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Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
  • Address:
    123 North 3rd Street
    Suite 101
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Downtown/North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.SaffronMpls.com
  • Email: info@saffronmpls.com
  • Phone: (612) 746-5533
  • Hours of Operation: Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Sameh Wadi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Saffron is pleased to offer off-site catering in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Private Party Facilities: Saffron offers dining room buy-outs with a food and beverage minimum. Multi-Course menu and wine flights to suit the most discerning tastes are available upon request. Buffet Style private party are available to.
  • Private Party Contact: Saed Wadi (612) 746-5533
  • Entertainment: Chef's music selections.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Avenue & 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking on 3rd St & 2nd Ave $1 per hour (meters enforced until 11pm daily for 2 hours). A convenient secured & well lit parking ramp (Ramp C) is located on 2nd Ave between 3rd & 4th St (just across the street from our building).
A word from Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
The critically-acclaimed and award-winning Saffron Restaurant & Lounge is the brain child of brothers Saed & Chef Sameh Wadi. Opened in February 2007 and now nationally recognized for their fresh interpretation of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, featuring a seasonal menu with a strong emphasis on the old world tradition of sharing a meal, from the delectable Mezze/Tapas to the unique selections of Tagine and Entrées, you are sure to find something to crave.

The bar at Saffron is an ideal location to sit and relax while enjoying unique, hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer or enjoy a glass of wine from the perfectly adapted wine list with selections from around the world.

The space itself boast a vibrant, warm and inviting atmosphere, while staying casual and fun, which makes it a perfect location for dinner with family and friends, business associates or an intimate night out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Well-executed, interesting menu with lots of items that even foodies may "want to try", as they represent less-seen renditions, e.g. plain hummus "just like in Palestine". Items are cooked and presented with care. Tagines are impressive. Portions are generous...beware ordering too much food."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We visited Saffron for a early-in-the-relationship date (i.e., the stakes were still pretty high). The food and service were first rate. It was quiet enough to have a conversation, but there was still enough of a vibe to keep your energy up. The lamb chops were just excellent--and I have been spoiled by some truly great lamb chops. We decided to share one order, and that was plenty for us. My Martini was not the best (came in a sherbert glass, not quite cold, one tiny olive), but the food made up for that tenfold."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had an excellent experience in this restaurant. Coming from an Arabic roots family (with parents owning a restaurant) I was curious to try some of the middle eastern dishes and they exceeded my expectations. We also tried a couple of African entrees and they were outstanding. The server was very good too. He was very attentive and explained everything about the menu. I will definitely go back to Saffron a couple of times a year."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great service. Our server, Evan, was attentive, knowledgable about the food and drinks, and helped make it a great dinner. Delicious cauliflower, grilled octopus, Brussels sprouts and gnocchi."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Saffron is a Middle Eastern Restaurant for foodies, with interesting small and large plates. The decor is charming and the location is right in the Warehouse district."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Great/unique food. You can really tell that they put a ton of love & effort into the preparation of their food. The spices in all the dishes get your mind turning in trying to figure out everything in them. The meatballs, lamb brain & duck kefta are amazing! I will definitely be back to try more of their unique items."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The salmon terrine was fabulous, its broth accentuated the flavors of the shell fish and the vegetables. It matched perfectly with the Chapoutier Cote du Rhone."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is good, but not exceptional. My order did not arrive at the same time, which caused some confusion. Some of the dishes taste the same. Would like to see more distinctive flavors and spices."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting as usual .. food and service was fascistic, I would recommend this to anyone into food - specially fusion middle eastern - African."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Excellent creative food with a variety of flavors. Well prepared and presented. Service was good with a knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Unfortunately the first hostess who greeted us was either having a bad night or new. We went there to start off our 25th wedding anniversary weekend and was going to be seated at the worst table until we said something. I had told them in advance that it was our 25th and wished for a special table. Thankfully the other hostess/manager saw all that transpired and we were seated at a lovely table within seconds. We asked the waitress for recommendations and she said everything is good - but we were looking for a little guidance or recommendations on size etc...The lamb was amazing and it was very kind that the chef came out to ask us about our meal. Would we go there again? Yes, for a date night, friends, but not for a very special occasion."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday here. Food was fantastic - we particularly recommend the lamb tagine and the meatballs. Always great cocktail choices from the bar. A thoroughly enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There's a reason Saffron is one of our favorite choices in the Twin Cities. Great food, attentive service. They really do a nice job for Restaurant Week, so it's a must-visit for us then."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had never been to Saffron before and our server never asked that question or told us anything about how to order, etc. The we ordered a 2012 bottle of wine and recieved a 2013 - which is fine, but when we asked our server about it he just said it was a typo on the menu and never offered us anything else or a discount. He was rude about it. I always say you can have terrible food, but if you have an awesome server, you forget about the terrible food. This was not the case at Saffron. The food was good, especially the Sea Bass entree, that was my favorite. It was so tender. Everything else was super rich. We ended up sharing a bunch of stuff between the 3 of us and it worked out great."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My friend and I wanted a good place to talk. Saffron was perfect on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant smelled right from the moment I walked in, with the subtle smells of good Middle Eastern spices. We ordered small dishes to share and enjoyed them all, though disappointed there was no kibbeh. Of our selection, we especially enjoyed the traditional spreads, sausages (na’anik), cinnamon-scented slow-cooked green beans, and chicken “bisteeya”, all served with wonderful fresh pita."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Appetizers are outstanding. Tagines and whole branzini are great."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My daughter and I were visiting Minneapolis and stumbled upon Saffron through Open Table - it was near our hotel. We had a fabulous meal - great reccomndations from our server (portion sizes and blending of dishes). The food was served at a great pace, nothing rushed so we were able to reflect on our busy day and enjoy the dishes as they were presented. After arriving back at our hotel, we saw Saffron was listed as one of the top 50 resaurants in Minneapolis!!! Great find for us!!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Introduced friends to Saffron. The variety of delicious and complex flavors were terrific as usual and our waiter did a great job of orchestrating the timing of our food. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Noted on Open Table reservation that our group of 6 was celebrating my wife's birthday, no mention was ever made of it. Our waiter rarely checked back with us. During appetizers our beverages were empty, but no waiter for 10 min. I had to ask the water server to ask the waiter to come back. After clearing appetizers, the waiter never reset the table and two of us didn't have forks when dinner was served: I had to ask the water guy for forks. Expensive dinner, inattentive staff."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We came in as a group of 4 for dinner. We shared many of the small plates including the octopus, cauliflower, meatballs, hummus and had the lamb tagine for the main entree. Oh yes - 2 people just had to have the lamb brains. Can't forget the lamb brains. The food was excellent as was the service and there was plenty to share with a bottle of Cotes du Rhone recommended by our server. This was a return visit for us and we'd certainly recommend Saffron to others looking for a special evening meal."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience! We love it and will return. :)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I went here for restaurant week the other night, and had a great meal! The food was delicious, and I felt as though the offerings were varied enough to really show off the menu to someone who had never been there before. Most impressive were the wines that were served (an optional add on) with each course. They had obviously been paired very well, and they just brought the whole meal to the next level! Delicious experience!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This was our first time at Saffron's. It was fantastic! We took our 2 children in their early 20's. They were both slightly unsure if they would find something on the menu that they would like. They both were very impressed with the food and loved it.!! We had a wonderful time trying dishes that we had never had before. The service was exceptional."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Went here expecting standard Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. I was surprised to find a more complex menu with some unique options. I would definitely recommend Saffron to others."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "loved the food, although the cauliflower dish was a little disappointing, everything else was awesome, especially the short ribs. goats milk cheesecake was a pleasant surprise how delicious it was."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I had read the menu, and seen some reviews. Three of us had dinner, appetizers and shared a dessert. All were unbelievably flavorful. We were all impressed. Oddly, we all took an intense dislike to our waiter, who said that "All white wines are fruity" when asked about a particular one. He didn't ruin a lovely evening for us. Also, the owner stopped by and chatted for a while. It was lovely."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great and interesting choices , but portions, other than entrees, were small. The bus boy bussed the table way too fast. The server was effusive with compliments and food descriptions."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A great place for our anniversary, my wife was thrilled and we had just the best service and food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for the Valentine's Day tasting menu with wine pairings. The experience was fantastic (Valentine's Day tasting menu patrons were given white tablecloth treatment). The trout is to die for. One ding on service: for the steak course only one of us received a knife. We were given a second promptly after we pointed it out, with an apology and the explanation that they had nearly run out. In all other respects the service was excellent - helpful, unobtrusive yet responsive, unfailingly courteous."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The five course tasting menu was perfectly selected. Each course was a new flavor from the last and they all were cooked to perfection. The spices of each course worked well with the overall flavor palate. The portions were small but very flavorful. I would have liked to have less down-time in between courses however. My fiancé and I waited about 20 minutes between each course which made for a long night. We ended up getting the dessert course to-go because we were behind schedule."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was amazing and the service was top notch. Went here on a Saturday night and although it was busy my wife and I could still enjoy a nice conversation as the noise level was quite low. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. She gave great recommendations and table was well cared for. From apps to dessert the food was amazing and there was plenty to pick from. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The tasting menu was fantastic. We enjoyed every course. Our service at the bar and at the table was also wonderful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The chef's holiday tasting menu was outstanding--we even enjoyed Brussels sprouts! We chose to do the wine pairings, and that was an excellent choice. We got a nice little table to ourselves, and we didn't have to yell, although it was busy. The staff were very attentive. We're definitely going back to try their regular menu!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had the 6 course tasting menu. The food was interesting different and tasty and paired with wines that were from non traditional regions which complimented the food nicely. . The waiter was also awesome. Our only drawback was it took a long time and we had to leave before desert because we had a show to go to. But it was Valentine's day and the time wouldn't have mattered as we were totally enjoying ourselves. Strongly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outstanding ethnic food. Large portions, we boxed 2 entries."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "When ever we get to Minneapolis, we make sure to stop at Saffron. Each time every dish is just spot on perfect. From the tagines, to the fish, to the cocktails, attention to detail shows. We worry we will get a miss (because every place is going to have an off night, or off dish), but it never happens. Oh, and once you have this humus, every other one you try will never live up to it."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Fantastic waiter with great knowledge of wine selection. Even had coats retrieved by manager."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The drinks were wonderful and the bartender introduced me to a new digestive. We loved the meatballs, brussels sprouts and cauliflower appetizer especially. One friend tried Turkish coffee and not only liked that, but also the beautiful saucer and cup that it was served in."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always love having dinner at Saffron! Still our favorite place to eat in Minneapolis....the gnocchi is always wonderful!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Creative and delicious. Loved the variety of flavors and texture. Favorites... Octopus A La Plancha, Slow cooked Green Beans, Parship & Lobster Bisque, and Squash & Mushroom Farrotto."
    Dined on 2/1/2014