Saffron - Norfolk

Saffron - Norfolk

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saffronnorfolk.com/Default.aspx
  • Phone: 7573217005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday : 11:00 AM to 02:30 PM
    04:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Friday : 11:00 AM to 02:30 PM
    04:30 PM to 11:00 PM
    Saturday : 11:30 AM to 03:00 PM
    04:30 PM to 11:00 PM
    Sunday : 11:30 AM to 03:00 PM
    04:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Freemason St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Metered Parking, Parking Garages
A word from Saffron - Norfolk
At Saffron Indian Bistro, we are committed to providing you with an exceptional dining experience every time you walk through our door.
Each dish on our extensive menu is prepared to order using only the freshest and highest quality of ingredients.

We bring you a blend of traditional methods and modern techniques to serve you the finest Authentic Indian Cuisine. Our chefs are committed to make the food enjoyable with the right blend of spices & herbs to each & every delicacies. All dishes are made per your choice of spice level, to let you really enjoy your food: Mild, Medium, Medium Hot, Hot, Indian Hot.
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Saffron - Norfolk reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Good but Pricey Indian Food
    KW2004
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very nice staff and good Indian food! However, I felt that the food was quite pricey for the portion size.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeteVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After several visits to Saffron, we still find it the best and most reliable Indian restaurant in Norfolk. Very good food that fits anyone's taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZED!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The husband and I were feeling adventurous and decided on a whim to go try Saffron. Never had Indian Before. Upon our arrival, we informed our waitress it was our first time ever, and asked for recommendations. From appetizers to dessert, she gave us an amazing experience full of great choices and recommendations. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this place!! Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Norfolk Saffron Downtown
    xusmc
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Alright, here is the scoop, if you are a couple, one should get the chili chicken the other cucumber salad for appetizers, then share FANTASTIC. The house wines are generous and not inconsequential, Standard Indian fare is fresh and high quality: Curry Chicken, Nan Bread, etc. Some dishes are offered as Hot, Very Hot, and Indian Hot so be careful. Be sure to have the Kheer for dessert, made in house daily and best in the city.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Date Night
    Divaqt
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First experience and I loved it! Great food, awesome flavor and great service!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative Indian Fare
    Hardtex
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our dinner there. The food was different from other Indian fare. It was fresh and creatively prepared. Ambiance was minimal but food and service made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saffron Lunch Buffet
    TXAg82
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Several vegan options, although they ran out of samosas a minute after we got there. Food was hot and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 16 reviews are from the Saffron - Norfolk reviews archive.
  • PeteVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This was our second visit; the first was a wonderful dinner that would have been hard to beat. In this case the restaurant appeared a bit too frenetic and short on wait staff. We must have waited nearly five minutes at the front desk to simply be recognized and seated...with a reservation and restaurant barely one-third full. Saffron remains a very good Indian restaurant (perhaps the best) in Norfolk. But they need to smooth out and stabilize their service capabilities.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful buffet!
    Roberta
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We ate at Saffron before a performance at Chrysler Hall which is around the corner. The lunch buffet was fabulous--great food and well-prepared! Try it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Review
    Sparky
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Saffron is an exciting addition to the vibrant Downtown Norfolk restaurant scene. The food preparation and seasoning were perfect. The wait staff is knowledgeable and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Really a big Indian food couple
    mike
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    but we enjoyed the dinner. the staff and service was extermely friendly and they gave us nice recommendations when we explained that we had not tried much Indian food before and that we were not into spicy food. Overall, the food was good and the service was great. I'm not likely to eat Indian food in the next few months, simply because it is not my preference, but I would like to go back to this place in the next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots to try
    Alkatoma
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had been to Saffron way over in Virginia Beach. It's great to have our own branch in Norfolk, half a block from Scope and the Chrysler. Wonderful new dishes, a long vegetarian menu... We tried the Peshawar chicken which was subtlety flavored with fruit in a smooth sauce. Have to go back to try more dishes! Staff is very helpful, if you're unfamiliar with Indian cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I have been to Saffron in Norfolk several times since they opened back in the fall/early winter. Every time I go, I'm impressed by the quality of the food they serve and the staff's efforts to please the customer. The hosts and servers want to make sure you leave Saffron happy and are glad to accommodate special requests. The restaurant has a relaxed, mellow ambiance and it is impeccably clean. A wonderful addition to downtown Norfolk!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for date nights.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The wife and I hardly get to date anymore, but when we do we are very picky on where we go for dinner. Saffron is a great place to dine. The menu is great, very tasty, and reasonably portioned. You leave the table satisfied. You must try the naan platter, very appetizing. Now for desserts...if you havent had authentic indian ice-cream and pastries, you may be surprised, but not in a good way. Just be ready for it, it is authentic and tasty, but I think you should have an acquired taste for the textures and flavors. We finshed our meal with a delicious spiced chai tea, very tasty. There is a full bar, and the bartender is very familiar with mixing populare drinks. Or just ask him to surprise you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The newest restaurant in the
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The newest restaurant in the area serving Indian food and far and away the best! Very good recipes made with high quality ingredients...the lamb was some of the best we've had. We read earlier reviews that commented on some service discrepancies. Obviously the restaurant took it to heart. We had very good service, perhaps even a bit too much, but everyone was concerned that we were happy with our meal, drinks, etc. Several other Indian restaurants in our area seem to be focused on buffet service, substituting volume for quality. Saffron is presenting quality! This was our first visit, we shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The other recent reviews of Saffron-Norfolk are right on the mark. The food is really, really good, and not just because it is different from standard American fare. No it's good because it is delicious on its own, spicy and complex. Now they haven't yet gotten their act together as to service - everything was fine and prompt, but sometimes awkward - three different people took our drink order, for instance. But we'll go back in a heartbeat - a great addition to downtown!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I had lunch there with a party of 8 people. There were only a handful of other customers in the restaurant. We were given prompt attention when we first arrived, and our 1st course was delivered quickly; however, there was about an hour wait between the 1st course and main lunch dishes. Overall, it took us between 1.5 to 2 hours for lunch. The gentleman accross the table from me found a piece of plastic bag in his salad. Otherwise, the food was good, and I would like to go back and try other items on the menu. I'll just make sure that I have plenty of time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to have a serious Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Great to have a serious Indian restaurant in downtown Norfolk. We plan to explore the full menu. You may not want seating in the booths along the outside walls. The spacing is very tight and cannot be changed - we are not a large or overweight couple and we asked to move to a table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    mmmmmgreatfood
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a great meal and Saffron in Norfolk and will be back. Service was 4.0 and Amol did a great job of explaining the various Indian dishes that we had not experienced before. My wife and I enjoy Indian and will be back again to try out something new. The Salmon curry was a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough Start
    Spoiledbratness
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I had a 7:30 reservation for 4 during Restaurant Week. I waited an hour for my table (but the size of my party did increase to 5 while I was waiting and that caused a delay). I waited at the bar where there was no bartender working. It took 30 minutes to get a beer. At 8:30 when we were seated I was so glad we waited. The food was wonderful. I had never had Indian food before and was surprised how much I liked it. The choices for Restaurant Week were perfect for beginners. The portions were large. I would go back in a second. I am so glad we made it past the rough start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow Service
    DebinVA
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant at 5:45 for a 6:00 p.m. reservation with few other patrons present. Even though we ordered immediately, it was 6:15 before appetizers arrived. Entrees took another 20 minutes. The food was good (but apparently not as good as the VA Beach location). The service was just ridiculously slow and disorganized. Staff members were openly arguing about it on the dining room floor. No one else was receiving service any better than us. Our table was in the center near the front. We received an icy cold blast every time the door opened.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to Downtown
    hungrybutnotrich
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great addition to Downtown Norfolk. They bent over backwards to make sure our experience was a good one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Indian Food
    JanB
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Very delicious food. Best Naan I ever tasted. Great Ambiance. Still working out some kinks in the service, but this is a wonderful family owned restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet