was great. Felt very authentic with big chunks of vegies. The chicken pieces were a little overcooked but the flavors we great. It is a little pricy hence only 4 stars. The decor was effective and the service was adequate.
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  • Best Indian in San Carlos
    RobTomVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Always good food, and unfailingly polite service. Good advice on the menu. And try the mango lassi. Service was a little slow this last visit - but just gave us more time to enjoy food, drinks, and company.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Indian Restaurant
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dinner at Saffron is always a pleasure. The food is consistently excellent, the wine list is reasonable, and the service is efficient and discreet.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE best Indian food
    OptimusDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Almost anytime I go out with friends who are from India we always seem to end up here - and with the selection of Indian restaurants in the area this is saying a lot. Food and service are always excellent and this time our group had a 2-year old and without asking they brought him a water cup with a straw. I cannot rave enough how great this restaurant is - my favorite dish is their Saffron’s Signature Daal Makhani - I have it every time I come here and it gets better every time (not sure how that is possible but it does!)
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    kid-friendly
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  • Amazing butter chicken
    TinTin
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was great--servers were always attentive and always made sure our water glasses were full. Food was amazing--butter chicken, their signature dish, was delicious and the naan was hot and fluffy. They had other interesting curries on the menu, but the butter chicken alone makes me want to come back here.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Indian food around!
    OptimusDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I had 2 friends in town from India who wanted good Indian food and so I took them here and they loved Saffron Indian Bistro! We asked for medium spicy and it was wonderful. The service was very attentive, the food was served at the proper temperature and the naan was cooked to perfection. I have been here several times myself so I knew how good it was and recently had to order food-to-go for 3 different meeting groups and no one had ever been here so I was taking a chance but everyone loved it and asked me to bring their food to our next meetings this week. This is a consistently excellent restaurant!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 47 reviews are from the Saffron Indian Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great Indian Food
    Teragram7
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This place is well worth a visit! The food was outstanding and authentic from the appetizers to the desserts: probably the best Indian food in the mid-Peninsula. I had the mahi-mahi baked in the clay oven, and it was tender, moist, delicious, and with just the right amount of spice. The service was efficient and attentive. We had an early booking at 5:45 pm on a Friday night, and the restaurant filled up fast. The only only negative was that, since the restaurant has a concrete floor, there is nothing to absorb the sound and the noise level was a bit high. Parking can be a bit of a problem, although there is a City parking lot 2 blocks away (the other side of Laurel Street).
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great Indian cuisine - nice
    JoJo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great Indian cuisine - nice atmosphere - good service
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Service was pushy and rude
    disappointed
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We selected the 9:15pm dining time and only 20% of the tables were occupied which was surprising. They came by to take our order and since we were not ready, they came back two minutes later. They let us know the kitchen would be closing soon and needed to get our order in asap. We ordered and they let us know again that we would be unable to order any additional food items. While we were eating, two servers came over and let us know that the restaurant was closing at 10pm. Before we had finished eating they were already taking fixtures away from the table. When finished, they dropped off two containers and a bag on the table. We had to request additional containers and had to package our leftovers ourselves. Would not recommend.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent food and service
    GingerKittyVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We brought out of town guests on a Monday night and the place was hopping! We ordered a variety of dishes - daal, fish tikka, lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken, etc. Everything was delicious - the daal house (pun intended) special was luscious and creamy, the fish tikka was cooked & seasoned to perfection, the lamb vindaloo was as spicy as expected and the chicken tandoori was moist and flavorful. The service was friendly and attentive. Everyone had a smile on their face when they would come to our table to replenish our drinks. We are definitely looking forward to going back to try all the other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great Service
    PoppyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great friendly staff who go out of their way to accommodate their guests and make them feel at home.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. But service lacks
    Rocket
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Made reservations for Wednesday evening. Got there, the place was half empty and refused to seat us until all members of the party were present. I could understand if place busy and packed but not the case. Ordered, service was quite slow 30 minutes for food and the place was not busy, also servers not friendly at all. Food was very good and I will go back for another try or maybe just do take out to avoid the service issues.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor service!!! Tables
    Cullen
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Very poor service!!! Tables are very close to each other so no PRIVACY!
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  • Great Indian food
    celebgrad
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    If you like the varied spices used in Indian food, you will enjoy trying their Madras Lamb or new on the menu Salamm Bombay. Their is food on their menu to please even the pickiest eaters, my son loves the Butter chicken and the Tandorri Tikki fish. The waiters are very attentive and can help you choose items off the menu if you are unsure as to what you might like.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    CCRWC
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    The butter chicken was awesome. Will eat here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Service
    FalguniM
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    I really like the food and service at Saffron. I've visited Saffron in the past and they have improved on their food quality and service. Very friendly staff and good ambiance. I will definitely come back! Thank you!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • This is a fabulous Indian
    OptimusDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    This is a fabulous Indian restaurant - have eaten here several times and the food is always great. This time I was meeting a friend for dinner, who never showed up, and they were so gracious about it. I decided to do a to-go order and just have a bowl of their tomato garlic soup while I waited for the order and the soup was so delicious and hit the spot while I waited for the food. They brought it very quickly and off I went to eat it at home. I got 3 meals out of that order and even the leftovers were tasty! Food and service are amazing!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful flavors.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Wonderful flavors. NOT your run of the mill Indian restaurant. Everything tasted fresh and delish - even the naan!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    We normally get food to go but we had the opportunity to have a meal without the children so we booked a table. The food was great, very flavorful and tasty! The atmosphere it great, quiet enough to chat without worrying about everyone hearing your conversation. The service was great, they were very attentive. We'll be back!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Indian cuisine in
    ChefVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Fantastic Indian cuisine in my own backyard. The best i've had outside of London. Will be back very soon and will recommend to all my friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • A Must Try!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The atmosphere and music is exotic and beautiful. The staff is extremely attentive and courteous and the food is beautiful and delicious! My favorite restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Excellent food. We had dinner
    WontBeBackVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Excellent food. We had dinner on a Sat night, so it was fresh from the kitchen, not off the buffet. Everything we had was good.
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  • Very nice dinner. I enjoyed
    MenloGalVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Very nice dinner. I enjoyed two of the tandoori dishes with Naan, well seasoned and tender. The vegetable samosas were delicious. Will return soon.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Everything was amazing! Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Everything was amazing! Excellent service and food, we will definitely be back.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Fabulous Indian food and great
    OptimusDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Fabulous Indian food and great service - we split Chicken Tikka Masala, Daal Makhani, Fish Tandoori, and Pistachio ice cream and the tastes were all amazing.
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  • Food was delicious, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Food was delicious, service was impeccable - kind, courteous, friendly...
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Have tried lots of Indian restaurants. This was one of the best one.Great food and service. Only down side is waiting area is too small.Would recommend and will visit again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The best Indian food we've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    The best Indian food we've had on the Penninsula! We had guests in town and they loved it too. A good choice for us. Will be back there soon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Authentic
    Drew
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Food is very authentic and well prepared. We had a number of expat Indians in our party that commented as such. I would return to try the buffet in the future.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • The meat was overcooked and
    markVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    The meat was overcooked and dry, with too much salt and overly spicy. Even though we asked the waiter to make it mild and he assured us that he would. The restaurant lacks any atmosphere.
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  • Great Indian food
    OptimusDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    The food was delicious - I lived in India and this is great Indian food! We had veg and non-veg dishes and they were all amazing. It arrived piping hot to the table and we had very attentive service. My friends had been here several times but this was my first time and I will definitely go back.
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  • Best Indian Food in San Carlos.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    Been coming here forever. Great North Indian food. Friendly service. Solid buffet on Tues/Sun.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • No better than "Fair"
    MMMMMVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    If you know your Indian food like we do, then you will know this restaurant's food & service should not be rated better than "Fair", and that is being generous. You really have to compare the food with Clay Oven (San Mateo) and Suraj (Redwood City) to gain a good ability to discern the quality of Indian food, chiefly dishes like Butter Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala, and also the Nan bread. If you have been to either of the restaurants I mentioned then you have to downgrade this experience considerably. And like most Indian resteraunts, the friendliness factor is consistently questionable, and this is no different. You have to love the way the check is brought back with a drop on the table and not word of thanks said. Perfect ending...
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  • Tasty Travels
    RubySky
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Second time at Saffron, and it was as brilliant as the first. The atmosphere is elegant, yet casual. Friendly conversation fills the room, and the food is complete bliss. Love it, would go again and again!!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was very tasty. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    The food was very tasty. The only comment , I would like to make is we were presented with a complimentary appetizer. It was some kind of tiny pieces of chip/ Unfortunately , it was stale. I looked around the other tables, and almost everyone didn't care for it. So serve it fresh and crispy or don't offer it all as complimentary.
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    good for groups
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  • Delicious food, polite service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Delicious food, polite service, nice atmosphere. Perfect for adults and well-behaved children. Food was a bit spicier/hotter than at other Indian restaurants in the area - even the "mild" dishes.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Good local place for Indian
    WGJCJVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Good local place for Indian food, service needs improvement
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  • I took my children aged 15,
    MenloGalVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    I took my children aged 15, 12, 9 there for my birthday dinner. We were greeted and seated promptly. The table had a table cloth, chargers under plates and a small candle. I did not find the scents in the restaurant to be over powering. The decor is elegant and it looks like a nice place for a date night. There were two TV's showing sports, but their placement was such that they could either be viewed or ignored, your choice. The food was well prepared and hot. Before the dinner was brought out, they asked if we were finished with our appetizer and if we were ready for our dinner to be brought out. The service was attentive and polite. I would definitely go back again with party of adults.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • We had baingan mirchi salan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    We had baingan mirchi salan and aloo gobi. The aloo gobi was tasty. But everything seemed unnecessarily rich. The pudina roti was nothing special. The service was so-so......... there are definitely better Indian restaurants in the bay area.
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